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Favre only a piece of the Jets' ultimate makeover

Should the Jets beat the Patriots and eventually win the AFC East, GM Mike Tannenbaum could be the early leader for executive of the year, John Clayton writes in this edition of his mailbag.

Originally Published: November 12, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Thursday night's AFC East showdown between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets has more at stake than just the division lead.

Credibility and job security are on the line. Also at stake is the philosophical debate of the right way to catch the Patriots, long the dominant team in the AFC East. Naturally, no AFC East team went into this past offseason believing the division title was open for competition. The Patriots were coming off a 16-0 season and ...

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