11/19/2003 1:57 pm
In all of sports, is there a better case of the Ewing Theory waiting to happen, than with Brett Favre and the Packers? While Favre did lead the Packers to 2 Super Bowls, they haven't done well in the playoffs since. In the past few years the team has increasingly become Ahman Green's as Favre's production has declined. (Though, getting a Packer Fan to admit that is nigh impossible). I can already hear all the sobbing and cries of "What will we do" when Favre does retire but, as the Ewing Theory has taught us, the Packers will probably be better off without him. And coming from a Vikings fan, that disturbs me.
|Jeremy - Always thinking of, but never about, the children.|
Although Brett does have respect that some new QB might not have he has indeed found himself in Jon Elway's final couple seasons' "just don't do anything to lose the game" role. So as long as the find a guy who is consistant they should be ok.
Favre used to be a lock in the 2 minute drill against any team, now he can't even do it against the Cardinals.
Will they be better off without him? Possibly, but not at first. Will they be screwed without him? No. The only thing that might come back to haunt them is they might find out that the recievers aren't that good after all.
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
Everyone knows that the recievers aren't that good. Name one reciever besides Sterling Sharpe or Robert Brooks (even Brooks is a stretch) that could have performed as the ultimate goto guy. So yeah, the recievers have always not been that good.
2ndly, read one of my comments from the week 12 thing, I stated pretty clear (after much deliberation) that Ahman Green has become the guy who carries this team, although Favre is still the emotional leader (and he always will be.)
3rdly, he led a 2 minute touchdown against the Vikings at the end of the 1st half.
One thing that bothers me about other Packer fans is exactly what Matt said, the "what will we do" thing. I will mourn the day that Favre retires, but not because the Packers are doomed to last place at that point, but simply because the game will have lost a great player (arguably one of the greatest.) I do think the Packers can perform without him, but we won't have to know for at least another season.
Whatever undo attention there is on Favre (and I have to admit that many sportscasters go overboard (the ESPN Sunday night football guys are the worst)), it is enough to spark all sorts of debates about it. We wouldn't be having this debate right now if Favre wasn't what he is.
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
|One more thing. Elway led his team to 2 Super Bowls victories at the end of his career; another cool possible parallel is that Elway finally had a bigtime running game in his last 2 years. Something the packers are now discovering.|