Jets' Jones says Favre needed 'to come out of the game'

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January 02, 2009|By From Sun news services

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has said he wants Brett Favre to be the team's quarterback next season, but some players seem to be bristling at the thought.

Days after the Jets' 1-4 finish left them out of the playoffs and helped trigger Eric Mangini's firing as coach, running back Thomas Jones blasted Favre's final-game performance and suggested the quarterback's play - nine interceptions and only two touchdown passes in the final five games - called for his benching.

"We're a team and we win together ... but at the same time, you can't turn the ball over and expect to win," Jones said in an interview Tuesday with New York Hot 97 FM.

Favre threw three interceptions in the Jets' season-ending 24-17 home loss to Miami that clinched the AFC East for the Dolphins.

"The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. I mean, that's just reality," Jones told the radio station. "If I were to sit here and say, 'Oh, man, it's OK,' that's not reality. ... I don't like it. I know everybody else on the team doesn't like it.

"If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game."

Today, the Jets will conduct their first interviews with potential successors to Mangini, starting with internal candidates Brian Schottenheimer, the team's offensive coordinator, and assistant head coach Bill Callahan.

Whether the next coach of the Jets wants Favre at quarterback will likely be a prominent issue in New York's search. A lot of the blame for the Jets not making the playoffs has landed at Favre's feet.

A veteran Jets player, quoted anonymously by Newsday, described Favre as a "distant" teammate who, when at the Jets' practice facility, spent his downtime away from teammates in an office specially designated for him.

"There was a lot of resentment in the room about him," the player told Newsday.

Chargers:: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson and tight end Antonio Gates missed a second straight practice yesterday as San Diego continued to prepare for its home wild-card playoff game against Indianapolis tomorrow night.

"If we were playing today, he probably wouldn't play," coach Norv Turner said about Gates, the Pro Bowl tight end.

And Tomlinson? "Yeah, I think he would," the coach said.

Cardinals:: The NFL granted a second, final 24-hour extension of its television blackout deadline for Arizona's wild-card playoff game against visiting Atlanta tomorrow. The Cardinals have until this afternoon to sell their remaining tickets.

The team said 3,700 tickets were left.

Vikings:: Plenty of good seats are still available for Minnesota's wild-card game against visiting Philadelphia on Sunday. The Vikings reported that 8,000 tickets remained yesterday afternoon.

The NFL granted an extension until this afternoon to reach a virtual sellout, but the possibility of a local TV blackout looms.

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