Brett Favre Wavering?


It looks like Brett Favre is experiencing some doubt about whether he wants to play for the VikingsVia ESPN’s Ed Werder:

With Minnesota Vikings players scheduled to report to training camp in less than a week, Brett Favre remains anguished about whether he should come out of retirement and join the team. That decision, according to sources, has become more difficult in recent days because of the efforts of Vikings players including Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Steve Hutchinson, all of whom have now begun calling and texting Favre in an attempt to convince him to become Minnesota’s starting quarterback.

“If it weren’t for the involvement of the Vikings players directly telling Brett they want him on their team, I think he might have already decided against playing again,” a source said.

A source said that Favre is beginning to feel a sense of obligation, not only to Vikings players but to a coaching staff that has been recruiting him since the moment the New York Jets released him in April. According to sources, Favre has been communicating regularly with Vikings head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was Favre’s offensive coordinator in Green Bay for three seasons.

Here’s what I would say to Brett if he were sitting here in front of me:  “Yo Brett.  Can I borrow a few thousand bucks?  I swear I’ll pay you back dude.”  And after that I would say, “You know Brett, if your heart isn’t in it, you really shouldn’t do it.”  And I mean that.  If Favre isn’t 100% committed to playing as of right now, then he should just forget it.  Because training camp isn’t going to improve his outlook.

Of course, this could all just be part of a Favre ploy to get out of training camp.  We know how much he hates training camp.  It could be that the Vikings will just tell Favre he doesn’t have to show up, and suddenly his doubts will evaporate.  If Brett knows anything, it’s how to get what he wants.

Tags: Adrian Peterson Brad Childress Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Jared Allen Minnesota Vikings New York Jets Steve Hutchinson

  • Mike

    Favre is being very confusing, because I refuse to believe he doesn’t want to go to training camp for two lousy weeks with his new and final team, even though that has been the word from the media.  Maybe Favre wants to play for the Vikings, but will use the “obligation” to play for the Vikings now as an excuse to Packers fans???

  • Mike

    Thomas George of NFL.com makes some good points about Brett Favre:
     

    1.  Favre has decided to play for the Vikings for some time and is in the process of waying why he should not do it more than why he should.  He will keep coming back to the position that better to play than to give up this special chance in Minnesota and live the rest of his life wondering if he made a mistake.
     

    2.  It is a great move for all involved. Brett does not believe there is an arm in the league that can dial it like he still can. He knows the sum of his experience is vast. I think he would enter this season intent on making it his final one and each week, give him a final peace, a chance to smell it and take it all in while in the battles. The Vikings have little question about his talent and his arm. They love the idea that he could bring them so much football wisdom and confidence with a group of players looking for that to make a Super Bowl run.
     

    3.  If Favre can remain healthy for the season, the Vikings will be a beast. They have every other facet of the game essential to make a deep Super Bowl run.  The primary question would be does he hold up under the taxing nature of the long season? That is a big if and a question he nor the Vikings can answer. Really, though, for every NFL quarterback and team, that is always a nasty threat. Just ask Tom Brady.
     

    4.  Percy Harvin has to be just one of the reasons Favre is licking his fingers.
     

    5.  No one who makes decisions with the Vikings believes in Tarvaras Jackson. The Vikings say that “if the Tarvaris Project had worked out, we wouldn’t even be talking about Favre.”

  • Jim

    ED frickin Werder strikes again.  BSPN just needs to fire this idiot.

  • Mike

    ESPN reports that Favre seldom has experienced pain in his throwing shoulder and that his arm feels better than it did last season when he was with the Jets. However, Favre is concerned about being able to hold up for an entire 16-game season and the possible public backlash he would get if his body does break down.
    So there you have it.  Now we know the problem is those f**king Franophiles!!!  Screw you Dunzinski!!!  If people like Dunzinski would just shut up, Favre would already be with the Vikings.  All that crap about he is done and should retire, just because he had an injury.  Then the Franophiles have the audacity to blame Favre for wavering when they are the cause. 

    I’m so proud of those who have shown Favre unconditional support including Vikings players like AD and Hutch, etc. and fans like myself and most others on this web site.  He can only do the best he can.  There are no guarantees, especially in a game as injury prone as football.  Look at Tom Brady last year.  Sign Brett, we want you!!!

  • Jim

    Mike thanks for the info.  Just very surprised that a 1st ballot HOF’er could be swayed by a bunch of ignorant franophiles.  I doubt this is a true story.  This is Werder we’re talking about here.

  • Mike

    Jim, I think this is an age discrimination problem.  If he were 2 to 5 years younger, no one would care if he were injured.  But if he gets injured after warnings from the Franophiles about his age, they, including Dunzinski, have claimed they will mock him with I told you sos.  He doesn’t want them to be right.  But I think part of the reason he will sign is to prove them wrong.  Don’t you just hate nayesayers like the Dunz?

  • Jim

    Yeah the Franophiles will mock him and claim they’re right not only if Favre gets hurt, but if the Vikings won’t win the super bowl they’ll say the same thing.    And there is a very good chance of one of the two happening.  And we knew this 4 months ago too.  I just don’t buy it at all.  No way he has the surgery, and all this mess to back out because of a simpleton like a Franophile.  At the very least if Favre was going to back out he would lie and blame it on his shoulder not being up to par.  BSPN with another BS story.  July 30th or sooner we’ll get the news that we’ve been waiting for.

  • jeege

    I am so sick of ESPN. They have been wrong every step of the way here. In fact, at multiple points all I had to do was read the article and insert the word “not” in front of every factual statement in order for the news to be accurate.

    Brett Favre is “not” officially retired. Brett Favre will “not” not play for the Minnesota Vikings this year. Brett’s arm will “not” hurt him too much to play even if he does get the surgery.

    Their NFL coverage this summer has been atrocious considering the quantity of things that have been happening, brought to even greater light with the debacle of reporting job on Rothlesberger’s rape charges. I mean, the guy just won the SUPER BOWL! How do you not cover that???

    Just saying.

  • Mike

    Antoine signed!!!!

  • jeege

    Woohoo!

  • Mike

    If you are right Jim, I would expect to hear from Favre tomorrow.

  • All Day 28

    Everyone needs to just calm down, lets look at the source of this, ed werder and espn. Like Jim says he didnt go through all this not to play. Yes in the back of his head im sure he is hoping he can last. But hell sometimes even 20 year old’s cant last a entire season. You have no control on getting injured. So man up get the contract signed and come dawn you a purple jersey for a year or two. You think you got treated amazing in Greenbay, Bring us a Superbowl and you will be a god to Vikings fans

  • Jim

    Why would it have to be tomorrow?  Didn’t Favre say he’d have an ansewr by the 30th?

  • Macho Man

    Jim, this week Favre changed the July 30 deadline and said he would have an anwer by Friday.  But the media including Dunz is now saying maybe not now that Ed Werder says Favre is wavering.

  • Jim

    Favre never changed the deadline from what I can tell.

    From what I understand is that Thomas George with NFL.com, reported that a source told him that Favre may have an announcement by Friday. 

    The only thing that I heard Favre say is that he will let him know by July 30th, so that’s the standard I’m using.

  • Mike

    Jim, you don’t believe Thomas George of NFL.com either?  I never actually heard Favre say July 30 either. 

  • Mike

    Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush says “Over the past four and a half months, Favre has spoken publicly on the subject twice that I can confirm, once when Trent Dilfer texted him in late May asking if he was coming back and Favre’s response was “No,” and on June 16 on “Joe Buck Live” when he told Buck he was considering it.

  • Mike

    Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush says adds “what I will never understand is how Favre’s retirement or return generates such strong opinions among so many fans, and why so many are so negative.
    A quick Yahoo! search reveals more than 5.76 million postings on the subject based on no actual facts or information.
    Half are roasting the guy for the crime of changing his mind again and wanting to play football, as if he were some kind of publicity hound or egomaniac who can’t stand relinquishing the spotlight. In fact, the opposite is true; he seems to have done everything humanly possible to keep the subject private.
    For Packers fans who are ticked at Favre, he did what he could to come back to you last year. If you’re angry for his refusal to quit, shame on you. What gives any of us the right to deny anyone the chance to follow his heart and do what he wants to do?
    There is actually a potentially great story here.  Favre may still be able to do it as well as anyone ever has.  Shouldn’t we be hoping he does? Let the man go out and reclaim your respect, or fall on his face trying. But don’t deny him the right to try. Aren’t we the ones who are supposed to value never giving up, above all else?

  • Jim

    He said before camp started he would let the Vikings know.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Hey, if Tom Watson can come back at age 60, and nearly win a pro golf tournament, and Geoge Foreman can win the heavyweight boxing crown in his late forties, then why do all these naysayers have the right to question Favre’s age? Lance Armstrong is doing pretty darn good in his return from retirement in the Tour de France, which has boosted its audience two-fold, and not only that, people have been behind him 100%. So, why can’t these ESPN reporters welcome Favre’s return like Lance Armstrongs’, Tom Watsons’ or George Foremans’? Futhermore, i think we Viking fans have got to root for Brett’s signing like Mike, Jim,Jeeze,Chuck and even Vikeman have stated many times. I just can’t for the life of me, figure out why some reporters and even some Vikings fans continue to downplay the whole Favre deal and bash him at every turn. If some of you naysayers would only look at the big picture, that Favre brings us our only hope of not only winning in the playoffs, but also leading us to a possible SuperBowl win. Don’t let us down Brett, you’re not too old, hell i still compete and win powerlifting events at 48 ,beating these brutes half my age, experience and technique does matter, and that’s what Favre brings to this game. If Clint Eastwood can still make good movies (Gran Torino) and Sylvester Stallone can still fight, then Brett Favre can still throw a football( hopefully in a purple uniform). GO VIKINGS!!!!

  • http://www.realfakesports.blogspot.com Real Fake Sports

    He obviously wants to play, he just doesn’t know if his body will hold up. No one can look into the future and see what will happen.

    http://realfakesports.blogspot.com/2009/07/brett-favre-conflicted-i-d-bag-or-ass.html

  • Mike

    What in the h*** is that (on real fake sports)?????????

  • Jim

    NFL.com
    And the Vikings are not thrilled that an ESPN report said the team’s players have repeatedly texted Favre, asking him to play. If true, that hurts the organization, they insist. What if he decides no, and those players must turn to quarterbacks they have “publicly thrown under the bus in that way,” a Vikings source said. The thinking is that management can do the Favre dance, but current players should not and cannot do such dallying that becomes public. If it happened, did those players reveal it? Did Favre? Either way, not good, both the Vikings and sources close to Favre say.

  • Mike

    Well that just means Favre is obligated to play now.

  • http://landryhat VIKEMAN

    He’s playin damnit, He’s going to play. We all know it. He would not be working out like He is if He did not intend on coming back. We know that. He had the surgery. Why? To come back and play. His family is looking to live in this area for the season. Maybe He will wait to make the anouncement later, but it WILL come. I know it. So do all you guys.

  • Dale

    I’m a huge Brett fan…i have followed him since he played for the falcons then go to green bay i will support him no matter what . you guys wouldn’t believe the shit i have to deal with day to day regarding him and his decesions from my co-workers to friends but still i will support and follow him no matter what but i must ammit this is getting old and i’m getting tired i really thought he would be with the viking this season but i’m begining to wonder is he or won’t he there are to many storties out there. following him for as long as i have i truly don’t beleive he would have had surgery & be working out like he is if he wasnt going to come back but now i truely don’t know i just hope he does w/ everything that has gone & he doesn’t back out now with everything he has done so far but even I don’t know now and i have followed this guys for 20 years. i’m really going to be disapointed if he ends up not playing this season after everything but i actually don’t think he will. I would like your guys opioion on this as well. sorry this is so long but i had to get this off my chest hope you guys understand..lol..i’m just ready for this to be over with!

  • Susan

    I thought that, instead of this blog or others that Brett probably doesn’t have time to read, maybe he (or someone in the family) reads the comments online from his hometown paper.  So, I used up all 1000 characters and begged him to play for the Vikings … feel free to jump in! 
    http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200990723012

  • Mike

    Thanks Susan, for your post to Brett Favre in Hattiesburg.  I posted the following after you:

    “By a large margin, Vikings fans want Brett Favre at QB this year. I don’t know what the reticence is, but if it is over whether the arm will hold up, we know there are no guarantees (eg Tom Brady last year). Whatever he can give us would be appreciated.”

    Your post seems to agree with me that the problem is the possible public backlash Favre would get if his body does break down.  But Jim, Vikeman and others on this web site seem to disagree and think there is no doubt he will sign before training camp.  I wish I knew for sure why he won’t just announce now.

  • Mike

    Danzinski has someone who agrees with his suspicions.  ESPN’s John Clayton says Favre is trying to avoid training camp and more specifically having to stay in a dorm.  The Packers players were allowed to go home.

  • Mike

    I made another post to Brett Favre in Hattiesburg:
    ESPN’s John Clayton says Favre is trying to avoid training camp and more specifically having to stay in a dorm (the Packers players were allowed to go home). I think it is important for Favre to be in camp to get his timing with the receivers, etc.

  • Mike

    An ESPN radio commentator says if the Vikings can add Favre at QB to an otherwise solid team there will be no NFL team that can beat them.

  • Mike

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  • Mike

    ESPN’s Rachel Nichols seems to think Favre is delaying the decision to delay the time he will have to spend with the media.

  • All Day 28

    Thats kind what ive been thinking all along, he doesnt wanna have to deal with the media. We should secretly ship the tight ends and Wr’s to Favre’s and let them work on their routes and timing, Go get some Berrian, Rice, Harvin, Shiancoe look alike’s and have them at training camp

  • Mike

    ESPN’s Rachel Nichols reports Childress and Favre agree he needs to be at training camp, so it looks like that theory is wrong.  She added that Bus Cook said “we can expect to hear something by at least the beginning or middle of next week or perhaps sooner.”  Apparently, Favre has some things to think over.  Perhaps, how to avoid the media???

  • Mike

    KFAN radio’s Paul Charchian brought up an interesting point on ESPN TV that may dispute the claims by Jim, Vikeman and others on this web site that think there is no doubt Favre will sign before training camp.  Charchian claims the campaign by AD, Hutch and Jared to contact Favre in support was orchestrated by the Vikings front office.  He said this indicates that they feel they need Favre and don’t think this is a done deal.  Moreover, if it falls through the Vikings are in a bad position with the team’s other QBs.  With all due respect to you other guys, Susan and I could have been right that the problem is the possible public backlash from Dunzinski and others that Favre would get if his body break downs.  What else does he have to think about???

  • Jim

    The news will leak out on Sunday…

  • Mike

    ESPN NFL Live’s Trey Wingo, Chris Carter and Mark Schleric can’t understand why Brett Favre is backpedaling on his earlier claims that he would play if his shoulder is healthy, which it now is.  Favre can claim he doesn’t know if his body will break down, but he has played 18 years without knowing that.  This has become very confusing ever since he shoulder proved healthy.

  • Mike

    Jay Glazer says Favre will not do well because he hasn’t had time to work with his WRs.  But I disagree since he did well with the Jets until his arm injury.  I also think Harvin will help alot because he can make big plays out of short passes.

  • Mike

    ESPN’s Chris Mortenson said Brett Favre needs a push from someone like Deanna.  Maybe he is like the movie character Rocky who was insecure until his trainer told him to just go do it.

  • Chuck

    Plus he knows the West Coast like the back of his hand…

  • Mike

    Maybe Dallas Dave could use his influence with Deanna to put pressure on Brett???

  • Mike

    NFL.com’s Thomas George says

    Favre is still recovering from the hits he took in New York. The mental ones. Despite Favre playing with an injured throwing arm, he absorbed brutal criticism. It was all his fault, he heard. Some of it stuck with him. Is pro football’s most noted gunslinger becoming gun-shy?  Is he thinking, “What if we don’t win in Minnesota?”  It is a part of his decision-making, more than we knew, as is the distasteful idea of uprooting and moving his family, once again, from Mississippi.  He has completed surgery, worked hard to get his arm in shape, courted the Vikings, they have courted him and now here both are on a cliff. Leap? I think Favre believes he owes the Vikings something. I think he is juxtaposing that with what he owes his Packers fans. And a million thoughts and what-ifs for him in between.  Really, he owes only himself.

  • http://landryhat VIKEMAN

    you don’t want me to have any influence with deanna. cause i’ll tell you guys what, i’d tell her to come up here and leave the gunslinger at home if he can’t make up his mind. hell deanna already has her own place?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    after vikeman got done with it. i’m the one that wrote that. vikeman’s uses my computor because his wife won’t let him use their’s. he does’nt know how and gets the damn thing locked up all the time. he says it ain’t from porn either……hahahahaha…….. vikeman is pissin blood right now cause he says i forgot to change the heading on my computor; “now those guys are going to think i got something kinky going on with farve’s woman.”  i said no vikeman, i’m the only sick one here. apparently i’m the only one that thinks she’s hot.

  • Mike

    I thought it was Dallas Dave who liked Deanna?

  • Mike

    I wrote that while Dallas Dave was writing above.

  • http://landryhat VIKEMAN

    I hate Favre and His Woman.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    vikeman is not allowed to use my computor anymore. he changes the header name and then i got to go back and switch it. he’s done on here. he’s drunk too.

  • Mike

    John Elway (who also won super bowls in the west coast offense)told NFL.com he thinks Favre will have great year because he is healthy and the Vikings are good.     listen to John, Brett.