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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New York Jets weren't built around Brett Favre like the Green Bay Packers were, but that hasn't stopped criticism about how the Jets are using QB Brett Favre through their first two games.
Folks want Favre to throw, throw, throw. But Favre still is trying to get on the same page with his WRs. Jets head coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have chosen to establish a ground game with RB Thomas Jones.
The Jets aren't calling plays like Favre is used to. ESPN researchers went back over the past 16 years to examine the breakdown of runs versus passes for Favre through his first two games of each season and discovered he has never thrown less often in that span as a starter than he has with the Jets.
He has thrown 48 times this year. The closest he came to that figure was when he threw 53 passes in 1993, his first full season as an NFL starter. In his first two games last season he threw 80 times.
"Just because I'm here, we don't change our offense," Favre said this week. "I said this from day one: 'It's much easier for one to get on board with 10 than vice versa.' It's been a great working relationship. Ultimately, we're judged by wins and losses. I know that. Schotty knows it. Eric knows it on down the line. How we get to that point is what we're trying to achieve right now."
But here's an uplifting stat for Jets fans: They completed passes of 50 yards or longer only four times last year. This year, Favre already has thrown two.