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Favre From Ready For Retirement

Brett Favre and Aaron RodgersI have been writing critical Brett Favre blogs for three years. However, I got tired of all of the Favre games like everyone else the last couple of years. I had very low expectations of Favre coming into this season. Between the time off, his finish last season, and no mini-camp, I expected Favre to fizzle. Well, he certainly proved me wrong. Favre was spectacular last night. Favre threw for 271 yards, 3 touchdowns, and only missed seven of 31 passes. This comes a week after Favre’s fantastic game-winning touchdown to Greg Lewis. It has been a long time since Favre has looked this good consistently.

There was something fun about seeing the faces of Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy after every Brett Favre touchdown. As they watched their quarterback throwing interceptions and giving up a safety, they had to be wondering what the hell they were thinking two years ago. We can sit here and go through the Favre vs. Rodgers argument all day, but the bottom line is the Packers have gone from a team one game away from the Super Bowl to a team under .500 ever since Favre left.

I give everyone in the Favre-Green Bay Packers mess the benefit of the doubt and a little blame. On the one hand, the Packers have every right to do what they want with their football team. They obviously felt that Rodgers gave the team a better chance to win. On the other hand, Brett Favre isn’t any football player. I could see if he struggled in 2007 (and he did for a few years prior), but saying “no” to Favre after such a great 2007 may be the mistake that ultimately costs Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy their jobs.

As for the Packers, they have bigger problems than Brett Favre. Aaron Rogers must have pictures on everyone in the NFL media, because after that performance he is still getting a ton of praise. It may not all be Aaron’s fault, but he certainly didn’t help. I know the Packers line troubles aren’t his fault, but he has to do a better job of getting rid of the ball. Rodgers needs to do a better job of throwing the ball away when nobody is open. How Rogers escaped criticism after last night is beyond me.

Even more troubling is the coaching. Mike McCarthy made two calls that arguably cost his team the game. One, McCarthy went for it on 4th down on the 1-yard line in the third quarter. The Packers failed to convert after a horrendous Donald Lee drop. The Pack was behind by 14 points, but this would come to bite them later in the game. The Packers scored a late touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the deficit 9. Instead of needing two scores to win late, they only would have needed one if they had just taken the three points earlier.

McCarthy also challenged a call which resulted in a safety. Aaron Rogers was sacked in the end zone. The original call was a fumble. However, McCarthy challenged the call which turned into a safety. The call gave the Vikings two points and the ball. It showed no confidence at all in his defense, and who knows? If the Packers make a goal line stand, they get the ball right back, the Vikings are minus the two points, and we have a whole different game if McCarthy had taken the three earlier.

I am not completely sold on Favre yet. New York Jets fans can tell you about a similar game last year with Favre. Favre pulled out a tremendous win in Week 11 last season in New England. Jets fans started planning their Super Bowl trips. Unfortunately, Favre peaked and the team went 2-4 the rest of the way. Even more disappointing is that the Jets had their own destiny in their hands and blew the final game of the season to the Miami Dolphins. As great as Favre was in New England, he was putrid when it counted.

Regardless of how the Vikings season turns out, they made the right call with Favre. I can’t envision Tarvaris Jackson ever making a throw like Favre did last week to win the 49ers game, or coming up huge in a pressure situation like Monday. It is a long season, but in Week 4 Brett Favre sure looked better than most of the NFL quarterbacks under 30.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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