Was Favre right about Moss?

Randy Moss posted historic numbers last season for New England but was coming off three subpar seasons. His presence — and possible attitude problems — would have been a setback for budding Greg Jennings, Packer Report's Bill Huber writes.

The Brett Favre-athon ended Wednesday night on Fox News, with the retired-for-now quarterback telling the nation that he tried to play general manager a few times but was ignored by the real general manager.

Favre's list of grievances included Ted Thompson letting Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera go in free agency, not interviewing Steve Mariucci to be coach and not pulling the trigger on the Randy Moss deal.

Making long stories short, Mike Sherman putting the team in salary-cap purgatory made dealing with Wahle and Rivera all but impossible — and Rivera's five-year, $20 million deal with Dallas turned out to be a horrible contract because of Rivera's back problems. Meanwhile, you can debate Mariucci's coaching merits all you want — was the quarterback-guru coach at least partially to blame for the Joey Harrington debacle in Detroit? — but Thompson seemingly has hit a home run with Mike McCarthy.

Favre's recruitment of Moss, however, deserves a more in-depth examination.

Moss was coming off of three seasons in which he averaged 50 catches. During his last season in Oakland, Moss was a complete dog. His tank job made, ahem, highlight reels, with replays of Moss running routes, not looking for the ball and having it practically hit him in the head.

Cut him slack, if you wish, for playing for the pitiful Raiders, who didn't have anything resembling an NFL quarterback and were led by a joke of a front office and coaching staff. But Thompson certainly had to be mindful of bringing a player with attitude problems to the league's youngest team.

Of course, with hindsight being 20/20, Favre looks like the personnel genius while Thompson looks like a fool for blowing him off.

But let's look at the big picture, which is what Thompson has done throughout his tenure in Green Bay.

Thompson drafted Greg Jennings in the second round in 2006, and he lived up to Thompson's faith in him by tying for fourth among receivers with 12 touchdown catches last season and second among receivers with at least 35 receptions by averaging 17.4 yards per catch.

Would Moss have been a more dangerous receiver than Jennings last season? Based on the numbers, yes. But, again, Thompson always thinks about the big picture, and how much would Moss have stunted Jennings' growth?

That growth is important because Donald Driver is 33 and Moss is 31. In a couple of years, neither likely will be major threats. Jennings, meanwhile, appears primed to become the Packers' new No. 1 receiver when the ageless Driver's level of play finally starts to slip.

Besides, even without Moss, it's not like the Packers' passing game struggled last season. Few teams had any answers for the "Fab Five" alignment Thompson and McCarthy put together and Favre piloted so masterfully. And it's not as if Moss would have been the deciding factor against the Giants in the NFC title game. After all, he was practically shut out by the Giants in the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, the more Favre talks, the more bridges he's burning. Not only has he called Thompson a liar, but now he's throwing darts at his receivers. It's yet another sign that a glorious relationship between Favre and the Packers is in tatters.

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com


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