There was no way the Jets could screw up Brett Favre’s debut. Absolutely no way. But, guess what, Jet’s fans, they did. Favre came out slinging and hitting receivers like he’s been with the Jets for years.
He had the less than capacity house cheering from the moment he trotted onto the field and kept them roaring with his crisp play-calling and dart-like throws. If he was nervous, he sure didn’t show it. He looked relaxed and was consistently on target as he went 5 for 6 for 48 yards with a TD pass to good looking rookie Dustin Keller on his second possession.
Favre energized everyone in the stadium, including his defense who — with Kris Jenkins in the middle — consistently stuffed the Redskins. The Jets ‘D’ showed the Skins three and four and even two man lines, mixing things up and gave up only 2 of 11 third down conversions all game. When, the second quarter started, the second and third teams began trickling in including some good looking youngsters like D-linemen Derek Brown and Marcus Murrell, CB Dwight Lowery, LBs Kenwin Cummings, Cody Spencer, WR Marcus Henry and David Clowney — who hurt his shoulder and left the game.
Kellen Clemens — who may wind up becoming the number 3 Quarterback — had a horrific night. He fell down three times trying to get away from center with the snap. He had four passes batted down at the line of scrimmage and even when he managed to get a few decent passes off, his receivers dropped four of them. He looked very uncomfortable.
Brett Ratliff — who may become the next number 2 quarterback — took over at the end of the third quarter and immediately brought some electricity back to the stadium. He, too, was right on target and very decisive. The Skins scored with only 1:04 left in the fourth quarter — on a flub by Safety James Ihedigbo — who’d made a nice interception earlier and tried for another one and missed.
Ratliff came out and looked an awful lot like Favre, moving the team down to scoring position with only five seconds left in the game. That’s when Eric Mangini got cute. With a time out and five seconds left, instead of going for the TD and a win, Mangini opted for a field goal. Why? To tie a preseason game? So, what happens? Nuggent hits the upright and the Jets lose 13 – 10. Yeah, I know, in the regular season, that’s what you do. But this is the preseason. Why play for a tie? Nice going Eric, that’s the way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.