Fittingly, Favre's final play an illegal pass

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Let the record show the final play of Brett Favre's 2008 season, perhaps the final play of his illustrious career, was an illegal forward pass on a desperation call designed to weave through the Stanford band.

The play was symbolic of Favre's season with the New York Jets. It was a pass that shouldn't have been made, a penalty that wasted time and set the Jets back. Sure, it allowed them one more do-over, but not a quality opportunity.

The Jets gave the play one last try, but Favre watched it from the sideline.

At Monday morning's news conference to announce head coach Eric Mangini's dismissal, Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum indicated they would like to have Favre back in 2009.

Favre fell apart down the homestretch and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his throwing shoulder.

He threw two touchdown passes and nine interceptions over his final five games. He threw three interceptions and had a season-low 45.1 passer rating in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands.

The Jets tried to manage Favre throughout the season by having him throw quick, short passes. The ball-control strategy worked for a while, but Sunday's game was a mess in that regard.

Doug Kern of ESPN Stats & Analysis dissected the video and discovered how awful Favre was on passes that traveled less than 10 yards.

Favre completed 12 of 22 such attempts for 76 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling returned Favre's second interception 25 yards for a touchdown.

Favre had a 24.1 passer rating on throws inside 10 yards, and a 22.1 passer rating on attempts of any distance outside the field numbers.