Release Favre for the Good of Other Weak Teams
by Gus Jarvis
Jul 17, 2008 | 1098 views | 13 13 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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This indecision's bugging me

Esta undecision me molesta

If you don't want me, set me free

– The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

That classic song just about sums up old man Brett “500-Ball” Favre’s situation in Green Bay. Every time I see Brett and his salt-and-pepper hair I hear The Clash.

We all knew Favre didn’t really mean it when he announced his retirement at the end of last season’s playoff loss to Eli Manning and the G-men. The man, or should I say the legend, wants to play another season. Why not let him?

The boys up in the booth in Green Bay don’t know what to do with him… actually they are happy with him just staying retired. Nobody really knew how Favre and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy were getting along until this week, when Favre spoke to Fox News about his semi-retirement predicament. The Packers want to move on with the dim-witted QB Aaron Rodgers and have told Brett that plan. In turn, Brett says he wants to be released to play for another team.

Green Bay, who has the rights on Favre, won’t release him because of his legacy with the Packers.

“OK, you guys have a different path, fine,” Favre recalled of an earlier conversation with McCarthy on Fox News. “What does that mean for me? So that means either you give me my helmet, welcome back, or release me, or attempt to trade me. We all know that’s a possibility, but a way-out-there possibility.”

For Green Bay team owners, Favre playing somewhere else isn’t an option. He is a Green Bay quarterback and that is how they want his legacy to be remembered.

“You’re telling me playing there is not an option [to start], but playing elsewhere, we just can’t – we’re trying to protect your legacy,” Favre told Fox. “Well, thank you. I appreciate that. But apparently now, they’re trying to protect my legacy by bringing me back and having me be a backup.”

To me, it sounds like Brett knows more about what he wants in all his indecision than the team knows in all their decision making. First, I can’t see why they wouldn’t let Brett start another season. OK, he really sucked in the 2006-07 season… I mean really sucked. In competitive rivalries against teams like the Bears, it looked like Favre was playing a backyard game of 500 – closing his eyes and sailing the ball up in the air for all to grab.

But last season he was better, sure he made some mistakes (especially in their final game) but he wasn’t bad. More importantly, he was fun to watch. Frankly, he is still a competitor, more so than Rodgers, who is yet to impress anybody other than Green Bay’s coaches. Brett is better, and will continue to be better, than Rodgers for the next five years.

All right, so they want to move forward with Rodgers. Then let Brett go to another team already. That won’t be the end of the world in Green Bay. (Yes, if Elway were in the same situation, it would have been the end of the world in Denver.) Really, I think if he were to be released or traded, the staff in Green Bay should try to dump him off to another NFC rival team. Then, at least in their heads, they will be a step ahead in knowing Brett’s style of play and his many so-called weaknesses.

And other teams are eager to pick him up.

Already in a report in the New York Times on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings are being accused of interfering by contacting Favre. It seems the Vikings would like the old man behind center. Hell, with the state of the Broncos right now, I wouldn’t mind bringing him to Dove Valley for some snaps to see if he could pick up the Denver offense.

Brett’s legacy won’t be lost if he goes to another team. Other notable quarterbacks have done the same – Joe Montana and Joe Namath for example – without adverse effects. And think of hockey great Ray Bourke who spent a stellar career with Boston and moved on to Colorado in his twilight to win his first Stanley Cup. His legacy is still with Boston and his jersey is hung not only in Boston but in Denver, too.

Brett is Green Bay and I see no problem with him playing anywhere else. He is as exciting as it gets and is as fun to watch as anyone in the league. He also could come in handy for the Broncos, who may need an opponent who can throw Denver’s secondary a few interceptions.

Green Bay management: Release Favre from your shackles and send him to the AFC.
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Beanzie
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July 24, 2008
Sorry Beanzie, your addressing a "Southern Boy" which I am sure you will find a way to tie into your idiot theory. Glad to know that your fall into the party that likes to tell people how and what they should do though, makes sense. But since you are a Bronco fan how big of a fan of the Snake where you. Seems like he was one of the good guys I guess.
Beanzie
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July 24, 2008
D-Man, I am a Bronco fan. So it looks like you are an idiot in life and sports. So your little rant about super models and kids left behind means nothing to me. I loved that the Giants won the Superbowl. Of course Goodell is interested in the Packers situation. It's the biggest story in his league right now. My personal opinion is that he needs to stay out of it (he is over playing his role as it is) and let the management of the Packers do whatever they like with their signed player. Hang in there D Man. Maybe next time. I'm sure you're a heckuva basketball mind. One guess, you're from Jersey right?
anonymous
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July 24, 2008
D Man
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July 23, 2008
Oh and by the way Beanzie it doesn't seem like I missed the target by much, google NFL commissioner and see what the first article listed is. Seems Mr Goodell thinks that the Pack should drop the issue and let the man go. Maybe an idiot in life but genius when it comes to sports.

D Man
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July 23, 2008
Beanzie -

Wait, Wait, let me quess your a New England fan right? So it would go without saying that even though it's easy to sit on your perch of winning a few super bowls that your quarterback hasn't made any mistakes and so everyone else is an idiot. Right well I guess leaving your kid behind so you can go get with a supermodel is role model behavior and get this snot kicked out of you in the last 2 minutes of a superbowl is easy to swallow. Well enjoy that little fantasy land that you live in.
Hoop
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July 22, 2008
Love the article and comments.

As a Bronco/Elway fan that lives in Green Bay country, I love every second of this drama. This proves really how over-rated Favre is, and certainly taints his career. All of the arguments for Favre being in the top 3 QBs have been silenced as his own team would rather start an unproven, yet injury-prone, 3rd year basically-rookie. It also calls Favre's commitment for the Packers in question. One thing is for sure- If Johnny decided that he called it quits a few months too early and wanted to come back, there would be no hesitation. That's also, I believe, when Griece had promising potential- more than Rogers for sure. Hahahaha- Britney Favre, Drama Queen!!!!

Torres
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July 22, 2008
Hook'em, is obviously a Texan so his words should be taken in that context. But I will indulge. You say that Marino had no supporting cast (ever heard of Mark Duper or Mark Clayton?), yet you mention Elway not being able to win it all until he got a running game. AT LEAST HE WAS GETTING TO THE SUPERBOWL. Elway's greatness was that he was able to win and win all the time pretty much single handidly. So you contradict yourself there Texan. But you are right. Once Elway was occumpanied by a running game the Broncos were unbelievable going 13-3, 12-4, and 14-2 (the latter two ending in Superbowl Titles) when TD arrived. The thing about Marino is all he has is stas. Stats stats stats. No titles, not a lot of wins, one Superbowl appearance, a permed mullett, some nifty gloves, and a job as the worst analyst in football on Fox. And what kills me is that he played in the worst divison in football. The Jets are always god awful, the Patriots were door mats when Marino was around (by the way the Patriots never beat Elway), and I'll give you the Bills who were decent when Marino was around. Johnny Ballgame is all class, went out on top, and is hands down the greatest athlete in the history of the world.
Hook'em
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July 22, 2008
Not high, just stating the facts. Marino had a higher QB rating, over a 100 more TD's, 10,000 more passing yards, and only 25 more INT's. He did have way more passing attempts than Elway, but also had a higher career completion %. Marino, unfortunately, had no supporting cast, which Elway was lucky to have. And if you want to talk about horrible SB showings, I'd look and see what Elway put up in the 3 SB's prior to getting a running game, which is the only reason he ever won 2 SB's in the first place. Get your facts straight Torres before talking smack.
Torres
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July 22, 2008
Is Hook'em high? Dan Marino the best quarterback of all time? All Dan Marino ever won was one AFC Championship Game. One. One Superbowl in which he played terribly. The rest of his career was spent passing 55 times per game and perennially going 9-7 and missing the playoffs in the worst division in football. Elways started five Superbowls which is still the record, and of course retired as Sueprbowl MVP. Marino is even more over rated than Favre. Anybody who knows anything about football would agree. Favre should of stayed retired with his last professional snap ending, fittingly, in a horrible interception. The thing about Hook'em's statement is that the rest of his take is pretty solid. Nobody is willing to give up the farm to get a 65 year old quarterback who throws 25 picks a season.
Gig 'Em
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July 22, 2008
Marino Greatest football player of all time? And what if Favre was force into announcing his retirement, which I think is the case here? I don't think they will have a problem trading Favre either. Just get rid of him already.

P.S. Favre's wife still belongs in the league. Doesn't she?
Beanzie
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July 22, 2008
D Man is an idiot. Favre is one of the good guys? The pill popper who is addicted to sudafed? But to your point Gus, Green Bay should send Favre down the road and move on with Rogers. It's time to see what this guy can do and Favre has cost the Packers a chance to play in two of the last four superbowls with his ridiculous interceptions at the end of the game. All people ever say is "He's a gun slinger," well if I'm a Packer fan, and I am not, I would want a quarterback who is smart with the football and moves the chains. Favre is amazingly over rated. He has thrown more picks then anyone else in the history of the game. If I'm Green Bay I would love to see him quarterback for the Vikings and send some of those picks my way.
Hook'em
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July 22, 2008
I think the Packers are right on the way they are handling Favre. If he wanted to continue to play, he shouldn't have rushed the retirement. He should've waited a couple of month, got his head straight, then made his decision. Now, he's put the GB organization in a horrible predicament w/ their young QB and their fans. I'm sure if they were getting some serious offers they'd have no problems trading him, but that doesn't seem to be the case. This reminds me of the Marino, (greatest QB of all-time), vs. Jimmy Johnson.
D Man
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July 18, 2008
Right on brother, with all that the NFL is going through right now with spygate, thugs and criminals it seems like Rodger Goodell would put the pressure on GB and say "Hey this guy is one of the good guys, get what you can and move on.", but we all know that it makes better news if you have a nasty knock down drag out divorce. Way to go Cheese Heads.