Maybe because he never was a part of the vibrant Rex Ryan environment that has been so pronounced the past two seasons. Maybe because Favre always will be remembered as a Green Bay Packers legend first and foremost. Maybe because he's in his second year with the Minnesota Vikings and had such incredible success last year.
The allegations against Brett Favre are a distraction for the Vikings as they prepare to take on the Jets.
Jets fans would like to forget the Favre experiment of aught-eight.
He propelled them to an 8-3 start and into the Super Bowl conversation. Then he buckled under a heap of interceptions and a wonky right arm. Head coach Eric Mangini lost his job. Then Favre was gone, his last two plays for the Jets an interception and an illegal forward pass.
The NFL has expedited an investigation into the incidents and could punish Favre under the personal conduct policy. That won't happen for Monday night's game, but all the turmoil has to be a monumental distraction for the Vikings. ESPNNewYork.com reporter Jane McManus also wrote about the league's investigation of Favre from a Jets perspective.
Many Jets players and front office personnel felt burned by Favre's hit-and-run stint.
Beloved teammate Chad Pennington was dumped to make way for him (and went on to win an AFC East title with the Miami Dolphins). Jets players felt Favre wasn't worth the special treatment. Coaches lost their jobs when they didn't make the playoffs.
Favre is the Vikings' problem now, and on Monday night the Jets won't be compassionate.