Posted: Monday August 14, 2006 9:29AM; Updated: Monday August 14, 2006 11:43AM
In McCarthy's offense, which features more short passes than previous Packers schemes, Favre will have the same sort of freedom to make the decisions he's always made, but he'll have more short and intermediate hot reads to choose from. That means he shouldn't get battered as much this year.
It also helps that Aaron Rodgers is having a good camp this summer. McCarthy even told Favre to get lost for the last five days of organized offseason practices, which meant Rodgers could get all the reps with the first unit those days. "We found out a lot of good things about Aaron,'' McCarthy said. "I've got a lot of confidence in him right now.''
I asked Favre: "What do you say to those who would say it's stupid for a guy like you to come back to a rebuilding team?''
"You mean from those people who think the Packers ain't gonna be worth a s---?''
"No,'' I said. "I mean from anyone.'' In other words, how could he say this was the most talented Green Bay team he's been around?
"Well, that's fine,'' he said. "I'm telling you, we're going to be OK. I know people will be surprised if we're 8-8. But who knows? This year may be better, it may not be. And if there comes a point in the season where it's like it was last year, I won't walk away, but I will totally understand if Mike says, 'We're going to look to the future.' That's fine. This thing has to be about our team, not about me.''
With the early precincts reporting, the start is inauspicious. At San Diego on Saturday night, Favre and the first offense generated zero points in four series. Stay tuned. This might not be pretty.
Quote of the Week
Joey Harrington was 10 of 19 for 99 yards and threw a touchdown in his Dolphins debut on Saturday.
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"Am I going to change? No, nobody will ever change me. I love who I am. I'm very solid in what I believe and who I am as a person and how I approach life. How you approach life should be the same way you approach football.
"People said, 'You may have the toughest job in all of pro sports, being the quarterback in Detroit.'
"Being quarterback in the NFL is one of, if not the toughest job in professional sports. Now do it in Detroit. Do it in an environment that's been so negative and had such a losing connotation to it. I knew the first thing I needed to do was change the attitudes, because if people still believe the same things they always believed, nothing's ever going to change. No matter what you do out there, nobody's going to rally around you because the second they see something go wrong they are going to go in the tank, and that's not how you play as a team.
"Yeah, I think I was misunderstood when I first came in there, but that's not going to change who I am.''
-- Miami quarterback Joey Harrington on his failed tenure with the Lions.
Uh, nothing personal, Joey. But I don't think you did much to change the attitude, my good man.