Did Randy Moss Impact Favre’s Decision?
I still have a lot of questions floating around in my head regarding Favre’s retirement. To start with, how about: Why? Why now? Why after coming so close to the Super Bowl? Why after such a good season? And why retire and go out on an interception that cost your team a shot at the Super Bowl? There are a few theories floating around, one says Favre didn’t feel wholeheartedly wanted by the Packers organization. I think that’s really just a poor way of saying that Favre was disappointed his team didn’t make efforts to try and get better in the off-season through free agency. Hence, Randy Moss’ decision to re-sign with the Patriots could have impacted Brett Favre’s decision to retire.
Favre expressed in his message to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that he only wanted to win a Super Bowl and that anything else would be a failure. (You listening Larry Hughes?) So if his team wasn’t good enough last year to make it to the Super Bowl, much less win the thing, then in Favre’s mind, how were they going to be better prepared to win it without improving in the off-season? Once Stallworth, and most notably Randy Moss, signed elsewhere, Favre probably lost any reason to return to the team. I’m guessing that could have been a major trigger for him. I bet Brett wanted them to sell the farm and bet the house on this upcoming season, Mark Cuban for Jason Kidd style, in order to make a run happen. Once it didn’t Favre probably said screw it, it’s time to retire. I certainly think that was a strong possibility.