Maybe there's a method to Favre's madness

Brett Favre says this year's team is "the most talented team that I've been a part of." Whether it's true or not is almost irrelevant if his young teammates believe it,'s Steve Lawrence says.

During the offseason, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre debated the merits of returning for a 16th NFL season. One of the hang-ups was the Packers' lack of talent.

The Packers are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their last Super Bowl championship team.

Maybe Favre got caught in the hoopla of the latter, and maybe bumped his head enough to forget about the former, because during Monday's annual training camp chat with reporters, Favre uttered this shocking statement: "I really feel that, as far as talent is concerned, this is the most talented team that I've been a part of."

That quote was played nationally on ESPN's "SportsCenter." No doubt, dumbfounded viewers spit out their beer while bursting out in laughter.

Just because he's likely to break Reggie White's team sack record, that doesn't necessarily mean Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is better than White was.

Just because Ahman Green, if he returns to full speed this year and the rookie linemen show they can block, is likely to set the team's career rushing record, that doesn't necessarily mean the aging Green is a better player than an in-his-prime Dorsey Levens and a steady Edgar Bennett.

Just because Donald Driver is the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL, that doesn't necessarily mean he's better than the cumulative efforts of Antonio Freeman AND Andre Rison AND Don Beebe.

Just because Favre is high on second-year tight end Donald Lee, that doesn't necessarily mean he's going to be the second coming of Keith Jackson.

Just because second-year safety Nick Collins wears No. 36, that doesn't necessarily make him an equal to LeRoy Butler.

God bless Favre for thinking positive. It sure beats a defeatist attitude, and perhaps that's why Favre said what he said.

All of the Packers' young players are going to be inundated with highlights from the Super Bowl XXXI team. If they listen to Favre, and if they take his words to heart, maybe they'll believe his vote of confidence. Maybe they'll believe they have the potential to be that good, and without being cocky about it, they'll rise up and beat up the Bears in the Sept. 10 season opener at Lambeau Field.

Maybe that momentum will carry through to the next four games — against lightweights New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Louis — and Green Bay will head into the bye week 5-0 or 4-1. If that happens, then Favre will seem like a prophet and fans will have something to celebrate other than the 10th anniversary of Green Bay regaining its Titletown moniker.

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