Favre missed the memo

It seems the quarterback is the only person unaware of Ted Thompson's long-term plan for the team. The GM's job is to build a consistent winner, not make the veteran QB happy, PackerReport.com's Steve Lawrence writes.

Geez, you spend a week out of town pretending you're a fisherman, and Brett Favre rips Ted Thompson, demands a trade, says he's skipping minicamp and then shows up after all and says everything is just fine.

So, my apologizes for offering an after-the-fact opinion on the controversy that roiled all of Packers Nation except myself, since there was no television where I was hanging out.

We all know Favre wants to win.

At least some of us know Thompson wants to win.

The problem, of course, is their timetables. Favre, with his career down to its final season or two, wants to win now. Thompson wouldn't mind winning now, but his long-term plan is aimed at building a consistent, long-term winner.

The funny thing is, most of us know that's Thompson's plan. Somehow, Favre must have missed the memos.

If Favre really wanted out of Green Bay — which he now says is not true — why not ask for a trade before the 2005 season, after an offseason in which he lost his starting guards and the rebuilding program began? Why not ask for a trade after that season, after the Packers compiled just a 4-12 record?

If Favre doesn't like Thompson's plan, tough.

Thompson's job is to build the Green Bay Packers into winners. Not just for this year but for many years to come. His job is not to build a team to make Favre happy for a year or two. Contrary to what some believe, the Packers don't owe Favre anything.

Of all people, Favre — the son of a coach — should realize this. While quarterback is the most glamorous position on the team — and Favre perhaps the most popular player in Packers history — he is just one part of a team.

What peeved Favre was Thompson's failure to acquire Randy Moss. Moss's possible impact on the team is debatable. Could Moss have helped the 2007 Packers? Perhaps, but at what cost? Favre lauded the chemistry on last year's team. Would Moss's attitude have hurt that chemistry? His history says yes.

Beyond that, why hold back the growth of players like Greg Jennings, Ruvell Martin or rookie James Jones for a one- or two-year rental? Again, Thompson is building for tomorrow, not today, and even Moss on his best behavior would have done little to help that long-term goal.

Funny thing is, Favre sounds like a man desperate for help. Perhaps he shouldn't have run Javon Walker out of town. In that respect, his predicament is partly of his own doing.

Credit Favre for showing up to minicamp, even though he thought about skipping it because it's "boring." Hopefully, his appearance and news conference will make this piece the last word on the controversy.

Steve Lawrence is a regular contributor to PackerReport.com. Send comments to steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com.

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