On my way to work this morning after listening to some of the “highlights” from Favre’s interview last night, I asked myself, “self, what is going on with Brett Favre?”
Why has Favre suddenly become contentious and openly confrontational. Sure there were some conflict-laden incidents with Walker, McKenzie, Holmgren, and a few others over the years. But over 17 years, a smattering of conflict here and there can be expected – in fact, I’d go so far as to argue that Favre has almost been suspiciously non-confrontational over his time in Green Bay. I’ll allow that it’s possible that perhaps Favre is very different behind closed doors, but I very much doubt this as there isn’t much evidence to suggest this is the case. When I consider this seemingly harmonious quality of Favre’s and mix in there the fact that he is a bright guy (a lot brighter than he sounds sometimes), it makes his present behavior ever more mysterious.
One of the things counselors are trained to investigate is whether or not a concerning behavior appears to be an isolated new behavior or an ongoing pattern of behavior. What I’m struggling with here is that the pattern of behavior I’ve observed from Favre over the years has been largely positive and one very much in-line with his team. But lately, he has not only been seemingly unconcerned about the effect of his behavior on his team, but he is targeting Ted Thompson in particular and doing it in a rather confrontational, vitriolic manner (saying TT is a liar, saying he’s coming to camp to call the team’s “bluff”). This is unlike the Favre we’ve come to know. I know reader Triple D believes all we really “know” is the PR spun Favre and that he may in fact be more of a problem in real life. Possible, but I would say not likely mostly because there are things we do know about Favre. We’ve all watched him perform, watched him be gracious in victory and defeat. We’ve watched him play through pain, emotional and physical. We’ve watched him interact with kids who are stricken with incurable diseases – and watched him cry at a press conference because he cared so much re one little girl. We’ve watched him handle himself well in many many situations, until recently. I think we do have some idea of what he’s like. I think most would agree, he’s proven himself to be a high quality guy over the years, which explains in part his massive nationwide popularity. So I do see this most recent behavior as more isolated and not really a pattern.
Fans have known Brett Favre for 17 years and TT for 3 years. This is significant and one reason I think many Packer fans are not letting go of Favre here and that polls continue to show fans still want him to be the starting QB. And, throw in there what we do know re TT: that he’s a very tight-lipped, serious guy who comes across to many as cold – but at the same time he’s also professional, obviously cares about his job and he’s done a heck of a job thus far as GM). Favre should win in this popularity contest, it makes sense that he would win. But that doesn’t answer questions re why he is so angry right now and why he is seemingly not acting like himself.
While it’s difficult to conclude anything about all of this without more info, I’ll offer an early thought on this. As I mentioned above, judging by my belief that Favre’s behavior is a more recent behavior and not really an established pattern of behavior, my guess is that something fairly significant happened in the last year or two between Favre and Thompson that led one of them to conclude the harm was irreparable. McCarthy, Murphy, Campen and others have been stuck in the middle. Something perhaps like Favre getting wind of a conversation where TT ripped Favre or said something like he just didn’t want Favre around anymore. Or, perhaps something where Favre ripped TT for not listening to him and word got back to TT that there was backstabbing going on. Or perhaps one or both feeling like the ego of the other was not helpful to the team in some way.
Can’t be sure – but stay tuned as the drama unfolds…