Monday, August 4, 2008

Brett is back!


Or to be more precise, Brett has been officially reinstated by the NFL. And after disembarking from a private plane with his wife, Deanna, and his agent, "Bus" Cook, he is officially back in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is scheduled to report to the Packers' training camp come Monday, or Tuesday at the latest at the Packers' next scheduled public practice.

The Packers management has been pretty vague on what they plan to do with Brett once he comes back since a lot of different options have come up with regards to Brett's future with the team. He could be traded, which Green Bay is open to provided they can get something of equal value, or they could just release him, which isn't a really, really smart business move. But since he's back in Green Bay, I guess that only means one things - Brett is back to play some football with the Packers.

But what about the management's commitment to Aaron Rodgers that HE is going to be the team's new starting quarterback?

Well, it really depends on which anonymous source you'll believe. Some say he'll be competing for the team's starting quarterback spot, which would make A-Rod one bitter QB since general manager, Ted Thompson, and coach, Mike McCarthy, promised him the job when Brett "announced" his "retirement" a few short months ago, while others say Brett will be competing for the backup quarterback job against a couple of rookies.

I mean, c'mon now, this is Brett Favre we're talking about here! Why should he compete for the backup quarterback spot?! And that's why I take that rumor, not with a grain of salt, but with a sizable one-pound serving of it.


So that only leaves Brett going against A-Rod on a quarterback shoot-out. Yes, when Brett
"announced" his "retirement," A-Rod rightfully deserved to be Packers' new starting quarterback spot since he was Brett's back-up for the past 3 seasons. But simply by being reinstated, and because of his immense body of work - not to mention his records as the NFL's all-time leader in completions, attempts, yards, victories AND quarterback durability - Brett should have the right to, at the very least, compete to get his old job back.

Yes, Brett put the Packers management in a tight spot when he announced he'll be coming back from his short-lived "retirement," thus giving football fans the biggest quarterback drama of all time. But the Packers management also owe it to the entire cheesehead legion, as well as the entire team, to give them all the best chance of winning. And
with Brett back, the Packers are a more formidable team than they were a day ago.

So now, Brett gets his second chance while A-Rod gets his best chance ever to prove he's worthy of getting Brett's job, thanks to a full off-season of prepping and a good training camp start against Brett.

"You said I'd be the new starting quarterback, Coach!"

But then again, Brett could really be back just in time to take up the Packers offer of staying retired for good via a 10-year marketing-and-promotions deal worth $20-$25 million. And if you ask me, that's a lot of money to just stay on the sidelines and cut some ribbons and shake some hands.

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