I've been pretty vocal about my admiration of McCarthy throughout the entire Favre saga. I think he's been the only honest, straightforward adult throughout the whole thing.
Which makes this back and forth from today's press conference all the more depressing:
why isn't he back?
McCarthy: That's a question that keeps being asked, just like Pete's question earlier. It never got to that point, and that needs to be clarified here. It was never a matter of if Brett Favre can play. He finished No. 2 in the league in MVP voting I think someone said. He's still in all of our cut-ups. I'm very in tune with what his level of play is. That was never the factor. In my opinion, and based on our communication, and all the communication throughout all this process, I was never truly convinced that he was going to play. Now, he wants to play. He should play. We got to a tough spot, and this is why it ended up why we're here today. But it was never about he's one of your 53 why isn't he playing. We never got to that point, and that's something that needs to be clarified here.
(If you were more open to him playing, would he be here?)
McCarthy: See, you didn't listen to what I just said. You keep asking the same question over and over. We never got to that point.
McCarthy: The commitment to play this year.
(If you had told him he would be the starter, he would have been here, right?)
McCarthy: Totally disagree with you Bob. I hear your opinion, it's not accurate. It's not accurate to the facts that I've presented to you. I need to protect the football team. It is about the football team. I understand how large Brett is. And he totally agrees with my focus. We talked about it openly, we talked about moving forward to try to get to that spot, but we did not get there. That's the truth. You can keep asking me the same question. My answer is not going to change.
Of course, McGinn is trying to get McCarthy to admit what he already knows: That the Packers football people made the decision that Favre was never going to win another championship and that they needed to find out what they had in Aaron Rodgers. It's just unfortunate that McCarthy has to toe the company line here. I mean:
We never got to that point, and that's something that needs to be clarified here.
Yes, Mike, yes it is.
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