Analysis: Bitterness ends his reign

Brett Favre can't get past his hard feelings, so Mike McCarthy feels compelled to move on, Packer Report's Bill Huber says.

A broken bone couldn't take the indestructible Brett Favre out of the Packers' lineup over the previous 16 seasons. A broken heart, however, appears to be his demise in Green Bay.

Favre, feeling scorned by what has transpired in the last couple of months, almost certainly will never suit up for the Green Bay Packers again. That was the crux of coach Mike McCarthy's 25-minute news conference after Tuesday's practice.

Asked whether he can envision a scenario in which Favre plays for the Packers this season, McCarthy said, "I don't think so. I don't think he's in that place."

McCarthy said his six hours of meetings over two days with Favre were "brutally honest," and left Favre frequently revisiting the many twists and turns of this bizarre and bitter saga. It was that rehashing — Favre's inability to move on from all that has transpired — that led to McCarthy all but slamming the door on Favre's career in Green Bay.

"That was not my intent when I started the meeting," McCarthy said of the rehashing. "My whole intent was, was he coming into the locker room to play for the Green Bay Packers? Where's your mind at? That was the first question I asked him. We could never get back to that point where he was comfortable. It's very personal for him. It's emotional."

Favre alluded to his distrust with the Packers' leadership during a midday phone conversation with ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

"The problem is that there's been a lot of damage done and I can't forget it," Favre said. "Stuff has been said, stories planted that just aren't true. Can I get over all that? I doubt it."

For years, Favre has been able to escape would-be sackers. But he has not been able to escape his hurt feelings from this ordeal, which apparently have left him embittered toward the leadership of a franchise that he helped return to glory. Even after a passionate give-and-take with McCarthy that lasted about four-and-a-half hours on Monday, Favre wasn't able to turn the page.

"As the night progressed, I thought we made a lot of progress," McCarthy said. "But at the end of the day, we slept on it and come back this morning and we kind of picked up where he left off. That's just where he's at mentally."

McCarthy said he asked for Favre's thoughts about holding an open competition at quarterback between him and Aaron Rodgers. Favre was open to the idea, but again, McCarthy said Favre's ill feelings would resurface.

"Based on where he is, the path that it took to get to this part, he wasn't in the right mind-set to play here," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said how the saga played out — frequently through the media via intermediaries — was part of a communication breakdown that sent both sides careening to this juncture.

"If you would listen to his explanation of things, I respect his opinion. I respect his feelings," McCarthy said. "I don't agree with some of the things, but I'm not going to dispute how he feels and how personal his feelings (are)."

In the end, Favre's bitterness apparently will seal his fate in Green Bay.

"The train has left the station," McCarthy said. "He needs to jump on the train. Let's go. Or if we can't get past all of the things that have happened then, I have to keep the train moving."

And that is moving full speed ahead without an iconic quarterback.

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at

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