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Farvemageddon post mortem

You're gonna hear a lot of talk today about Brett Favre and the Vikings' win over the Packers last night. At some point you'll probably here "See? The Packers shouldn't have let Favre go". Don't believe them. The Packers were right in letting Favre. It wasn't about his on the field performance as much as it was he off the field behavior.
The point was that Favre thought he was too good for little things like "voluntary" camps and other minor things like that. Things that the Packers expected him to do as their starting qb and as a team leader. And don't forget, quarterback is a leadership position. Favre would've rather been a superstar than a leaser.
Besides, the Packers just didn't dump Favre (like Tony Kornheiser made it sound like yesterday on Pardon the Interruption). He retired, then "out of the blue" decided he wanted to play again just before training camp, and long after the Packers had committed to Aaron Rogers. Letting Favre back would have meant almost starting from scratch, and wouldn't have solved any of the team's long term issues. It may have even made things worse.
You'll hear some Favre apoligists say he earned the right to skip those "voluntary" camps. Wrong. Make no mistake, the term "offseason" doesn't really mean much anymore. Today's NFL is pretty much a 365 day a year league that only plays football for about half that time. Teams need their players committed to play around draft time, not at the start of training camp. Favre's "will he or won't he come back" act for several offseasons, where he would usually wait until the last moment to commit to playing, wasn't really working.
Look at the Farve's record 2005-2008. Of the past four seasons, only Farve's "comeback" year of 2007 has produced a winning season. His offseason antics weren't helping his teams out any. Sure, he's 4-0 so far this year. But only one of those teams has a record above .500 right now (the 49ers). And yeah, The Vikings won last night. But 30-23 isn't actually a dominating performance. Let's see how Favre does against the Ravens and the Steelers in a few weeks.
It was a nice win last night for Favre. Just don't buy in to the manlove today.
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You're gonna hear a lot of talk today about Brett Favre and the Vikings' win over the Packers last night. At some point you'll probably here "See? The Packers shouldn't have let Favre go". Don't believe them. The Packers were right in letting Favre. It wasn't about his on the field performance as much as it was he off the field behavior.
The point was that Favre thought he was too good for little things like "voluntary" camps and other minor things like that. Things that the Packers expected him to do as their starting qb and as a team leader. And don't forget, quarterback is a leadership position. Favre would've rather been a superstar than a leaser.
Besides, the Packers just didn't dump Favre (like Tony Kornheiser made it sound like yesterday on Pardon the Interruption). He retired, then "out of the blue" decided he wanted to play again just before training camp, and long after the Packers had committed to Aaron Rogers. Letting Favre back would have meant almost starting from scratch, and wouldn't have solved any of the team's long term issues. It may have even made things worse.
You'll hear some Favre apoligists say he earned the right to skip those "voluntary" camps. Wrong. Make no mistake, the term "offseason" doesn't really mean much anymore. Today's NFL is pretty much a 365 day a year league that only plays football for about half that time. Teams need their players committed to play around draft time, not at the start of training camp. Favre's "will he or won't he come back" act for several offseasons, where he would usually wait until the last moment to commit to playing, wasn't really working.
Look at the Farve's record 2005-2008. Of the past four seasons, only Farve's "comeback" year of 2007 has produced a winning season. His offseason antics weren't helping his teams out any. Sure, he's 4-0 so far this year. But only one of those teams has a record above .500 right now (the 49ers). And yeah, The Vikings won last night. But 30-23 isn't actually a dominating performance. Let's see how Favre does against the Ravens and the Steelers in a few weeks.
It was a nice win last night for Favre. Just don't buy in to the manlove today.

Posted originally: 2009-10-06 08:59:00
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