Why Brett Favre Is Wrong

Alex McVeighSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2008

I know there has been enough written in the past week about Favre to make it its own sport on Bleacher Report, but I feel like adding my two cents.

During Brett Favre's illustrious career, especially during his resurgence last year, all you heard about Favre is, "he's like a little kid out there." It was one of his most endearing features, the sheer childlike wonder in which he approached the game, even as the sun of his career gradually set.

Well, we're seeing more of the childlike Brett now, only it's not so endearing. Like a child, he changes his mind with every tick of the clock. Like a child, he tattles to the principal about how he is being mistreated, in this case, Greta Van Susteren.

Except unlike a child, an entire NFL franchise is depending on his whims.

Let's take a step back and see if this situation could have been avoided.

After the NFC Championship game, Brett Favre decided to forego the usual summer drama and announce his retirement.

What choice did the Green Bay Packers have but to begin their post-Favre lives as soon as possible? As legendary as he was, the Packers are a business, and their business is about winning.

So they put Aaron Rodgers into the starting spot and drafted not one, but two marquee quarterbacks from college, Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn.

What was the alternative for the Packers? Hope and pray that Brett decides to come back? Draft position players? If they did that and Rodgers doesn't do well, they're screwed for the next two or three years.

Now all of a sudden Favre gets the itch again, and it puts the Pack in a no-win situation.

They don't want Favre to start. He doesn't want to be a backup. They don't want him to play anywhere else.

What if he goes somewhere and puts a team into a Wild Card berth? What if Rodgers bombs (not that I think he will, I was actually pretty impressed with him last year) and the Packers limp to a 4-12 finish?

Imagine that pressure cooker in Green Bay.

As much as it's hard to blame Favre for being conflicted about his legacy and career, guess what? He's a 38-year-old man, and it's time he realizes that decisions have their consequences.

Maybe if he had sorted it out sooner, he would have been able to return, but I think it's too late.

My solution: Don't release him, make him a backup, and put him in if Rodgers struggles. If the union intervenes, so be it, cross that bridge when you come to it.

Because if they do trade him, like a child whose parents give in, Brett will never learn.

What will stop him from pulling this same stuff with Tampa, Carolina, Baltimore or Washington next year?

Nothing will change, he'll just put another city in limbo.

Sorry Brett, but life is about tough choices. If you make the wrong one, you live with the consequences. If you want to come back next year, go for it, just decide in a timely manner next year.


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