Brett Favre did on Sunday what he does best, which is play recklessly and hope for the best. When it works, he's a gunslinger who throws caution to the wind. But it didn't work this Sunday and it hasn't for most of the season.
Favre threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in a 24-17 loss to Chad Pennington and the Dolphins. The Wrangler-wearing, always-smiling, only-QB-ever-to-have-fun ends his 2008 season with 22 TDs and 22 INTs. Pretty good for a Pro Bowler, eh? As for Pennington, he finished with 19 TDs and only 7 picks.
When the Jets traded for Favre, the media made it out to be the second coming. When the Jets knocked off the previously undefeated Titans to improve to 8-3, NYC newspapers were talking an all-New York Super Bowl. But the Jets didn't get the 2007 Brett Favre that led the Packers to the NFC Championship Game. They got the Favre from the few seasons prior to that, the one from 2005 that threw 29 INTs and couldn't do anything right. That was the Brett Favre that showed up down the stretch, when the Jets went 1-4, not the "Broadway Brett" they had imagined.
Favre's reckless abandon reared its ugly head once again at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Not that it mattered. A Jets win would have only helped the Patriots clinch the AFC East since the Ravens won to secure the 6th playoff spot.
After going 4-12 last season, this year would seem to be a success with a 9-7 finish even without a playoff berth. But when you're thought of as a Super Bowl contender as late as November, anything short of the playoffs has to be considered failure.