Looks like the New York Jets will be in the market for a new quarterback. ESPN is reporting that Brett Favre has instructed his agent to tell the team that he plans on retiring. Here's Favre statement that he released.
"[G.M.] Mike [Tannenbaum] and [owner] Woody [Johnson], as well as the entire organization, have been nothing short of outstanding," Favre told Werder via e-mail. "My teammates[,] Thomas [Jones] and Kerry [Rhodes] included, were a pleasure to play with. [Coach] Eric [Mangini] could not have been any better. I enjoyed playing for him. My time with the Jets was short, but I'm honored to be given that chance."
Eleven new coaches will take the field next season. Don Banks of Sports Illustrated takes a look at the new head coaches for 2009 and what the chances are of any of them leading their team to a quick turnaround like Miami and Atlanta in 2008.
Seattle head coach Jim Mora is listed as part of the group. Banks puts the Seahawks in the Work in Progress category. Here's what Banks had to say about Seattle.
"I'm among those who think Jim Mora will be a wiser, more mature version of himself as a second-time head coach in Seattle. His judgment will be better, and he'll make shrewder decisions on which direction to expend his energy and bountiful enthusiasm. The disappointing end of his Atlanta tenure should serve him well in that way, teaching him what not to get caught up in and how to choose his words and his message more carefully.
"What exactly Mora is taking over in Seattle is difficult to tell. Is this a team in full-blown transition, badly in need of a post-Mike Holmgren rebuilding job, or was 2008 just an injury-filled aberration unlikely to ever be repeated? The Seahawks reported to training camp last year looking like themselves, but then the injury bug hit at receiver and quarterback and you couldn't even recognize them before long."
The Sporting News ranks the top offensive tackles hitting the free agent market. Carolina's Jordan Gross tops the list.