This just makes me sick. The idea that the Green Bay Packers organization is asking Brett freekin' Favre to play the game not-to-lose, to manage the game, is atrocious.
Favre addressed the media yesterday and seemed crestfallen by all reports, and who can blame him if the above is true. He doesn't need a superstar supporting cast (see Manning, Peyton) or a genius coach (see Brady, Tom) but he does need competence on the offensive side of the ball. The fact that he's most likely going to get killed this year because his backfield can't pick up the blitz doesn't help either, I'm sure.
I've been a cautious supporter of Ted Thompson, but I have to wonder what his vision is to get the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl if he refuses to build an offense that can score. I mean, we all love those 9-6 games Lombardi's teams played, but it's 2007 now. People can score on you, and will eventually. Even if the defense 'keeps it close' late into the 4th Quarter, what happens when you have the ball on your own 20, needing to go 80 yards for a touchdown? Oh, too bad, Brandon Jackson can't pick up the blitz, Bubba Franks can't catch, they're triple teaming Donald Driver and no-one else can get open.
Thompson will have a lot to answer for if this team can't win close games. Let's hope the young talent grows up in a hurry...
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