Green Bay, Just Say No
The question for the last several seasons has been whether or not Brett Favre would retire. This year, however, the question seems to be whether or not Favre would stay retired. No one, however, seems to be asking the most crucial question; should Green Bay even take Brett back? My answer to that question is a resounding NO.
Brett Favre has been an astonishing player through the years, in the good and through the bad, there has never been anyone more exciting to watch on the whole. What Brett Favre brought to the game is unforgetable, what he brought to Green Bay was irreplacable; and those two things combined bought him longevity in the rare ability in the modern salary cap era to stay on the same team for the majority of his long career.
That said, all good things must eventually come to an end. At some point the older generations will have to eventually step down and allow the younger generations to come in and fill their shoes. It's not always clear, when that time has come, but in Green Bay the writing is very much on the wall. Aaron Rodgers time has come to show that he was worth the high draft pick, and any resurgence from Brett Favre could be a major set back to Aaron Rodgers' progression as a potential starter in the QB position.
Traditionally the question is, who gives the team the best chance to win the Super Bowl now? Many arguments can be and have been made for Brett Favre, but most of these great arguments are looking through rose colored glasses that use just this past season as a reference point. Brett Favre had a great season last year, and was afforded an opportunity that many players do not get; the chance to leave while on top. Anyone familiar with Favre's NFL career would know that there is absolutly no guarantee that this season would have been as good as last. Yes the team is perfect for him to go on yet another run, but it's also a perfect team to make the change at QB.
Aaron Rodgers may actually be one of the best back up QBs in the league, and potentially could be the surprise this season. Green Bay could luck out of ever going through a QB transition period, but any more seasonal delays could wash that hope away. How long did it take Dallas to replace Troy Aikman? How about San Francisco to replace Steve Young? Green Bay has an ability to replace a great now, with another potential star, if only they can turn their eyes away from that star.
If Brett Favre were the King of England the last 15 years and not the QB for the Green Bay Packers, we would be hearing, "The King is dead, the king is dead, long live the king." The sands of time have finally been moved through the hour glass, and it's time to flip the glass over. Just say no to Brett, and let Aaron Rodgers have his turn to lead the Green Bay Packers.