The New York Jets circus is nearly the perfect storm — except for one thing.
While the team has the league's most controversial coach, a litany of aging stars, sideline reporter scandals, Hard Knocks appearances, all-pro holdouts, DWIs, and various other NFL investigations, it doesn't have Brett Favre.
Rex Ryan, though, said that may not have been the case if the team had not selected Mark Sanchez. The team moved up to the fifth slot in 2009 and was able to select the USC quarterback, but if they had not done so, Ryan says that he would have tried to convince Favre to stay.
Since Favre was Jets property at that point, he would have had to stay in New York for the Rex Ryan era.
Favre aside, the team is now living up to much of its preseason hype, winning three straight in impressive fashion.
LaDainian Tomlinson may not look 25, but he's at least looking like 28 year old L.T. in his recent performances. Mark Sanchez hasn't made a terrible mistake in a few weeks, and no scandals have happened in the last 10 days or so either.
Things may get even better for New York, though, as Santonio Holmes will return from suspension next Monday night against Favre and the Vikings, and Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace will likely be back from injury as well.
Receiver David Clowney was cut on Monday to make room on the roster for Holmes.
All in all, things are looking up for the Jets, even if they don't still have the Gunslinger.