Favre press conference

Here is how Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre responded to questions from the media Monday morning at a press conference at Lambeau Field:<p>

On if he will return next season:

"I don't see any reason why I shouldn't. As I've said during the season, I have every intention of coming back, wanna be back. There's no reason why this team shouldn't compete for a Super Bowl next year and I shouldn't be a part of it. Hopefully, we'll leave it at that and next year y'all can start asking me the same questions again." on retirement issue this season:

"I never once came out and talked about retirement. I can't even remember when the question was asked first, but my response then was: ‘This is 12 years. At some point it's going to happen. I'm closer to retirement than I was five years ago. From that statement, it just took off. "I feel in the last two years, I played as good of football as I've played in my 11 years here. I've always said that my formula for returning is how I play, the injuries ... if it gets to a point where injuries keep me out, or if it gets to a point where it's a business decision from the Packers' standpoint, and, obviously, injuries and the way I play is a factor in that. If any of those occur, then my decision or the Packers' decision will be made quickly. Right now, I'm playing great. This team has a chance and I'm having fun." On how his wife, Deanna, children, family and friends are supportive:

"Everyone wants me to play. I want to play. The thing is I don't want to play and be one of those guys that just keeps hanging on and their skills have diminished, which I don't think they have. I happens to a lot of guys. You see guys play and people say, 'Yeah, he should have got out a little bit earlier.' I don't think that has happened, and I hope I leave before that happens. When that will be, I don't know. I hope it's not because of injury. I hope injuries don't make me get out before I'm ready.

"When Deanna and I talked ... that's basically it. There's not much to talk about. I know they're behind me in whatever I do. They enjoy being wherever I am. They enjoy it here (Green Bay). Hey, the place has been great to me."

on continuing to play football:

"I don't have anything to prove, nothing at all. That makes it easier for me. I can just play. You guys are going to write what you're going to write and people are going to say what they're going to say. That doesn't affect me one bit.

"I was as disappointed after that game the other day as I was after the Jets game as I've been since the Rams game last year. I also realize that there are things I have to be thankful for. Health is one of 'em. The way I've played the last few years is encouraging. The way these young guys played, and the way this organization every year is really committed to winning and doing the right thing. It just makes my decision so much easier to come back."

on what happened to Packers in last couple of games:

"In my 11 years, I don't know if I've ever seen a team face the adversity that we've had to face and still win 12 games. ... To have a chance to go into the playoffs with a bye and home-field advantage would have been amazing when you consider how good we were in '97 and have to go to San Francisco and win a championship game. You compare the two teams, you would think that that team would have had home-field and this team wouldn't have even had a chance, but we did and it didn't work out for us. I just think it's something great to build off of."

on next year:

"There's no reason why we shouldn't be better."

on why didn't talk to media:

"Honestly, after the game I wasn't in a real good mood and didn't feel like talkin'. I've done that before and (then) spoke to you guys (the media)."

"I wanted to put Breleigh to bed because she was leaving yesterday. So, I was home and in bed while you guys were probably still here waiting. Deanna got home probably 45 minutes after I had left the stadium and we were in bed watching cartoons. I don't know what else to tell you but that's it. She was leaving yesterday and I wanted to get a chance to see her. ... Not to mention that I wasn't in a great mood, but I wanted to try to get home before she fell asleep."

More discouraged about Falcons loss than St. Louis:

"It's hard to say. I was very disappointed last year. The disappointing thing about this year is it was a home game. I think everyone expected us to win, including us. We were the only team to go 8-0 at home this year. To say that I was more disappointed this year than last year, I don't know if that's true. I'm as disappointed this year as you can be, and last year I was disappointed."

on losing in playoffs:

"When you expect to have success not only in the regular season but in the playoffs and then you don't, that's disappointing. Some people are just happy to be there. I just assume not get there if we can't do any better than we did. That's my opinion. I'm just as much to blame as anyone." on what he thought of the booing by the home fans: "I guess I would have booed too if I was sitting in the stands. It wasn't pretty. It really wasn't. You can't expect them to cheer if we can't get a first down. We can't punt. We can't field the ball. We can't tackle. We can't make the right reads and throw interceptions. We can't snap the ball."

on if team overchieved or underachieved:

"I don't know. But I know going into the season, of course, our expectations are high. I know Mike (Sherman), addressing you guys said ‘We expect to go on with business as usual.' We've got a lot of new faces, a new receiving corp. No one knew what to expect. No one expected the injuries to occur, especially of this magnitude. Usually you lose one or two guys, but not the guys that we lost. I don't want to say we overachieved because that's a slap in the face to the guys who stepped in and had to play because I thought they did a fine job. In fact, they may have played better than the guys who are full-time starters.

"I don't want to say we over-achieved or under-achieved. I just think we played Packer football for the most part. Mike addressed it every week and I think he's 100 percent right: Injuries are a part of it, some more than others. If a guy is asked to play, you're on this team for a reason, and that's to play."

on offensive play-calling, offense:

"I have no problems with that. One thing Deanna and I talked about last night, and she heard me telling dad, one thing I'm going to do is mind my own business. That's the best thing you can do. It would be easy for me in the position I'm in being the starting quarterback here for so long and being in a system with five different quarterback coaches and three different head coaches to voice my opinion. That serves no purpose. My job is to play quarterback and run the plays that are called and not to play defense, and not to block, and not to catch, and not to run ... my job is to play quarterback and not to coach. When you have 12 wins and you make excuses and you want to blame the play-calling or the coaches or stuff like that, I have a problem with that. A lot of teams out there that many say have better coaching but didn't have 12 wins. The expectations here are so high, as they should be, it's not about playoffs, it's about winning championships. With that in mind, if you have 12 wins and don't get to the Super Bowl, people wonder why. Or if you don't score 30 points week in and week out, people wonder why. The bottom line in this business is winning. That's it. That's what keeps jobs. That's what keeps guys around. It's about winning. We do a good job of it here. We would have liked to have won three or four more, but it didn't work out. We can't point the finger at one person, one coach, one player. We have to point it at ourselves. I think if guys do that, we'll be a better team."

on his knee and ankle injuries this year:

"Physically I don't know if it affected me that much. Mentally, it was a blow, a wake-up call, whatever you want to call it. I've dealt with injuries before, not knee injuries but I've dealt with injuries, but I've not had any type of knee injury. As I went home at night or sat in the training room I just kind of reflected. It could happen to anyone. With that in mind, I didn't miss a beat. Had we played the next week, I would have played as I've done week in and week out. I've never worried about injuries even when I've had 'em, and I'm not going to now.

"After that, I still feel like I've played fine. I had to wear a brace for a while, but that didn't bother me any. That was just a formality. As I sit here today, I can't remember a year ago that I felt as good today as I'm sure I felt last year, mentally and physically. Yeah, I'm upset that we didn't go any further, but I'm still standing, still feel like I'm playing my best. We'll be back next year and I can't see any reason why we can't compete for the Super Bowl next year."

on new QB for Packers:

"As I've said there will be another quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. When that will be, I don't know. ... What route they plan on taking, I don't know. When I come back next year, hopefully injuries won't play a part duriing the season, I expect to play great and lead this team to a Super Bowl. Whatever happens after that happens."

on how he will prepare for next year:

"I know what Brett Favre has to do and how he has to play to help this team win. That's the biggest asset you can have. Physically, I'll do the working out and things you need to do. As you get older, you do just what you need to do in the physical category. You ease by in training camp, you're not trying to win a job, you're just trying to survive. Then when the games come you go full tilt.

"For the older guys, the biggest thing we can do is get away from it, get away from it. When you get older you have families and other things going on, so you deal with that. It's a long season. Meetings are tough, it's a grind. When you come back for it, you want to come back with a full head of steam."

On if he will restructure his contract:

"I don't know what's going to happen with restructuring. It hasn't even been brought to my attention, so I don't know. My job is to play. Andrew and Mike's job is to figure out the salary cap. I don't know if anyone can figure that out, but I'm sure as long as I'm playing and playing well, they're not too concerned about it." On playing with a healthier line and new receivers:

"They had a lot of pressure on them coming into this year. A lot of pressure. The good thing is some of those guys had no idea what kind of pressure was on them. Donald probably did. Of all the players on the team this year, he probably handled the pressure better than anyone. He had a great year. If he continues to be Donald Driver, nothing but great things will happen for him. "But I thought our offense, considering the injuries and starting over at receiver, played exceptionally well. There's some offenses that have been around together longer than this offense. When you take into account the injuries and guys who have had to step up, and the amount of starts that some of these guys have had going into this season, those other offenses would have loved to have had the production that we had. I'm not going to say that we're satisfied but we can be so much better. I think the guys know it. I know our coaches know it. I know our fans know it. But it wasn't a bad year."

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