Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Favre Drama


I used to be relatively obsessed with NFL football having grown up in Buffalo during the "golden years" of the Bills. Living in Kansas City has helped end that obsession, I really don't watch many games any more. Still, I enjoy observing the soap opera type situations professional athletes get themselves in to. Green Bay Packer legend Brett Favre is providing the latest entertainment.

After a very successful 2007 campaign, 38 year-old, long time Green Bay QB Brett Favre announced his retirement from football on March 3. Favre is considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history based on his most career NFL touchdown passes (442), most career NFL passing yards (61,655), most career pass completions (5,377), most career pass attempts (8,758), most career NFL interceptions thrown (288), most consecutive starts among NFL quarterbacks (253; 275 total starts including playoffs), most career victories as a starting quarterback (160) and his 1997 Superbowl victory. Personally, I would rank him the third greatest, behind Joe Montana and John Elway. Favre's 2007 season showed he can still play at a very high level. I was somewhat surprised he retired, but his reference to being burned out and the team's need to make some decisions with this year's draft made his retirement understandable, so on March 3 through tears, he seemed to make his retirement official.

Fast forward to this week, July of 2008. Now Brett wants to play again. He doesn't want to retire after all. It turns out he has been working out with a local High School team, he's in shape, throwing 50 yard passes on a rope and ready to go. Here's the problem- the coach of his long time team has informed him they have "moved on". Very simply, Green Bay accepted his retirement statement back in March and made draft choices in light of it, not to mention naming Aaron Rodgers as the new QB. Apparently Brett coming back would make things messy and awkward. Green Bay management really wishes Brett would just stay retired. Sensing his former team's lack of openness to his return, Favre has said there are basically a couple options- trade him or release him outright. There is an other option however, Green Bay could refuse to trade or release him and force him to be the back up QB, something they know his pride will not let him do. Basically Green Bay wants to lock him out. They don't want him to play for them, but they don't want him to play for another team either. Talk about the stuff of drama!

So what is the right thing? First, Brett Favre has every right to come back and play if he wants. He's totally free to do so. No one has the right to tell him he's too old or that he can't play in the NFL any more. At 38, a lesser Favre is still better than over half the existing starting QB's in the league, without a doubt. He has 1 or 2 good seasons left in him, provided he gets adequate protection. Second, Brett Favre is under contract with Green Bay should he decide to come back, therefore asking for an outright release is a bit presumptuous of him.

So, in light of these things, Green Bay should trade him. It's the right thing to do. The only other option is for Brett to swallow his pride and come back as the back up. Wouldn't that be great? Hall of Famer Brett Favre on the bench backing up Aaron Rodgers! Talk about adding to a tense drama! Rodgers isn't a better QB than Favre, nor will he ever be. The fans would mercilessly heckle the poor guy and the GB coaching staff in every situation where they think Favre would do better. Brett could just stand back on the sideline, collect his monster paycheck, and watch the drama unfold. It would be a very entertaining show in Green Bay.

As much as seeing Coach McCarthy squirm with Favre on the bench as a back up appeals to me, I am hoping the Packers simply trade him away. They shouldn't have to give him up via release, but they should let him play this season by way of a trade. It'll be fun to watch this drama unfold. By the way, the Buffalo Bills could sure use a more experienced QB.

8 comments:

jeff said...

I think we all know why he retired...

He got beat by the SUPER BOWL CHAMPION NEW YORK GIANTS!!!!! YEAH BABY!!!!

Tony - I'm not familiar with this other New York team you speak of...the Buffalo Bills? Hmmm...I'll have to think...Oh, wait, I remember, the Giants beat them in the Super Bowl too. ;)

Reepicheep said...

To be accurate, my dear brother Jeff, there is only one team that plays in New York- the Buffalo Bills. The others play in that garbage dump..uh..I mean...they play in the Meadowlands...only one NY team.

tom kessler said...

As a Cheesehead - this situation is just down right bad.

jeff said...

Well, I have to say, technically, you are correct sir!

I think I've said it before, but in case I haven't, i have a great deal for New York City...

You can take the Jets, and let us rightfully call Big Blue the New Jersey Giants.

By the way, I 'm glad you liked the Jeter shirt in the picture of my son. It's hard to see, but in the picture of my Dad with the boys, son #2 is wearing a Giambi shirt.

Phantom495 said...

How 'bout them Cowboys?!!! Come on, Tony, you can say it, the only team to beat the Bills more than once in the Super Bowl was the DALLAS COWBOYS!!! WHOOP!

Rick Calohan said...

How 'bout them Steelers?!!! Come on, Phantom495, you can say it, the only team to beat the Cowboys more than once in the Super Bowl was the Pittsburgh Steelers!!! WHOOP!

Reepicheep said...

I will give Dallas some credit...they paid good money for their titles!

Frontier Forest said...

Maybe Mr. Ego, lord Carl, should make a run for another, over the hill quarterback?