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In today’s NFL Notebook, Brett Favre is back in the news, the Texans go old at quarterback and the Jaguars new owner has cleared his biggest hurdle.
All I Want For X-mas Is More Favre
So far, the 2011 NFL season has been fantastic. We have an undefeated team, a win-less team, records are being shattered and rookie quarterbacks are giving once hopeless teams plenty of hope. They only thing we’re missing is well…..Brett Favre.
In the first football season without Favre since 1990, America is getting finally getting their Favre-fix as the master of attention told an ESPN source that he would “listen” if the Chicago Bears called him.
As exciting as the world would be with Brett Favre playing for his third team in the NFC North, the Bears reportedly have no interest in the record-setting Wrangler ad jockey.
Our take: The only thing is miss more than Brett Favre is the legions of media members nearly getting aneurysms by the mere mention of “the great one” un-retiring…again. With four games left in the season it would be virtually impossible for Favre to be effective in a new, Mike Martz style of offense. That said, is it possible for him to look much worse than Caleb Hanie.
Jeff Garcia To Sign With Texans
The Houston Texans are starting their third different quarterback this season with undrafted rookie T.J. Yates. Amazingly, the team has the best record in the AFC at 9-3, but a playoff run is likely to be abbreviated with such an inexperienced signal-caller, no matter how good the running game and defense are.
To try and cover themselves in case of yet another injury at the quarterback position the team came to terms with veteran Jake Delhomme last week and will reportedly sign veteran Jeff Garcia, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Our take:The fact that the Texans are trying out any and all signal callers has to be commended, as they know how delicate the position is and if they can catch some lightning in a bottle with someone, a Super Bowl run is hardly out of the question. With that said, Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia over Donovan McNabb? I know McNabb wasn’t great in Minnesota but he has to better than a couple of guys who haven’t played good football in many years.
No Snags In Jaguars Sale
Last Tuesday, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver took part in the busiest day in franchise history as he fired head coach Jack Del Rio, extended general manger Gene Smith and announced he was selling the team to Shahid Khan.
Khan is reportedly paying $760 million for the team and the vast majority of it will be paid in cash. The deal is likely to go through, according to this Associated Press report as the NFL’s finance committee unanimously voted to recommend Khan’s bid.
Our take:This is a great day for the Jaguars franchise as Khan has pledged to keep the franchise in Jacksonville for the foreseeable future. On top of that, the lease that the team has with the city is virtually air-tight as the team would have to prove they’re losing money for three consecutive years by opening up their books. Current owner Wayne Weaver actually took less money from Kahn than some of the potential Los Angeles buyers were offering.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie