Trust me, I have heard every argument about if Brett can still play or not and we all, or at least most of us, believe he can play the game, but what is the quality of the play? After considering the fact that he did play more under control this past year and did help the team more than he hurt it, let's take a closer look at his numbers.
We all know that Favre broke even on the number of touchdowns (18) and interceptions. I know some were tipped, but then again some weren't, but it doesn't matter now because stats are stats. When all is said and done, it is what it is.
Let's look at where Brett finished compared to the rest of the NFC and NFL quarterbacks. As for the quarterbacks in the NFC he ranked 14th among leading passers in percentage ratings with a 72.7. He was behind the guys that forever couldn't hold his jock, and now he's on the bottom looking up. Guys like Rex Grossman in Chicago, Jon Kitna in Detroit as well as Alex Smith in San Francisco. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. They all had better ratings than Favre. But then I looked at other stats, like where he finished in the NFL, and I saw he ranked first in attempts and fourth in completions as well as being tied for 13th with interceptions. Then I looked at another stat that caught my eye and that was how he did in the fourth quarter when so many games are decided, and there he was rated 31st out of 40 when it came to fourth quarter passing leaders. This means he didn't really get it done when he needed to, or his team needed him to. We all have to remember that this is now. The three-time MVP means nothing now does it?
So what does all this mean to me? It means that I am not up for another drawn-out soap opera this off-season. First, it was all the tears after the Packers' last game against the Bears on New Year's Eve and all the pictures he was taking with the offensive linemen. What was that? And before that it was all the hype about it being his last game, which was why they switched the game to prime time, supposedly.
Then it was all the talk about him having ankle surgery on New Year's Day and I said to myself, who are they kidding? What doctor do you know that is willing to have elective surgery on a holiday? I was born at night, but not last night and know the surgery that he so desperately needed to have to my knowledge still hasn't been done. My question is why all the drama? No one needs it or wants it. The true fans don't want it; the Packers organization doesn't want or need it; so why is Brett Favre playing the game again?
I'm not sure what he wants anymore. I'm not sure he has the right anymore to pull the fans down this road again just because he can. I know everyone says he has earned the right because of who he is, but I say BULLCRAP. Nobody is above the game and everyone at some point has to walk away. Did he play better this year? I believe so, but what does that mean? He couldn't play any worse the year before when many were calling for him to go on and retire. Is it the money? I don't know because there is a lot on the table for him and the Packers because they are going to pay a bunch of money for a quarterback that ranked 14th in the conference in passing ratings. They must be asking themselves behind closed doors if he really is worth all that cash.
This is the time when all eyes should be focusing on what the staff is going to do to improve the chances of this team winning in the future. They should be allowed to have a clearly designed direction on what they might do in the draft or in free agency. But how can they clearly do that when they have no idea what their so-called leader is doing or going to do, especially when his backup is coming back from a season-ending injury. Even with that, Aaron Rodgers is basically an unknown element because who really knows what he can do in the real heat of the action from start to finish?
Here we are at the end of January and the other day he says, ‘I'm sorry I was too emotional when I said that I would have an answer in a couple of weeks.' Someone please tell me how could a guy in that position make that mistake? All week long that is what the world was talking about. The television network made sure the world would be sure not to miss anything just in case it was his last walk off the field.
I say enough is enough already. I know that he is close to the touchdown record and I expect him to come back and I will be very surprised if he doesn't. But Brett, not another year of this. NOT AGAIN.
Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.