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Perhaps the Jets should buy Laveranues Coles a blowup doll of Chad Pennington. He could talk to it, lay with it and remember all the special times that he used to share with his good ol’ buddy.
Coles hasn’t gotten over the loss of Chad Pennington due to the arrival of Brett Favre. To his credit (?), he hasn’t been extremely vocal but he needs to get over it. He’s all broken up because the Jets decided to upgrade the QB position and give themselves a shot at the postseason.
“I don’t have a feel for him and he doesn’t have a feel for me,” Coles said yesterday of his on-field relationship with Favre. “That is one of the things I am going to have to deal with. In the past I’ve always known when the ball was coming. Now you don’t really know.”
Coles, who missed the four preseason games with a hamstring injury, has not sounded enthusiastic about having Favre as his quarterback and didn’t again yesterday, but he said Sunday that’s a product of loyalty toward Pennington.
Wah. Sorry the Jets decided to get a QB who can throw the ball more than seven yards. Sorry they decided to think about what was best for the team as opposed to Coles’ feelings. Next time the Jets decide to make a personnel move, Eric Mangini and Woody Johnson should come to Coles and ask how it would make him feel. Even Nicolas Anelka doesn’t want to hear it anymore.
There’s nothing wrong with being upset over losing a friend but Coles might want to remember that this is a business and not a support group. He has been seen laughing and talking with Favre and their lockers are next to each other.
If Coles wants to win, he’ll realize that Favre is the best chance he’ll ever have of accomplishing anything on the Jets. Then again he did request a trade to the Jets so he can’t be that interested in success. This is the same guy who whined about the lack of big plays on the Redskins yet wouldn’t get surgery to fix his toe. Maybe he doesn’t have chemistry with Favre because he missed the preseason. It’s your job to adjust so get on with it. No one wants to hear bitching about former teammates. It happens all the time. There are these things called phones and the interwebs. Learn them. Use them. Love them.
Maybe we’ve been too hard on Laveranues. We’ll leave you with a tribute to LC and his buddy CP.
“The Bucs were thought to be the favorites in the Favre sweepstakes. In fact, a group of their coaches went to a watering hole Wednesday night near the team’s training facility at Disney World, thinking they were going to land Favre – until they saw the TV news flash around 1 a.m. that he was headed to the Jets.”
The arm of the Jets starting quarterback just aged 30 years. The body attached to it is different as well. Brett Favre has been traded to the Jets and not a minute too soon.
Jay Glazer reports that the Packers will receive a fourth-round pick but that could increase in value depending how the Jets do and how many snaps Favre takes this season. Should the Jets reach the Super Bowl and Farve reach a certain percentage of snaps, the pick could become a first-rounder.
Both teams released statements confirming the trade and licking his narcissistic ass. Finally we can hear the end of this absurd saga and focus on how much longer we have to go before an NFL player gets arrested. The college kids can’t keep this up much longer.
Mike Florio over at Pro Football Talk reports that the trade also has terms preventing the Jets from trading Favre to a NFC Central team. However there’s no reason the Jets couldn’t trade him elsewhere if they chose to do so. For the love of everything that’s holy, let’s hope Woody keeps Favre in the swampland he loves so much.
There is some collateral damage as a result of this bizarre couple of weeks and the trade. Chad Pennington and his eight year-old arm could be a casualty as the Jets need to make cap room to sign Favre. Who even knows the mental state of Aaron Rogers? Favre may be gone but the Green Bay fans let him know how they feel and the team has fucked with his emotions. The Packers organization’s rep has taken a hit over the wishy-washy, indecisive, bitch way they handled this drama. Let’s see how he deals with the New York press when they’re constantly on his ass after his first six interception game.
By now you’ve all read that Bobby Petrino has quit 13 games into his first season as an NFL coach to go become the head coach at Arkansas. This got me wondering, what other NFL coaches had quit in the middle of his first season as an NFL head coach…that list was small.
Since the AFL/NFL merger, only one coach quit in the middle of a season, Lou Holtz. Coincidentally, Lou went to go coach Arkansas after quitting just 13 games into his first season as a NFL head coach (for the Jets). Lou fared pretty well with the razorbacks, going 60-21-2 with 6 bowl games. After getting fired and going to Minnesota, then moving on to Notre Dame, well, people forgot that he was a quitter in the NFL.
So the question is, will that happen with Petrino?
Well, Petrino was a pretty good head coach at Louisville, but he has only been a head coach for 4 years at the collegiate level and about two thirds of a pro season. Holtz, on the other hand, coached 7 years in college at two schools before his job in the NFL, where he quit with just one game left. Edge goes to Holtz on this one, he was a pretty established coach already. Petrino just had one recruiting cycle to prove himself and he didn’t do anything in the pros to show he could coach on much more balanced playing field.
Coaching skills aside, the real reason Petrino will never be seen as anything more than a quitter is that he is really lacking is some personality. Holtz had (and still has) that in spades. Some people describe Petrino’s personality as “that of a doorknob“…that doesn’t bode well in the rewriting of his history. The media and fans will eat him faster than his former players did. Who wants to consider Petrino’s side of the story when no one can stand the guy? He might always be “a quitter”.
Bobby Petrino has pretty much shot himself in the foot. He will be adored only by Arkansas fans, but only if he wins. If he loses he will be castigated there like he currently is throughout the nation and it might very well end his career as a head coach. Nick Saban hasn’t recovered from his quitting the Dolphins one year removed from doing so and it will be awhile before people forget that. This looks to be way worse. If he doesn’t win in Arkansas, he is probably done.
(note, if my 5 seconds of research on this issue is wrong, do let me know!)