Yes, at some point the entire Packers franchise needs to move on – into a new era, with a new identity and a new quarterback, but remember Favre tossing three touchdowns inside a Lambeau snow globe against Seattle?
Yes, Rodgers could be a potential Pro Bowl quarterback. He's the brainchild of the Ted Thompson/Mike McCarthy regime. The textbook fundamentals in the pocket. The field vision. And the get-out-of-my-way confidence. Love it. I had no problem with his Sports Illustrated comment. It's his attitude – raw, a little cocky, bold. But gosh ... remember Favre slicing a missile of a slant pass to Jennings in the fourth quarter against San Diego to cap a thrilling comeback?
If Brett Favre had thrown 3,000 yards, 17 touchdowns, 28 picks and the Packers had missed the playoffs last season, this decision would be a cinch. Rodgers has been groomed within the system for this inheritance, and the Packers brass could politely turn down Favre.
But forces have collided for a Favre comeback and Thompson would be out of his mind to prevent it in any way, shape or form.
Much talk has focused on the fact that Wisconsin is a sitting duck about to be blasted by the storm of the century. Favre wants to come back and the Packers don't want him. That's the mutual feeling right now. One report says Thompson never tried to talk Favre out of retirement – a gesture the quarterback would have welcomed. Other reports say the Packers hope Favre values his legacy, front-office jargon for "stay away."
The clouds are hovering, a light rain is drizzling and soon homes will be uplifted.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Invite Favre back. It wouldn't cause a locker room fiasco – Al Harris hinted at the Wednesday, saying he'd welcome him back. If Tom Brady hadn't erupted in '07, then Favre would have been named MVP. No team would ever consider releasing or trading a MVP player. No team would rid themselves of 4,155 yards and 28 touchdowns that easily.
He retires, and now wants to return? Let him. Imagine the energy and emotion that would instantly be pumped into the team. Imagine how quickly all of the young players would grow up even more. Imagine the decibel level of the last two years on Favre's contract. Favre's return instantly makes Green Bay a Super Bowl favorite.
What to do with A-Roj? The guy can't catch a break. He's a real-life Ben Stiller movie.
From that April '05 draft day when Rodgers sat idly in the green room like a passenger at the airport whose flight kept getting delayed, to Wednesday, when he was probably wondering if he's destined to be a backup for life. Favre has been a thorn in his side. Aaron Rodgers deserves better. He has seamlessly earned the respect of rookies and veterans alike over the past few weeks in OTAs and minicamps.
But Favre's comeback changes everything. And one crafty draft pick turns his return into reality. Brian Brohm would have been a top 10 pick in ‘07 and the Packers got him at 56th overall. He isn't Aaron Rodgers right now, but in two years, he could be. Maybe better. Brohm's quick release and experience in a pro style offense at Louisville would suit him well as Favre's new heir apparent. When Favre's contract expires in two seasons, Brohm would be ready – much like Rodgers is now.
The Packers would have to trade Rodgers. Grant him the right to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, somewhere. Ideally not in Minnesota or Chicago but somewhere. Favre deserves to come back and Rodgers deserves to start. Appease to both, because Brohm makes it possible.
Thompson is the shot-caller for a franchise at a monumental crossroads.
Scott Favre, Brett's brother, confirmed the actuality of the quarterback's desire.
"I think it's 50-50," said Scott Favre to WTMJ-TV. "There's no doubt he can play. He's in good shape, he's working out, we know he can still play, he's healthy, so, if he did, it wouldn't surprise me."
Favre's "it's all rumor" text message to the Biloxi Sun Herald isn't exactly a watershed to the media frenzy that turned the entire state of Wisconsin upside down Wednesday, either. It's not exactly a refute to the ESPN hullabaloo. Think of it simply as a "we're talking behind closed doors" comment.
Face it Ted, Brett Favre is the Packers and the Packers are Brett Favre.
But more than that, you don't release or trade a player that just finished second in the MVP voting, made the Pro Bowl and was SI's Sportsman of the Year. He isn't Troy Aikman or Dan Marino. This Hall-of-Fame duo combined for 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in their injury-shortened final season.
So it took a few months of lonely fishing and boring lawn-mowing, but Favre's realizing something. He's healthy. He's at the top of his game. And the Packers are a Super Bowl contender.
The savvy selection of Brohm should tip the first domino on a keep-Favre, trade-Rodgers scenario. Thompson shouldn't fret over Favre's desire to return. His "draft the best player available" philosophy has been executed to perfection.
It'd be asinine – and the worst decision in Packers history – to dispose of Favre like T.J. Rubley.
If Favre indeed wants to come back, Thompson's decision is a lot easier than it seems.