Coach feels Favre will return

McCarthy 'optimistic' veteran QB will play football in 2006

Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the media Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that he feels Brett Favre will return to play football for the Green Bay Packers in 2006.

Mike McCarthy said Friday he's "optimistic" Brett Favre will return in 2006.

McCarthy said that he has spoken with Favre a few times over the past few weeks, and is hopeful the quarterback will return to play next season.

"I just go by the visit we had and the conversations we've had. They're all positive," McCarthy said. "I have a good feeling about it. I could be wrong, but my personality is that I am an optimistic individual."

McCarthy said that the Packers have not given Favre a deadline on when to make a decision on his football future.

"I talk to him every couple days. It's not a daily ‘where are you at today' type of situation," McCarthy said. "We feel good about the direction we're going, and we want him to be a big part of that."

In an ESPN interview on Jan. 29, Favre said he was leaning toward retirement, although he hadn't made up his mind.

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