Packer gives nod to A-Rod

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

Brett Favre has taken more than his share of kicks to his, uh, jock in the past few seasons, whether it be because of his insistence on stretching his career far past it’s shelf life, or the controversy involving those alleged internet photos.

Now, even in retirement, he’s still absorbing body blows. This one comes from Green Bay Packers wideout Greg Jennings who, ironically, caught Favre’s record-breaking touchdown toss that gave No. 4 the career mark for TD passes ahead of Dan Marino.

In an interview with ESPN Radio, Jennings, who has played the past four years with Aaron Rodgers after two years with Favre, admitted he thinks Rodgers is better than Favre. Ouch!

“They both bring different things to the table, but, honestly, right now, I definitely have to go with — you can’t take away what Brett has done — but I am gonna go with Aaron,” Jennings said.

“His body of work at such a young age ... I think it’s second to none and I think it’s unparalleled,” he said. “And you haven’t really found a quarterback that has done it the way he’s done it. You have the young guys that are coming out and they’re making a huge impact in this game.

“This is a different league, it’s a pass-first league and so it’s a little different, but his attention to detail and his discipline to be perfect or so close to perfect ... I think that’s really going to separate him. I am definitely going to have to go with ‘A-Rod.’”

FIRED RAIDERS COACH HAD IT COMING

Hue Jackson is pissed.

After meeting with new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on Tuesday, Jackson was fired later in the day.

“(McKenzie) is going to gut this place,” an angry Jackson told CSNBayArea.com. “He wants to bring in his own guys. No job is safe right now.”

Excuse us for not being too sympathetic with Jackson’s plight. Under his guidance, the Raiders set a league record for the most penalties in a season and ended up wilting on the final weekend of the season, losing to San Diego when a win would have ensured them a playoff spot.

The inmates ran the asylum under Jackson’s watch in Oakland. And McKenzie simply wouldn’t allow that to keep going on.

In the end, we don’t see anything wrong with that.

IT'S ALL SO MUCH MULARKEY

The flirtation with Mike Mularkey by NFL teams seeking a head coach is a bit of a head-scratcher.

Mularkey, the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills, was in Jacksonville on Tuesday to interview for the vacant Jaguars job. There are those around the NFL who feel he actually might be the frontrunner to get the gig.

Fair enough.

We just ask one question of these teams: Did any of you see the Falcons get pasted by the New York Giants 24-2 on Sunday in NFC wild-card action? The only points the Falcons scored all afternoon came via the defence, which forced Eli Manning to get called for intentional grounding while in the end zone for a safety.

Meanwhile, under the guidance of offensive co-ordinator Mularkey, the Falcons offence was shut out. That’s right. An offence with Michael Turner, Roddy White, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez did not muster a single point.

We don’t care if they were playing the ’85 Bears. Being blanked with that much talent on the field is unacceptable.

And yet, teams continue to woo Mularkey.

Why?

MASON DOESN'T MISS JETS' MESS

Normally at Gang Green home games, the official chant for the local New York team is J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!

Given what we’re hearing from some players past and present, maybe it should be M-E-S-S, Mess, Mess, Mess!

Add Derrick Mason to the list of voices who are coming out with candid reports of just how dysfunctional the Jets were this past season.

“They were a mess,” Mason told Scout.com. “It was a cluster you-

know-what. You don’t see stuff like this, it’s not the norm. Before I left, you could see it materializing. Things heated up.”

The veteran receiver — who announced his retirement Tuesday after 15 seasons in the NFL — was dealt to the Houston Texans midway through the season.

“If I was the problem, it would have stopped,” Mason, 37, said of the unrest in the Jets locker room. “If I was the guy complaining, it would have stopped. I wasn’t the cancer in the locker room.”


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