Bob McGinn is back from vacation and has a great column up at JSOnline. (Sorry, sub required). Basically, McGinn is in agreement with most of the Packers' moves and counter moves in the Favre saga.
McGinn has several unreported details, some more surprising than others. The biggest news is probably the fact that the Packers offered a deal to the Ravens that was rejected. To quote:
For Favre, they want a third-round draft choice and something else, preferably a player, and a source said one proposed deal with Baltimore already has been rejected by the Ravens.
A trade with Baltimore makes a lot of sense, especially if the Packers would be able to prize away a defensive tackle from the deep defensive line of the Ravens, along with a draft pick. However, this type of stipulation is no doubt what caused the Ravens to reject the offer.
Another tid-bit of interest is the list of possible suitors:
Besides the Ravens, the list of teams with possible interest in Favre includes the Chiefs, Bills, Dolphins and Jets from the AFC and the Panthers, Buccaneers, Falcons, Redskins, Vikings, Bears and Lions from the NFC.
Gee, the Ravens, Chiefs and Bills? Where have I heard that before?
One final note on McGinn's take: He makes an excellent point about the fact that the media has pitched this as Thompson vs. Favre, when in fact McCarthy is as responsible, if not more so, for the Packers stance with the veteran quarterback. As McGinn points out:
Throughout the off-season, almost every player on the 80-man roster sacrificed... by living in the NFL's smallest city and working hard five days a week. At the same time, Favre was living the retired life in Mississippi.
Each day, McCarthy would preach to his players and coaches that the page had been turned and they must turn with it. Rodgers had begun the natural progression of leadership, and it appeared to have gone well.
For McCarthy now to stand in front of his players and tell them that the page had been turned back would run the risk of losing some if not all his credibility.
I think people underestimate the importance of that last sentiment. McCarthy knows this team better than any of us. If he has blessed the starting of the Aaron Rodgers era, who are we to argue? The man not only knows this team, he definitely knows quarterbacks. And Thompson knows football players. If anything, Thompson has proven a shrewd judge of talent, and his willingness to chance his entire tenure as General Manager of the Green Bay Packers on Rodgers' ability to play at a high level and get the Packers to the Super Bowl should tell fans all they need to know.
Get on board or shut up, indeed...
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