From a story posted this morning: “sources told ESPN’s Wendi Nix that coach Mike McCarthy will announce Monday he’s holding an open competition between Favre and Aaron Rodgers for the starting quarterback position.”
Rodgers said: “I’m a competitor. I’m going to compete/ This isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to be a dogfight. And I know if they do open it up to competition, not a lot of people give me a chance, but I believe in myself and I’m going to be the best I can be and let coach decide from there.”
Interesting point today on Sirius NFL Radio. Randy Cross and Shannon Sharpe, broadcasting from Falcons training camp in Flowery Branch, Georgia, (should they practice somewhere more, well, manly, like Stone Mountain?), suggested that Rodgers should beat out Favre to start the season. Close paraphrase of Sharpe: “There’s a difference between training and working out. Brett Favre has been working out.”
We may be a long way from that point. It’s possible the Packers could find something wrong with Favre at his physical today at noon CST and put him on the physically unable to perform list, at least for the short term. (I think such a move would be stupid unless there is a significant health problem. It’ll look like the time-wasting ploy it is.) Or he could be traded before tomorrow AM.
But if Favre is still a Packer tomorrow and if there is an open competition, he’ll win it. He would have been league MVP if Tom Brady hadn’t played last year. He was SI’sSportsman of the Year. The man is a beast — even at 38.
And if you think there’s been an outcry about the situation thus far, imagine what it would be if Rodgers “won” the competition against the first-ballot Hall of Fame QB.