Brett Favre: Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes play the way I played

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Brett Favre likes what he sees from a couple of the NFL’s bright young quarterback stars.

Favre says Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes are the two quarterbacks in the NFL today whose playing styles most remind him of himself.

“There’s no question that the sky is the limit for Baker,” Favre told Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal. “And, yeah, I think his style of play, and I’ve heard the same thing about Mahomes, and I agree with both, that their styles of play — if you had to pick a former player — would certainly match up to my style.”

Favre says he sees Mayfield and Mahomes going beyond how the play was drawn up when the circumstances call for it, and he likes to see that.

“It’s a play-action fake that you’ve never seen before or a flip, underhand pass or diving over three defenders or ducking your head and getting the extra yard,” Favre said. “Those are the type of things that are the unexpected that will become, at some point, maybe expected with a guy like Baker or Mahomes. Playing [quarterback] the way I played and the way Baker and Mahomes play is they just kind of have that added little sixth sense.”

That is high praise from a Hall of Famer, but based on the early returns from Mahomes and Mayfield, that praise is justified.

68 responses to “Brett Favre: Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes play the way I played

  1. The other similarity for Mahommes is the level the team adnanced to in the playoffs.

    For all the spectacular regular season play it still comes down to being a team game.

    Defense could not hold up.

  2. Brett Farve is the greatest double agent the league will ever see. I’ve never seen so many great plays followed by soul crushing interceptions

  3. Can we expect retirement press conferences with tears every year from here on out?

  4. Favre was reckless. I think he’s right as far as Mayfield is concerned at this point. Mahomes is already more poised and consistent than Favre ever was. You never know what will happen but he seems poised to end up at least as successful as Favre, especially if he one day gets a coach who can win a Super Bowl.

  5. Love to hear from Favre and Namath how great they were. Neither can seem to step away from a microphone.

  6. In Favre’s defense all season Rice had been cutting back to the ball but this time decided to cut up field. He shouldn’t have thrown it but now we all know his foot was nearly snapped off. Still even if he ran for 10 yards Longwell would’ve missed it or it would’ve been blocked and returned for a TD.

  7. They sure are very Favrian. particularly the spirit of the game with Baker, and while on a different level (Mahomes is sort of freaky), Favre threw some passes that were not traditional “passes” and still hit paydirt. But i definitely see 90’s Favre with Baker, and will one day need a coach to balance and rein him in one day like Favre too.

  8. farve, rogers, manning, rothlisberger are ME guys.

    GOAT, brees, bradshaw, montana are WE guys. Leadership and guts show up in the biggest moments of the biggest games when just having a big arm or quick feet aren’t enough.

  9. Its all about Brett. I might add is the most overrated QB in the history of the NFL. Without John Madden’s love affair for Farve would have never reach the status some place him.

  10. Aaron Rodgers plays a lot like Favre too. That mey be why Green Bay chose Rodgers over Favre. Favre had a reputation of being nervous at the start of a game. When he played in the old Cowboys stadium in Irving, he passes tend to sail into the air because of his nerves and because the middle of the field is higer than the sidelines to help drain the water away when it rains (the old stadium in Irving had a big hole in the roof, where rain comes in.

  11. I am a Packers fan who lived in Minnesota during the entirety of Favre’s career. He was great, no doubt about it, but he would do things to break your heart over and over. When he came to the Vikings, he broke their hearts, too. It was the one area of his game that was utterly consistent.

  12. So you think they will throw season ending interceptions in the playoffs? I can think of three off the top of my head, but I am sure there are more.

  13. mahomes is fun to watch like favre was but way more accurate and smart then favre ever was especially early in his career. jury is still out on mayfield but i wish him the best, the browns deserve a good run.

  14. 49erfan44 says:
    July 21, 2019 at 7:50 am
    With less interceptions

    With a lot more restrictions put on defenders these days. League is a whole lot different today.

  15. Don’t jinx the young QB’s. Farve won exactly one Superbowl and that was in 1996 and made the playoffs in 1998-2006 a bunch of times and played lousy for the Packers. In some playoff losses (Eagles and Giants) he threw back breaking, vitually game ending INT’s. Another playoff loss, he set a record by throwing 6 INT’s in a single game.

    He was a playoff choke artist so it is particularily apt that he ended his career with the Vikings.

  16. baker is ten times the man brett drug addict favre ever was. book it cheesehead and viqueen fans.

  17. Brett Farve had 1 of the strongest arms the NFL has ever seen. In that sense, Mayfield, who threw the ball 60 mph at the combine in more like Favre. Mahomes has the weaker arm of the 3. Mahomes ball velocity maxed out at 55 mph out the combine when tested

  18. Favre is the all time turnover leader. From what I understand he also didn’t know the plays or the names of his teammates. “Hey Sport, hey buddy.” He threw a lot of 50/50 balls that came down the right way.

  19. Brett Favre was born during a blizzard in a log cabin he built with his own two hands.
    hate the packers, loved favre though. we got him good too a few times in the old Dome, he’d be on fire and the league MVP and we’d run him outta the building led by johnny randle and the crowd going crazy with that fast track turf. It made ’09 even more fun when he crossed the line and pissed off an entire fanbase one faitful august morn.

  20. (Mahomes has the weaker arm of the 3)

    camsbiggestfan says
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    So Mahomes who can throw the ball from one end of the field to the other and even out of the stadium somehow has a weak arm according to who ..you. Thats like saying the Hennessey Venom GT is a SLOW Car since its not as fast like the Koenigsegg Agera RS even though they both break 270+ MPH.
    When it comes to Patrick Mahomes there is nothing WEAK in terms of his Arm this is a guy who was a baseball Pitcher.

  21. whatjusthapped says:
    July 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm
    Don’t jinx the young QB’s. Farve won exactly one Superbowl and that was in 1996 and made the playoffs in 1998-2006 a bunch of times and played lousy for the Packers. In some playoff losses (Eagles and Giants) he threw back breaking, vitually game ending INT’s. Another playoff loss, he set a record by throwing 6 INT’s in a single game.

    He was a playoff choke artist so it is particularily apt that he ended his career with the Vikings

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    HOF QB that packer fans hate because he has his Viking jersey in his display. He said later that he wishes he spent his entire career with Minnesota.

  22. KC is loaded w/ offensive weapons and
    Mahones is “protected” by the nfl front office.

    Protected = tyreek hill “verdict”

  23. They’ll end up with just as many Superbowls as you did too…1 each and you can take that prediction to the bank!!

  24. A newspaper reporter asks Hall of Famer Brett Favre what I’d guess was, ‘ Are there any current quarterbacks who remind you of you?’ His answer to the reporter’s question is ‘Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield.’ How on earth are so many people sent spinning off the rails?

  25. Yes, Favre would frustrate a fan, but every time he was in the game…….there was a legitimate chance for success and he did it more often than not. He also did it for a longer period of time than most quarterbacks, ever. Sure, the newbies deserve their newfound attention, but there will never be another like Favre. Black and Blue Favre. Never another.

  26. There’s no “Viking” anywhere in his Packer Hall of Fame induction speech. He ended it with this:

    “I am so thankful I had an opportunity to play here. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to have so much success. To play with so many wonderful guys. And to be a part of a coaching staff that was second to none. I’m just so thankful I had the opportunity to experience that with all of you. And that you allowed me and my family to be a part of it.

    “I say thank you.”

  27. camsbiggestfan says:
    July 21, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Brett Farve had 1 of the strongest arms the NFL has ever seen. In that sense, Mayfield, who threw the ball 60 mph at the combine in more like Favre. Mahomes has the weaker arm of the 3. Mahomes ball velocity maxed out at 55 mph out the combine when tested
    ____

    You must be big on Allen too.

  28. He wasnt the “best” (Brady) or the best leader (Montana, Manning) or even the best “thrower” (Marino, Rodgers)… But I gotta admit, he was the most exciting QB I’ve ever watched play.

  29. flviking says:
    July 21, 2019 at 5:36 pm
    He said later that he wishes he spent his entire career with Minnesota.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Typical Viking fan. Wishing. Hoping. Praying.

  30. Hate Favre if you want but that guy was a beast. He willed many a mediocre team to victory and a lot of guys got paid because of him.

  31. I’m a lifelong Packers fan and believe Rodgers is the best quarterback I ever saw suit it up for the Packers with Bart Starr second followed by Brett Favre.

    When Favre says Patrick Mahomes plays like him, I only wish that were the case. We would have won more than one Super Bowl with Favre behind center. Even in the Super Bowl we won in which he was the quarterback, we had the number one defense in the NFL and at the end of the game, a kick returner was named the most valuable player. Favre broke our hearts so many times in the playoffs with careless interceptions, just like he did when he played for the Vikings in the game against the Saints for the NFC Championship. He was an exciting quarterback with a talented body and strong arm, but mentally not the sharpest.

  32. Neither one has done ANYTHING yet…but according to the internet they’re both Hall of Famers

  33. Favre was a great QB, but sometimes did things that made no sense. Kind of like the spelling of his last name.

  34. Saying Mahomes and Mayfield are better than Farve this early int heir careers is total prisoner of the moment. Mahomes was brilliant and Mayfield was pretty good but lets see how they play in their second year starting. Also neither have won a Superbowl. Also…it really is dumb to make comparisons. There are way more restrictions on defense now than back than.

  35. ajzinnecker, quite to the contrary; there are more restrictions on defensive backs playing receivers than when Favre played the game. As I said, he was never a great mind on the playing field. In fact, he didn’t even know what a nickel defense was when he was already the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, until he was the Packers backup quarterback at the time, Ty Detmer, “What is this nickel defense” and Detmer explained it to him.

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