Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: August 9, 2010 11:00 am

Favre tells Longwell he's still undecided

Posted by Will Brinson

This "news" probably should have been included in the Hot Routes this morning, but whatevs -- it's Favre and you know you love it. Apparently, Favre talked with kicker Ryan Longwell (they go way back from their Green Bay days) and told him what the dealio was on his status for 2010.

And you'll never guess this, but Favre still doesn't know ! Which gives him something in common with Loki the Octopus . Except everything with Favre is dependent on his ankle, duh.

"I guess the thing is, from talking to him, the big issue is everybody knows he had the surgery on his shoulder last year and that was kind of three weeks out and he was zinging the ball around with little or no pain," Longwell said. "So he's had bad ankles over the years, and everybody knows that. He thought that the ankle would recover, kind of like the arm did last year, and unfortunately it just hasn't."

Honestly, expecting an ankle to recover like a shoulder is about as logical as expecting Brett Favre to make a decision before the end of August. So, for now, let's just hold our breath until it's time for an Albert Haynesworth post. Oh, right. That's now.

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2010 6:51 pm

Minny octopus pulls 'a Favre' on Favre's future

Posted by Will Brinson

Paul the Octopus, the German aquarium soothsayer, drew an immense amount of attention for ability to predict World Cup games.

He retired with a perfect record (and a slew of death threats!) to his name, but that doesn't mean the wildly popular field of octopi predictions would die out. The first copycat to pop up? A Minnesota octopus named Loki, who was asked to predict whether Brett Favre would play in 2010.

In wildly appropriate fashion, the octopus couldn't make up his mind.

Posted on: August 7, 2010 7:44 pm

Favre's ankle 'still gives him pain'

Posted by Will Brinson

The football world is tuned into soon-to-be current Hall of Famers this evening, with Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice joining the enshrined at Canton.

But a certain future HoF'er wants you to know he's out there, and his ankle is still not in perfect shape. That can be the only reason why Brett Favre texted Steve Mariucci (via our buddy Gregg Rosenthal at PFT ) about it. Either that or Mooch just cashed in a favor so he could bring the exclusive news on the NFL Network's pre-Canton showing.

His arm feels great," Mariucci said. "His conditioning is good but he hasn't run much without pain in his ankle. It [his ankle] still gives him pain and it needs to be better before he reports."

The cynical blogger would respond to this by saying, "Don't wear your Crocs so much, Brett!"

However, the real football reporter (like me!) would point out that this is no surprise -- Favre isn't going to make a decision until the latest possible date available to him, and since that date is not today, there's no reason to think that he'll state his ankle is in "great shape!"

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 5:21 pm

Tarvaris Jackson a different player now, he says

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

T. Jackson (far right) will start for Minnesota if B. Favre doesn't return. S. Rosenfels (left) and J. Webb (center) also will be at the position (AP). I was on the Around the League video segment with Lauren Shehadi this afternoon, and we talked about what would happen if the Vikings had to play with Tarvaris Jackson as their quarterback.

I said I thought he was a decent-enough player but the fact that Minnesota was trying so hard to woo Brett Favre back to the team was a pretty good indication of what the front office thinks about Jackson (upon reflection, this might not be a completely fair statement. After all, Favre is a first-ballot Hall of Famer coming off an amazing season. Of course , the Vikings would do all they can to get Favre back on the field.)

Yet, the Vikings have shown they don’t fully trust Jackson. True, he led the squad to an 8-4 record when he started during the 2007 season, but he didn’t look particularly impressive while doing it (he completed about 58 percent of his passes, threw for less than 2,000 yards and completed 12 interceptions against nine touchdowns).

I don’t think Jackson is a great solution, though my impression was formed during 2007. Jackson tells KFAN in Minneapolis (via sportsradiointerviews.com ), though, he’s a different player now than he was three seasons ago.

“I know I have grown a lot since then,” he said. “I feel like whenever I get my chance to go out there and play, I will prove it. It is easy for me to say it, I just got to go out there and show everyone. I understand the situation with everyone (who doesn’t) think I can do it, but it don’t really bother me a lot. As long as my teammates believe in me, I believe in myself. That is the big thing. If I believe in myself and stay confident and even-keel like I am, I will be fine.”

What works in Jackson’s favor is the number of outstanding skill players he has around him now. In 2007, he could count on running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns that season, but his best receiver was Bobby Wade. This year, the Vikings boast one of the best WR trios in the NFL with Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian. That’s quite a large difference in talent from three years ago.

“I feel like our offense has grown and we have just grown as a team,” Jackson said. “Our offense is together now and I feel like if I get a chance to go out there and play now, I feel like I would be a lot better.”

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 7:21 pm

Favre will play if healthy

Brett Favre finally spoke about his intentions for 2010. The 40-year-old quarterback told ESPN’s Ed Werder that he’ll play this season if he’s healthy. According to agent Bus Cook, Favre has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews next week to review his surgically-repaired ankle. Favre was on the field with Oak Grove High School (Mississippi) again today.

Favre skirted reporters when leaving the field but did answer one question from his truck: Did he send any text messages to teammates saying he was retiring? His response was a simple, dead-panned “No”.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 4:04 pm

Goodell sounds impressed with Roethlisberger

Commissioner Roger Goodell made a stop in Baltimore's training camp today, talking to reporters (including Rapid Reporter Jon Gallo ), and he said Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is “doing what he’s been asked to do and, frankly, more.” Roger Goodell speaks with CB D. Foxworth at Baltimore camp on Wednesday (AP).

It’s sounding more and more like Roethlisberger’s six-game suspension could be chopped to a four-game suspension.

“I think he understands the seriousness of this and the fact that he has to change the way he’s doing things,” Goodell said. “So, I’m encouraged by that.”

Goodell touched on a few other issues as well. Here are a few of his comments:

Reaction to Brett Favre:
“Well, Brett Favre is great for our game, and I think the passion he has for the game is extraordinary. I think we all would love to see him play, but we want him to do what’s best for him at the end of the day. And we haven’t heard from Brett, so we’re all reacting to media reports. So, I think I’d wait and hear what Brett has to say.”

On his level of optimism regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks and where things stand right now:
“We have to get to work. We have to get something resolved, and it’s going to take an intensive amount of work. And I know the clubs are committed to working day and night to get that done, and I believe the NFLPA is also [working hard], and we’ve got to get that done.”  

On his thoughts of the rookie salary cap and the record contracts that were signed this year:
“I’ve been on the record with this for several years: I think the system is broken, and we’ve got to fix it. It’s one of the issues we have to address in the Collective Bargaining [Agreement].”

UPDATE (4:02 p.m.): The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Roethlisberger could meet with Goodell on Thursday at Steelers training camp.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 2:12 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 2:35 pm

Favre says he's still undecided

B. Favre's ankle seems to be fine as he jumps during an Oak Grove High School practice in Mississippi on Wednesday morning (AP). Vikings QB Brett Favre took to the field at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Wednesday morning to throw to high school receivers and to continue working out on his surgically-repaired ankle.

A day after the universe nearly crashed – and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Web site actually did – when it was reported that Favre had sent text messages to teammates telling them he planned to retire, the 40-year-old told reporters, including the Star-Trib , he still hasn’t decided what he’ll do.

He said the money he could make (the Vikings have offered a $20 million deal, $16 million guaranteed) wouldn’t be a factor in his decision. He also said he hadn’t texted his teammates any news, though TE Visanthe Shiancoe already had disputed Favre’s claim.

Responded Favre: “That’s Shank. That’s why I love him.”

According to reports, Favre briefly threw on the practice field but spent most of his day tutoring the Oak Grove players. He didn’t run on his own.
B. Favre while talking to reporters on Wednesday (AP).
Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, spoke to the NFL Network and said, "As far as Brett is concerned, in spite of reports to the contrary, Brett's situation has nothing to do with his contract, but everything to do with his health and ability to contribute to that team and play at a level that he has been accustomed to playing over the years.”

So, basically nobody knows anything yet. Which with Favre, shouldn’t come as a shock.

  And if you’re tired of all this will-he-or-won’t-he-play Favre news, we have a change of piece for you, albeit news that should be labeled NSFW for language and sexual connotation. According to deadspin.com , Favre sent lewd text messages to Jenn Sterger, who you probably know best for pictures like these (these are relatively safe for work).

I’ll say this about the story. It doesn’t reflect real well on the married Favre.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:57 am

Vikings offer Favre even more money

We’ll go ahead and get this Brett Favre update out of the way, as well. Which I’m sure will be just fine with you.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , the Vikings have put together a compensation package that would give Favre $20 million to play this season – a significant raise from the $13 million he already was scheduled to make. Apparently, $16 million would be guaranteed and the other $4 million would come in the form of incentives.

Though Minnesota coach Brad Childress pled ignorance during his Tuesday news conference, Judd Zulgad writes “Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe admitted Favre had ‘told a couple of guys on the team that he was going to retire,’ but the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald reported an unnamed person close to Favre's family said he hadn't made a decision whether to play a second season with the Vikings.”

I know this is easy to say from the outside, but at some point, shouldn’t the Vikings say, “Screw it. Enough is enough. Thirteen million dollars is plenty. If you’re going to continue to jerk us around, forget it. We’ll go with Tarvaris Jackson. You stay retired, Brett.”

OK, that won’t happen, but would anybody blame Minnesota if it took that tact?

--Josh Katzowitz

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