Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:30 pm

Brett Favre returns...to announce a college game

Brett Favre is back! (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Despite the constant rumors that various quarterback-needy NFL teams had inquired about Brett Favre's services in the days and weeks leading up to the season, the ol' gunslinger remains retired. But that doesn't mean he's done with football.

In June, Favre said that he liked working with young players, "but in what capacity, I'm not really sure yet. … [I don't have any] plans right now and we'll see where that takes me."

Well, now we (sorta) know: he'll serve as a color commentator for his alma mater, Southern Miss, in their October 1 game against Rice.

In a school press release (via College Football Talk), Favre said, “I’m excited to be back at Southern Miss with the Golden Eagles. I’m not committing to a new career in broadcasting, but just wanted to support Southern Miss and check out the view from the press box. It should be fun and I hope the fans enjoy it.”

We give Favre credit for stating upfront that this is a temporary gig, though we don't suspect that will slow the speculation concerning any of his future plans.

“This is a great opportunity for Southern Miss to welcome back one of its favorite sons,” said Southern Miss president Dr. Martha D. Saunders. “Brett is a popular guy at our university. I know our students and alumni will enjoy having him associated with this game… exclusively on CSS.”

Favre's popularity can't be understated. Yahoo.com's Doug Farrar points out that in Favre's first year there, "Southern Miss went 10-2 and beat Texas-El Paso in the Independence Bowl, and after a disappointing 1989 campaign, the team came back for an 8-4 record in 1990 and a trip to the All-American Bowl, where they lost to North Carolina State."

In related Mississippi football news, Favre's cousin, Dylan Favre, is a quarterback at Mississippi State.

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:57 am

Agent says no NFL teams contacted Brett Favre

Brett Favre is not coming back. For real. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took a few years, but it finally appears that Brett Favre is officially retired. Sure, there were reports at various points this offseason (and well into the preseason) to the contrary, but Favre's agent, Bus Cook, told ESPN's Adam Schefter that not a single team inquired about his client at any point this summer.

"I haven't heard from anybody saying, 'We'd like to talk to you about Brett,' " Cook said. "There have been rumors about Philadelphia, Miami, Indianapolis. But we have not had any calls."

Which must be a relief for Favre, who spent previous offseasons planning his unretirement press conference to coincide with the end of training camp but now sounds like a man happy trade in bone-crushing hits for wrangler jeans and impromptu pick-up games.

In June, Favre said “I can still throw the ball as well as I ever have. No question about that,” before adding “I don’t want to put my body through that anymore. I’ve been beat up enough.” A month later, Cook reiterated those sentiments, saying that Favre is "retired, period."

And while Favre's playing career may be over, he may not be done with football. Like many former players and coaches, there's always television. "He'd be real good at it, and people would tune in to watch him," Cook said. "But I'm not sure that he wants to be away from home all those days."

As for what's on Sunday's docket? "He's not one to sit around and watch TV -- I don't think he'll be sitting around watching ballgames all day," Cook said. "He may catch a replay here or there." Translation: he'll be fishing. Which is great news for those of us burned out on the weekly "Favre's coming back?!" speculation.

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Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:14 pm

Wayne unimpressed by Favre-to-Colts speculation

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's come to this. Year after year, Brett Favre would announced his retirement only to return for one more season. Now that he appears legitimately done with football, his name surfaces every few weeks as a possible option for Team X in need of immediate help at the gunslingin' position. That's right, folks, Brett Favre, even if he wants to, isn't going away.

The latest, by way of a quick recap of recent events in Indianapolis.

Earlier this week, the Colts "Favre-ed" Kerry Collins out of retirement because Peyton Manning may not be fully recovered from offseason neck surgery to play in Week 1. A day later, Colts wideout Reggie Wayne, the man who has been on the receiving end of Curtis Painter short-hops and overthrows through two preseason games inexplicably said that, "Just because we bring [Collins] in doesn't mean he's the starter. He's got to learn too, right? Unless they gave him a playbook months ago, he's got to learn too."

Wayne wasn't finished: "I don't care who you are, I mean I'm not going to let anyone just come in here and just push someone (like Painter) aside like you're that dog now, you know what I mean?"

To quote our CBSSports.com colleague, Josh Katzowitz, No, we have no idea what Wayne means. 

Until now, that is. 

The Indianapolis Star's Phillip B. Wilson warns that we shouldn't put too much stock in Wayne's defense of Painter, he's just being a good teammate. (Related: we made that point on the latest Pick-6 podcast; remember, Wayne, despite wanting a new deal, showed up to training camp because, in his words, "I'm a Colt. What else I'm gonna be? I'm going to go to work. That's what I do.") 

The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins as an insurance policy to Peyton Manning. Colts RapidReporter Tom James joins Scott Braun to discuss the move.

As for Favre, Wilson writes that someone mentioned to Wayne the "far-fetched possibility" that the Colts would consider bringing him in.

“Brett Favre … I feel the same way about Kerry Collins walking in this door, that’s going to push Peyton even more to want to play, you know what I’m saying? That’s just what it is,” Wayne said. “I got nothing against T.O. (Terrell Owens) or whatever receiver is out there, you bring them in here, I guarantee my game is going up some more.”

Thank god.

To recap: Wayne doesn't have a problem with Collins, he's just being a good teammate by supporting Painter. More importantly: he's not impressed by the Favre speculation unless it'll motivate Manning into regenerating those nerves in his neck faster.

And no matter what Wayne says, the starting gig is Collins' until Manning returns. At least that's the word from team president Bill Polian. Now the only question is how long until Manning returns.
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 9:49 am

Colts sign Collins in case Manning isn't ready

The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins as an insurance policy to Peyton Manning. Colts RapidReporter Tom James joins Scott Braun to discuss the move.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay has been a busy little Twitterer recently. Last Saturday he informed fans that "We r evaluating the QB sitch, #18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him, defense has 2 pick it up,big time!" A few days later he joked that he was on a quest to find Brett Favre, and Wednesday morning he announced that Kerry Collins, in Favre-ian fashion, would be coming out of retirement to sign with the Colts.

While the Collins signing is news, the implications are bigger: there is real concern that Peyton Manning, still recovering from offseason neck surgery, won't be ready to start the regular season.

Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008. In fact, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks Indy can make the playoffs with Collins should it come to that.

"The signing of Collins is just in case something goes horribly wrong [with Manning's recovery]," Freeman wrote Wednesday morning. "He's got a strong arm, a solid head and Colts players will like him. He's in many ways the best-case scenario for the Colts. … Bringing Collins to Indianapolis is actually a brilliant move. Now we just wait and see when Manning returns."

Peyton's Place ... on the sidelines?

Minutes after Irsay announced Collins had been signed, he tweeted that coach Jim Caldwell and team president Bill Polian "will expand more on our thinking and how we will integrate the quarterback position in the coming weeks."

Collins isn't nearly the player Manning is, and unlike his situation in Tennessee in recent years, there's absolutely no chance Collins somehow wins the starting job. But what he provides the Colts is a legitimate chance to win games if Manning isn't healthy to start the season, which is something we couldn't say about Painter or Orlovsky.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:53 am

Podcast: Favre to Colts, Fitz' contract, T-Pryor

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

You'll never believe this, but there are rumors about Brett Favre going to the Colts because Peyton Manning is hurt. In Monday's podcast (yes, we're running behind), we take a look at that silliness, discuss Jim Irsay's love of Steely Dan and debate when Peyton Manning will actually return to action.

We also discuss the new contract for Larry Fitzgerald, whether it was a good deal or not, if the Cardinals were wise to spend that much on a wide receiver and how it affects Chris Johnson's would-be deal with the Titans, talk about Terrelle Pryor's status (we actually recorded before the supplemental draft but knew he was going to the Raiders anyway) and much, much more.

Yapping starts … now (and while we have you, remember to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes). If you can't listen to the podcast below, download it here. And if you'd like to keep working while listening in your browser, pop that puppy out in a new tab here.

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 12:26 pm

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re big fans of Colts owner Jim Irsay’s Twitter updates* because he’s either tweeting the lyrics to deep track Pink Floyd songs, occasionally breaking news, or reassuring his team’s fans about Peyton Manning’s neck.

*Of course, we are. We named him No. 4 among our favorite NFL tweeters last year.

He’s a bit of jokester on Twitter, which is why we’re assuming (hoping?) that he was kidding when he tweeted this on Sunday, “I'm in Mississippi,down at the crossroads....looking 4 that deal Mr. Johnson cut so many years ago....I'm in Hattiesburg...is it right or left at the Firechief?”

J. Irsay screenshot 1

J. Irsay screenshot 2

OK, some clarification. Hattiesburg, Miss., is the home of an old-time gun-slinging QB you might have heard about named Brett Favre, who insists that he’s retired. Considering we don’t know when Peyton Manning -- who had offseason neck surgery and hasn’t practiced yet this preseason -- will return to action and considering it’d be hard to stomach either Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky starting the Colts season opener, Irsay and the Colts might be in a tight spot if Manning can’t play.

Hopefully, though, Irsay is only pretending to seek out Favre to take over for Manning.

Moving the joke along a little further is Irsay’s reference to “Mr. Johnson” cutting a deal. If you’re in need of a rock history lesson, Irsay is referring to Robert Johnson, the old blues guitarist who supposedly sold the devil his soul at a Mississippi crossroad so he could be a master guitar player. So, in effect, Irsay is saying he’s selling his soul to the devil in order to obtain Favre’s services.

I didn't think about it at the time, but one of my editors pointed out that the "Brad" in Irsay's second tweet might be refering to Brad Childress, a former Colts assistant coach who, as you know, was Favre's final head coach in Minnesota.

Good stuff. But for now, we’ll just assume he’s kidding and move on with the rest of our day. Unless Favre, like the devil, is going to put us through eternal hell and keep returning to play.

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:29 am

Colt McCoy worked with Brett Favre this offseason

Posted by Will Brinson

Over the summer, NFL players weren't allowed to contact with coaching staffs. So many of them turned to other tutors in order to beef up on their respective offenses. Nothing weird about that.

But that doesn't make it any less interesting to hear that Browns quarterback Colt McCoy sought out Brett Favre for advice.

"Since I couldn’t get coached, it was a great opportunity to pick the brain of a guy who’s played in the [West Coast] system for 20 years,” McCoy said via a Browns spokesman, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. "It was a chance for me to get a lot of questions answered. We worked on footwork, progressions, reads and things like that. It was definitely a positive trip."

At this point Favre's name, in any non-retirement context, strikes fear into the hearts of NFL fans and scribes across the land. But McCoy's decision to chat with the future Hall-of-Famer actually makes a lot of sense.

Browns Offseason

For starters, Favre built his legacy under Browns president Mike Holmgren when the mustachioed legend coached the Packers. Favre is Holmgren's guy and Favre knows the system that coach Pat Shurmur is installing under the regime.

Shurmur had tremendous success with Sam Bradford, developing him into one of the more prolific rookie passers in NFL history. That wasn't because Bradford spent the year chunking the ball down the field either; he dinked-and-dunked his way to 3,512 passing yards and an NFL rookie-record 354 completions (on an also-rookie-record 590 attempts).

While McCoy is a different QB than either Favre or Bradford, he's still a talented young man who flashed plenty of promise his rookie year in the West Coast offense.

And if he wants to improve on an already pretty good shot at repeating his 2010 success, he's certainly making a smart move by seeking out the advice of the people who best understand the offense he's charged with running.

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 6:10 pm

Favre: 'I don't have that feeling' to return

FavrePosted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though Brett Favre is supposedly retired and not returning to the NFL, talks of him returning in one way or another still continue to fly at us. Much to our chagrin, naturally.

While Favre told a Miami Herald reporter earlier this month that he hasn’t talked to anybody, really, how can you believe him when he’s come back for just one more season so many times? Well, maybe this will help convince you.

"I don't have that feeling, that chip on my shoulder," Favre told WGR-AM in Buffalo, via NFL.com. "I mean, I could easily talk myself into that chip on my shoulder like, 'Hey everybody hates you,' ... I could motivate myself."

That’s funny about the “everybody hates you” comment. It means Favre definitely is NOT suffering the effects of too many blows to the head.

Back to the interview, Favre also said that he probably should have retired after the 2009 season when he led the Vikings to the NFC title game (but threw a really, really bad pick at the end of the contest that helped keep Minnesota out of the Super Bowl, which is pretty much the reason he returned for 2010 in the first place).

So, after telling the Miami Herald’s Jeff Darlington “I haven’t heard anything, and I don’t have any interest,” after the reporter asked Favre about rumors that he would play for the Dolphins and now with this latest piece of information about his chip-less shoulder, we are fairly secure in saying this: Favre, um, probably isn’t coming back to play.

Or, you could just believe his agent, Bus Cook, when he said last month, “He’s retired. Period.”

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