This indecision's bugging me
Esta undecision me molesta
If you don't want me, set me free
– The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
That classic song just about sums up old man Brett “500-Ball” Favre’s situation in Green Bay. Every time I see Brett and his salt-and-pepper hair I hear The Clash.
We all knew Favre didn’t really mean it when he announced his retirement at the end of last season’s playoff loss to Eli Manning and the G-men. The man, or should I say the legend, wants to play another season. Why not let him?
The boys up in the booth in Green Bay don’t know what to do with him… actually they are happy with him just staying retired. Nobody really knew how Favre and Packers Coach Mike McCarthy were getting along until this week, when Favre spoke to Fox News about his semi-retirement predicament. The Packers want to move on with the dim-witted QB Aaron Rodgers and have told Brett that plan. In turn, Brett says he wants to be released to play for another team.
Green Bay, who has the rights on Favre, won’t release him because of his legacy with the Packers.
“OK, you guys have a different path, fine,” Favre recalled of an earlier conversation with McCarthy on Fox News. “What does that mean for me? So that means either you give me my helmet, welcome back, or release me, or attempt to trade me. We all know that’s a possibility, but a way-out-there possibility.”
For Green Bay team owners, Favre playing somewhere else isn’t an option. He is a Green Bay quarterback and that is how they want his legacy to be remembered.
“You’re telling me playing there is not an option [to start], but playing elsewhere, we just can’t – we’re trying to protect your legacy,” Favre told Fox. “Well, thank you. I appreciate that. But apparently now, they’re trying to protect my legacy by bringing me back and having me be a backup.”
To me, it sounds like Brett knows more about what he wants in all his indecision than the team knows in all their decision making. First, I can’t see why they wouldn’t let Brett start another season. OK, he really sucked in the 2006-07 season… I mean really sucked. In competitive rivalries against teams like the Bears, it looked like Favre was playing a backyard game of 500 – closing his eyes and sailing the ball up in the air for all to grab.
But last season he was better, sure he made some mistakes (especially in their final game) but he wasn’t bad. More importantly, he was fun to watch. Frankly, he is still a competitor, more so than Rodgers, who is yet to impress anybody other than Green Bay’s coaches. Brett is better, and will continue to be better, than Rodgers for the next five years.
All right, so they want to move forward with Rodgers. Then let Brett go to another team already. That won’t be the end of the world in Green Bay. (Yes, if Elway were in the same situation, it would have been the end of the world in Denver.) Really, I think if he were to be released or traded, the staff in Green Bay should try to dump him off to another NFC rival team. Then, at least in their heads, they will be a step ahead in knowing Brett’s style of play and his many so-called weaknesses.
And other teams are eager to pick him up.
Already in a report in the New York Times on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings are being accused of interfering by contacting Favre. It seems the Vikings would like the old man behind center. Hell, with the state of the Broncos right now, I wouldn’t mind bringing him to Dove Valley for some snaps to see if he could pick up the Denver offense.
Brett’s legacy won’t be lost if he goes to another team. Other notable quarterbacks have done the same – Joe Montana and Joe Namath for example – without adverse effects. And think of hockey great Ray Bourke who spent a stellar career with Boston and moved on to Colorado in his twilight to win his first Stanley Cup. His legacy is still with Boston and his jersey is hung not only in Boston but in Denver, too.
Brett is Green Bay and I see no problem with him playing anywhere else. He is as exciting as it gets and is as fun to watch as anyone in the league. He also could come in handy for the Broncos, who may need an opponent who can throw Denver’s secondary a few interceptions.
Green Bay management: Release Favre from your shackles and send him to the AFC.