First, we have to understand that this monster, or drama, was created it just didn't happen. We have to first look at the responsibility of Mike Sherman. He created this when as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers he started becoming Brett's cheerleader instead of the guy that was supposed to hold him accountable for his actions or mistakes. He didn't so, at that moment, Brett Favre became bigger than life and the organization as well.
Mike Sherman allowed Brett Favre to do what he wanted when he wanted and how he wanted, and now everyone has to deal with that reality. Brett just recently called out Ted Thompson, but he has called others out as well, including Mike McKenzie and Javon Walker, but we will get to his role in this craziness in a while.
Back to Mike Sherman. He was the guy that really gave Brett permission to practice, not practice be at minicamp, or stay home. He gave him that idea because he was a first ballot Hall of Famer. He could do no wrong. What he did in the past was still good enough even though it wasn't under his watch, but Mike Sherman didn't hold him accountable, he just made excuses for him. So as the legend grew, unfortunately, so did his ego. Again it only grew because it was allowed to grow, which is Mike Sherman's fault. He made everything about Brett and didn't help the team.
Now to Brett's part. Brett was allowed to become as powerful as he is which isn't all his fault. He did what they allowed him to do, which was assume all control and run with it. Sherman gave him an inch and he took a mile. Please don't think it's all about the love of the game because there are some records out there that will put him arguably as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in the NFL record books, and he wants those records that will never be broken. You think he came back last year to quarterback a 4-12 team just because he loved the game? I don't think so.
Brett kept this soap opera going year after year because he couldn't make a decision about why he was going to walk away from the game. One time it was about him the next time was about the talent surrounding him. Many think it was the media that keep all the drama going, and Brett had the power to tell the media very simply "I'm not going to talk about retirement, period, and if you ask me I will stop talking at all and that would have put an end to things." He didn't, so he kept it going.
The sad thing is that now besides all the great things he has done on the field he is being known now more for the saga off the field. He has challenged Ted Thompson with the Randy Moss situation, as if he knows what's best for the team, and then he didn't think he would go to the mandatory minicamp because of his daughter's graduation. Since then, he changed his mind because hopefully he looked in the mirror and realized just how stupid that sounded. It's like he doesn't want to admit to himself that he's not the guy he was before and that there is life after football. He always talks about it, but it seems he doesn't want to believe it, so he's holding on to the past which is stopping this team from moving toward the future, and he doesn't realize it.
Now is when it comes to Ted Thompson's blame in this saga. Ted Thompson has done a good job in building for the future, but he forgot that he can still win now in the process because the NFC is so weak. All he has to do is add some playmakers, just like he did on defense. If you think about it, hasn't Charles Woodson done for the defense what Randy Moss could have done for the offense? I for one thought so.
But that's not Ted's biggest mistake. His biggest mistake was not sitting Brett down and getting a time commitment on his plans for the future. He should have told Brett the direction this team is going and asked him if he wants onboard and for how long. Since Ted didn't do this the Brett Favre retirement talk has caused too many headaches for way too long. I ask you, the reader, would the Packers have drafted Aaron Rodgers if they knew Brett would be here for this long? My answer would be NO!!!!! Just like this situation with Randy Moss. All Ted Thompson had to do was tell everyone, including Brett, that Randy Moss wasn't in the plans, but he didn't. He let his star quarterback believe it was in the cards and how stupid was that!!!!!!
So, like I said there's ENOUGH BLAME TO GO AROUND!!!
Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.