submitted on August 5, 2008, 9:13 AM
I haven't talked about the Brett Favre drama too much, mostly because the media has been completely overhyping the story since before it even began, to the point that I tried to pay as little attention to it as possible. As is usually the case with overblown stories, the best approach is to remember that 99% of the media has nothing to back up any of their speculation, and just ignore what most people have to say until some actual facts come out. And that's what I did.
Obviously I did have my own thoughts on the matter (I felt like the only way Favre would ever play another down of football was for another team), but I certainly didn't subscribe to all this overreaction and hatred for either the Packers or Favre that many people have adopted. I can certainly understand Favre retiring and then changing his mind. I saw Michael Jordan do it twice. I also understand Green Bay wanting to move on once Favre retired and being put in a tight spot when he said he wanted back in. The Packers can't just release him, because it's a horrible business decision, which is easy to see. They didn't want him to play, because they wanted to go with Aaron Rodgers, so that meant his only two options were to stay retired or to be traded away. I don't put a lot of blame on anyone in this situation, it just evolved the way it did and the awkwardness was mostly inevitable. Favre probably hasn't made this as easy as he could have, but whatever.
So now I read that the Packers are going to have an open competition for the starting QB job, and Favre will be there in training camp trying to get his job back. That's certainly a surprising turn of events. To go from all these situations and circumstances to just having Favre come back to training camp like nothing happened and (most likely) take back his role as starting QB? I hope there aren't any long term team morale ramifications from a decision like this. Hopefully Aaron Rodgers is a professional about all of this (He has been so far, and being a first round career backup because the old guy ahead of you on the depth chart won't retire has to be very frustrating) and there isn't any real issue made about any of this. But I will admit I'm a little wary.
Either way, I always enjoy watching Favre play, so it appears that perhaps I can get another season of it...or five.
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