Brett Favre vs. Chad Pennington Week 1

Now that Chad Pennington has signed with the Dolphins, the NFL television networks can wet themselves over an ideal storyline in week one: Brett Favre starting against Pennington for Chad’s former team. Moreover, both QBs will be in the exact same spot — only having joined their respective teams a month before the season started. Favre’s going to a team that has stronger personnel, especially considering their off-season acquisitions of Alan Faneca, Calvin Pace, and Kris Jenkins. Pennington’s going to the Dolphins. They were 1-15 last season.

Miami actually must be somewhat excited about the Favre trade because it made Pennington available to them. In case you forgot, Bill Parcells drafted Pennington in the first round back when he was with the Jets. And you knew the Dolphins couldn’t be satisfied with the likes of Josh McCown as leading them into week one. Thing is, this Brett Favre deal has certainly had quite the ripple effect. Pennington gets pushed out of NY and into Miami, and now it looks like John Beck might be out the door in South Beach. Remember, it was only last year that the Dolphins passed on Brady Quinn to select and the combination of Ted Ginn and Beck in the draft. It’s either Beck or Paul Bunyan who’s done in Miami, because there’s no way they cut second round pick Chad Henne, is there?

Jets Already Selling Brett Favre Jerseys

Yes, it’s true. Not even half an hour between the time SportsCenter went live with their mention of Jay Glazer’s report that the Jets had traded for Brett Favre did the team’s official site begin hawking Brett Favre merchandise.

Brett Favre Jets Jersey

Now you might be wondering how I came across such information knowing full well that I’m neither a Favre nor a Jets fan. Interestingly enough, I was hanging out Wednesday night, pleased that Favre finally got traded, only to receive a text message from my good buddy Trevor Leb who’s currently living in New York. Being the proper sports fan that he is, you can only imagine the content of the message: “I just made the biggest impulse buy of my life … 2 season tix to the NY Jets!” Ticket prices must have skyrocketed from the time that he made his purchase until now. And the Jets’ first home game is against the Patriots — Brett Favre vs. Tom Brady? Are you kidding me?!

So yeah, that didn’t take long … less than an hour after the trade was reported, the Jets site was already hawking Brett Favre Jets jerseys. Nice. As for those Brett Favre Buccaneers jerseys, you ask? Probably on their way to Nicaragua right about now.

Brett Favre Really Being Traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

UPDATE: Brett Favre has been traded to the Jets

I can’t believe the day is actually coming — not to say that all reports are correct — but the latest out of Tampa suggests Brett Favre becoming a Buccaneer could soon become a reality. From The Tampa Tribune:

The Tribune has learned Favre will not stand in the way of a trade from Green Bay to Tampa Bay and the deal is likely to be finalized within 24 hours.

The chances of the trade unraveling are remote and Favre has indicated to the Bucs directly that he is willing to change teams after 16 years of growing his legend in Green Bay.

Once it became clear to Favre that he wasn’t welcome back in Green Bay, he became more flexible in terms of accepting a trade to clubs outside the division. The Bucs have been interested in Favre since last month, when he announced he wanted to play again.

Well, beggers can’t be choosers, and for Brett Favre to all but demand a trade from Green Bay to another NFC North team was plain selfish, not to mention pretty unrealistic. I really, truly, hope this is the last word in the saga. I will be so satisfied when he finally lands with a new team just so we can end this once and for all (until the next off-season when he retires and wants to come back, yet again). Favre in pewter? Doesn’t sound too bad to me. Now Jeff Garcia is going to be one pissed off mofo, that’s for sure.

No Right or Wrong Answer for Brett Favre and Packers

I’m glad I held my tongue on commenting on the Packers/Brett Favre situation until now because I’ve just watched the entire Favre/Greta Vantriloquist interview and feel I now have both sides of the story. In case you missed it over the weekend, Ted Thompson laid out an entire timeline of events of what transpired between the Packers and Favre, from his point of view. Since it was coming from Thompson, it obviously painted the Packers as patient folks who gave Favre plenty of opportunities to let them know what was going on and makes Favre look like the bad guy for springing his comeback on them. Now that I’ve heard Vantriloquist’s interview, I have a more balanced perspective and I’ve drawn a conclusion.

My feelings on the Brett Favre/Packers duel is that there is no right or wrong answer and that both parties have been screwed over by matters. I completely understand the Packers wanting to build and prepare for not only this year, but the next few years. That means finding out what Aaron Rodgers can do before the guy’s a freaking free agent. How much would it suck from their perspective for Rodgers to never start a game for them and go somewhere else where he becomes a star, or at least a playoff-type quarterback? How much would it suck for them to have wasted a first-round pick on the guy, get nothing, and have Favre really leave after this season? At the same time, Favre is dealing with a tricky situation because he is a veteran who has the skill to keep playing yet his mental desire and drive to play is tested by the taxing nature of the game. I understand why he wouldn’t feel 100% committed to the team in March — at that time he probably still felt beat up. But four months later, sure, I could see where the fire would be burning once again. I also got an even stronger feeling that he felt pushed out, much like I said back in April when I predicted Favre’s comeback.

Initially I thought Favre was being selfish and holding the team hostage. I still partially believe that’s true, but I also feel that he has earned that right, and that the Packers should be able to call an audible late in the offseason like they did last year and make an adjustment. At the same time, it could be in the franchise’s best interest to prepare for the future by sticking with Rodgers. It’s not often that I am on the fence on an issue, considering I’m pretty opinionated. But this is one where I truly cannot make up my mind because I understand the argument for both sides and I’m honestly 50/50. Yet there is one ultimate conclusion I can draw: this isn’t Hollywood, this isn’t a movie. There doesn’t have to be a storybook ending between the Packers and Brett Favre. He’s already had a brilliant career with them and nothing more needs to be said than that, regardless of what transpires over the next few months. Things will work themselves out for the best.

Packers Send Message to Rodgers, Favre

And that would be … we don’t need you, old man, and … we’re not satisfied with you, young man. The Packers matter of fact passed this message onto Favre a few days ago by placing the QB on the retired/reserve list, even though Favre hinted yet again that he might be interested in coming back. The message was made pretty clear to Aaron Rodgers late in the day on Saturday, when with the 56th overall selection, the Packers made Brian Brohm the third quarterback chosen in the draft. How’s that for a confidence builder if your Rodgers. Nothing says “you’re our franchise quarterback” quite like drafting a “backup” in the 2nd round.

I don’t get the pick for multiple reasons. For the obvious reason, it’s not exactly going to work wonders to Rodgers’ confidence. If you’re Green Bay, you want your former first-round pick to become your franchise guy and to feel secure in the job. He already has the unenviable task of having to replace an irreplaceable legend, and now he has some hot-shot second round pick breathing down his neck. What they eff are they trying to do to Rodgers? Besides that, now they’ll have 2nd round money and 2nd round roster pressure invested into Brohm. You don’t just take a quarterback in the 2nd round and only expect him to be a solid backup; you take a guy in the 2nd because he impresses you enough to be a starter. If you’re just looking for more quarterback depth and a potential backup to Rodgers, you take one on the second day, like in the 5th or 6th round or something. But taking the third quarterback in the draft, in the 2nd round no less, tells me they’re not counting on Rodgers as a long-term answer. I don’t know how you could possibly spin it any other way, Ted Thompson.

(note: that picture really doesn’t have to do too much with the subject of this post, I just couldn’t resist the urge, for obvious reasons.)

Brett Favre Already Unretiring?

Last month I was uber-skeptical of Brett Favre’s sudden, unexpected retirement. Sure, he had contemplated it the past few seasons, but coming off the great year he had and near Super Bowl berth, what possessed him to retire? I wondered if it had anything to do with the Packers being unable to pry Randy Moss loose from New England. Then last week the LA Times reported that Favre’s agent was quietly contacting teams to gauge their interest in Brett, which the agent denied. And now we have these comments from Brett to the Biloxi Sun Herald:

When asked if he would return to football if the Packers called because of team injuries, Favre said:

“It would be hard to pass up, I guess. But three months from now, say that presents itself, I may say, you know what, I’m so glad I made that decision. I’m feel very comfortable in what I’m doing and my decision.

The rigors of staying in shape seem to be the only issue keeping Favre from giving an unequivocal “yes” answer to this question, but saying it’s “hard to pass up” is a pretty telling statement. I thought something was up when he abruptly retired last month, like there were external factors pushing him out. The fact that he says he would have a tough time passing up an opportunity says to me this dude really wasn’t set on retiring, and that something was pushing him out of the game.

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.