Esiason: Mangini 'indefensible,' Favre 'defies logic'

December, 26, 2008
12/26/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Consider four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Boomer Esiason among the unimpressed when it comes to his former team's decision to trade for Brett Favre and cut Chad Pennington.

Esiason this week praised Pennington, scratched his head about Favre and ripped Jets coach Eric Mangini in a New York Post article.

"I would be really hard-pressed to look at Eric and say I respect that guy if he didn't apologize after the loss in Seattle," Esiason said, "because some of the decisions he made were indefensible. It almost looked like he panicked at times."

Esiason also suggested the Jets never understood what they had in Pennington, the driving on-field force who has helped the Dolphins rebound from a 1-15 season. Esiason claimed the Dolphins would be a four-win team without Pennington.

"As far as the mental part of the game, he's on the same level as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees," Esiason said. "It's unfortunate the Jets didn't see it that way because he really is a great player."

Esiason, who played three seasons for the Jets, predicted turbulence for the Favre changeover, but can't fathom many of Favre's bad plays.

"I kept telling people this is not going to be an easy transition," Esiason said. "It hasn't been. He's had his moments where he's played really well, but he's had his moments where he's throwing interceptions that defy logic."

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