Posts Tagged ‘Brett Favre’

Deanna Favre to QB Atlanta?

December 18, 2007

So I’ve been able to stay almost entirely apolitical on this blog. But I hope you’ll forgive me this exception for the first genuinely funny thing published in a Norman Chad column in ten years.

David Weaver, from Birmingham, Alabama wrote in to ask: “If Hillary Clinton is qualified for the White House because she watched her husband be governor and president for 20 years, why haven’t the Atlanta Falcons offered their quarterback job to Deanna Favre?”


The Crack Smoker Is Back

December 17, 2007

Tempting as it is to engage Andy on his nerf punting prowess, I’ll pass.

But on Greg Jennings, I’ll happily answer his rather bizarre claims. Andy has been a Jennings doubter since early last year, for no apparent reason. (Just as he is quick with his man-crushes, he is fast with his man-aversions, if you will. And speaking of man-crushes, as I’m writing this, Andy’s current man-crush, Tarvaris Jackson, threw his second interception of the first half.)

Back to Jennings. He is currently the 13th receiver in the NFL in yards per game. And he’s 4th — that’s right, 4th — in touchdown receptions. Did I mention that he missed two games? Factor that in and he’s scoring TDs at a better pace than any receiver in the league other than Randy Moss. All that, and Andy concedes Jennings “isn’t bad — he’s very good?” That’s it?

And here’s a question that should end this silly debate: If Jennings causes Favre to throw risky passes, why is Favre having his best season ever in terms of pass attempts to interception ratio? See this article, which reads, in relevant part: “He’s on pace to surpass his career marks in completion percentage, yards passing and fewest interceptions per attempts.”

No, He’s Not

December 17, 2007

The fact is, Greg Jennings is open so often that he probably doesn’t need to remind Favre. (If you need more details about Jennings’ breakout season, see here.) And Jennings is always smiling when he’s talking to Favre, something that suggests his quarterback isn’t aggravated by whatever their discussions are.

In any case, the annoying kid in high school wasn’t the guy who was open and reminded the quarterback, but the guy who told the quarterback that he was open when he wasn’t.

For reasons I probably don’t need to explain, Andy should understand this.

Mike McCarthy on Favre

December 17, 2007

“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player. He’ll go down as one of the greatest or the greatest player in the history of the National Football League. But just the way he goes about his business I think speaks volumes about him as a person. He’s a joy to coach, he’s a big part of our success this year as he’s been throughout his whole career, and you love to see him just keep breaking these records.” Packers Will Win Super Bowl

December 15, 2007

They rank the Packers #3 in their Power Rankings this week and predict that the Packers upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl and that Favre will “pull an Elway.”  It’s here

Weekend Reading

December 15, 2007

On the Packers and the Pro Bowl here.

On the Packers’ struggles in short-yardage here.On the promise of Will Blackmon here.

On the Packer offense versus the Rams blitz here.

On a Ryan Grant honor here.

On how a fellow Wauwatosa native beat us out to be the first Tosan to be inducted into the Packer fan Hall of Fame here.

On an outsider’s opinion about Packer fans here.

And Mike McCarthy on a variety of topics here.

Not Surprising

December 13, 2007

Sports Illustrated is reprinting copies of its “Sportsman of the Year” cover featuring Brett Favre in order to sell more in Wisconsin, according to JS Online’s Don Walker. They have not had to do this since Dale Earnhardt died six years ago.

I would guess the issue is selling quite well nationally, too, given the news below affirming Favre’s popularity.

ESPN QB Rankings: Favre is #3?

December 13, 2007

Here is an interesting ranking from ESPN of the top 64 quarterbacks in the NFL today. I’m not a huge fan of rankings — it’s a magazine gimmick to attract eyeballs by provoking debate. And I usually disagree with the analysis, which is the point, of course. But I think ESPN gets this just about right. Tom Brady is #1, that’s undeniable. Peyton Manning is #2, Favre is #3, Tony Romo is #4, and Ben Roeth… is #5.

I think a good argument could be made that Favre is better than Manning right now. Favre has a passer rating of 98.7, Manning has a 97; Favre has a TD to interception ratio of 24/11, Manning is 27/13; Favre has thrown for 3,678 yards (despite most of the Cowboys game) and Manning has thrown for 3,358. And on it goes. Apparently the judges gave bonus points for arm-flailing before the snap and whining after incompletions, so Manning got the nod. (All that said, both Romo and Roeth… have better passer ratings than Favre.)

Manning is good, sure. But anytime I have a choice between the two, I’ll take Favre.

Favre Practices, Looks Good

December 6, 2007

This comes from Tom Silverstein’s Thursday practice report. Favre “threw a lot in the early drills, although he never really let one snap. He didn’t appear to have any problem gripping the ball or throwing a spiral.”

Favre also said yesterday that he didn’t anticipate having any trouble playing on Sunday. Fortunately, for the Packers, their opponent is Oakland, which has one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. It’s important for the Packers not to look past this game — a potential since their last game, against Dallas, received so much hype. Oakland has won two weeks in a row and their offense, particularly journeyman Justin Fargas, has looked decent.

Still, it makes sense for the Packers offensive gameplan to include lots of Ryan Grant. This serves two purposes. First, it should help win the game, since the Raiders struggle so mightily against the run. But second, it will also reinforce to future oppoents what should already be clear: the Packers can run the ball. Grant has had strong games against three teams who ranked in the NFL’s top 10 rushing defenses when the Packers played them (Minnesota, Detroit and Dallas).

More Favre for MVP?

December 6, 2007

JS Online’s Rick Klauer points us to an article by CBS Sportsline’s Clark Judge on the NFL MVP. Judge puts Favre in the discussion. He starts his article by writing: “Tom Brady wins, and he wins in a landslide.”

Then he gets to Favre.

All I heard this summer is how the guy should retire. Well, thank goodness he listened to himself and not radio talk. All he has done is put the Packers back on the map. They’re one of the two best teams in the NFC and one of the top four in football, and it’s no coincidence that in the one game he was hurt the Pack lost. Anyway, you can’t watch Green Bay this season and not marvel at Favre. It’s not just his energy that’s so appealing; it’s his ability to dial up big plays on command, like that 82-yard bomb on the first play of overtime in Denver. So what’s new? He has five touchdown passes of 40 or more yards this season, the third best performance of his career. So Favre is getting older. He’s getting better, too. The guy is on schedule to set single-season highs in completions, yards, passer rating and completion percentage. More important, he has the Packers on top of their division and set for a drive deep into the playoffs. Valuable? No. He’s invaluable.

I agree with all of this, except for his claim that it was no coincidence that the Packers lost the only game Favre did not finish. Did he watch that game? Favre was awful. Lord knows I will always prefer Favre to Aaron Rodgers, but Favre was (going from memory) 5 for 14 with two picks and a QB rating of 8.9 when he left. Aaron Rodgers was fantastic. We lost the Cowboys game for many reasons, but losing Favre in the game was not one of them.

There’s no question that Brady should win the award unanimously.