Much to the chagrin of the Packer faithful, Brett Favre will no longer be under center when they open up the 2008 season.
We all know Brett can still play, and he is respected and loved by his teammates and many of the other players in the league. He played many times when he was hurt and probably shouldn’t have and never gave up on a play.
There were times he should have given up, but that wasn’t in him. It wasn’t a part of his game. One of the great things about Favre was that he never played scared and that translated over to the rest of his teammates.
He has a Super Bowl, MVP trophies, and every passing record that means something. Every time he laced up his cleats he laid it on the line. Even when Brett was wrong, no one wanted to call him out on it because he is loved and respected that much. No. 4 is loved by his city, his state, and pretty much the whole sporting world and he deserves all the accolades and honors due to a player of his stature.
But, let’s look at the flip side of this. How long has Green Bay wanted to move on to life without Favre in the last five years?
How long have they wanted to know whether Aaron Rodgers can handle being the new franchise quarterback? It has been exacerbated by the fact that Favre had two very sub-par seasons in 2005 and 2006, and held his team hostage while he made up his mind about whether he was going to come back or not.
Favre threw 29 interceptions in 2005 and 18 more in 2006 (only 18 TDs that year), as he made bad throw after bad throw and bad read after bad read.
He didn’t have a lot of talent around him, but he wasn’t helping matters any as well. I can’t help but think management, especially the ones who decided to draft Rodgers, is happy Favre is retiring so they can turn the page and get their team ready for life without him.
If management had the guts to ask Brett to step aside for the good of the team a couple of years ago, then Rodgers would have had those years to develop and be right on time to excel when Green Bay turned the corner in 2007.
I don’t blame Favre for wanting to continue his career. It’s management’s fault for letting him call his own shots at the expense of the team. Don’t get me wrong. Favre has done a lot for the franchise, but management can’t let everyone’s emotions cloud their business judgment and get in the way of what is best for the organization going forward.
Remember, Favre’s agent said Green Bay didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet for him to play in 2008.
Congratulations to Brett Favre for a great career and a very meaningful and exciting 2007 season, but he was right to step aside and retire.