Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:47 pm

New evidence against Favre retirement

One of the most reliable Favre sources our vast U.S. media has to offer is Biloxi Sun Herald writer Al Jones. Jones is a friend of the Favre family. Jones's article this afternoon raises doubts about the legitimacy of Favre’s latest retirement:

A family source told the Sun Herald this afternoon that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has made no decision regarding a 20th season in the NFL.

“Brett has not made a commitment to play or a decision to return at this point,” the family source said.

A couple of comments on Scott Favre’s Facebook page have not been responded to by the quarterback’s brother, who did tell the Sun Herald he has not heard from Brett, either.

“I have heard no truth to that (retirement),” Scott Favre said. “I know he can still play and I want him to keep playing.”

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 3:27 pm

The Brett Favre Retirement Timeline

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre has retired, y'all. It's a sad day. At least until when he deretires again. 

But, for those that haven't been following the NFL every year since 2006, how's a little refresher on Favre's history sound? To the wayback machine!

January, 2006: It begins. Favre drops the word "undecided" on an ESPN Sunday Conversation , stating that if he "had to pick right now," he's "not coming back." (Public Mood: Sad, sympathetic. )

April, 2006: Just your everyday harmless decision NOT to retire, as Favre announces he'll be playing with the Packers once again. Everyone in Green Bay takes shots of beercheese to celebrate. Except for Aaron Rodgers, who shakes his fist angrily to the sky. The Onion , obviously wise before the rest of the world, mocks Favre for his indecision . Warning: NSFW  language.
(Public Mood: Joyous, gunslingy-y.)

May 6, 2006: Favre holds a press conference in which he renounces his comments that he would retire after 2006 and states that he may keep playing past that year. (Public mood: Confused)

December 2006: Favre nearly cries on television after getting a standing ovation from the freaking Bears FANS during the final game of the 2006 season, because everyone understands he's actually retiring this time. (Public Mood: Sentimental )

February 2007: I'm so excited. I just can't hide it. And so is Brett, as the 37-year-old unretires. Again. (Public Mood:  Warily recognizing a pattern forming.)

January 2008:   Packers lose to the Giants in the NFC  Championship Game, but MY GOD, what a way to go out for a true legend, huh? A 13-3 record, MVP chatter, everyone forgetting that he basically did the same thing as Michael Jordan on the Wizards ... just legendary stuff in terms of timing if he retires now. (Public Mood: Inspired)

March 2008: Favre weeps while giving an awesome retirement speech , stating that he has "no regrets" because he "played the game one way" -- "the only way [he] knew how." (Public Mood: Emotional, Relieved)

July 2008: Favre gets an "itch" to play again. RUH. ROH. Suddenly, Favre was "never fully committed" to retiring and the Packers and No. 4 are involved in a very public and awkward melee that results in Favre telling Fox News that the Packers "pressured" him and that they should let him "play elsewhere." Aaron Rodgers remains convinced he'll never take a starting snap. (Public Mood: Outrage, disdain, choosing sides.)

August 2008: Bretty's granted reinstatement by the NFL! He then harasses Green Bay in training camp until they trade him to the Jets. (Public Mood: Shocked, unhappy with everyone.)

September 2008: Favre throws six touchdowns (a career high!) as the Jets throttle the Cardinals and appear to be rolling towards the playoffs. (Public Mood: Jets fans are joyous. Everyone else is disgusted.)

December 2008: Favre melts down during the stretch run, as the Jets go 1-3 and miss the playoffs. (Public Mood: Jets fans are disgusted. Everyone else is joyous.)

February 2009: Favre retires. FOR THE ELEVENTY BILLIONTH TIME. He jokes, "I have no reason to wonder why you would be so skeptical." (Public Mood: Skeptical.)

April 2009: The Jets, ready to go in a "different direction," release Favre. Dear. God. NOOOOOOOO. (Public Mood:  Terrified.)

May 2009:  Favre has surgery. Because, obviously, that's what people who are retired and want to ride on tractors do, right? (Public Mood: Prepared for the worst.)

June 2009: Inexplicably, Favre considers playing for the Packers arch-rival, the Vikings. This is considered something along the lines of finding out that George Washington is actually French. (Public Mood: Shocked, Awed, Unprepared for the worst.)

July 2009: Favre decides NOT to join Vikings, thus ending the retiring the possibility that he would retire from retirement. Or something. (Public Mood: Relieved, thankful. )

August 2009: Favre UNRETIRES, joins the Vikings. (Public Mood: Annoyed, Betrayed. )

October 2009: Favre gets booed at Lambeau Field and then proceeds to beat the Green Bay Packers. (Public Mood: Annoyingly impressed.)

  January 2010: Ole' No. 4 wins a playoff game at age 40 and sings "Pants on the Ground" in the locker room . Then he proceeds to throw an interception to end the Vikings shot at a Super Bowl. (Public Mood: Secretly elated.)

April 2010 : Favre has ankle surgery, meaning he's likely to play football. We think. Maybe? (Public Mood: Dismissive, annoyed, prepared.)

August 2010 : Brett Favre finally reportedly retires for the sixth time, except he HASN'T ACTUALLY TOLD ANYONE THAT. (Public Mood: So very, very, inexplicably trusting. )

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 1:45 pm

Favre brings out the best in Twitter (our top-15)

When a story like the Brett-Favre-is-retiring-story pops up, Twitter lights up with some clever (and many, many, many not-so-clever) one-liners. Here are the best of what we’ve found (so far).

1. @MarkBradleyAJC: Favre announces retirement, says he plans to spend more time with Urban Meyer's family.

2. @MacGregorESPN: Pacing back and forth as he decides retirement, Brett Favre accidentally completes Redskins conditioning test.

3. @darrenrovell1: (three from him today ): No. 1: Thinking ESPN's 7-hour Favre special called "The In-Decision" will air soon. Sponsors: Wrangler, Sears & AARP. No. 2: Biggest $ impact on Favre retirement? Frank Caliendo. 1st Madden, now Favre (MAYBE). Guy has to be hurting. No. 3: Papers in Green Bay, NY & Minnesota hoping Brett Favre Thank You ads can boost bottom line

4. @SklarBrothers: Brett Favre is retiring so he can out on the road with Kiss for their 9th farewell tour.

5. @CaptainAnnoying: At any rate, Favre can only delay Joe Webb's inexorable ascent to greatness. He can't hope to stop it.

6. @PriscoCBS: I'm sick of favre play or don't u drama queen

7. @ImTheSportsDude: Now everyone understands why Mary left him for Ted, this Favre guy obviously has "commitment" issues!

8. @ccarlson04: Favre -Thanks for building up our dreams and then destroying them, just like Snooki did to the world's perception of Poughkeepsie

9. @YahooSportsNFL: The Vikings sure would like to have another shot at trading for Donovan McNabb right about now.

10. @FO_ASchatz: If my wife gets upset because I have to re-run projections instead of going to the beach today, I'm telling her to blame Favre.

11. @JTExperience: It's times like these when I'm glad the cable isn't installed yet.

12. @stholeary: Sports fans are so cute. "We don't care about Brett Favre anymore!" "Wait, he's retiring again? To Twitter!"

13. @TimGrahamESPN: Who does Brett Favre think he is? Aaron Schobel?

14. @CBSSports: We’re retiring our Twitter account for the day in honor of Brett Favre.

And, of course, the one that started everything:

15. @JuddZulgad: Brett Favre began telling Vikings officials last night he will NOT return for a 20th season.

--Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:47 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 1:19 pm

Brad Childress 'not aware' of Favre retiring

Posted by Will Brinson

More specifically, when Brad Childress took the podium at Vikings training camp, he discussed Brett Favre's REPORTED (can't stress that enough) retirement . Childress was clearly aware of the reports circulating today, even if he said otherwise and had no technical knowledge of Favre's decision.

"I'm not aware of any of those reports, obviously," the Vikings coach said. "I've been out here for the last three hours or so. But if or when the case is he does something one way or the other, I'm sure he'll communicate with me, I'm sure of that."

Clearly, Favre didn't communicate directly to Childress (although Minnesota's coach did say that he had "talked to [Favre] in the last 24 hours"), given the news that the reports from the media stemmed from teammates, but Childress seemed surprised at the notion that Favre would use other channels.

"Brett and I communicate ... So I don't suppose he'd call Jared Allen and have Jared pass the word to me -- that's not going to happen. I'll talk to him one way or the other."

Childress acknowledged, however, that it was entirely possible Favre could decide to hang up his cleats, since, after all, he is aging.

"He's a 40 year old man. He's just got to come to grips with it. He, his wife, kids, a lot of meetings with himself. He talks to people, he talks to teammates, so everyone of those are influences, but the guy who looks you back in the mirror is the one you have to answer to."

A key point that the media will focus on (and this is me doing it) is that Childress doesn't think Favre's potential retirement would be detrimental to the team, or, more specifically, the quarterback situation.

"I feel great about it. We got four, five good days of work here. People want to know "What's plan B?" Well, it's those guys and they've done a nice job in camp."

That's obviously a stretch -- the Vikings would take a substantial hit if they were forced to use Tavaris Jackson as the starter for Week 1. But even if Jackson starts the season opener against the Saints, Childress didn't rule out the possibility of Favre joining the team after their bye in Week 4.

"Those are kind of "if-then" hypotheses ... We're day-to-day right here."

Overall, Childress handled the slew of fully-Favre-related questions well (or as well as anyone could given the circumstances). At one point, he even joked, "I feel like this is Watergate. Have I done something wrong? Am I  own trial?"

That elicited plenty of laughter from media in the room, but the reality is, it's not entirely all that humorous -- Childress' job is wholly dependent on his team's performance. And while with or without Favre, the Vikings will still be a good football team, it's obvious that they won't be the same if he retires.

Although, as Childress pointed out, that's never a sure thing until you "hear it from the horse's mouth."

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 3, 2010 12:12 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

T. Jackson likely would take over for Minnesota if B. Favre retires (Getty). If, as is being reported all over the place (and on the Facts & Rumors blog), Brett Favre does retire – and there’s some healthy skepticism that he will, no matter what he says – what happens with the Vikings offense?

Obviously, they’ve still got some of the best young wide receivers in the game with Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. WR Bernard Berrian is solid and dangerous as a deep threat. Those guys will make a mediocre quarterback look better than he actually is. And running backs? Two words: Adrian Peterson. Meanwhile, second-round pick Toby GerhartChester Taylor’s replacement – is a Doak Walker Award winner who will take a few of Peterson’s carries, especially when Minnesota needs a physical inside runner.

At the skill positions, there’s no question the Vikings have the talent to win the NFC championship. The quarterback position is … well ... a different story.

If Favre retires, they’ll have a couple problem areas. First, Minnesota doesn’t have the greatest run-blocking offensive line – which is a bit surprising, considering the talent the team has on this unit – and without Favre, the Vikings will need to run the ball more effectively to make up for the lack of Favre-ian like talent at the signal-caller position (more on this below).

Favre, at least in my opinion, is still a top-five quarterback , especially considering the season he had last year (68.4 completion percentage, 4,200 yards, 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions), and Minnesota would lose one of the most important players in the game.

So, who would replace him? Most likely, it’d be Tarvaris Jackson – an athletic quarterback who hasn’t figured out how to become a successful NFL quarterback. He started 12 games in 2007, and though the Vikings went 8-4, he wasn’t particularly impressive. His accuracy was mediocre, and his decision-making was questionable. If you’re comparing him to Favre, Jackson is more mobile but not nearly as strong in every other facet in the game.

If not Jackson, the team could turn to Sage Rosenfels. He’s never been a full-time starter, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. In fact, if Favre stays, Rosenfels might be on his way out of town, depending on how rookie Joe Webb is performing in practice. 

Rosenfels is often too aggressive, leading to too many avoidable interceptions. He’s the prototypical backup. He doesn’t look bad on the sidelines while wearing a ballcap. But if you have to throw him in as the starter, that’s not a great thing for your team. Webb, meanwhile, was slated to be a wide receiver, but he’s played well enough in practice for the Vikings to keep him with the quarterbacks. At this point, though, you certainly don’t want Webb starting games for your team.

If Favre doesn’t return, like he’s apparently saying right now, the Vikings wouldn’t face a disaster if Jackson was their man. But if it’s Rosenfels or Webb, there’s no way this team can make a deep run into the playoffs. For their sake, the Vikings have to hope this latest Favre news isn’t true. Otherwise, their Super Bowl hopes have just taken a huge hit.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:50 am

So, Favre is NOT going to return?!?

You know how everybody said that Brett Favre was coming back for his 20th year? It was basically a fact before the official announcement. Everybody – and I mean everybody – knew Favre would return. According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, that might not necessarily be true.

Apparently, Favre has told Vikings official he won’t return.

Zulgad writes on his Twitter account that Favre’s ankle hasn’t responded the way he wants.

But before you anoint Tarvaris Jackson the starter quite yet, Zulgad has some words of caution.

Writes Zulgad: “Favre is expected to issue a press release later today. Keep in mind this is Brett Favre and it is Aug. 3.” And this: “There is a chance ownership will go back to Favre with an offer of more than the 13 million for this season.”

We, of course, will keep you updated on this.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:50 am

The Vikings welcome back familiar faces

You think getting Brett Favre back into the lineup is the key to the Vikings making another playoff run? Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune might disagree with you, and he makes a pretty compelling case.

It’s because Minnesota likely will return all 22 players, assuming Favre pulls on the uniform again, who made most of the starts at their respective positions last year.

How rare is it for the Vikings – hell, for anybody – to accomplish this? Writes Reusse, “It's astounding in this era of free agency to see the Vikings positioned to have the same 22 make the most starts for two consecutive seasons. There was incredible roster stability during the Vikings' glory years from 1969 through 1977, yet there were never two consecutive seasons when Bud Grant had the same 22 get the most starts.”

Not surprisingly, Reusse also predicts – in so many words – that this will be the year Minnesota wins the Super Bowl.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 8:55 am

When Favre changed his mind on retirement

Brett Favre tells USA Today that he was ready to retire last January following the loss to New Orleans. And it had nothing to do with his ankle injury.

"I can remember walking off that podium with (wife) Deanna and my family thinking, 'I'm done,' " Favre said. "I mean, my heart … it was broken."

"People can talk about the ankle and my thigh and all that stuff, but those will mend. I just said, 'I can't take this. It's just too hard to digest.' "

Favre decided to retire after the game, but the love he got from teammates opened his eyes.

Favre changed his mind and decided not to retire immediately on the Vikings' charter flight home after the loss.

One after another, Viking players, coaches and personnel walked to Favre's seat and thanked him for his valiant effort.

"I mean, there were tears flyin'," Favre says. "By the time we landed, I am like, 'I don't think I can let these guys down.' I know football is a business, but more than anything I felt like there was unfinished business. All of a sudden, 'Oh, man, as much as I don't want to go through that again, I almost feel as if I owe these guys something.'

-- Andy Benoit

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