Of course, this means the return of Favre-watch. Unfortunately, the media will jump on the bandwagon and run this story into the ground until either Favre or Lovie Smith comes out and disputes the rumors. Until then, all hell is sure to break loose.
Whilst this story will be dissected from all angles and "experts" will weigh in on the subject, the bare facts are that Caleb Hanie does not appear to be able to get the job done. Because of this, the opportunity has arose for the Bears to do some searching on the open market for a replacement who can get the job done.
Once Jay Cutler joined the Bears, we all thought we could put a rest to the unstable quarterback situation in Chicago. For God knows how many years, the Bears were stable at that position and would be for the foreseeable future. However, a thumb injury has sidelined Cutler, and the Bears are now back to square one.
Assuming that the reports are true, the obvious reason Favre would want to play for Chicago would be the match on December 25th, where the Bears travel north to play the Packers, who could be at 14-0 at that point and would be on the verge of an undefeated season.
Admittedly, that would be some storyline.
Here is why it will never happen.
Brett Favre is a traditional West Coast quarterback. He has been in the same system all his career and knows the terminology and concepts like the back of his hand. Then you have the Mike Martz system. Though the origins of the offense date back to the West Coast and Sid Gillman's San Diego Chargers, the offenses couldn't be more different.
While the West Coast offense looks for quick passes and utilizes the tight ends and full backs as receivers, the Mike Martz/Sid Gillman offense involves long-developing plays and uses the tight ends and backs as blockers. The philosophy, the concepts, the verbiage and route trees are all different.
Therefore, if you were to take a quarterback from either system and try to teach them the other, it wouldn't be achievable in a week or two. It is far from a simple transformation. There aren't many systems as complex as Mike Martz's, which is why the Bears wanted an experienced veteran who had experience in the system, so if Hanie had become injured, someone could step in and manage the game.
It would be foolish for Favre to throw himself into a system with an offensive line that, though they've made recent strides, gave up seven sacks to the team with the league's lowest sack total. With Matt Forte sidelined indefinitely and no legitimate No. 1 receiver, Favre should rethink his motives. Is returning and getting battered and bruised all over again all worth it just so you have a chance to get one over on your former team?
Just to be on the safe side, the city of Chicago should cut all of its telephone lines for the next couple of days. You never know what ideas Jerry Angelo could be conjuring up in his head.