I do not for one minute believe that Packers fans took his quote and took it as a dis to Rodgers, but that they're simply looking for anything they can possibly find to help fuel their preconceived belief that Favre hates Rodgers, Ted Thompson and the Green Bay organization.
Favre probably had disdain and some anger towards the organization in the time that he wasn't given back his job, but that was then, and this is now. Favre is retired, there's no reason to believe he still has those angered feelings towards that organization.
The direct quote that is stirring all the fuss is as follows: "I'm going to be honest, I was not surprised. The biggest surprise to me was that he did not win it sooner. (In summary) That 07 team was probably the most talented I had ever played on."
"He just kind of fell into a good situation."
Here are a few other things Favre said about Rodgers. "He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright...", "and...he’s a good player."
Wow. Favre thinks that Rodgers is a good player? Well, listening to all the backlash about Favre, I wouldn't know that Favre would ever even think of saying such a thing.
People whether it hurts to admit it or not, there's nothing Brett said here that was technically untrue. Rodgers did inherit a very talented team. Rodgers did have a chance to win the Super Bowl, and did not.
Rodgers did fall into a good situation, and this is the first time I have ever seen people or any one person for that matter, react so negatively to someone saying that. Is falling into Green Bay and getting three years of learning before having to start with a great team not a good situation?
Yes, Favre played for the Vikings, and that was an unexpectedly foolish thing to do on his part. And yes, he selfishly made everything about him by coming in and out of retirement. But that only proves that he can do something foolish or selfish, it does not by any means prove that he was dissing Rodgers.
As a Packers fan I was extremely upset and disappointed with Favre and all the ridiculous fuss he was creating. I loved the guy, and and four years ago I would've fought to death defending him if anyone had told me that he was going to play this ridiculous retirement game with everyone and eventually join the Vikings.
But let me ask you. Can you remember the last time he every actually gave a clear answer in post-game conference or quick interview that sounded like a direct answer? In other words, is he a very good man with words?
For example, in the very same interview, did you notice how said that he played with one of the most talented teams he's ever played on back in 07? He actually paid Ted Thompson some credit by saying so. If Favre hates the organization so much, do you think he would knowingly do that?
Would it have been better if Brett has said that he was surprised? I mean, can't "I was not surprised" be implying that Rodgers is actually a very good player?
This was just Brett being Brett in my opinion.
And furthermore, Brett actually responded to the criticism. If you consider how he's been criticized for a long time now, and how he has never responded to it, it should stand out as a tall reason for why it makes no sense to making this irrational assumption that Favre wants to minimize Rodgers' success.
Maybe, just maybe, he's responded because he doesn't understand why everyone took it so personally and so negatively.
Again, Favre made some moves that tore at the heart and soul of every true Packers fan that really loved him, and those wounds have left behind scars of which seems to seep in even further because seems to have no regrets of doing so.
But these comments stand individually from that, and I believe Favre never meant to attack, mock insult or minimize Rodgers' success in any way, shape or form. It may have sounded like he was, but I don't believe that that was his intention.