Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Little guy call Brett Favre

I’ve heard a lot on Brett Favre, but no one seems to be seeing the obvious point. Look at this from the Packer’s perspective.

Chronological order
1) For several offseasons Favre debates retiring
2) When the draft Aaron Rodgers – when he falls to them at 24, the did not trade up – Favre gets upset and refuses to teach the guy anything for a season plus until it becomes clear the team is not trying to get rid of him.
3) Favre retires
4) In March Favre contacts the Packers and says he wants to play again. The team says great, and CHARTERS A PLANE to fly him up to Green Bay (which is why I roll my eyes when he says he did not feel welcome), but at the last second he changes his mind again and tells the team he will stay retired.
5) He decides he wants to unretire.

If you are Green Bay how far do you trust Favre? Are you sure he really wants to play and will give 100%? No one seems to think maybe the front office is not sure it can rely on him. Because if you bring him back you soil yourself with Aaron Rodgers – who looked pretty good in emergency duty against Dallas – good young QBs are hard to find. Let’s say Brett comes back – it may very well only be for one season, so the only way you can is if you feel it will make you a favorite to win the Super Bowl because long term you are hurting the team a few years down the line. Yes Green Bay made the Championship Game last year, but do you think they are better than New England? Indy? San Diego? Hell even Pittsburgh or Dallas?

My point is only it is easy to understand the team’s rational. Now I think Green Bay is making the wrong move, because in my view he makes them a contender for a ring and you sell out the long term for that (you don’t sell out for just the playoffs). Next year Brian Brohm will have a year of watching under his belt and you can throw him in.

I also think you are seeing a cost for not having an owner (there are benefits too, but everyone always goes on about how great it is to have a community owned team not thinking there are any negatives). Everyone (coach, GM, president) has their own interests in mind, without an owner there is no one with the team’s interest #1 in mind – an owner is not going to be trying to get job security or protect his reputation so he can land a job with another team later.

Finally: he's not the great quarterback of all time - he's not even in the discussion. He's not on the very top tier. He's great, a Hall of Famer, but too much of a gambler who hurt his team with mistakes. He is not the all time interception leader just because he played a lot of games.


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