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Jets coach Ryan wants Favre back

THE New York Jets' new head coach Rex Ryan said on Wednesday he hoped Brett Favre would return as quarterback of the National Football League team.

"Brett Favre is a tremendous player," Ryan said. "I got whiplash coaching against him, watching him go up and down the field.

"I know the kind of talent he has and the kind of competitor he is. I think anybody would want a player like that on his team."

The 39-year-old quarterback, traded by the Green Bay Packers to the Jets before last season after he changed his mind about retirement, has said he has not yet made up his mind about whether he wants to continue playing.

Ryan, who replaced Eric Mangini at the helm, said he had not yet talked to Favre but planned to in the coming days.

The new head coach, who was defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, said he planned to field a ferocious defense at the Jets.

The Jets parted ways with Mangini after the team lost four of their last five games following an 8-3 start to finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs. Mangini was later hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.


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