This man holds all the cards, doesn’t he? While refusing a two-year offer from the Jets, Brett Favre wants you to know he’s not done talking about the Packers’ mistakes. Chief among this week’s criticisms? Their hiring of consultant Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for the Bush White House.
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS gets Brett’s rebuttal:
“What does that tell you? I mean, come on - damage control,” Favre said.
Well duh. Then again, Favre’s sitdown interview to bash the Packers looks like damage control as well. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander sometimes, Favre should know as much. But Fleischer wasn’t his only complaint: Read more…
As we enter day number 4,320 of the Brett Favre Saga in Green Bay, all signs are starting to point to Favre not playing for the Green Bay Packers this season. Sure, he’s in camp with them, but he doesn’t want to be there and they don’t want him there. It’s kind of like when you break up with a girl, and even though both of you know you’re better off without each other, you keep sleeping together until something better comes along.
It seems that Brett has had an epiphany, though, because after talking to head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson the grizzled vet is finally realizing he may become a distraction in Packers camp. (In other news, Paris Hilton just realized she has no talent.) You know, because this story and his on again-off again retirement dance hasn’t already been one. Brett’s also ready to admit that he’s just not as good as the one called Aaron Rodgers.
Just because Brett Favre has officially been reinstated by Roger Goodell and will be reporting to Packers training camp this morning, that doesn’t mean this entire situation is going to become any less of a joke then it already has been. Don’t get me wrong, Favre has every right to change his mind about playing football, but the Packers have every right to tell him to buzz off.
The problem, of course, is trying to spin things to make it look like the Packers aren’t telling the beloved Brett to go screw himself. You can’t really blame team president Ted Thompson for having no idea how to handle this situation. So since Ted is way over his head, there really is only one logical step the Packers could take: hire former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
Brett Favre is making me a touch schizophrenic in my inability to feel the same way about him day to day. Will he come to training camp? Or won’t he? Does he want to get traded? Or doesn’t he? Really, the waiting for each new press conference/announcement is the hardest part. Well, except for the listening.
And today’s exciting news comes straight from Peter King at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED who lets us know that he spoke — over triple soy mocha lattes!! — with Favre directly, and the gunslinger will not be reporting to Packers training camp when it opens in a few hours. The good news is that he’s actually doing this with the intention of making things less awkward for poor Aaron Rodgers.
Despite all of Roger Goodell’s kind gestures to the Ted Thompson (re: do something with Brett Favre now before I “Tank Johnson” your entire team), and despite the Packers wiretapping their QB, the grizzled old gunslinger is still a Green Bay Packer.
And it appears, as reported by Adam Schefter at NFL.COM, that Favre has no intentions of leaving the team alone - or letting Aaron Rodgers ever live like a normal first round draft pick and, you know, get to play. Because, yes, he does intend to report to training camp, and is warming up his fax machine to send the Commish a letter of reinstatement.
The MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL is looking out for you, the people. They understand that there’s a little exhibition baseball game going on tonight that you may have some interest in watching, instead of watching part two of the Brett Favre interview on FOX NEWS tonight.
The paper has obtained the full transcript of the interview, including the parts where he slams Ted Thompson, Packers’ GM for not listening to Brett’s suggested front office moves. Brett cites three instances where Thompson ignored him, 1) “I worked my butt off two years ago to try to get them to sign Randy Moss,” 2) Favre said he once tried to convince Thompson to re-sign Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle, two key linemen, but the two got away and signed elsewhere. 3) Favre told Van Susteren he tried to convince Thompson to interview Steve Mariucci, an old friend, for the head coaching job vacated by Mike Sherman. Favre said Thompson ended up hiring Mike McCarthy instead.
Favre says because Thompson didn’t listen to his suggested personnel decisions, he cannot trust him: