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Articles tagged: Brett Favre

‘This white boy can run!’ Brett Favre had funny comment for Darren Woodson

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Darren Woodson shared a funny Brett Favre story during a recent interview.

Woodson was interviewed by Trey Wingo and shared a story about a time he was given a specific blitz assignment for a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game. Woodson was given one instruction: do not let Favre get outside you. Woodson noted that Favre wasn’t good at picking up blitzes at the time.

So guess what happened? The play was called and Woodson went to blitz. He let Favre get outside of him, of course, leading then-Cowboys defensive backs coach Mike Zimmer to scream the F-word so loud on the sideline that Woodson could hear it (video contains profanity).

Based on our research, the game likely took place in 1995 or 1999. The Cowboys won both of those meetings with the Packers. In the 1995 game, Favre rushed twice for 25 yards and two touchdowns, including a 21-yard score. In the 1999 game, Favre rushed two times for nine yards.

Favre was really just getting going with his NFL career in 1995, so we’re guessing that may have been the game in question. Zimmer had just begun a stint as the Cowboys’ defensive backs coach that year, too.

Photo: Flickr/Arnie Papp via CC-BY 2.0

Brett Favre defends Drew Brees over national anthem comments

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Drew Brees came under fire earlier this year when he spoke out against national anthem protests, and the New Orleans Saints quarterback has since apologized on numerous occasions. Brett Favre is among those who do not believe those apologies were necessary.

During a recent interview on “America This Week” with Eric Bolling, Favre defended Brees for standing up for his beliefs. The Hall of Famer said he disagrees with the way Brees “got bullied” over his opinion.

“I think Drew stated clearly what he was standing for,” Favre said, via Josh Carter of WLBT. “There’s no question about it and he wasn’t wrong.”

Favre added that he believes there are a lot of things that need to be fixed in the country but said “the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints can’t fix it.”

Brees said in June that he would not agree with national anthem protests even in the wake of George Floyd being killed by a police officer. That drew enormous backlash from all across the sports world, including from some of his own teammates. Brees later issued a lengthy apology and has completely changed his stance.

Brees and his family said they received death threats over his national anthem remarks, so it’s hard to disagree with Favre that he was bullied. Whether you side with Brees’ original opinion or not, some of the reaction was completely out of line.

Photo: Flickr/Arnie Papp via CC-BY 2.0

Buccaneers’ Ryan Jensen frustrated after Brett Favre allowed at game

Brett Favre made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and one Bucs player isn’t thrilled about it.

Like most NFL teams, the Buccaneers are not allowing fans to attend home games at this point. An exception was made for Favre, who was spotted at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday supporting Tom Brady.

That did not sit well with Bucs center Ryan Jensen, who wanted to know why Favre was allowed in.

It’s an entirely reasonable reaction by Jensen. It’s not hard to understand why an exception was made for Favre, but when family members aren’t allowed to attend, that’s not going to sit well with the guys who are actually playing.

People don’t like it when there are restrictions on family. They’re going to like it even less when Favre seems to get special treatment. Jensen’s frustration is entirely understandable.

Brett Favre spotted wearing Tom Brady T-shirt at Bucs game

Anyone who has heard Brett Favre talk about Tom Brady knows how much admiration the Hall of Famer has for his fellow quarterback, but Favre removed all doubt on Sunday.

Favre was spotted at Raymond James Stadium prior to kickoff between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. He was walking around wearing one of the popular shirts that depicts Brady as the Bucs’ mascot and logo.

Perhaps Favre is more of a Brady fan boy than we thought.

Favre has praised Brady on numerous occasions for continuing to play at a high level this late in his career. More recently, Favre issued a warning to Bucs coach Bruce Arians about criticizing the six-time Super Bowl champion.

The Buccaneers aren’t allowing general fan attendance at their first two home games, but Brady has a loyal supporter in Favre.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Brett Favre cautions Bruce Arians against calling out Tom Brady

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Tom Brady did not play well in his first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Bruce Arians was openly critical of some of the mistakes the six-time Super Bowl champion made in the loss. Many were surprised by what Arians said, and Brett Favre thinks the coach should tread lightly.

During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, Favre said he doesn’t think calling Brady out after one game is a wise approach for Arians.

“I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Favre said, via Dan Martin of the New York Post. “Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, ‘Hey, I’m going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we’re going to treat you the same even though technically I’m not, so are you OK with it?’ If they have that truce, great. If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree.”

Brady threw two interceptions in the 34-23 loss, one of which was a brutal pick-six. Arians initially said the first interception was the result of a miscommunication between Brady and Mike Evans and that “Mike read it right.” The coach later admitted he watched the play again and that it was Evans who made the wrong read.

That was only one remark, however. Arians also indicated Brady and his teammates were adequately prepared for the game but didn’t execute. In other words, Arians was saying the coaching staff did its job.

“Dissension could easily enter quickly,” Favre added. “Maybe the Saints didn’t do anything that they were not ready for other than, ‘We didn’t protect very well,’ [and] Tom gets hit a couple of times, you get a little jittery, it happens.”

Arians had a very simple response when asked about the concern for his and Brady’s relationship. While Brady may have no issue with anything Arians said, the headlines will get old if it continues. Don’t be surprised if Arians changes his tune going forward.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Brett Favre thinks Aaron Rodgers on the Bears would be wild

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Aaron Rodgers has only played for one team during his NFL career, but that could change soon, and Brett Favre thinks one particular team would be an interesting option for the veteran.

Favre was a guest on Complex Sports’ “Load Management” podcast and talked about Rodgers. He was asked what team Rodgers could go to where he could hurt the Packers the most, and one of the hosts mentioned the Bears as an option. Favre agreed that Rodgers could do a lot of damage to Green Bay playing for Chicago.

“I would love to see (Aaron Rodgers on the Bears),” Favre said. “Just from the standpoint that we have killed the Bears collectively. Bears fans would probably be like, ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am so glad that Aaron Rodgers is on our team.’ He instantly makes you a contender.”

Rodgers is under contract through 2023, but his status with the Packers changed after the team selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said he expects Rodgers to remain with the team for a very long time, but it’s hard to see that being the case when there is a first-round pick waiting behind him.

Rodgers’ situation is eerily similar to how he broke into the league as a first-round pick by the Packers in 2005 when Favre was entrenched as the starter. The Cal product eventually replaced Favre, and now the same thing could be happening to Rodgers. Favre ended up playing for the Jets and then the Vikings to end his career. Rodgers going to Chicago would be similar.

Rodgers recently opened up about his feelings on the Packers drafting Love.

H/T The Spun

Brett Favre thinks Aaron Rodgers will leave Packers after Jordan Love selection

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We still haven’t heard directly from Aaron Rodgers since the Green Bay Packers selected his heir apparent in the first round of the NFL Draft. Based on what we are hearing, though, he’s less than thrilled about it.

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre told “The Rich Eisen Show” Wednesday that he has spoken with Rodgers since Green Bay traded up to select Jordan Love in the first round. Favre said Rodgers was “surprised,” and hinted that there could be drama to come as a result of the pick. Favre even suggested that he sees Rodgers ending his career elsewhere as a result.

In other words, Favre thinks this inspired the exact reaction many thought. Rodgers needed more weapons in his offense. Instead, he got his potential replacement.

Some believe that the Packers were looking for a reaction from Rodgers in drafting Love. If that’s what they wanted, it sure sounds like they might get it.

Brett Favre shares why he thinks Tom Brady left Patriots

Brett Favre knows what it’s like to be closely associated with an organization, only to leave toward the end of his career. That’s similar to what Tom Brady did in leaving the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Favre said he commends Brady for having the willingness to make such a decision. The longtime quarterback also believes Brady did not leave the Patriots due to a rift with Bill Belichick or the New England organization.

“I know Tom real well,” Favre told CBS Sports HQ, via Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports. “We talked a little bit about it but I think more than anything he just kind of wanted to try his hand at something different, and you can’t fault him for that. It has nothing to do with the organization, even though people may make it out to be a riff between he and Belichick or the organization. Look, what they did is unbelievable, and that will not change. He just wants to try his hand at something different and if it works out, great. If it doesn’t, he’s still the greatest to ever play the game.”

This is more or less what Brady has said about his departure. Favre seems to think Brady is making a worthwhile decision here, even if it’s a move that some people might not think will work out too well.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Andy Reid had Brett Favre, Jimmy Johnson speak to Chiefs before Super Bowl

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Andy Reid has made numerous connections during his nearly 30 years as a coach in the National Football League, and he tried to put them to good use leading up to Super Bowl LIV.

Reid had both a legendary coach and legendary quarterback address the Kansas City Chiefs before their game against the San Francisco 49ers. According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, Reid had Brett Favre speak with the Chiefs one day and Jimmy Johnson another.

Reid was an offensive assistant for several seasons with the Green Bay Packers when Favre was their quarterback, and the two still have a close relationship. Earlier this year, Favre revealed a great trick Reid taught him for reading defenses that stuck with the Hall of Famer throughout his entire career. Reid’s time as an assistant in Green Bay also overlapped with Johnson’s stint as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, so the two competed against one another.

Favre and Johnson have four Super Bowl appearances combined, so they certainly have plenty of experience to share with the Chiefs. Reid also had Donovan McNabb, who played in a Super Bowl under Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, speak to the Chiefs after a practice.

Interestingly enough, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan chose to have no guest speakers during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, so the two coaches took much different approaches.

Andy Reid taught Brett Favre great trick for reading defenses

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Andy Reid has a history of working with some of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, and that is not a coincidence. The veteran coach is an offensive mastermind in many ways, but he also has some outstanding hacks to share after serving in a coaching capacity for nearly four decades. Just ask Brett Favre.

During a recent appearance on Peter King’s podcast, Favre revealed some of the best advice Reid ever gave him when the two were with the Green Bay Packers. He said early on in his career the coach told him he could teach him something in five minutes that Favre probably could not get from hours of watching film. The advice was to find the player on the opposing defense who would be giving away plays by doing everything exactly by the book.

One example Favre gave was when he discovered former Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Brad Culpepper was tipping plays. He said he could tell whether a Blitz was coming based on the way Culpepper was leaning.

“Brad Culpepper was the nose tackle…they were young and still pretty much doing what they were coached, those were the ones you could pick up on,” Favre said, according to Alex Crawford of Acme Packing Co. “Andy said when Culpepper is tilted they are are running strong dog.”

The idea wasn’t that the opponents Reid and Favre cued in on were doing something wrong, it’s that they were doing every single thing the coaches told them to do. Rather than working to disguise a play and risk being out of position, younger players have a tendency to focus on playing the exact way they were coached.

It’s unclear if Favre passed that advice along to Aaron Rodgers, but it would stand to reason that Reid has shared it with Patrick Mahomes, who has already accomplished some things Favre never did. Reid has made plenty of mistakes in big games, but few coaches in the NFL are better at getting production out of their quarterbacks.