Brett Favre issued an ultimatum to the Green Bay Packers today, saying he wonâ€™t return to the team unless they show they are dedicated to making a playoff run by improving the teamâ€™s vastly underperforming quarterback position.
â€œAnyone who watched this team play the last few years knows we donâ€™t have a snowballâ€™s chance in hell of winning a Super Bowl unless we get better play out of the quarterback position,â€ said Favre. â€œNot to make a personal attack, but our quarterback has been terrible. Itâ€™s impossible to win in this league when you have a guy back there who repeatedly throws into double, triple and even quadruple coverage. And at this stage in my career I want to be on a winning team. Either they bring in a good quarterback who gives us a legitimate shot at winning some games or Iâ€™m retiring.â€
Favre said itâ€™s most important that the team acquire a quarterback who is not only talented, but also accountable for his own actions.
â€œYou get the sense that our quarterback thinks heâ€™s above reproach,â€ said Favre. â€œHeâ€™ll just run past the line of scrimmage and flip the ball ahead, or blindly chuck a pass into triple coverage in a crucial part of the game for an interception and then just kind of smile and shrug as if to say: â€˜Hey, I am who I am. Iâ€™m a gunslinger. I can do what I want and nothing is ever my fault because people think Iâ€™m a nice guy.â€™ Thatâ€™s simply not the kind of attitude you want in a team leader. He points fingers at everyone else as though theyâ€™re to blame, when heâ€™s our teamâ€™s biggest problem.â€
New Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says he is very aware of his teamâ€™s quarterback problems.
â€œYou look at tapes from last year and, yes, while we had some protection problems from time to time and weâ€™re not chock full of All-Pros at the skill positions, even when our quarterback had protection heâ€™d throw into triple coverage or overthrow a wide open receiver by five or 10 yards. Thatâ€™s not anyone elseâ€™s fault but his own,â€ said McCarthy. â€œSo even if we had Hall of Famers on the line and Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Edgerrin James at the skill positions, it wonâ€™t change the fact that our quarterback play is abysmal. So while I donâ€™t necessarily like to hear it from him, I canâ€™t blame Brett for what heâ€™s saying. I wouldnâ€™t want to play for a team quarterbacked by Brett Favre either.â€