All the Green Bay haters were furious when they heard that the Packers were done with the Favre drama and shipped Brett to New York. Let's all face it, Brett is not a city boy and that's apparent. He's a country boy, no doubt and there's nothing wrong with that. Who can blame Brett? New York is a tough sports city. Compared, Green Bay has a population of roughly 101,203 citizens while New York bolsters an outrageous population of 8,274,527.
So was the Favre move the right thing at the beginning of the season? Who knows. You get different answers depending on who you ask. One thing was for sure though, Brett would stir up more drama at the end of this season and he's proved everyone right.
ESPN also reported that an anonymous veteran Jets player described Favre as a "distant" teammate when at the Jets' practice facility, spent his down time away from teammates in an office specially designated just for him. This source also commented, "There was a lot of resentment in the room about him. He never socialized with us, never went to dinner with anyone."
We've all been led to believe that the NEW York Jets were built to win now. In August, they traded for Favre and spent $140 million on additional personnel moves. The Jets soared to a 8-3 start while knocking off New England and then unbeaten Tennessee, then watched everything unravel.
Jets MVP running back, Thomas Jones, recently blasted Favre's final game performance while suggesting the QB's play called for his benching. Favre threw nine interceptions and only two touchdown passes in the final five games of the season.
Jones commented, "If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game." Pulling a quarterback during a game is always a tough decision. Just ask Andy Reid with the Eagles. His stunt actually paid off since McNabb turned his play around and squeaked his team into the playoffs.
Who saw Favre's season ending news conference? Favre commented with concern, "Obviously I have to pay attention to how I'm feeling. I'm 39 years old."
It seems that Favre may wait for the Jets to hire a replacement for former head coach Eric Mangini before making an official announcement. Could getting a new coach really help Brett stay? At this point, it couldn't hurt. It should be interesting to see if he comes back for the right reasons.
2008 NFL Season Statistics: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers Comparison
Favre Total Passing TD's: 22
Rodgers Total Passing TD's: 28
Favre Total Passing Yards: 3,472
Rodgers Total Passing Yards: 4,038
Favre Avg Passing Yards/Game: 217.0
Rodgers Avg Passing Yards/Game: 252.4
Favre Total Interceptions: 22
Rodgers Total Interceptions: 13
Favre Total Pass Completions: 343
Rodgers Total Pass Completions: 341
Favre Pass Completion Percentage: 65.7
Rodgers Pass Completion Percentage: 63.6
Favre Avg Yards/Completion: 6.7
Rodgers Avg Yards/Completion: 7.5
Favre QB Rating: 81.0
Rodgers QB Rating: 93.8
Favre Total Rushing Yards: 43
Rodgers Total Rushing Yards: 207
Favre Total Rushing TD's: 1
Rodgers Total Rushing TD's: 4
After a year of stats, games, and fan enthusiasm, the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets are in the same position. They both will be watching the NFL playoffs from the comfort of home.
My solution: Brett needs to give up the New York scheme and retire. The Green Bay Packers however need to sign him to a one day, one dollar contract to allow Brett to retire a Packer. This achieves a couple of things. First it shows that the Packers have let go of the past and prove they want Favre to retire a Packer. Then it also shows that Brett is doing it for the love of Green Bay, not the money.
This is one last attempt to mend fences between the two and the fans. Maybe then we can all put this whole thing behind us and move towards the future, not thinking what could have been.