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Can We Stop Stroking Brett Favre Already

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Brett Favre at a news conference after their loss to the Giants in the playoffs. AP/Mike Roemer.

This is absurd.

This whole Brett Favre saga has now reached some sort of closure with his trade to the New York Jets, but the Four-Letter Network has whipped themselves up in such a frenzy it’s almost humiliating.

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The question that SportsCenter anchors Stuart Scott and Neil Everett would ask any reporters they could get their hands on was, “Are the Green Bay Packers or the New York Jets with Brett Favre the better team now?”

The fact that NFL analyst Cris Carter had to think about for several moments just went to show his questionable judgment.

Of course Green Bay is still the better team. They still have that crushing defense and an offensive line that will keep Aaron Rodgers upright. And they were one Brett Favre interception away from the Super Bowl.

The New York Jets without Brett Favre are a mediocre team verging on being horrible. This is the same team that barely mustered four wins last season.

Brett Favre is not a savior. When the Packers had to rebuild the team after the 2004 season, the Packers had 4 wins in 2005 and 8 in 2006. In that losing 2005 season he threw more interceptions than touchdowns (29 interceptions to 20 touchdowns). And remember this is the guy who holds the NFL record in interceptions thrown.

The Jets roster as it stands now is nothing to quiver at. Receivers Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery aren't that fearsome to defend against, and their offensive line still hasn't proven anything through the years.

Granted Brett Favre is an upgrade at quarterback over Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens, but it seems very unlikely he will make that much of an impact on the success of the Jets.

Are the Jets now relevant? Outside of Favre, no. He'll be a nice side show attraction for New York for the first week or so, but once the Jets are exposed for the bad team they are they will once again fall under the fold.

But what will be very interesting to watch this season is how Brett Favre reacts to the New York media. He has never been in a media market like New York, so that is something to keep an eye on throughout the season.

But for now we can put this mess behind us.