"Why did they get rid of Chad in the first place?"
That is what an anonymous Jets player said to Rich Cimini of the Daily News.
The player went on to say:
"Eric (Mangini) treated him like a first-year quarterback from Day 1. It was a bad decision from top to bottom, from beginning to end. Now we're paying for it. We put ourselves in this situation."
It's good to know that the players acknowledge the mistep that was made by the organization.
And this isn't a Pro-Chad statement as much as it is an anti-Favre statement. With attitudes like that, in the Jets locker room, Brett Favre's departure will make the team better. Not necessarily from a statistic standpoint, but, more importantly, in the sense of team unity.
Hopefully the Jets locker room likes Brett Ratliff, because that's what they're getting.
From Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel:
Assuming Brett Favre stays retired, the Green Bay Packers are going to have to ship a seventh-round pick in 2010 to the New York Jets as part of the trade they made in August.
There were conditions to the trade based on how much Favre played this past season, how well the Jets did and whether he played more than one season.
NFL.com reported at the time of the trade that compensation would start out at a fourth-round pick.
However, the pick became a third-round selection if Favre played in 50% of the plays in 2008, a second-rounder if he played in 70% of the plays and the Jets qualified for the playoffs, and a first-round pick if he played in 80% of the plays and the Jets made it to the Super Bowl.
Favre played in well more than 70% of the snaps this past season, but the Jets didn't make the playoffs, so the Packers will get a third-round pick in the '09 draft.
A third round pick is not bad, but Tannenbaum has been a great drafter, especially in later rounds.
3rd Round: S Eric Smith (2008 Starter)
4th Round: RB/KR Leon Washington (2008-09 Pro Bowler)
4th Round: WR/QB/ST Brad Smith (should have made the last two Pro Bowls as a Special Teamer)
6th Round: CB Drew Coleman (Dime Defensive Back)
7th Round: WR Chansi Stuckey (3rd Wide Receiver)
4th Round: CB Dwight Lowery (Rookie Starter)