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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Factoring in the breeze whistling across the open fields, it was well below freezing when, grudgingly, the Jets took the practice field Wednesday.

For Brett Favre, it was another day in wind-chilled paradise, just another summer day back at Lambeau Field.

While most players moved briskly to the next drill, Favre pantomimed a slow-motion jog that drew laughs. He lined up linebacker Eric Barton for an emphatic butt-slap and, later, caught backup quarterback Kellen Clemens with the same stinging, signature maneuver.

The Jets are coming off four straight victories and, at 7-3, are a game ahead of the pack in the AFC East. New York is in sole possession of first place for the first time in seven years. The Jets meet the 10-0 Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and by the way they went about their business this week at their new facility in suburban New Jersey, you'd swear they think they have a chance.

This time last year the record was 2-8 and the atmosphere in Hempstead, N.Y., was funereal. What's different? Sure, nose tackle Kris Jenkins has been huge (literally, at a listed 349 pounds) in stopping the run and, yes, the offensive line has been terrific with the addition of guard Alan Faneca. Favre, of course, was one of the highest-profile acquisitions in the history of the league, but it's not just his play on the field that has elevated the Jets.

Favre is 39 years old now. But his enthusiasm, his obvious joy for the game, has changed the Jets' chemistry and, maybe, something even greater.

"He's changed the culture totally," said wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. "When I first met him, he was saying that the two things he was going to do was score touchdowns and have fun. And we've been scoring touchdowns, and we've been having a lot of fun.

"It's more relaxed. Guys are having fun each and every day. Guys are happy to be here."

The veterans will tell you that "fun" was not a word that often surfaced in head coach Eric Mangini's two previous seasons.

"Believe me," Favre said, "there's nothing fun about meetings. There's not a whole lot of fun in practice. There's not a whole lot of fun in losing, but you can make it as easy or as hard as you want. I try to make it easy.

"No one is as competitive as me. No one has as much fun as me. I love to play the game. There's nothing like throwing a touchdown pass. There's nothing like going into Foxborough and beating [the Patriots] when no one gave us a chance." Mangini has been impressed. nfl_g_favre2_sw_200.jpg

"He can be focused, get his work done, but keep the group light, keep practice fun, keep the guys excited about each day," Mangini said. "He's got that passion for football, that love of the game, that's very contagious."

Since arriving for his 18th season on Aug. 7, Favre has been working to assimilate the Jets' offense and the particular skills of his teammates. As always with Favre, it has not been a flat-line affair. This, after all, is the man who is the NFL's all-time leader in touchdowns (460) and interceptions (300). Favre threw seven interceptions in a span of three games, but over the past three games there has been only one.

Favre has thrown for 18 touchdowns, balanced by 12 interceptions, and has a tidy 93.0 passer rating, better than his career average of 86.0. Ten games in, he said he is more comfortable with all the moving parts. The biggest play in last week's 34-31 victory over the Patriots came on the winning drive in overtime when Favre converted a third-and-15 with a 31-yard quick seam pass to tight end Dustin Keller. Favre said it was the first game the Jets had included the play in the game plan, and that he worked with Keller through the previous week on mastering its intricacies.

Still, there is always time for horseplay. "He is the notorious butt-slapper," Cotchery said. "You have to watch out for him because you may be stretching out or something, and he just comes out of nowhere."

Mangini himself was victimized last Thursday night on national television. Moments after the Jets had defeated the Patriots, Favre accepted a hug from Mangini, then as Mangini walked away -- whack!

"At that point, it was perfectly fine," Mangini said. "No problem. I didn't even feel it. Shoot

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The biggest play in last week's 34-31 victory over the Patriots came on the winning drive in overtime when Favre converted a third-and-15 with a 31-yard quick seam pass to tight end Dustin Keller. Favre said it was the first game the Jets had included the play in the game plan, and that he worked with Keller through the previous week on mastering its intricacies.

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"He's changed the culture totally," said wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. "When I first met him, he was saying that the two things he was going to do was score touchdowns and have fun. And we've been scoring touchdowns, and we've been having a lot of fun.

That pretty much epitomizes Favre's career. A confident and loose Jets team can be dangerous to any of the AFC top teams IMO.

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I don't get where you conclude that the article means "no respect"?

YES. I have no idea either.

Should we just ban EY rather than wait for his explanation? Because where I come from a man's word is his BOND.

AND

this thread makes NO sense based on the title that was created. In my neighborhood if a cat started a thread like this he would have been skinned alive.

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It's playing out better than I thought it would from a standpoint of the Jets finally having some color to them. Some flavor, some blood flow. They've been like a black and white movie for what seems like forever.

Mangini wasn't going to give it to them. For all he is or isn't, Eric Mangini was/is not capable of giving this team the personality they're developing. He's not 100% the mope his mentor Beli is, but he'd better hope he never has to feed his family by being the social component of anything. Mangini's early tenure was spent making sure everyone understood what a tough camp he could run and that total discipline was key to success. Hopefully wherever we end up after this season EM can come off that a few notches. Camp and Club Edwards is a proven blueprint for failure as well - but thats a polar opposite.

I don't have any idea what we will do for a QB if Favre gets hurt or decides not to come back. The thought is frightening, until I remember whatever we do it will be without Pennington - then I feel a lot better.

I think Brett Favre is helping this team develop the winning personality and attitude necessary to be a force for the future. Maybe even good enough so that if Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratlif has to be the full time QB they can come in and get the job done. Get it done because they're a part of the good mojo the Jets have going rather than marginally talented clipboard jockeys.

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I don't get where you conclude that the article means "no respect"?

res-pect find out what it means to e..

EY just boned the title. Apparently he was hitting the sauce this evening..

He meant to say "No respect?? ... Except the front page of mother****ing ESPN, bitches!" ,playing off of the common theme in Jets internets of the team getting no respect..

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res-pect find out what it means to e..

EY just boned the title. Apparently he was hitting the sauce this evening..

He meant to say "No respect?? ... Except the front page of mother****ing ESPN, bitches!" ,playing off of the common theme in Jets internets of the team getting no respect..

That pretty much sums it up correctly.

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YES. I have no idea either.

Should we just ban EY rather than wait for his explanation? Because where I come from a man's word is his BOND.

AND

this thread makes NO sense based on the title that was created. In my neighborhood if a cat started a thread like this he would have been skinned alive.

I.am.scared.

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lol, it's all good.

it's weird aint it ? the JETS as the lead story, and it's good ?

makes me uncomfortable in a strange way

I think the way to find peace is to realize that it's a Brett Favre story still. So, it's kinda like two forces at work here.

Media must praise Favre.

Media must ignore Jets.

Worlds collide Jerry, worlds collide!!!!!!

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I think the way to find peace is to realize that it's a Brett Favre story still. So, it's kinda like two forces at work here.

Media must praise Favre.

Media must ignore Jets.

Worlds collide Jerry, worlds collide!!!!!!

holy **** that was funny :D

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YES. I have no idea either.

Should we just ban EY rather than wait for his explanation? Because where I come from a man's word is his BOND.

AND

this thread makes NO sense based on the title that was created. In my neighborhood if a cat started a thread like this he would have been skinned alive.

The PIG is RIPE for it's SLAUGHTER.

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YES. I have no idea either.

Should we just ban EY rather than wait for his explanation? Because where I come from a man's word is his BOND.

AND

this thread makes NO sense based on the title that was created. In my neighborhood if a cat started a thread like this he would have been skinned alive.

:) Poor Ham....he was always best suited for a audience of 12 yr olds.

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res-pect find out what it means to e..

EY just boned the title. Apparently he was hitting the sauce this evening..

He meant to say "No respect?? ... Except the front page of mother****ing ESPN, bitches!" ,playing off of the common theme in Jets internets of the team getting no respect..

That pretty much sums it up correctly.

Thanks for clearing that up.

If Ragu taught us anything, TSWI (thread starting while intoxicated) and PWI (posting while intoxicated) should be strongly discouraged.

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Thanks for clearing that up.

If Ragu taught us anything, TSWI (thread starting while intoxicated) and PWI (posting while intoxicated) should be strongly discouraged.

Wasn't even really drunk. But you switch one letter, and one that still makes a word, without the ability to edit, and you're screwed.

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