A voice of reason — and humor — spoke out Wednesday when asked how these Jets overcome the perception of losing that has infiltrated the organization over the years.
“Oh, there they go again, (same) old Jets,” New York quarterback Brett Favre said before laughing at himself and the skepticism that awaits his team. “I haven’t read that, but I’m assuming that’s what it says. Why wouldn’t you say that? I consider it a challenge.
“Pardon my French, but, hell, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I really don’t. I’m aware of what has happened here in the past, for the most part, but to be quite honest, I don’t care. I care about what’s happening in the next three weeks. I care about what’s happening this week. In passing, sometimes I’ll tell people, “You know what, three months from now, who cares, a year from now, who cares?” It’s going to be about next year. It’s going to be about the draft. It’s going to be about this, it’s going to be about that. Ten years from now, it’s not going to matter. What matters is right now. I can’t control what happened in the past here. I’m not even going to worry about it.”
Favre even refererred to his own childhood, when there was a feeling surrounding the New Orleans Saints that’s not all that dissimilar to the one that surrounds the Jets.
“I was a Saints fan growing up,” Favre admitted. “I never quite got to wearing a bag over my head, but I was close – ‘Aint’s fans. Every time something went wrong, ‘same old thing.’ That was miserable. I’m sure the Jets fans probably feel the same way as I did growing up as a Saints fan.
“I’m not saying we’re up against that. A lot of these guys don’t know. I think it’s a huge challenge for us, a fun challenge. This is the position we wanted to be in. Yes, we would like to have won these last two games, but we’re in a good position. Let’s ride the wave and see what happens. At the end of the year, regroup, and hopefully it was good enough. We still control our own destiny.”