Favre wants to ‘move forward'

Standing at the media auditorium podium, Brett Favre addressed the Wisconsin media today, insisting that he never requested to be traded from the Green Bay Packers. PackerReport.com's Todd Korth explains.

Favre was limited to 15 minutes with the media today, but wasted no time difusing a report earlier this week that he demanded the Packers to trade him away due to his frustration over the team's inability to obtain wide receiver Randy Moss.

The Packers attempted to deal with the Oakland Raiders for the disgruntled Moss, but the New England Patriots swooped in at the last second with an offer that the Raiders couldn't refuse. Favre, according to a FoxSports.com report, had his agent, James "Bus" Cook call general manager Ted Thompson to request a trade.

Both Favre and Cook have denied any trade request. Favre today again made it clear that the report was way off the mark.

"I want to clear up this trade issue, or non-issue as I call it," Favre said. "Never was trade ever mentioned, requested … I just don't know where it came from. It's not true. "Frustrated at this point last week? Yeah, but I'm here and here to move forward."

Earlier this week, Favre told reporters in Mississippi that he was unhappy with Thompson's inability to obtain Moss.

Favre said he has spoken with Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy this week and wants to put all this behind. Favre said repeatedly he's "fine" with Thompson.

"I'm fine with Ted," Favre said. "There have probably been games or plays where he probably hasn't agreed with the things that I've done, but I don't see him on the bus after the game where he won't speak to me. You go on. You move forward.

"I'm not here to judge the way he runs this team. I know that he's probably has caught a lot of heat, but Ted and I go way back, from Day 1. He has a plan. That's what he's paid to do. I'm paid to lead this team on the field. We're fine."

Favre said he doesn't need to formally address his teammates.

"I'm not going to stand up in front of them," he said. "I've seen a lot of the guys in passing, and I mean, we're fine. I don't know what they say when they go home. But you show me where I said anything about the guys I play with. I want you to show me.

"Not once did I say anything about the guys that I play with. I know that has been brought up … I want proof that I said something about the guys I play with. Never did I say that. If it keeps being brought up … these statements that you guys are making … then maybe they start believing it. But I believe in these guys."

Favre re-iterated from his statement from a year ago that the Packers are a talented team. He said the offensive line could develop into one of the best he's ever played behind. But he also said the talent lacks experience, implying that his frustration stemmed from no proven veterans being added to the offense this off-season.

"Yeah, I don't have five years," he said. "I'm not blowing smoke, it's true. A lot of the guys in here (locker room) could have 15 (years). I do want to win now. The one thing I can control is how I lead this team on and off the field. What has been said and done is over. The best way to do that is to move forward. There's no hard feelings. I want to win regardless of who is on this team, or who is not on this team."

Nonetheless, Favre says he is prepared to lead the Packers and use his experience to spur the team's growth.

"The only way these guys get better is by playing and experiencing the game and working with them, and that's true," Favre said. "But with that in mind, we have to get better, we have to get better in a hurry."


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