If you’re wondering why it took all of two days for the MMS (and uh, some blogs, too) to latch onto Jets RB Thomas Jones’ pointed critique of QB Brett Favre, perhaps that’s because the audio archives of Hot 97 aren’t checked nearly as often as say, those of ‘Mike’d Up’. Jones told WQHT’s Angie Martinez Tuesday “We’re a team and we win together … but at the same time, you can’t turn the ball over and expect to win…The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. I mean, that’s just reality. If I were to sit here and say, ‘Oh, man, it’s okay,’ that’s not reality.” From the New York Daily News’ Rich Cimini :
Martinez asked the AFC’s leading rusher if teammates start to look “funny style” at a player that makes that many mistakes.
“If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game,” Jones replied. “You’re jeopardizing the whole team because you’re having a bad day. To me, that’s not fair to everybody else. You’re not the only one on the team.”
“So it gets like that?” Martinez interjected.
“It definitely gets like that,” Jones said. “You’re playing to win, you’re playing for the Super Bowl. That’s what you do all this work for … So when you get to the wire and somebody is just giving the game up, I mean, it’s just not (fair).”
Make no mistake, Favre played terribly down the stretch. But if Eric Mangini had pulled his starting QB in favor of Kellen Clemens — who threw all of 5 passes in 2008 — ownership wouldn’t have waited until the final whistle to fire the coach.