Favre ‘not in the right mind-set'

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media late this afternoon, answering questions about the long conversations he has had with quarterback Brett Favre last night and earlier today.

It appears that Brett Favre's career with the Green Bay Packers is over - again. Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed bits of his long talk with Favre last night and earlier today. McCarthy said that the quarterback wants to continue his football career in the NFL, but that his mindset is not in the right place to continue with the Packers.

"The essence of the whole thing is I had a list of questions for him," McCarthy told the media. "To answer those questions, I had questions for him that I felt were important to answer. I had questions from the locker room, from his teammates.

"He did a great job. I thought it was a respectful conversation. The feedback was back and forth, but once again, his feeling was, and I don't want to speak for him, but based on where he is, the path that it took to get to this point, he wasn't in the right mindset to play here."

McCarthy and Favre met for about five hours on Monday night. The two met again for about one and a half hours prior to the team's 2 p.m. practice. Favre did not practice with the team today and it seems unlikely that he will practice on Wednesday.

McCarthy said he was not sure if Favre, who was reinstated to the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, will remain in Green Bay with the Packers, but there are many reports that trade talks between Green Bay and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heating up. Packers general manager Ted Thompson, president Mark Murphy and director of football operations John Schneider spent the afternoon at the Favre's Green Bay residence, presumably talking with Favre and his family about trade possibilities.

McCarthy said that he and Favre spoke at length about "everything that has happened since this whole process started" Monday night and today. Favre met with Thompson for about an hour last night and all three took a break for pizza before leaving Lambeau Field after 11 p.m.

In the end, McCarthy and Favre concluded that it would be best for the quarterback to stay away from Green Bay. "He was not in a proper mindset to move forward to be part of the football team," McCarthy said. "We talked about competing for the starting quarterback (position). But we really didn't get much into it because, once again, we talked about all the things that have happened up to this point.

"He's a football player, OK. I'm not doing the PR thing anymore. I coach the football team. The football team has moved forward. The train has left the station. He needs to jump on the train and let's go. He needs to get past all the things that happened. I have to keep the train moving and he respects that."

McCarthy refrained from speaking for Favre in any way, but said that the conversation "was very constructive."

"My whole intent was, was he coming into the locker room to play for the Green Bay Packers?" McCarthy said. "Where's your mind at? That was the first question I asked him. We could never get to the point where he was comfortable. It's very personal for him. I've had an upfront seat through this whole process and he's right in the middle of it. It's been emotional for him. I respect the way he feels, but he's in a tough spot."

McCarthy said that his players want the Favre saga to end. The coach also said that part of the "issue" that Favre had with the Packers is he did not feel wanted by the organization.

"Listening to him talk about that, you respect his opinion," McCarthy said. "Frankly I told him I'll take responsibility because I had a voice in the building. I never thought he truly was going to play. I thought he was emotionally driven for other reasons. He was very convincing last night and again this morning that he wants to play. He's thought about all the other possibilities and other options, but that's what has happened there."

McCarthy said that Favre was happy to compete for the starting job at quarterback. "He was very positive about Aaron (Rodgers). He thinks he has been doing a very good job. He had no problems about competing for his job. That was not an issue at all."

McCarthy was asked why Favre returned to Green Bay in the first place?

"I really don't want to speak for Brett because I'm trying to speak from our side of it as much as possible," McCarthy said. "I'm sure he'll (Favre) will speak to everybody here at some point.

"He (Favre) has a lot going through his head. I think he's emotional. He's in a tough spot. I hate to be redundant, but he's in a tough spot right now."


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