The story has broke this morning and is all over sports talk radio and the internet. Favre is saying he is done.
Should we believe it? I find this odd, this is the first time in the last three years where I really felt confident that he would come back. As we have learned with Favre this is not over until the season starts but the announcement is puzzling. He didn’t have to announce anything yet. Favre was already signed for this season, there was not pressure for him to make an announcement and get to camp. The Vikings seemed fine with Favre taking his time and strolling in at the end of camp.
Why announce now unless Favre really thinks he is done? In past years he was constantly asked the question and he really may not have known in the past. If Favre does come back after this one he will take on even more scrutiny about the wishy-washy way he has handled the “retirement” topic. Mainly because he could have waited two weeks to make this announcement, we consider him not retired at this point. After the Packers retirement and Jets retirement he was considered out of the game and wanted back in. Now, he was still in the game and expected to play.
If he announces a retirement and comes back again it should shock nobody.
Before I get too excited about how much this will open things up for Green Bay I will wait until it will be too late for Favre to return. But this really would open things up for Green Bay. This would give the Packers the inside track to the best record in the NFC and home field in the playoffs. Every contender in the NFC has at least one team to compete with for their division title. The entire NFC East is competing with the Cowboys, the Saints have the Falcons, and the West has the 49ers and the Cardinals.
The Packers were already labeled a contender for this season and their biggest obstacle, the Vikings, could be removed as a serious threat. We will all have to wait and see.