Ron Wolf Q&A

Former GM's thoughts on Favre, free agency, Vince Young

Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf recently spoke to reporters at the annual Packers Fan Fest. Here are some of his responses to questions:

Q: Do you have any fears that the Packers organization may regress to where it was before you arrived in 1991, as far as players not wanting to come here and play football?
RW: I'm not that close to it to know. I'm not that close to it.

Q: Ted Thompson has mentioned that he wants to rebuild this team through the draft, yet the new Collective Bargaining Agreement affords more money now than ever for free agency. Do you think the Packers might dabble more in free agency based on what Thompson has said?
RW: I would listen to what he has said. He obviously has a plan and however he's going to do it, he's going to do it.

Q: Do you think Brett Favre will play next season?
RW: I think if Brett Favre wants to play, he'll play. If he doesn't want to play, he won't play. I've been asked that question so many times … I don't have any insight. I don't really know, but it sounds to me like there will be any change there. If he wants to play, he'll play. If he doesn't, he won't.

Q: What are your thoughts on Brett Favre as far as given latitude on making a decision?
RW: That's a hard question to answer. The unfortunate thing right now is everybody with the Packers is relatively new. If they were entrenched and had a track record, it would be a little different. You have to have your trigger man here. I would think in football, and I'm a proponent in the quarterback being the top player on the team. If you don't have a quarterback, you can't win. That's what I believe.

Q: Did you get a chance to watch Vince Young much last season?
RW: In the (NCAA) Championship Game. Heckuva game. Wow. He's a good player, based on that game. Q: How much can you base on that game? RW: I don't think you can. You have to tie the whole thing in. If you're looking for something to evaluate a quarterback on … I mean, what a performance. It's for the national title in a critical situation. The coaches at the University of Texas kept the ball in his hands. They didn't take the ball out of his hands. All of those things are very impressive. Then he led his team down the field and won the game.

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