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Coles, Favre beyond warmed up

9/29/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
There are a few ways to judge a receiver's best game -- most catches, most yards, most touchdowns, an attractive combination of the three.

New York Jets receiver Laveranues Coles has enjoyed several big days, but Sunday's likely will rank near the top when he looks back on his stellar career.

Coles caught a career-high three touchdown passes -- all in the second quarter -- in a 56-35 romp over the Arizona Cardinals in the Meadowlands. Brett Favre threw six TD passes, a personal best for him, in the second-highest scoring game in Jets history.

Coles finished with eight catches for 105 yards. His career-highs are 12 receptions and 180 yards.

Much was written about Coles' displeasure of the Jets' decision to eighty-six his good friend, Chad Pennington, to make room for Favre. Coles wouldn't speak to the media for days, fueling speculation he and Favre weren't getting along.

Coles and Favre enjoyed exuberant embraces on Sunday.

"After dealing with injuries and then the big circus with Brett coming into town it's been tough," Coles said with a laugh. "I've taken it on the chin. I know there have been some things said about me, like not being happy about him coming here. But none of th
at is true.

"I'm excited about having the opportunity to play football with a legend. I say it all the time: There's nothing I could do to enhance his career, but there's a lot he can do to enhance mine with everything he brings to the table."

Favre noted it took so long to develop chemistry with Coles in particular because Coles' nagging thigh injury limited their reps together through training camp. Coles went into the game with 10 catches and one touchdown through three games.

"I can't tell you how many people within this organization have told me -- week in and week out -- if you just throw the ball to L.C., he'll make a play," Favre said. "I didn't go out there [Sunday] and say 'I'm just going to throw it to L.C.'

"The guy's a playmaker. Our communication has been great regardless of what people may think. We talk about more things than we have actually gone out and practiced. So I think it's a work in progress, but I think he's a heck of a player. You've got to find a way to get him the ball."