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"People can say what they want," said Favre, who has played in a record 253 straight regular-season games. "Yeah, there were discussions about me going elsewhere before I came here and all that. I am happy to be here. I really am. It's a lot different from what I'm used to. Did I ever think it would end up this way? Umm, no. But it's not over yet and I'm excited."
He'll get his first chance to lead the Jets on Saturday against the Redskins, though Favre isn't sure how long he'll play.
"I did tell Eric on the phone the day before I came up, I said, 'Hey, I want to play as soon as possible,'" Favre said. "I would've played three plays the other night (at Cleveland), but that would've been ugly. I don't know. I think we'll just play it by ear."
Favre said the toughest parts of the adjustment are picking up the terminology used in a new offensive system and learning the tendencies of his new receivers. He watched game films from last season to get better acquainted with the types of routes receivers such as Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery and Chris Baker run.
"We missed on a couple big plays today," Favre said. "You can't afford to do that during the season, so I hope that we're getting that out of our system now. Those were my fault. I overthrew one, underthrew another one. I think that's where, a week from now, we'll be much better."
Coles hasn't spoken to reporters since Favre was acquired and his good friend, Chad Pennington, was released to make room under the salary cap. Coles and Favre were seen on the field before the morning practice having what appeared to be a friendly conversation.
"Those two guys had a great rapport together," Favre said. "I said, 'Look, I'm not trying to replace him. I'm here to help you guys win and I hope you respect me for that.'"
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