Favre: 'I like our chances'

When Brett Favre met the media after a training camp session Wednesday, it seemed like old times – the times before retirement talk dominated the buzz about the 3-time MVP and future Hall of Famer. As Favre talked about his high hopes for his 13th NFL season, his continuing passion for the game showed in his words and his trademark humor.<p>

Favre got the retirement talk out of the way, but not without a few well-deserved cracks about this endless line of questioning.

"I was saying that you guys will probably be asking the same thing three years from now," Favre said. "I'm still having fun, still feel like I can still play at a high level," Favre said. "Obviously the Packers still think I can play. As long as we all feel that way, I don't see any reason why I should leave. "It's like high school. You can't wait to get out, but once you leave you say ‘I wish I could go back.' " Favre said. "I'm not comparing this to high school, but I still enjoy it. I still feel like I can play with anyone in this league. As long as I don't see that changing, I'll be here.

So, one more time ... when will it be time to go?

I would love to walk away from this game with people saying ‘you know, he looked like he had a couple of good years left,' instead of them saying that I stayed around too long," he said.

Then he made a deal with the press: "If you don't ask me, I promise I won't talk about it."

His enthusiasm grew as he talked about the 2003 Packers – maybe a lot greener, but definitely a lot healthier than the squad that limped into the playoffs decimated by injury.

"Not to make excuses, but when you lose your two tackles and your starting center has to move to tackle, it does hurt you," Favre said. "We achieved a lot of good things last year, we won 12 games but when you look at it at the end of the season, winning 12 games is great, but we didn't do anything more than that. We would have liked to see what we could have done in the playoffs with all our guys. It is nice to see those guys back."

"I like our chances. We have a real young team, but there's a lot of potential there, on both sides of the ball. I know it's only been three practices, but you can always tell."

I think we have better skills, more talent, more speed. I don't see any reason why we can't put up a lot of points, a lot of yards, a lot of touchdowns rushing and throwing. It's just a matter of doing it.

"Obviously our organization feels like we're going to bat with some young players who can play," Favre said. "We're going to give them a chance. And I like that."

Favre said he is impressed with the performance in camp by the young Packer squad.

"Before you know it, it'll be over. And aside from Frank (Winters), no one is counting the days until training camp is over. Franks already counting … he said we have 40 practices left.," Favre joked. But no one is complaining. I like the way our guys are responding right now. Guys are eager, and practicing hard. I know there will be some rough days and some down days, but I like the way our guys are responding right now.

The QB is looking at the age equation from a far different side these days. Chronologically, Favre lands squarely in the grizzled veteran category, but emotionally, he's working to keep his approach fresh. . "It starts in practice," Favre said, sounding every bit the kid who grew up as a coach's son. "How many practices do you have? It's so different than baseball and basketball. I try to compete in practice, as tough as it may be. I may have had a great practice this morning, but the challenge part is, can you do the same thing in the afternoon then come back and start all over again the next day. That's very difficult.

"For young guys, training camp means everything, whether or not you make the team … easing up the depth chart," Favre said. "But for guys like me and Doug and guys like Frank, you have to compete against yourself and that's tough to do. I could go out there this afternoon and incomplete every pass and not too many people would think a lot of it, they'd just say ‘he probably wasn't into it.' But I don't want to do that. I really want to compete against myself and try to beat the guys across from me. I know it makes them better, and it's also setting an example for the younger guys. And up to this point, I've done that."

"I'm not trying to go out in preseason games and break any records. I would like to play a little bit. Maybe there's one or two things from last year that you struggled with that you can get better at, I'm always trying to find those things."


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