The New York Jets scored their first touchdown of the season and first touchdown of their first game against the Miami Dolphins this season on a 56-yard bomb from Brett Favre to Jerricho Cotchery. It was an eye-popping throw that seemed to immediately make the contrast between Favre's legendary arm and Chad Pennington's arm of lesser renown.
Except that the 56-yarder would be Favre's longest pass of the season.
Except that Favre has spent parts of the last two weeks complaining that something is wrong with his throwing arm.
Except that Favre is having a terrible December in which he has under thrown several key passes.
Except that, by comparison, Pennington is humming along with no apparent issues with his throwing shoulder or arm.
So in the irony of ironies, it is possible to say the quarterback with the more sound arm and greater confidence in his ability to get the ball to a receiver on Sunday will be Pennington and not Favre. Amazing.
Favre has talked about having an MRI after the season and it showing "something" wrong with his throwing arm. At the very least, it sounds like he's got tired or dead arm. Of course the Jets are denying all of that. In today's New York Daily News Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Cotchery dismiss the idea Favre's arm strength is diminished.
So who to believe? Favre himself or the people around Favre who don't really know?
I believe Favre is telegraphing his dead arm. I believe him.
And that leads me to this: The Jets discarded Pennington in favor of Favre because they had grown weary of the limits Pennington's weaker arm put on their offense. But now they go into their most important game of the season, with playoff implications on the line, against Pennington, and their pass offense is again seemingly limited.