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Packers Take The High Road On Favre

If there’s any bitterness in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room about veteran quarterback Brett Favre’s anticipated return to the NFL with the division rival Minnesota Vikings, then the Packers did a good job of hiding that sentiment.
Judging from the comments on Favre today, per the Associated Press, the Packers are being cautious in what they say about their former star quarterback.
The general consensus was Favre should end his retirement if that’s what he feels like doing.
“If Brett wants to play, then he should play,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.  “That’s kind of all I have to say about that.  Other than that, he’s one player on one team that we play twice a year. . . .
“I’m not going to speculate on things that haven’t happened yet.  So when that happens, then I’ll give you a good answer.”
Although Packers General Manager Ted Thompson, whom Favre has sharply criticized over the past few years, wasn’t quoted in the report, another high-ranking Packers executive struck a supportive stance when asked about Favre.
Packers team president Mark Murphy’s answer was so similar to Rodgers’ remarks that it raises the question of whether some kind of script was passed around the headquarters.
“If Brett wants to play, he should play,” Murphy said.  “He’s very unique in that he’s almost 40 and he can still play.  If he wants to, he should do it.
“And we wish him the best. But we’re really focused on our team and getting ready for the season, and we feel pretty optimistic about the season we’re going to have.”
Here’s a hunch:  The Packers just might share the feelings of Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who recently lobbied Favre to lace up his cleats again and throw him a few of those patented off-balance interceptions.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are practically rolling out the red carpet for Favre.
Commenting on Favre’s HBO appearance, Vikings coach Brad Childress seemed eager to get Favre into the fold if his surgically repaired biceps tendon cooperates.
He said everything that he needed to say,” said Childress, per Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  “He’s trying to make a push to get back.  I know he won’t play unless he feels like he’s capable of playing at the level he’s played over the course of his career.
“There’s no downside to good players.  As far as distractions, if distractions are good football players, we’ll take all the distractions.”
And Vikings owner Zygi Wilf broke his silence on Favre.
“We will do the most we can to get players we need to be a better team,” Wilf said.  “If that means Brett Favre or sombody else, we’ll go after them.  We’ll just have to see.  Right now, it’s all up to Brett Favre to determine what his future is.”
Plus, Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian is licking his chops at the prospects of Favre orchestrating the Vikings’ West Coast offense.
“If he’s on the team, we could be a very explosive offense,” said Berrian, per Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.  “He can probably teach the offense.  We have the right elements and all the tools.”
Berrian said that Favre could be the missing piece that puts the Vikings over the top.
“He definitely could be,” Berrian said.  “You can’t argue that he wouldn’t.  If he can throw the ball the way we know he can throw the ball, he definitely can be that final piece.”

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58 Responses to “Packers Take The High Road On Favre”
  1. Fan_of_Football says: Jun 17, 2009 9:28 PM

    Sounds like another Ari Fletcher contrived PR ploy.

  2. philwauke says: Jun 17, 2009 9:30 PM

    When are we going to start seeing the I’m a celebrity get me out of here phone numbers to call? How much longer are you going to leave the channel 5 cbs sponsorship on here since you went over to the Nbc darkside?

  3. walk26 says: Jun 17, 2009 9:31 PM

    Nutting but Purple Love

  4. PeterGundrum says: Jun 17, 2009 9:41 PM

    Why should the Packers care? They dumped a major headache who makes 12 million a year and can’t play anymore and they have a much better quarterback now.
    The Packers should be ecstatic and I’m sure they are. Aaron Rodgers is going to be one of the best QB’s in the league this year and for many years to come.

  5. ShimSham says: Jun 17, 2009 9:51 PM

    If Favre ultimately decides his arm hasn’t healed right and he won’t play then the Vikings are going to have to do a bit of damage control.

  6. Jim_R says: Jun 17, 2009 9:59 PM

    “He can probably teach the offense…”
    ROFLMAO! Drama Queen don’t teach.

  7. peters346 says: Jun 17, 2009 10:02 PM

    Funny, the Packers decide to take the “high road” this time. Sort of like last year’s frivolous tampering charges against the Vikings, only the exact opposite.

  8. east96st says: Jun 17, 2009 10:03 PM

    “If he can throw the ball the way we know he can throw the ball, he definitely can be that final piece.”
    Didn’t the Jets say the same thing last year?

  9. Ralph GreNader says: Jun 17, 2009 10:07 PM

    Why the F-ck would anyone on the Packers care about him?
    What they should have said was….”He isnt a Packer anymore and never will be again.” Problem solved. He would have no comeback to that.

  10. Lost says: Jun 17, 2009 10:27 PM

    We will do the most we can to get players we need to be a better team,” Wilf said. “If that means Michael Vick or sombody else, we’ll go after them. We’ll just have to see….”

  11. smokesome says: Jun 17, 2009 10:32 PM

    i can’t wait to see which one of brett’s personalities is control of his body the day he has to meet the vikings “deadline.” way to play hardball with him, minnesota. telling him to make a decision by the end of july is really putting it to him.

  12. jcasey says: Jun 17, 2009 10:33 PM

    Cause the Packers always have right? Aaron Wilson, you are such a dumbass. The Packers want Brett on the Vikings? Like they did last year, right? I’m sure with posts like this last one you owe PFT at the end of the month and not the other way around. They should recheck your resume. The high road! LMAO!!!!

  13. JimmySmith says: Jun 17, 2009 10:36 PM

    Really, what are the Vikings going to do if Favre doesn’t come back or comes back and gets drilled and is out for 6 to 8 weeks? They have so undermined their two current QB’s that neither are worth a damn (truth be told, neither were worth a damn before Favre showed interest in coming back but the only ones who didn’t realize it were Sage, T Jack Off, Col Klink and his blundering nitwits otherwise known as the Biqueen faithful)
    So if Favre doesn’t play, they are deep trouble as they threw both the QB’s under the bus and training camp hasn’t even started.

  14. Jesman says: Jun 17, 2009 10:40 PM

    “If Brett wants to play, then he should play,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “That’s kind of all I have to say about that. Other than that, he’s one player on one team that we play twice a year. . .”
    Sounds like Rodgers has some inside information.
    “Other than that, he’s one player on one team that we play twice a year. . .”

  15. mdfrankie says: Jun 17, 2009 10:51 PM

    Why does Fan of Football suck so much at life?

  16. darth_vincent says: Jun 17, 2009 10:53 PM

    “We’ll Never Forget You…. Brent!!!”

  17. mdfrankie says: Jun 17, 2009 10:58 PM

    “He can probably teach the offense…”
    That wouldn be like the school janitor teaching a Calculus class.

  18. Girthy One says: Jun 17, 2009 11:06 PM

    About time that someone actually doesn’t rip a guy for wanting to play.
    So many Favre haters, so little common sense in the world.

  19. Creeper says: Jun 17, 2009 11:14 PM

    I would bet strongly that the official talking points made their way through the building. They’re all there this week anyway. All that shows is that they’re well managed. Meanwhile, the Dog Patch Crew in MS is stirring up crap in MPLS and dumbasses all over that roster, including their coach, are openly running their mouths about Brent Faver. Not only are they dumping all over two guys who may wind up playing this year one way or another, but this ‘final piece’ stuff just shows they have no idea how to not set themselves up to fail. I love this already.

  20. Mad Dog says: Jun 17, 2009 11:16 PM

    Putting aside the fact that Favre is a douchebag with zero desire to be a part of any team, the idea that he could probably teach the offense is just laughable. 6 picks in one playoff game against the Rams, a hail mary pick in the Philly 4th and 26 playoff game in OT, 4 picks against Minny in a playoff game in Lambeau, 2 picks against Atlanta in a playoff game….in Lambeau and then the ridiculously inenexusable pick in OT against the Giants in the championship game, which were all losses and this guy can teach the offense. He couldn’t teach a dog to sh-t. If he can teach the offense, why is he an interception throwing machine in the stage of his career where he should be much smarter.
    He has Childress by the nads and made it clear he will show up when he decides to descend from the heavens. Why wouldn’t the Packers want to see the guy in Minny. I personally think this whole deal will blow up in Milkttoast Wilfs face but the true upside is that he will have the records on paper, but no legacy in Green Bay. As a diehard Packer fan if there is any chance we completely sever ties with this moron, I will be that much happier. I sincerely hope that his number is never retired. That’s an honor that shouldn’t be wasted on jerkoffs no matter what the record books say.
    He can teach the offense. Give me a f-cking break. Can the hype get any further away from reality?

  21. cersei says: Jun 17, 2009 11:16 PM

    😀 I can’t wait for this year to be over with… and maybe even NEXT year, lol.. cause SOON…. so SOON – Favre will not be able to contemplate coming back anymore. He will no longer be able to hold teams/ headlines hostage with his prima donna weirdo s****. It will ALL BE OVER 😀 And then you will all be SO sad, cause your prime target for a** kissing and empty columns will be GONE. But, lol, unlike now – there will be NOTHING you can do about it. 😀 He will be DONE for GOOD. 😀 lol. – And your parade will END. 😀 I am smiling now… and i will STILL be smiling THEN 😀 – It is ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. hehe. I win.
    -one.post.n.done. – no. response. cause.I.NEVER.return.to.read.replies.or.emails.-😀

  22. HarrisonHits says: Jun 17, 2009 11:16 PM

    Farve’s ego is occupying all lanes of the low road so he hasn’t left them much choice…..

  23. cersei says: Jun 17, 2009 11:21 PM

    lol – and as for your ‘looks as though you’ve already said that!’ ploy – LOOKS AS THOUGH YOU NEED TO FIX YOUR SITE/BANDWITH!! lol.
    was not posted twice – your site is lacking.😀
    deal with it🙂
    -one.post.n.done.i.do.not.read.replies.-😀

  24. CaptainFantastik says: Jun 17, 2009 11:32 PM

    I think Childress should ask the Jets and Cowboys about “good players who are distractions” being good for the team. Didn’t seem to turn out too well for them. Minnesota is next on the chopping block.
    Oh, and anybody who thinks the Packers’ claim of tampering was “frivolous” is a moron of epic proportions. It’s crystal clear now that there was communication dating back to last summer between the Vikings and Favre about playing in Minnesota. This has been Favre’s endgame all along. Hell, the family hotel reservations for this year’s Vikes/Pack game in Green Bay were made when Favre was still under contract with the Jets. But noooooooo, the Vikes couldn’t have been tampering huh? LOL. Retards.

  25. nerdmann says: Jun 17, 2009 11:33 PM

    1: Last year, Jared Allen was the “final piece.”
    2: I don’t believe Favre every really hurt his arm. It’s a BS story to cover for the fact that he can’t cut it down the stretch. This will come out in time.
    3: A.J. Hawk will break Favre in half. The streak will end.
    MARK IT DOWN!

  26. jrmbadger says: Jun 17, 2009 11:36 PM

    HAHA, when will players learn!?! “He can probably teach the offense.” …. (Favre doesn’t mentor anyone- he refuses and admits it publicly) …. “He’s the final piece of the puzzle….” – How’d all that work out for the Jets? Oh wait, they finished 8-8 and out, and Favre pretty much got the coach fired and ruined the team. Now he’s poised to do the same thing for the Vikings. Should be fun to watch.
    Oh and Favre’s arm isn’t looking good according to him: http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/48296817.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUnciaec8O7EyUsl
    Favre worked out with the local HS team Today (Wed, 17th) and his arm didn’t feel well. Either he’s putting more leverage on the Vikings to up their contract offer or he’s laying a foundation for an excuse.

  27. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 17, 2009 11:45 PM

    Unfortunately Favre didn’t echo the same loving sentiments about Bernard Berrian who would be the worst starting #1 receiver he’s ever had in his career. He’s a one trick pony with questionable hands who only runs go routes and hopes for blown coverages.

  28. VikingsPrisoner says: Jun 18, 2009 1:17 AM

    It’s kind of nice to see a sad situation end happily once in a while. Those Green Bay Packer fans whose pathetic lives tragically ended the day Brett Favre hung up his green and gold jersey, miraculously find new life and a purpose to their existence every time PFT posts a new story about his comeback.Their chubby little fingers are a virtual blur as they repeatedly, tirelessly punch out the words “Brett Who?”.

  29. Lead_Farmer says: Jun 18, 2009 1:31 AM

    Nice Brewers win tonight, even though they tried to give it away.
    Yeah, I’m just sick of talking about Brett Favre. I agree with a past poster here that said he can’t wait for next year or the year after that when we all know Favre cannot come back.
    Then again, some Favre die-hards would love to see with a beard down to his knees throwing short passes in his PowerChair. Then he’d really be the OLD gunslinger. Or maybe it could be the drool slinger….

  30. TheDPR says: Jun 18, 2009 6:51 AM

    Blaming the arm injury for stupid decisions is typical “it’s never my fault when my teams don’t win championships” Favre behavior. When the Vikings don’t get it done this year, it won’t be Favre’s fault, either. He and his paramours in the sports media will blame Chilly, Berrian, even Adrian Peterson. But never Brett Favre.
    Pretty pathetic. This dude is treated like the Michael Jordan of the league when he’s actually been the Washington Wizards version for the past decade.

  31. OLB04 says: Jun 18, 2009 8:21 AM

    Such much HATE!! Farve is not the problem, it’s the media and all the idiots that feel compelled to throw their two cents in on the websites! When he was up the whole world loved him, now everyone wishes he would just go away! How soon people forget all the great sports moments made by Favre and his plain old love for the game!! You can say what you want about him now but Brett still has the desire to compete and wants to play football, so let him play until his arm falls off if that’s what he wants! I think he’s earned it!!!!!

  32. empty13 says: Jun 18, 2009 8:50 AM

    looks to me like barf fart is staying too long at the party.
    nov 1… a theismann moment?

  33. JBerry says: Jun 18, 2009 9:57 AM

    Correct me if Im wrong….But isn’t this the 7th offseason in a row that we have had to play the will he or wont he game? It’s interesting that the first 5 years must have gotten stale, so he had to step it up a bit. Now in the last two years he actually filed his retirement papers and made an “official” announcement. And each time the a-hole keeps coming back. He is like a rash on your butt that just won’t go away.
    Im so sick and tired of him, I hope he comes back and fails even more then he did last year.

  34. GoPackGo_66 says: Jun 18, 2009 10:08 AM

    Anyone see that train wreck of a movie ‘The Marine’ with John Cena? If you have and actually watched the movie to the end where the dude who played the bad Terminator in T2 and the bad guy in this movie obviously should have died in the massive explosion but pops up from out of no where for one last attempt to kill Cena. Yeah that reminds me of Favre’s retirement so far. He’s done, oh wait he’s somehow coming back.
    Why shouldn’t the Packers take the high road? Just like all of the overpaid players say, “it’s business”. If this was a story back in the late 90’s, early 2K’s it would be a much larger event. The only shock factor this holds now is the possibility of seeing Favre in Purple and Gold. Aside from that eye sore, Favre will be another QB the Packers D will need to prepare for going into those weeks.
    Viking fans… the loyal Viking fans. You would rather have Favre for one season, maybe two over a solid franchise QB? I can’t find the dig most Vikings fans try to dish by throwing “we’re getting Favre” in the face of Packers fans. You’re QB void has long been an issue with your team. Favre is an unknown temporary fix to what ?could? be an explosive offense. Aaron Rodgers may not be a Favre of the 90’s, but I’m glad we’ve got him in comparison to the Favre of today.

  35. LeRoy36 says: Jun 18, 2009 10:12 AM

    “Right now, it’s all up to Brett Favre to determine what his future is.”
    How nice. Favre holding another team hostage until camp is over.

  36. ZN0rseman says: Jun 18, 2009 10:19 AM

    Once again, Florio ‘s crew proves their collective love for the Packers organization and their utter disdain for the Vikings… as they’ve done countless times before.
    Aaron,
    At what point exactly have the Packers organization taken the ‘high road’?
    Was it when they forced their greatest football legend out of town because their coach and GM are asshats? How about when the refused to cut him so that he couldn’t go play where he wanted to? Or perhaps when they offered him a 15 million dollar bribe not to call them out on their actions? Or maybe when they made the idiotic and frivolous claims of tampering against the Vikings last year?
    That high road?
    Seriously???
    How does forcing everyone in the organization to use a scripted (and utterly BS) response to questions about their greatest player in history count as “taking the high road”?
    Oh, and the Packers wanted Favre playing for the Vikings? What?!?
    Just like they did last year? You remember that right? It was when they did everything short of putting a bullet in Brett’s knee to keep him from playing there.
    What the hell kind of cheese pipe are you guys smoking over there to believe, let alone write, any of that?
    $0.02,
    –Z

  37. purpleguy says: Jun 18, 2009 10:23 AM

    Typical vanilla, boring, lame mumbo jumbo coming out of Green Bay, which goes along with it’s boring GM, vanilla coaching and average players. They ought to play quotes from this team and tapes of their games to insomniacs. Either that or let Jolly start serving his special kool-aid at team functions.

  38. 30PTBUCK says: Jun 18, 2009 11:57 AM

    Favre won’t play unless he’s capable of playing no wonder Viking fans think Chilly is an IDIOT.
    It didn’t bother Favre last year when he was terrible for the Jets he kept playing so either he was selfish and ruined an otherwise good year for them or ,which I think ,he may have tanked on purpose so the Jets wouldn’t want him back and he could go to his Beloved Vikings either way he is an immature liar.
    One other thing is he even injured? I bet the man who took John Edward’s(the psyhic) biggest douche in the universe title is lying about that also.

  39. jimicos says: Jun 18, 2009 12:23 PM

    jcasey says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 10:33 pm
    Cause the Packers always have right? Aaron Wilson, you are such a dumbass. The Packers want Brett on the Vikings? Like they did last year, right? I’m sure with posts like this last one you owe PFT at the end of the month and not the other way around. They should recheck your resume. The high road! LMAO!!!!
    —————————
    When have they not taken the high road with Favre? Name one instance.

  40. jimicos says: Jun 18, 2009 12:36 PM

    ZN0rseman says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 10:19 am
    Once again, Florio ’s crew proves their collective love for the Packers organization and their utter disdain for the Vikings… as they’ve done countless times before.
    Aaron,
    At what point exactly have the Packers organization taken the ‘high road’?
    Was it when they forced their greatest football legend out of town because their coach and GM are asshats? How about when the refused to cut him so that he couldn’t go play where he wanted to? Or perhaps when they offered him a 15 million dollar bribe not to call them out on their actions? Or maybe when they made the idiotic and frivolous claims of tampering against the Vikings last year?
    That high road?
    Seriously???
    How does forcing everyone in the organization to use a scripted (and utterly BS) response to questions about their greatest player in history count as “taking the high road”?
    Oh, and the Packers wanted Favre playing for the Vikings? What?!?
    Just like they did last year? You remember that right? It was when they did everything short of putting a bullet in Brett’s knee to keep him from playing there.
    What the hell kind of cheese pipe are you guys smoking over there to believe, let alone write, any of that?
    $0.02,
    –Z
    ———————————–
    Ludicrous. Absolutely loony. They forced him out of town? Are you laughing as you type that?
    – Favre retired.
    – Then he called them up and said he may have made a mistake. They arranged to come down and meet him about it.
    – Favre called them back and said he rethought it and was going to remain retired.
    – Time passes and the Packers go forward with Aaron Rodgers as their QB.
    – Favre tries to unretire and get his old job back. Packers do not welcome him back to his old position.
    – Favre throws Packers management under the bus in interviews. Packers do not respond.
    – Favre is offered an opportunity to compete for the starting job. Favre declines.
    – Favre is traded and a poison pill is included in the trade.
    Yeah, I can really see how they’ve bent Favre over. Yeah, they’ve forced his hand the whole time.
    As far as the tampering charge is concerned, I’d be surprised if they didn’t. The simple fact is that there was apparently not enough evidence to prove it. Then again, the same guy who decided to destroy the spygate videotapes is the one who decided there wasn’t enough evidence here… So take that with a grain of salt.
    If Thompson had pulled the rug out from under Aaron Rodgers and given Favre his old job back, Rodgers would’ve bolted as soon as he hit free agency. Thompson made the right decision and he never made it personal. He never attacked Favre in the media (like Childress did with Williamson).

  41. Johnny2k says: Jun 18, 2009 1:48 PM

    Favre teaches his version of the West Coast Offense, Game 1: “Okay Berrian, run down 40 yards and attract triple coverage, and I’ll hang it up there. And Adrian, get your head in the game, stay in here, and block, dammit!” Meanwhile on the sidelines, Chilly asks if anyone has Vinnie Testaverde on their speed dial.

  42. ZN0rseman says: Jun 18, 2009 2:28 PM

    jimicos,
    That’s some wonderful revisionist history you put together there. Well done. Do you work for the Obama admistration by chance?
    Just checking.

  43. jimicos says: Jun 18, 2009 3:25 PM

    ZN0rseman says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    jimicos,
    That’s some wonderful revisionist history you put together there. Well done. Do you work for the Obama admistration by chance?
    Just checking.
    ————————————–
    Go ahead. Bash it without pointing out what’s wrong. I’d love to see your changes.
    And working for Obama? Don’t insult me.

  44. jimicos says: Jun 18, 2009 3:42 PM

    @Znorseman:
    Here’s an incomplete timeline from the Milwaukee paper: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/29418054.html
    Pay special attention to the 3+ months in between Favre’s original retirement and his decision to come back. They had already drafted two QBs and gone through minicamps with Rodgers as the starter.
    The Packers pushed him out? Really? He waited until June 20 to decide to come back. By then it was too late.
    From the article:
    ===================================
    March 6 – A tearful Favre announces his retirement in a Green Bay news conference.
    Week of March 24 – Favre lets it be known to the Packers that he might want to return.
    March 29 – Favre changes his mind, tells coach Mike McCarthy that he’ll stay retired.
    April 26, 27 – The Packers select quarterbacks Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn in the NFL draft.
    June 20 – Favre tells McCarthy in a phone call that he might return after all.

  45. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 18, 2009 5:45 PM

    purpleguy says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 10:23 am
    Typical vanilla, boring, lame mumbo jumbo coming out of Green Bay, which goes along with it’s boring GM, vanilla coaching and average players. They ought to play quotes from this team and tapes of their games to insomniacs. Either that or let Jolly start serving his special kool-aid at team functions.
    I’d rather have vanilla, lame mumbo jumbo coming from Green Bay than Love Boats, Whizzenators, two sisters caught in a scandal that could land them a four-gamer, an OL that uses a bat as a billy club……all the good stuff that sings praises about your franchise and the players it brings in. Looks awfully good, but yea, that vanilla mumbo jumbo stuff is pretty boring.

  46. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 18, 2009 5:47 PM

    VikingsPrisoner says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 1:17 am
    It’s kind of nice to see a sad situation end happily once in a while. Those Green Bay Packer fans whose pathetic lives tragically ended the day Brett Favre hung up his green and gold jersey, miraculously find new life and a purpose to their existence every time PFT posts a new story about his comeback.Their chubby little fingers are a virtual blur as they repeatedly, tirelessly punch out the words “Brett Who?”.
    I got a strong whiff of jealousy in this statement. An odor I love. We have a young franchise QB, you don’t. Give it up.
    ZN0rseman says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 10:19 am
    Once again, Florio ’s crew proves their collective love for the Packers organization and their utter disdain for the Vikings… as they’ve done countless times before.
    Aaron,
    At what point exactly have the Packers organization taken the ‘high road’?
    Was it when they forced their greatest football legend out of town because their coach and GM are asshats?
    Are you serious? Who is the asshat? Who even says ‘asshat’? Convenient to skip over the little part about Favre telling that asshat of a coach and GM that he didn’t want to play anymore in March, so they started the development of A-Rod, and then comes back in May saying he wants to play. What actions are you talking about? That ‘bribe’ scrilla was to shut up and stay retired. Get serious.

  47. brotherpaul says: Jun 18, 2009 9:36 PM

    jimicos says:
    March 6 – A tearful Favre announces his retirement in a Green Bay news conference.
    Week of March 24 – Favre lets it be known to the Packers that he might want to return.
    March 29 – Favre changes his mind, tells coach Mike McCarthy that he’ll stay retired.
    April 26, 27 – The Packers select quarterbacks Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn in the NFL draft.
    June 20 – Favre tells McCarthy in a phone call that he might return after all.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Although these dates are accurate, what’s missing is the fact that Ted Thompson wanted Favre out because he was about to lose his draft pick that he personally chose to replace him.
    Although Ted may not have “forced” Favre out, it is well known that he did nothing to encourage him to stay either.
    Also missing is the statements of Ted begging Favre not to come to training camp, because Thompson would be “crucified.”
    Also missing is the fact that Ted and Mike told Favre he could compete for the position, but then when he got there, they refused to give him a playbook and ordered him to talk to Coach Mike before he even set foot on the field.
    Also missing is the fact that Favre originally asked for a release before he asked to come back to the Packers, because he did not want to derail Rodgers.
    Also missing is the fact that Ted refused to let Favre go to the Vikings, because if he had, and Favre led the Vikings to victory both times, Thompson’s job would be on the line.
    No, Brett did not handle things perfectly, but I assure you that Thompson handled it a lot worse.
    When Thompson is run out of town, I will be glad to cheer for Rodgers and the Pack once again. So, as you can see, my beef is not against the Packers. It is against Ted Thompson. If Green Bay had taken the high road last year, then we wouldn’t all have had to suffer through Brett’s trade to the Jets with no chance of being traded to where he could have done some good.
    So, maybe you can see why I’m hoping that Favre beats the Packers soundly both times so that Thompson will be forced out of town on a rail.

  48. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 19, 2009 12:02 AM

    brotherpaul says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    Although these dates are accurate, what’s missing is the fact that Ted Thompson wanted Favre out because he was about to lose his draft pick that he personally chose to replace him.
    Personal opinion. Let me ask: What was the best move for the franchise, then and now?
    Done, next.

  49. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 19, 2009 2:21 AM

    brotherpaul is a typical bean bag lap dog “packer fan” that i have grown accustomed of hearing this type bitch and whine about thompson. so here again to shed some light on his incompetence.
    let’s review, brotherpaul claims he is a packer fan and will be glad to “cheer for Rodgers and the Pack once again”……which is weird, because he spent his whole time bitching in his post about Favre leaving town and Rodgers stepping in…but let’s cut to the chase.
    brotherpaul most likely:
    criticized Thompson for trading away Javon Walker for a second rounder on draft day, yet overlooked the fact that Greg Jennings was drafted a couple hours later in the second round. How did that work out?
    criticized Thompson for letting Ahman Green walk, yet won’t acknowledge TT for trading a useless later-rounder for Ryan Grant. How did that work out?
    criticized Thompson for NOT signing the hot ticket FA in LaVar Arrington that year, but overlooked the fact that instead, he signed Chuck Woodson who at the time was thought of as a washed up commodity, but undoubtedly playing his best football in his career as a Packer. How did that work out?
    no doubt scratched his head back in ’05 when Thompson took ARod in the first, presumably thinking that his lovefest with Favre would last an eternity.
    continually criticizes Thompson offseason after offseason, regurgitating what the local media feeds him in demanding TT use his cap space to sign a slew of FA’s. It doesn’t matter who, just sign them. If they were good on another team, they will be good Packers. Yet doesn’t understand the fact that the more TT spends, the more he will spend come Sunday at Lambeau, if he’s lucky enough to be there.
    criticized Thompson when he hired the dark horse in McCarthy instead of “the better fit for the Pack and the West Coast” in Childress. How did that work out?
    So there you have it brotherpaul. I come across too many of you in Wisconsin. You just go by what everyone else says and is doing.
    The list could go on and on, but you get the point. And please blow smoke up my ass about him missing on Harrell, that’s yesterday’s news. Thompson single handily turned the roster over from the clowns that Sherman put on the field, to a young roster that can contend year after year. But you’ll still criticize him right? You’ll still be a fan of ARod and the Pack, who was put together by TT, right?

  50. ViKing says: Jun 19, 2009 10:40 AM

    Looks like Bretts taking the high road here with the Cheese puffs blowing smoke out their backsides through their little fans as usual.

  51. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 19, 2009 11:13 AM

    ViKing says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 10:40 am
    Looks like Bretts taking the high road here with the Cheese puffs blowing smoke out their backsides through their little fans as usual.
    Typical. Of course if Favre wasn’t set to be a Viking, a lame ass Viking fan wouldn’t echo this sentiment.

  52. jimicos says: Jun 19, 2009 11:55 AM

    ViKing says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 10:40 am
    Looks like Bretts taking the high road here with the Cheese puffs blowing smoke out their backsides through their little fans as usual.
    —————————————-
    Great substance there, fella. Brett’s taking the high road? Comparing his retirement/un-retirement/drama queen/self-serving ass to Vince Lombardi? Yeah, he’s really taking the high road.

  53. brotherpaul says: Jun 19, 2009 1:55 PM

    brotherpaul is a typical bean bag lap dog “packer fan” that i have grown accustomed of hearing this type bitch and whine about thompson. so here again to shed some light on his incompetence.
    Glad you think you know me. My point was not that Rodgers was the new quarterback. My gripe was that Thompson was not man enough to release Favre as Wolf did when Reggie was told his services were no longer needed. Favre did not want to upset the apple cart and was willing to hand the keys to the organization over to Rodgers, but Thompson was afraid of having his butt handed to him twice in one year and wasn’t man enough to let the chips fall where they should have.
    And you are wrong about what I most likely thought. I was thrilled that Greg Jennings was chosen and was highly appreciative of Jennings skills.
    And, he did wait until the season started before he picked up Ryan Grant. And, then last year, almost lost him by waiting to bargain with Grant.
    Loved the fact that Thompson picked up Woodson.
    No, I knew that Favre needed to have a solid replacement sometime in the near future, and that ARod is a decent fit.
    I do think that Thompson is just a bit too conservative in not picking up Free Agents. If he had not been so stubborn on Moss, Green Bay might have had its second Super Bowl win.
    And, I thought that he should have probably looked at Mariucci instead of either McCarthy or Childress.
    Oh, and for the record, Sherman was the worst coach and GM ever for Green Bay, but that doesn’t get Thompson off the hook. (Yes, I was upset when Ron Wolf called Schotty up and told him not to come for an interview because he had chosen Sherman.)
    So, although you think you know me, you didn’t. And, not once, did you hear me make any comments about your knowledge, either, did you?
    My gripe is not that Thompson did not bring Favre back. It’s how he and the whole organization treated Favre upon trading him to a team that the Packers were in no danger of facing. (And, that’s a high road??)
    If you can’t involve yourself in an intelligent conversation about Thompson’s incompetence or worth, then please don’t bother answering what you THINK I’m like. (And, I don’t even live in Wisconsin.)

  54. jimicos says: Jun 19, 2009 3:44 PM

    What GM has ever allowed an ex-marquee QB to sign with a division rival? Name one.

  55. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 19, 2009 4:48 PM

    it’s a buisiness, get over it. leave the higher ground moral shit at the door. TT has built a winner that you cheer for. but yet, his competence and worth is questioned by you because of how he handled Favre? quit wetting the bed and move on.

  56. brotherpaul says: Jun 19, 2009 7:11 PM

    jimicos says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    What GM has ever allowed an ex-marquee QB to sign with a division rival? Name one.
    I’m not saying that an ex-marquee QB signing with a division rival has ever been done. But, when an ex-marquee defensive end wanted to come back and Green Bay had no use for him, the classier Ron Wolf released him, regardless of where he would have signed.
    My gripe is that he helped Favre out the door, and that when Favre wanted back, he then treated him like crap. Now, where was Thompson when Brett Favre brought back Green Bay’s glory days? Where was Thompson when Brett was carrying practically the whole team on his back? And, yet you want to sit there and praise him for acting like a jerk when he summarily dismisses Favre and refuses to be classy enough to just release him, but instead, and realize I do know what a coup this is for a general manager in a normal situation, forces him to a team in another division that there is absolutely zero chance of Green Bay ever having to face unless it’s in the Super Bowl.
    it’s a buisiness, get over it. leave the higher ground moral shit at the door. TT has built a winner that you cheer for. but yet, his competence and worth is questioned by you because of how he handled Favre? quit wetting the bed and move on.
    Do I think that Ted is overall a good general manager? Sure. Do I think that the team he has put together could see greatness? Possibly. But, when he stripped the team of their defense last year, and didn’t come through, that’s a questionable move. When he, and yes it’s water under the bridge, picks Harrel for a first round pick, when they needed a running back that he didn’t pick up until the beginning of the season, that’s a questionable move. When he almost loses that running back because he dallies on negotiations, that’s a questionable move.
    Is he still better than Sherman? Absolutely. I cheered the day that Thompson finally stuck a fork in Sherman and called him done. Is he as good as Ron Wolf? No.
    Can I ever cheer a man that summarily tosses away the face of Green Bay and begs Favre not to come to training camp because it might make him look bad, then announces to the media that Favre can compete for the job, but doesn’t give him the playbook, and then trades him to the Jets?
    No.
    Is that what you call wetting the bed? Or do you think that it’s okay to whiz all over a legend, when Ron Wolf had the guts and tenacity not to do that to Reggie White?
    Technically, Thompson is a good GM. Personally, he has the people handling skills of a rodent.
    And, I said it before and I’ll say it again, although Ted’s put together a decent team that has a shot in a few years, once he’s run out of town, I’ll be glad to cheer for that team. Until then, I hope that Favre has a good enough arm to destroy him.
    Now, if you can’t handle that on an intellectual level and understand that classiness is one thing that a GM needs to have when handling a man that brought Green Bay back from near humiliation to greatness again, then you will never understand why intellectually I can agree with you that Ted has done some good things, but the way he handled Favre can tear that all apart.

  57. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 19, 2009 10:47 PM

    well until that day comes, have fun not cheering for them. get over Wolf & Favre.

  58. brotherpaul says: Jun 19, 2009 11:17 PM

    cheddar is beddar says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 10:47 pm
    well until that day comes, have fun not cheering for them. get over Wolf & Favre.
    When Favre’s finally retired (and yeah, I know that could be a while) and Thompson’s gone, then I will be happy to get over Wolf and Favre. (And, thanks for being the closest thing to civil, since this discussion started. I wish you well.)

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