Favre, Jets trying to avoid fade to black

It is not just Jets fans that have detected quarterback Brett Favre fading. To a certain degree, Jets coach Eric Mangini has done the same.

Asked whether he thought Favre was fading, Mangini responded: “There are some throws (at Seattle) that he definitely could’ve hit better, but there were some throws that were easily catchable and we didn’t come up with the catch. You catch a few of those and things look dramatically different. There were plenty of those balls, too.”

But Favre has not played as well recently as he did early in the year, a topic Mangini was asked about Tuesday.

“Anytime you’re not doing well on third down, the amount of opportunities decreases,” Mangini said. “We haven’t been very effective in that situation. The amount of drives lessens. The time of possession lessens. The opportunity to keep throwing the ball lessens. It’s been constrictive the last four games as well.”

Meanwhile, former Jets and current Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington has played himself into the running for the league MVP award.

These days, there are callers to sports talk radio shows talking about how they wish Pennington was still the Jets QB. But those same callers now are questioning Favre.

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