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Aikman reveals window into Favre's noggin

We’re ready to move on from Favre and the Packers.  Just after one more post.

Fox’s Troy Aikman made a rather revealing comment late in Sunday’s game that caught our attention.  He said rather confidently that perhaps people haven’t considered the possibility enough that Favre simply didn’t want to play for the Packers after his first retirement. 

That was an eye-opening statement, and it wasn’t hard to connect the dots of where Aikman got that information.  One of Favre’s former bosses Andrew Brandt wrote Monday about Favre’s special relationship with many of the lead broadcast teams over the years.

Favre’s possible lack of desire to return to Green Bay may have had to do with the team’s lack of veterans or Ted Thompson’s leadership style.  Whatever the reason, Aikman and Brandt’s comments show that the reasons behind a divorce are rarely simple.  There are many factors to a decision as big as letting go of Favre, and it’s often lazy to just assign blame to one side or another.

Okay, back to the rest of the league now.  Promise.

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  1. hayward giablommi says: Nov 2, 2009 3:25 PM

    I found that to be a very interesting comment by Aikman as well.
    Pretty obvious that Favre wanted out, knew that he (formerly) had a reservoir of goodwill, knew the best way to get out- all while make Ted Thompson look like the bad guy by orchistrating the mess he did in the spring of 2008.

  2. leatherneck says: Nov 2, 2009 3:27 PM

    I find this unlikely.
    That said, why would Favre have wanted to waste his last few years on a team, even his team of 16 years, when that team was determined to not surround the quarterback with enough weapons? On the Jets and now the Vikings, Favre has lots of help on offense. Since he left the Packers, Favre has not been required to win games all by himself, week after week.

  3. Bob Nelson says: Nov 2, 2009 3:30 PM

    People will always speculate on events where little information is known.
    Brett Favre never ever said anything like that.
    One can conclude from the statements given, that the trains leave the station earlier in Green Bay than Minnesota. Training Camp is taken seriously by the Packers but it does not matter to that Minnesota team.

  4. sdffa11 says: Nov 2, 2009 3:30 PM

    people got tired of favre constantly retireing and unretireing. doesn’t matter if he went to minn, chicago or the jets. all the public wanted him to do was make up his mind and stay with it

  5. Sparrowhawk says: Nov 2, 2009 3:35 PM

    Aikman did seem to make that statement in a way that suggested that he knew more than he was able to say on the subject. He’s one of the few commentators who have shown any kind of courage during the Favre resignation and trade coverage. Aikman is one of the few who haven’t taken up the “Brett is a victim” mantra.

  6. GrooveMaster says: Nov 2, 2009 3:35 PM

    What a crock of crap you just posted.
    Green Bay was too good for Randy Moss so they passed on the Hall of Fame receiver. Favre/Moss would have been so lopsided that you could not even utter the word parity.
    However Michael Vick was good enough for Thompson to want to acquire.
    Even the morons at this point understand he was pushed out.

  7. Elgar says: Nov 2, 2009 3:39 PM

    Consider the source. Aikman suffered concussions during his career. Is he really thinking straight? Unless he’s got an MRI in his pocket, he’s just talking and not displaying what is inside of Favre’s helmet.
    The last time I checked, Troy’s inside connections are with the Cowboys’ organization, not the Packers or Favre. The things you hear in the press box aren’t all true just because they sound rather interesting or racy, which may be exactly the reasons they were ever told in the first place.
    Favre clearly still wants to play more football. Thompson cannot say he never wanted to trade him to the Jets with some severe strings on them ever dealing him to Minnesota. Which guy’s plan is working?
    Fortunately, the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery. As they say in show biz, the show must go on.

  8. Soia311 says: Nov 2, 2009 3:41 PM

    No way!
    I’m glad Aikman figured this out. I mean, I had no idea.
    I was wondering why he wound up playing on another team.

  9. GrooveMaster says: Nov 2, 2009 3:42 PM

    It is good business for the league to have a Superstar move on before retiring.
    Controversy causes more eyes. Dead in the summer when we heard Favre was going somewhere people all over talked football when normally people do not even think about football. Is Brett going to Tampa Bay? Houston? San Diego? ….no it is the Jets…..you couldn’t pay for that type of advertising. A billion dollar commodity flys to New York for a third round pick…..Ari Fleischer is hired to PR for the Packers.
    Favre new they would not surround him with talent if he stayed with the Packers. They intentionally forced him out. Great for the league bad for the Packers and most of the idiot Packer fans have no idea it was their turn in the barrel.

  10. purpleguy says: Nov 2, 2009 3:53 PM

    Come on, why wouldn’t a player want to play for a manager that didn’t get along with his QB, just builds through the draft, uses those picks judiciously to pick guys like Harrell, Hawk, Brohm and Raji, refuses to sign free agents in areas of need, and looks like Ted Bundy’s cousin?
    And yeah, that training camp thing this summer really disrupted things for the Vikes and worked out so much better for the Pack.

  11. green&bold says: Nov 2, 2009 3:54 PM

    Most rational GB fans have always known that the PR nightmare that was this divorce was the fault of both TT and Favre. All the details will never be known but if you 100% blame one side, you’re a fool.

  12. longrodvanhungendong says: Nov 2, 2009 4:05 PM

    So going 13-3 and playing in the NFC title game caused him to not want to play with that group of players again? Makes sense to me….

  13. footballrulz says: Nov 2, 2009 4:13 PM

    Ted Bundy’s cousin—that’s a scream…
    Groovemaster you had me going there for a minute in that last post about the superstar moving thing. Then you had to throw in that last paragraph. Oh well, so be it.
    If I remember correctly, the team Favre “retired from”, the team that would not put any “superstar veterans” around him were one interception away from the Super Bowl.

  14. Majik Man says: Nov 2, 2009 4:25 PM

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. He just came within a whisker of the Super Bowl, had an offense loaded up with young, talented players, the best group of WR’s in the league, and the ability to call his own plays. What QB wouldn’t want to leave that behind in order to go play for a new team, with all new players and an all new offense at the age of 38? I bet Richard Seymour wanted to be traded to the Raiders, too.

  15. GrooveMaster says: Nov 2, 2009 4:42 PM

    Any team Favre goes to is instantly a conteneder.
    The bottom line is he was pushed out. He may have been forced to be a participant by the russian roulette force of making sure he was just a little short of talent.
    Look at the Mike Sherman debacle. At this point it has to be CRYSTAL CLEAR that an inept schmuck was to be hired that previous experience to working with Holmgren was High School football coach….to a few years with Holmgren….to Head Coach GM of the Packers….if that wasn’t a ball and chain what is? Dynasty’s are boring….parity is the order.
    In the end the league looks at this as a ENTERTAINMENT business……football is the product. What causes the most eyes to watch.
    Favre was forced out. 31 teams came out ahead and all us Packer fans had our turn in the barrel.

  16. purple hay-seuss says: Nov 2, 2009 4:43 PM

    Rosie!
    Glad to hear from you. How are things in Tokyo? Is the Emperor getting all the service he deserves? You should cut down on the smoking. Your sexy voice sounds even more raspy than usual here. You should use mouthwash afterward.
    Now: All Alliteration Aside,
    I’d like to see transcripts of each and every one of Favre’s interviews over the past 17 years. You have them, and you know it. Your left thumb must really hurt from holding down the broken REC button on your 1977 hand-held tape recorder used at each and every Favre interview since the beginning of time. I expect to see each and every one posted here, in your next reply. I expect to see a web page so long you’d use it for a stairway to Saturn. You have used your left hand on the recorder so the right was free to work out for Fists of Fury ’10, right?
    You say he never said etc etc etc. You have zero credibility in any forum anywhere, ever, Bobby, especially anywhere near the galaxy related to the Minnesota Vikings.
    Next time you use that hole they say they have in walls between porn shop viewing booths, I hope the doorknob for the door is at exactly the same height – and the next neighbor porn customer pushes the door open too fast and breaks your front teeth.
    The Minnesota Vikings own Green Bay. Lock, Stock and Barrel. Cheese, Meat, Bread. Air, water, fire. Earth. Jared Allen is still belching from his intake of Aaron Rodgers. Percy Harvin is still cooling off from torching your kickoff team. Peterson is still smiling. He does that anyway, but he’ll say it’s much easier to smile today. The Geezer shredded your secondary. 4 TDs! Berrian is happy. Sid (Astaire) Rice is oh so smooth, and your DBacks all know it. Hutchinson ATE at least one of your D Linemen, that rookie, what’s his name? The one that was going to rescue the 3-4 and chow down on everyone. He’s had how many penalties in 09? Tackles? Sacks? I know, you just like the one. His name is so gnarly ironic for you, isn’t it?
    I guess training camp wasn’t more important to him than his fat ass rookie deal.
    All you can do is coo seductively about a ridiculous, conjured point, pulled from your own, admittedly vast archive. Now wash your hands and get busy. I want those transcripts posted by the end of the day. Clean your keyboard afterward. And no Cheetos until you’re finished, young man.

  17. Muscat says: Nov 2, 2009 5:00 PM

    I think the Packers brass made the determination that Brett couldn’t win in the cold weather any more. The funny thing is, I think Brett made that same determination himself. That’s why he wanted to go to Minnesota. Indoor games and a friendly coaching staff that would cut him slack and not push him too hard or make him work too hard. Too bad he didn’t have the cojones to admit it.

  18. Bob Loblaw says: Nov 2, 2009 5:05 PM

    Majik Man says: “He just came within a whisker of the Super Bowl, had an offense loaded up with young, talented players, the best group of WR’s in the league, and the ability to call his own plays.”
    What young, talented players on offense are you referring to? I can think of two — Greg Jenning and Aaron Rodgers, and one of them plays the same position as Favre.
    Driver is getting old too (good player, but not a young player that you are referring to), Ryan Grant was just a practice squad RB who had a monster second half of a season with teams concentrating on stopping the passing game. The line was getting old at tackle and not much at guard and center.
    Come on, for years Favre begged the team to upgrade talent on offense. Yes they drafted Jenning in the 2nd round one year, but other than that for years they did not invest a high draft choice anywhere to help Favre and refused to go after free agents. They weren’t willing to give up much for Randy Moss in a trade with the Raiders.
    Instead Ted Thompson used high picks at D line and LB, and rarely went after free agents (the only real one was Charles Woodson, who they got cheap because at the time was considered to have a bad football attitude due to his problems with the Raiders coaches).
    Maybe Thompson didn’t want to deviate from his long-range planning for developing the Packers, but Favre saw that this plan revolved building around Rogers in the future, not around Favre in the short term.

  19. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 2, 2009 5:23 PM

    So you’re saying Favre.. Didn’t.. Want.. to be in Green Bay??
    Gee, I think some of us have been saying the same Goddamn thing for 2 years. Wow. That’s extremely insightful.

  20. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 2, 2009 5:26 PM

    GrooveMaster says:
    November 2, 2009 3:35 PM
    Even the morons at this point understand he was pushed out.
    —————————-
    Actually, it’s the morons who (in spite of the calendar of events and Brett’s constant waffling and interviews) still think he was pushed out.

  21. sand0 says: Nov 2, 2009 5:41 PM

    Doesn’t make any sense. Packers were 13-3 that season and lost in the NFC Championship to the eventual Superbowl winning Giants. They also had the youngest team in the NFL, meaning that odds are they would improve around him the following season.
    I can’t see why Favre would want out. Certainly he could have been a Ted Thompson hater. I don’t like men who wear lots of blush and makeup so naturally I don’t care for the guy either.
    But to say Favre would rather play for some crap team like the Jets coming off a 4 win season rather than play for his 16 year team coming off an NFC championship berth is kind of asinine.
    Management made it clear to Favre that they needed him to make a decision early and stick to it. Management held him to his early retirement decision. End of story. If Brett would have came out and management said “well shucks we’re pissed off about his flip flopping but it is Brett Favre so come on baby let’s make a run” then Brett would have stayed and led the team to the playoffs again.
    But management held firm and believed that Rodgers could lead a playoff team and that Favre was more or less not as capable. They were “wrong” depending on how you look at it. But the fact that he is now playing for the Vikings and absolutely crushing is what makes it so bad for the Pack.
    But if you really thought he was that good and that capable of leading an awesome team then you shouldn’t have cut him in the first place, no matter how much he jerked you around. Ted T and Co. have caused so much harm to the organization and their fan base through the way that situation carried out it isn’t even funny. Pride can make you really screw things up and TT is showing how stupid of decisions his pride can cause him to make.

  22. slipkid says: Nov 2, 2009 5:47 PM

    favre dithered. the pack got tired of it.
    end of story.

  23. Majik Man says: Nov 2, 2009 6:11 PM

    I was referring to the supporting cast he had that was good enough to put up 370 yards per game, good enough for 2nd in the league. Jennings, Jones, Grant, Lee, they were all good enough for Favre and Co. to put up pretty big numbers.

  24. Lamblow Field filled with Dairyland Drunks says: Nov 2, 2009 6:11 PM

    I wouldn’t want to play for the drunkin sconnies either. Dumb hicks

  25. Hauschild says: Nov 2, 2009 6:13 PM

    Good Lord, are some people ever slow?!?! Of course Favre didn’t want to play for Green Bay any longer. Lay off the dope, whoever decided to post this non-story.
    Jesus H. – didn’t we go over this a million times already and suddenly Aikman is a genius?!?!?
    Favre was tired of playing for a GM who nickels-n-dime’s his way to running a football team. And, isn’t obvious Favre was and is onto something???

  26. Mr High and Mighty says: Nov 2, 2009 6:25 PM

    Could you blame him?
    Bob, if nothing else you are consistent.

  27. leon999 says: Nov 2, 2009 6:30 PM

    Favre threw an INT in the NFC championship when he was under orders not to throw at all. Then, the post-game Packers locker room was the scene of a big blow-up between #4 & M.M.
    This personal rift never really healed.
    Add on to that his end of season stat swoon — now documented for the past 4-5 years — and there was great doubt he could win a cold-weather playoff game at age 40.
    He took their discontent as disrespect, and when you fill in the rest of the blanks… it all makes sense.

  28. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Nov 2, 2009 6:42 PM

    FAVRE!!! GREEN BAY!!! FAVRE!!!
    Okay, I feel better now…

  29. Lamblow Field filled with Dairyland Drunks says: Nov 2, 2009 6:48 PM

    NIce of you to come out of hiding after the BEATDOWN AT LAM BLOW paqueer trolls

  30. JaredAllen69 says: Nov 2, 2009 6:50 PM

    # Bob Nelson says: November 2, 2009 3:30 PM
    People will always speculate on events where little information is known.
    Brett Favre never ever said anything like that.
    One can conclude from the statements given, that the trains leave the station earlier in Green Bay than Minnesota. Training Camp is taken seriously by the Packers but it does not matter to that Minnesota team.
    ——————————————————
    LOL @ the expense of Bob Nelson. The extra time spent in training camp really helped that Green Bay team avoid being swept by the Vikings now didn’t it?

  31. EndOfStory says: Nov 2, 2009 7:02 PM

    It doesn’t matter why the divorce happened, because now Brett Farve has twice stepped up and done knocked the Wisconsin Cheese right off Ted Thompson’s cracker.
    END OF STORY.

  32. Vikes-N-Favre says: Nov 2, 2009 7:50 PM

    That is because Favre himself knew that the Vikings were a QB away from being a very good football team and he wanted one last shot at the golden ring.
    He also could have been paranoid a bit not knowing when he would be pulled in favor of Rodgers. You see, Favre heard a rumor that when McCarthy looked at a certain player for a period of time, that player was about to be anointed a starter. McCarthy is cross eyed, and it is said that he was looking at both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers at the same time for long periods of time therefore causing a distraction on who would be the starter.
    Rodgers thought he deserved to be the starter after being on the sidelines for a few seasons, and Favre believed he should remain the starter because he is a Icon. When McCarthy couldn’t look at just one of them, Favre decided that he was Minnesota bound even though it would take a season to get there.
    Now I hear that the media after games are worried because McCarthy is looking at one media member on the left side of the room, and one media member on the right side of the room, and its again at the same time. Now both of these guys believe their job is in jeopardy. Maybe someone should tell all these people that Mike McCarthy is a illegitimate son of the Crime Detective Colombo, and that is just a natural look of his. TRUE STORY.

  33. PervyHarvin says: Nov 2, 2009 8:08 PM

    Every one can sit and argue until blue in the face but we will never know. You hear that? NEVER! There may be few that really know. It all worked out for Favre. He was tired of taking a club fighter to the playoffs. He runs a team of young talent and proven veterans now… who yearn for a ring. Has anyone noticed the Viking chemistry? Favre is where he wants to be. The Pack is just a memory to Favre.

  34. Supersuckers says: Nov 2, 2009 10:47 PM

    They havent won a thing yet Pervy

  35. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 2, 2009 11:01 PM

    While I think this to be true myself, I would like to hear Aikman base it on facts rather than his own speculation, at least if he plans on saying it on national TV.
    As Pervy said, we will never know what really happened, and it’s irrelevant at this point anyway. Now we just need to come together and work on making sure this is Thompson’s last year. That’s far more important to the Packers than anything else right now, let alone what our rivals are doing.

  36. PervyHarvin says: Nov 3, 2009 12:56 AM

    @ Supersuckers- True. But I feel good after watching the Saints. Think their small D can be bullied by a team like the Vikes.
    @BeerCheeseSoup- I wish you luck with that sir! I know what an ass in charge is. Can you say Red Mccombs? Got rid my man Moss, hope he chokes on a chicken bone!!!

  37. zygizag says: Nov 3, 2009 1:50 AM

    If things continue to go well, I would not be surprised to see BF become the QB coach or Offensive coach in MINN. He might even be a player/coach (he already is unoffically) and come in if injuries occur. — This would really seal the idea of what he thinks of the current GB organization. If you think this could not happen if 6 years ago someone would have told me BF would be the Vikings QB, I would not have believed them.

  38. Lost says: Nov 3, 2009 2:21 AM

    Aikman is one of the best color analysts in the NFL and brought a lot to the game Sunday.
    Comment he made repeatedly was that Aaron Rodgers had to use the game to prove himself. We could have all predicted how Brett – who had little to prove – would play.
    After shaky first half Rodgers returned and really showed us something in 2nd half. Gritty performance appears to have been lost on Packerfan. Still bitter and Favre focussed. Bent on revenge. Just can’t seem to let it go.

  39. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 3, 2009 9:50 AM

    zygizag says:
    November 3, 2009 1:50 AM
    If things continue to go well, I would not be surprised to see BF become the QB coach or Offensive coach in MINN. He might even be a player/coach (he already is unoffically) and come in if injuries occur. — This would really seal the idea of what he thinks of the current GB organization. If you think this could not happen if 6 years ago someone would have told me BF would be the Vikings QB, I would not have believed them.
    —————————–
    Go ahead and ask any one of the former Packers backups how helpful Favre was to their development. Go ahead.
    Anything they learned from Favre they could’ve learned watching from home. Not to mention that you can’t teach arm strength.

  40. Ambrose says: Nov 3, 2009 9:57 AM

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again….if Brett Favre wanted to be the QB in GB, he would be. He and his waffling is responsible for forcing the divorce from GB. TT did what he had to do in the best interests of the team.
    Now, maybe his waffling was due to the lack of off-season action to bring in support. Packer management has always seemed content to ride his arm without spending any money on free agents to help out.
    I have confidence that Aaron Rodgers will do very well. But if GB management stays the course with him as they did with Favre, they will be also-rans for the next five to eight years.

  41. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 3, 2009 12:03 PM

    Ambrose says:
    I have confidence that Aaron Rodgers will do very well. But if GB management stays the course with him as they did with Favre, they will be also-rans for the next five to eight years.
    _____________________________________
    You’re absolutely right. Which is why we need to do everything possible to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  42. footballrulz says: Nov 3, 2009 12:06 PM

    Pervy–not so sure you should be so confident re: the Saints. Brees just might pick that D apart. And we all know what happens when Favre has to win a big one right? He’s gonna fold up & start throwing the INT’s. Just ask Bob or Hayward–they’ll tell ya.

  43. footballrulz says: Nov 3, 2009 2:02 PM

    @ Adam
    “Anything they learned from Favre they could’ve learned watching from home. Not to mention that you can’t teach arm strength”.
    Good observation. Don’t think he spent a lot of time with Aaron at his wing. Hope TJack’s paying attention.

  44. Vikes-N-Favre says: Nov 3, 2009 4:30 PM

    Favre’s job is not to teach younger QBs, his job is to go out and win football games. If a young QB can take notes and learn, then that is great, but its not Favre’s responsibility to teach anyone, that would be the coaches jobs.
    So all you GB fans that are bitter that Favre refused to teach any of his under studies, get over it. That is why the Head Coach, QB Coach, and Offensive Coordinator’s get paid. A QB has enough to worry about without having to take on the job of teaching a young QB everything he knows.

  45. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 3, 2009 5:10 PM

    Vikes-N-Favre says:
    November 3, 2009 4:30 PM
    Favre’s job is not to teach younger QBs, his job is to go out and win football games. If a young QB can take notes and learn, then that is great, but its not Favre’s responsibility to teach anyone, that would be the coaches jobs.
    So all you GB fans that are bitter that Favre refused to teach any of his under studies, get over it. That is why the Head Coach, QB Coach, and Offensive Coordinator’s get paid. A QB has enough to worry about without having to take on the job of teaching a young QB everything he knows.
    —————————
    A good QB is a leader and looks to do what he can to make the team better. Because of the way Favre won his job, I think he was always too insecure to want to share any of his knowledge with his backups. He knew he could bow out like Majkowski did.
    As far as your statement goes about “all us bitter GB fans”, shut it. I was responding to some ill-informed Vikings fan who thought Favre might go into coaching. I wasn’t just offering up unrelated gripes about Favre for no reason.

  46. Ambrose says: Nov 3, 2009 5:56 PM

    Favre will never become a coach and for good reason….his complete and utter inability to communicate effectively. He is right where he should be and wants to be. The team that surrounds him now thinks he walks on water, and why shouldn’t they? When someone gets divorced the scorned partner almost feels compelled to warn the next suitor of what a jerk your ex- was/is. And then you find out that the new suitor thinks your ex- is the best thing that ever happened to them. This happens because the ex- tries extra hard not to show their true colors (for a while.) I give the Vikings team most of the credit for their success, not Favre. If Rodgers played for the Vikings I would not hesitate to predict that they would go undefeated right through and including the SuperBowl. He has the only thing that Brett lacks….legs. He is still better than Favre but does not have anything near the same support. I will never give up on the Packers and I will not stop believing that Favre will not be there at the end, not this year or any other.

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