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Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

Posted on: January 16, 2008 12:19 pm
 

I will start my first blog with the Packers since they are obviously the hot topic this week. This is something I did a post regarding but seems more appropriate for a blog. I hope you enjoy.

This is not a charmed season for Brett Favre or whatever else you want to call it. Further McCarthy has NOT reigned in Favre. I keep hearing these things and it is the most ridiculous nonsense I have ever heard.

Listen folks, Favre is playing pretty much the same way he has always played and i see no difference in HIS play this year than what I saw last year or even the year before that when he threw those 29 intereceptions.

So what is the difference then you ask??? Well it is pretty simple, it's the team and talent around him. When Favre threw 29 INT's his defense was subpar, he was stripped of his OLine by the GM, his TE's sucked, and he lost all of his WR's and runningbacks to injury. In essence he was trying to win games all by himself, and the funny thing is if you actually watched that season, is that he practically kept him in ball games all by himself. Some naysayers think he lost some games by himself with all those INT's but trust me folks, the only reason they were even in those games in the first place waas because Favre was the only decent player on the field.

Last year the OLine got a little better, the defense slowly got better, and the WR's were a tad better than the year before and hence the team record and Favre's numbers were a little better than the year before.

This year the defense is great, the TE's have really stepped up, the runnign game has gotten better, his OLine has progressed alot through the season and let's face it, this years WR's are as good as Favre has ever had as a whole. Let's illustrate this another way, during the 29 INT season Ruvell Martin was a starter, on this years team Ruvell Martin is the #5 receiver of the 5 receivers on the team. If that doesn't say it all I don't know what does.

Favre has always been able to elevate the level of the team around him BUT let's face it, sometimes there is a water mark. IMO the 4-12 year would have been 1-15 or 0-16 without Favre, with him it was 4-12 so he did elevate that team it's just that that team had a water level of 4-12. Last year Favre noted that this was the most talented team he had ever been on but it lacked experience and a couple of key positions, so their water mark was 8-8 (IMO without Favre they would have been 5-11).

So finally this years team seems to be coming together and finally has enough experience and depth to have a 13-3 season, and home field advantage in the playoffs. This is not magic, this is not Favre having a "charmed" season. McCarthy did nothing special to completely change the play of a 17 year vet who has played the same way his whole career. No, what McCarthy and TT did was FINALLY put a team AROUND Favre and it has paid dividends. Further reason for me to know/believe this i no charmed season is that if/when Favre returns next season, assuming no major injuries or defections in free agency, I actually expect he might have an even BETTER season next year than he had this year.

Anyway wanted to clarify and get that off my chest.

Category: NFL
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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2008 6:40 pm
 

Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

What irks me is not the average poster who didn't watch the Packers, but the so called "experts" who to this day harp on the "Favre is playing better" or "Favre has finally started playing within the system" BS.   Like you stated kaara, he never left. 

Exactly.  In a similar vain, can we please have one announcer who does not refer to Favre as a gunslinger every time he makes a pass.  This term (and it's ridiculous rate of expression) has clouded the average sportsfan into thinking Favre throws an inordinant amount of interceptions.  When in reality his interception rate is very similar to the all time, contemporary greats of the game.  I mention contemporary because his rate is much better than QBs from before his time and is slightly worse than more recent QBs like Manning and Brady.  I can't tell you the number of times I have seen posts on this site that refer to all the games Favre lost with his picks, or that Favre is a poor decision maker.  All-time winningest QB in the history of the game.  Nuff said.

P.S. Troy Aikman's interception rate is about the same as Favre's.  How often did you ever hear Aikman referred to as a "gunslinger"?  Never, because while throwing a similar amount of picks, he never squeezed in the remarkable pass.  Favre got the moniker for making the unbelievable pass.  It has morphed into a misguided interpretation that he regularly makes bad decisions which is completely untrue. 




Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2008 5:50 pm
 

Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

Damn I wish comments had an edit button. I was just saying that after he kept the Packers close in most games during the 4-12 season, he got some more help around him to translate those tight losses in to tight wins, which translated in to dominating performances this year. It's been a while since I've been as excited about a team (Duke teams included) than I am about this years Packers



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2008 5:38 pm
 

Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

Excellent stuff Kaara. An important point here is that while the Packers during their 4-12 season, Favre was still distributing the ball to whoever was on the field, not just Driver. He single-handedly kept the the losses tight. It's not surprising at all that now that he has talent around them, the Packers find themselves yet again on the brink of a championship appearance.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2008 5:24 pm
 

Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

I agree, if you can remember the games in the past seasons where Favre threw all the interceptions, most of them came off of the hands of his receivers.  Many of the others were just bad route running by the receivers.  Now that he has good, healthy receivers around him, along with a running game, the interceptions have gone down.  Plus having receivers with the ability to run after the catch has made all the difference in the world for them.


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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2008 5:21 pm
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Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2008 5:09 pm
 

Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

I was preaching this during that aweful season. I was preaching it during last season when everyone wanted him to retire and I continue preaching because only NOW willl people listen to reason regarding this. The worst are the media who almost refuse to admit they were wrong and instead just want to say he has been reigned in or that he is having a resrgence. It's BS, we knew all along you just didn't listen to us.


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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2008 5:02 pm
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Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2008 2:56 pm
 

Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

Hey Stick, I took some heat myself when I predicted in August that this team would be 11-5 and that the Bears would be no better than 8-8. Alot of signs pointed to these things actually happening but people just either didn't know where to look or chose to be blind. Anyway great season so far I hope it can continue. Also, I appreciate that someone read this.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2008 2:16 pm
 

Favre: Resurgent season or NOT?

What's up Kaara? I agree 100%.  Before the season started I said he was still capable of being a top 5 QB in the league and I took alot of garbage from people.   I think the majority of Packer fans knew what he had left, it seems the media and the rest of the league needed a reality check.

 



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