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The Brett Favre Dilemma

Posted on: July 11, 2008 8:49 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2008 8:50 pm

Having played competitive sports in college, I understand the love of the comeraderie in the lockerroom.  There can be no better (and sometimes worse) feeling than to achieve something as a part of a larger machine.  So, hearing Brett Favre decided to come back was no great shock to me.  What amazes me is that it has shocked anyone.  We all knew as Favre cried before us that we'd not heard the last of him.  It took months for him to clean out his locker, for crying out loud.

Now, we hear that his agent has requested a release from the Packers, since they have absolutely no interest in keeping him around, to pursue other opportunities around the league.  For the record, the Ravens and Buccaneers seem to be the front-runners due to need and the fact that Jon Gruden has never said "no" to an aging quarterback, to play that is. 

So, here are the questions I have for you fine readers:

1)  Who's in the "right" here?  An aging Hall-of-Famer who at the eleventh hour plus decides to return to the game that gave him everything or the team that he retired from and told to move on and develop Aaron Rodgers or some other QB?

2) What happened?  Seriously, what occured to make him not be "mentally tired" enough to have retired on March 5th?

Give me your thoughts and I'll elaborate on mine. 


Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2008 8:00 am

The Brett Favre Dilemma

Everyone has had valid points.  Just like Jeep said for Favre & the Pacers, there really is no right or wrong on your opinions.  Well, here goes for my two cents:

1)  If there was even the remotest possibility of his return, Brett Favre should have said "yes, I plan to return" when the Packers "pressured him" for a response about his future.  I actually don't feel it was unrealistic of the team to ask immediately after the season so they could plan for the draft and free agency.  It was necessary to do business.

2)  Rest and boredom.  That's what happened.  Favre was able to rest his mind and body, then reflect on his future.  Remember, though, it wasn't until March 5th that he officially retired, so he had already had months to mull over retirement.  The biggest problem with the way Brett did this is how it makes him look like he's indecisive and emotionally impulsive.

I remember watching Joe Montana trot into the old Tampa Stadium in a Chiefs uniform (and win) and how sad it was.  He certainly wasn't what he had been with the 49ers and the talent around him certainly wasn't going to win him another ring.  I also remember hearing my Dad talk about watching Johnny Unitas finish his career with the Chargers and how pathetic that was.  It's too bad Favre didn't get the chance to walk away like Elway, as a champion, and I hope he doesn't end up looking like Unitas at the end of his career.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2008 1:40 am

The Brett Favre Dilemma

U like that huh, Wyatt?? It's fricking true! Am I right?? He shoulda waited to decide , but the straight up told him, "we need a decision early this year Brett?? No wafflen....U in or out??" And I'll bet that at that time, he was done....he's old, he was tired and menatally he thought thats what he wanted....and then you can only fish so much, and hang out so much, and everyone around you is telling you that your still the greatest and that you can make 20 million dollars in two friggin years, whatr you thinkin??!!!!!!

His body healed, he got bored and realized, I can still do this better than 25 or so guys in the league, I better go back. I don't blame the guy, I think that the Packers should work out a farewell retirement tour, reassure Rodgers that it's his team next year and let him go out like Reggie White and Elway, you kno??

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2008 1:38 am

The Brett Favre Dilemma

Hey Shortcake, for a chick...u got it goin on! I like how u write, concise, to the point...excellant, you are now one of my favorites and i'll look for more of your opinions and insight!

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2008 10:29 pm

The Brett Favre Dilemma

I agree with you shortcake.  The problem with Bret, is he talks through his A$$ that it is time to hang up his cleats, then get cold feet.  Better for him to have waited until he was sure before he said anything about retirement.  He had become Mr. Wishy Washy.  That, and being the all time leader in interceptions, are two things that will mare his legacy. 

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2008 10:25 pm

The Brett Favre Dilemma

I hope the Ravens do pick up Bret.  I have tickets lined up for the Cleveland / Baltimore game in Cleveland on Nov 2, and would love to see Bret one last time.  Of course, I would love to see him throw five interceptions on Nov 2 too.  LOL.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2008 10:23 pm

The Brett Favre Dilemma

John Elway retired once, immediately after a superbowl victory.   Was the feeling the same for Bret Favre immediately after throwing an interception leading to a superbowl loss?  Probably not.  Now he wants a chance at redemption.

If I was GreenBay, I would say no to Bret, and start Aaron Rodgers.  He has been waiting in the wings, and is the likely QB for GreenBay for the next ten years, baring injury or disappointment in his performance.  GreenBay needs to think beyond the 2008 season, and start Aaron.

Cleveland could have a similar situation with Derek Anderson the likely starter, but 2007 top pick from Notre Dame Brady Quinn waiting in the wings.  Suppose Derek were to excel in 2008 and then in 2009.  How long should Brady have to wait for his chance?  It isn't right for one team to indefinately hold up the progress of a back-up ready for the big stage.  Ultimately I think Cleveland will trade Derek and give Brady his chance, but watch this one close.  It should be as if not more interesting than the Bret Favre situation.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2008 10:15 pm

The Brett Favre Dilemma

I have been following this story for the past week or so. I am very interested to see what each side is going to do. It appears as of today that Favre is calling the Packers by asking for his release. Has he already been contacted by someone or is he just trying to get Green Bay to commit one way or the other.To answer the questions:

1. I don't feel as though either party is right or wrong in this case. Favre has pretty much been on his own timeline the past few years and derservedly so. He has been the face of this franchise and is a shoe-in first ballot hall of famer.The Packers should respect whatever decision he makes and however long he takes to make that decision. But on the same token Favre needs to realize that the Packers need to start planning for the future. If they ever want to get to the level that Favre had them at, they need to start as soon as possilbe after the season ends. So both are right as well as wrong, if that is possible.

2. There could be a number of reasons as to why he changed his mind. 1) His competitive nature. He has been at this for a long time and has never really taken a back seat to anyone in his career. The season he came off of would make any man second guess retirement so suddenly. 2) The media. the media has been second guessing and doubting his word as to retirement. A man hears it enough he will begin to believe it himself. 3) Did the Packers hurry his decision? Under any pressure a man will make a hasty decision without really thinking it out.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it...


Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2008 9:56 pm

The Brett Favre Dilemma

I really Like Brett Favre always have, even though I am a girl I am a big football fan.. Love it can't wait every february till pre season in august!  I feel sort of bad for Brett, he has dones this every year for the last what three, I'm quitting no I'm not quitting, make up your mind. I knew when he was sitting there crying, saying he was done really done this time.. I knew he wasn't I knew he would do this. I feel bad for Arron Rodgers if they do take Brett back, he has been waiting all this time for his turn. If they let Brett come back and Brett starts (which I don't think will be the case) Arron should ask to be traded to a team who will let him start . We don't know yet how good or bad Arron is going to be, we have only seen him play what 5 times, in 5 years. The Packers are not going to let him lose that easy either, they can still have him for 2 years, so what do they do?? Trade him, have him be back up, or make him sit on his contract. Which they can do. Won't it be weird to see Brett in a uniform other than green and gold??  It seems to me Brett is playing a little game of his own. When will it end? Beleive me I have the upmost respect for Brett Favre, just getting tired of his cries for attetion...


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