I’ve been calling for another year since last April. Actually, I’ve been calling for at least two more since way back when. Based on Warren Moon, John Elway and Dan Marino retiring at a later ages, I’m still looking for 2 more years.
Yes, Favre has said if he plays this year, that’s it. OK, but if it’s year by year, I can hold out hope. Deal with it. Let me dream.
He’s good friends with Craig Nall, the 3rd string QB in GB. Nall signed with Buffalo recently. If Favre were thinking seriously of retiring, he would have let Nall know that Nall was at least the backup to Rodgers should Favre retire. Not the starter, but one step closer. And in a position to at least challenge for the starting spot. A first-round pick QB isn’t automatically the starter when the job is open. But a first-rounder backing up Favre isn’t going to make the 3rd string guy feel very confident in playing time when the contract nogotiations roll around. Especially if another team offers a starting chance.
The consensus first round pick is Williams or Hawk. Barring some trade or draft foul-up that gets us Bush. In that case, there’s a reasonable shot of picking up another QB. And drafting defense later. Not likely as defense is an immediate need, but 2 first-round QB’s gives a trade option, which gives some leverage in trading for a proven impact player.
I’m realistic enough to know it’s unlikely to happen again, but I do remember how many “experts” laughed their asses off at the idea of Reggie White ever playing in Green Bay.
And look what happened.
I saw the 4 letter notwork lament that GB didn’t make a run for T.O. (Notwork was a typo, but I ain’t changing it since it’s appropriate). Favre wouldn’t put up with his shit, so I’m hoping he had a say. Further indicating he’s going to be back.
We’ve made some moves on defense. And still have a ton of cap money. This is Ted Thompson we’re talking about. He who brought in Sean Jones, Reggie White, and Andre Rison in time to learn the system to catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl win.
Ted has proven he can find the bargain player to help the team. And that was when he didn’t have this much money to play with.
Green Bay’s defense wasn’t as bad as some think. They were 6th or 7th overall in the NFC I think. The offense? If you’re a football fan, you know damn well they didn’t have an offense save for Favre and Gado. There just wasn’t enough healthy players to do anything. Yet they lost games by less than 7 points for the most part.
Always competetive, but when you take the aggregate talent of a CFL team and pit them against the comparable talent of a Super Bowl team every week, what do you expect? 4 wins was impressive.
The 2005 Packers were overachievers in winning 4 games. The 2005 Packers, also, weren’t healthy enough to be considered an NFL team.
Know how many games Favre won in 2005? 4.
Know how many he lost? 10. (Can’t blame it all on him. I’ll say 10 because he took it on himself and made some mistakes.) Keep in mind he didn’t have much to work with so those 4 wins were huge.
He’s coming back. I’m calling it here. And if it isn’t this year he gets the second ring, it’ll be next year.
I may be deluded and hoping for too much. But this is important. To me. There is a feeling among Packer fans that hold Favre and his family as one of our own. We genuinely love him.
Should this be the year we don’t see him suit up, it’s just going to be empty. We always will be Packer fans, but without Favre it’s just going to be different. I dare say if this is it and Rodgers leads us to the next 5 straight Super Bowl titles, most fans will still wear the number 4 and talk about Favre.
I put this in MPSIMS because it’s partly a love letter to Brett.
If you’re not a Packer fan, you won’t understand the love of the man over and above a quarterback. If you are a Packer fan, you know how there is now way to describe the feeling.
But I shan’t give up hope. I expect to be back next week saying “I told you so.”
2 more years of Favre!