That’s what a commenter called “Cheeseheads” wrote to protest our labeling of Peyton Manning as a “whiner.” This Manning fan also wrote that Favre has been “stuck in mediocrity” for years. (Anyone in reading the entire comment can do so at the end of this post. If you do read it, be sure to treat yourself to PackerBelle’s devastating smack-down immediately afterwards.) Let me address that second point first, because it’s so easily dispensed with, and return to the second.
A quick check NFL.com’s passing statistics rankings for 2007 show that this guy simply has no idea what he’s talking about. Brett Favre is #4, Peyton Manning is #7. Favre had three fewer touchdowns than Manning and one more interception. But Favre had more yards, a higher completion percentage, a higher yards/game average and was sacked six fewer times than the cement-legged Manning. Put simply: Favre was better this year than Peyton Manning. And Favre was statistically the fourth best quarterback. That’s not mediocre.
The “interception machine” point is something you hear frequently about Favre. Yes, the guy threw a lot of interceptions. 288 to be precise. But what this kind of claim fails to recognize is that Favre threw more passes than any other quarterback in NFL history. When you consider interceptions-per-attempt, Favre’s numbers are worse than several Hall of Fame quarterbacks and better than several others.