Despite the best efforts of the folks at 790 The Zone in Atlanta to put the genie back in the bottle (other more colorful metaphors are possible) regarding Brett Favre’s comments about Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, the story continues to occupy a space in the national NFL discourse.
Last night, Packers receiver Greg Jennings addressed the topic on NFL Network, offering up a Favre-style explanation that in its totality doesn’t seem all that bad, but that contains some subtle knife twists.
The first comment from Jennings, for example, seemed to take the steam out of the controversy. “I think it can be skewed either way, but I don’t believe that it was an insult,” Jennings said. “What he said, it’s true. We feel like we should have done it a little sooner, but so does every other team in the NFL. The reality is we didn’t; we did it last year. And as far as Aaron and his preparation, he took full control of his situation and it’s a credit to him. He had to sit back, but he didn’t just sit back like any other player and just take notes and wonder what he could be doing potentially. He tried to put himself in game mode every week and prepared himself as though he was going to be the starter. I was able to be a part of that for a couple of years and I saw the way he prepared himself, and ultimately he put himself in a position to be successful once he got the helm.”
And then came something a bit more pointed.
“I just saw [Favre's comments] for the first time today,” Jennings said. “When you first hear it, you’re kind of like, ‘What?’ But knowing Brett, knowing the competitive guy he is, he’s never really going to give it all up to Aaron. I don’t think he should because I don’t think Aaron would give it up to him, trust me. But we played with Brett, we had success with Brett. We didn’t go all the way with Brett, but we did with Aaron. I think that kind of speaks for itself.”
There it is. We didn’t go all the way with Brett, but we did with Aaron. I think that kind of speaks for itself.
Lorenzo, you just got served. Are you going to let Jennings get away with that one? (Hopefully, Favre won’t react to that cajoling the same way Joe Pesci did in Goodfellas.)