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Green Bay made the right call with Favre

Posted on: July 13, 2008 9:17 am
Edited on: July 13, 2008 9:21 am

I have a couple of things to say about this Brett Favre soap opera.

Packer fans are ready to move in a new direction at quarterback.First, the Packers made the right decision in declining Favre's request to be released so that he can attempt to sign with another team. He's loved by Packer fans and he put Green Bay in a difficult position from a public relations standpoint in his decision to not stay retired. Packer fans kind of want him back, but are also sick of the offseason after offseason of drama that he creates. 

Aside from that, the Packers need to move in a new direction with the younger quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers may never play at a level that Favre has, but Rodgers needs the opportunity to prove that. He has been in this system long enough to understand, in theory, how to lead it down the field. That brings me to my second point ...

The system clearly works. Favre was told by the coaching staff last season to play within the confines of it and he did ... and had a successful season as a result. I've seen Favre attempt to place the load of the offense on his shoulders in that gun-slinging style, which has blown up in his face from time to time. However, last season, he was brilliant. Yes, he brings the intangibles (that underhand flick in the playoffs), but I think his success last season was in large part directly attributed to playing within the system.

Rodgers doesn't have much game experience, but his future is now. The Packers also drafted Louisville's Brian Brohm and LSU's Matt Flynn, who could also develop in time. I know that game against Dallas last season, in which Rodgers replaced an injured Favre, may have only been one game, but Rodgers showed leadership and command of the offense.

It gives Packer fans hope.

Rodgers obviously doesn't have the arm strength of Favre, but Rodgers does have mobility and strong decision-making abilities. He is now at that point in which he reads his progressions based on how the defense is aligned and can find the open receiver. As long as he can open it up by throwing it down the field in order to keep the defense honest, I think Rodgers should be able to keep this young and talented Packer offense playing at a high level.

The offense won't skip a beat with Rodgers leading the attack, and he has a lot of talent around him to pick himself up if he needs it.

Let's give Rodgers a chance to prove that and let's see, also, how this Brett Favre thing plays out. I'd love to see Favre accepting that back-up role in the event that something bad happens to Rodgers, who is clearly less durable than the NFL's Iron Man.


Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2008 9:44 pm

Green Bay made the right call with Favre

I agree wholeheartedly with Bromberg. In addition to his points above, Brett Favre has shown no commitment to playing this year, if he had he would have already applied for reinstatement. The last thing the Packers organization needs is to bring in Favre as the starting QB, demote Rodgers, and then have Favre decide to reretire. Understandably you would like a starting quarteback to be mentally tough, but those are some head games that Rodgers would have to deal with. As a fan, my preference would be to build up Rodgers' confidence by the statement "we chose you over Brett Favre".

Yes brett Favre was a legend in Green Bay football history, and he will be remembered as such, but suggesting the Packers owe him something is laughable. The Packers honored his contract for the last 16 years, and were prepared to do likewise for another 3 years barring any trade possibilities. He was paid a fair wage. He was given an opportunity to retract his retirement within a reasonable time frame. The Packers treated him fairly and with respect. Brett Favre on the other hand made a decision to retire, but due to the time frame in which it took him to decide that it was the wrong move for him personally, he has to face up to the consequences of his decision making process.

If one were to try to make a case, they could say that Brett Favre owes the Packers. Yes, that is right, the man that once chastised Javon Walker for not honoring his contract has come full circle to have those words come back at him. Yes, many will say that this situation is different, but that would be a false statement. Brett Favre made a contractual commitment to the Packers through the 2010 season. If he wishes to come back to football, it is his contractual obligation to come back to the Packers, and he contractually has absolutely nothing to say about the way in which they utilize his services as a football player.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2008 2:20 pm

Green Bay made the right call with Favre

Wasn't it the Packers that gave Brett a chance?  I think he's also pretty well compensated for playing, so to say Brett gave more to the Packers than they gave to him is a little far fetched in my opinion.  Step in the Packers shoes for minute, knowing the Vikings and Bears - both in the NFC Central - need QBs why would they give him an outright release?  That would be career suicide for Ted Thompson.  Make him compete for the starting job.  If Rodgers beats him out then he starts, plain and simple.  I'm not naive, there would definitely be issues with this scenario as some players would align with Favre and other would align with Rodgers not to mention the pressure A-Rog would feel knowing #4 is his back up.  Best scenairo for the Pack, if Favre does indeed file for reinstatement, is to trade him to an AFC team and get what you can - in my opinion.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2008 2:19 am

Green Bay made the right call with Favre

Brett Favre gave more to the Packer then They gave him other the the respect yhe fans gave abd have for him. If Brett wants to move on "LET IT BE" He gave us his life for this team, fans and city. Would;n;t be the right thing to do then let Brett have a little something from his fans and Team. Like a release, It;s not going to hurt them Thev;e been ready for thisday to come fore sometime. Give back Bret what Brett gave to the city a chance to be happy. Also dude look in POLLs and find the one that says "Does it matter who Wins and let me know what u yhink. Thanks POLL 151-200 bt sandstorm 911. I think you'll like it more the ever. Rate It. Once again, Thanks

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