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Wednesday, 08 October 2008 20:41
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 FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -After a few hours out on the practice field, Brett Favre really gets to work in a crowded meeting room in the New York Jets' training facility.
The quarterback sits in on the wide receiver and tight end position meetings throughout the week as he and the group continue to build chemistry. There's questions, suggestions and lots of light moments.
``I mean, it's pretty simple,'' Favre said Wednesday. ``We watch the practice tape. We'll do it today. First and foremost, and this goes for anyone, any team, any level of play, it's not so important you know what the other team is doing. It's more important to know what you're doing first, and that's what we try to get accomplished.''
Favre met with his receivers during the last three or four seasons in Green Bay, and has continued the round-table format with his new teammates.
ns everywhere. Here, having everyone involved, I think is important.''
Added wide receiver Chansi Stuckey: ``It's not uptight and tense. Everyone can talk and everyone feels comfortable, so that's one of the many advantages.''
A lot was made - even by Favre himself - of how long it would take for the veteran quarterback to get the Jets' offensive system down from the day he was acquired from the Packers in early August. The brainstorming sessions have helped expedite that process.
``I think quarterbacks should be in every meeting with receivers because you work hand-in-hand with them,'' Favre said. ``That's like having the right guard and right tackle not in a meeting with the left guard and left tackle. They have to work in unison.''
From all indications, the meetings have helped. Favre is ranked first in the NFL with a 110.8 quarterback rating and 12 touchdowns entering the Jets' game Sunday against winless Cincinnati.
``Everyone has their input and everyone talks about how they want to run their route and how they want to throw it and what makes them feel comfortable,'' said Stuckey, who has three touchdown catches. ``I think that's really carrying over from the practice field to games.''
the coaches listened or not, Favre's production has increased dramatically. He has thrown for 560 yards and nine TDs, including six against Arizona in the Jets' 56-35 victory in Week 4.
``It's a work in progress,'' Favre said. ``It has gotten better, but to sit here and say that I'm as comfortable as I was in my last few years in Green Bay, I'd be lying. I'm working hard at it. I like the open dialogue and the way we're going about it. Anyone has an idea, we speak up. We talk about it. We're trying to keep it simple, but yet within the confines of this offense.''
A lot of that give-and-take occurs in the afternoon meetings.
``It gives us all the opportunity to see what he's seeing and what he's thinking,'' wide receiver Laveranues Coles said of Favre. ``Of course, nobody really knows what Brett's thinking at the time. His philosophy will go one way during the meeting, but when Sunday hits and he looks at the pictures, he'll come up with something totally different. Basically the meetings are to keep you on edge and give you an idea of what his direction or train of thought is going to be on Sunday.''
Favre said he and the receivers are constantly talking during practice, trying out different things.
at we're doing first, and then we're about who we're playing second. A lot of times it gets reversed.''
Against the Cardinals, Favre asked Coles what type of route he thought he could get open on. Coles told him to throw him a fade pass. Sure enough, Favre looped one into the corner of the end zone that Coles caught for his third touchdown of the game.
``He told me in that his whole 18 years of playing football, that was the first fade he threw for a touchdown,'' Coles said. ``It was one of the weirdest things for me to hear him say that.''
Mangini, who stresses communication between his players, has been pleased by the post-practice powwows.
``I want that in every room, and I'm seeing a lot of the seeds of that throughout the building,'' he said. ``That stuff is huge because nobody can help them win on the field besides themselves, and understanding how the person next to you sees things is key.''
 

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