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    Favre questions whether he has any magic left

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    Posted on Wed, Oct. 26, 2005

    Favre questions whether he has any magic left
    COLIN FLY

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    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Even Brett Favre isn't sure he's got the magic to pull the Green Bay Packers back from the brink.

    The Packers are 1-5 and injuries have devastated the three-time defending NFC North champs who are without their top two running backs and three of their top wide receivers.

    "I feel like when I'm on the field I will always have a chance to help this team win and will be the difference," Favre said Wednesday. "That's what's been disappointing this year more so than any other year, because we've lost four games by nine points and I would think that I could be the one who could make the difference."

    The streak started when the Packers came up short to Cleveland 26-24 on Sept. 18, then lost 17-16 against Tampa Bay the following week and 32-29 earlier this month on Monday night in Carolina. Favre rallied Green Bay from a 19-point deficit, but couldn't move the Packers into field goal position on their final drive.

    On Sunday, they blew a 17-point halftime lead and lost 23-20 at Minnesota.

    "We've had chances, like Carolina, I was disappointed as I've ever been after that game sitting in my locker," Favre said. "I'm thinking to myself, 'We came back. We gave it a run.' But that's not enough in my mind. It makes me start questioning, 'Do I still have the magic or whatever?' Because I've always felt that I could give this team an edge."

    Coach Mike Sherman said he thinks Favre is doing everything he can.

    "There's only so much he can do at quarterback and I think he's doing plenty right now," Sherman said. "He's playing well enough for us to win. We have to find ways to improve other than the quarterback."

    In the last three games, the three-time MVP has thrown for 833 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception, but Green Bay has gone 1-2.

    "I was never satisfied with just being here and being the starting quarterback," Favre said. "I always wanted to be the difference-maker, and it got me in trouble at times. But I'm still here and have been able to play at a high level for a long time because I believed that. And that's what's been so disappointing this year. If we lost 30-0, then I don't think I could sit there and say that I was the difference."

    Still, it won't get easier for the Packers with road games at Cincinnati and Atlanta sandwiched by a visit by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the next three weeks.

    "I think my hope is it doesn't get to 1-8," Favre said. "If it does, from a personal standpoint I would be playing for pride."

    Green Bay must also deal with a who's who of top players on injured reserve, with starting running back Ahman Green (torn thigh tendon), backup running back Najeh Davenport (ankle) and top wide receiver Javon Walker (knee) all out for the year.

    It leaves third-down back Tony Fisher, ReShard Lee and oft-injured Walt Williams to handle the load. Green Bay also signed two new wide receivers, Andrae Thurman and Taco Wallace, this week.

    The only constant has been Favre, whose streak of consecutive starts including playoffs now stands at 231.

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    FINGER-POINTING, PART I: Kicker Ryan Longwell said Wednesday that even though it seemed like he called out holder B.J. Sander on two missed kicks in a 23-20 loss at Minnesota, everyone took it in stride.

    "We talked about it on the sidelines, I wouldn't say that was the perception at all," Longwell said.

    Longwell hit 2-of-4 field goals and both his extra points, but the unit has struggled at inopportune times as Green Bay has lost four games by a total of nine points.

    "There were holds in the game this past week that were great and there were ones that were not quite up to our standards," Longwell said. "The first field goal was a great hold and I just played it wrong because of something that happened in pregame. We all have got to have faith in each other, and we'll be fine."

    Sherman said he has no plans to switch holders.

    "I don't believe that that is the answer to the problem," he said. "We basically practiced in an indoor facility on the same grass surface all week long, this FieldTurf that Minnesota has. ... No climate. No wind. It should have been executed perfectly."

    And Sherman isn't letting Longwell off either.

    "I expect him to make every kick, regardless of it's a perfect hold or not," Sherman said. "Just like I expect Brett to make the pass even if the receiver cuts the route a little short."

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    FINGER-POINTING, PART II: Cornerback Mike Hawkins missed a tackle on special teams in the closing seconds of the loss at Minnesota that allowed the Vikings 10 more yards and eventually set up the game-winning field goal by Paul Edinger.

    Sherman said on Monday that Hawkins should have made the tackle after dropping his head. Hawkins said Wednesday he understood the coach's criticism.

    "You got to take what the coach told you and let it roll off," he said. "We can correct the mistakes we made in that game, but we can't get that game back. You've got to take what's given and you messed up, then you got to take it upon yourself to be a man and be accountable."

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    FINGER-POINTING, PART III: Sherman was also frustrated that cornerback Joey Thomas let Vikings receiver Marcus Robinson get out of bounds with two seconds left after a 12-yard catch put Minnesota in field goal range.

    "It was another day for another correction," Thomas said Wednesday of his conversation with coaches about the play. "No more no less."

    If Thomas had kept Robinson inbounds, the game would have gone to overtime. Thomas, the second-year player who started a game earlier this season over Ahmad Carroll, said he's comfortable with what he's learned this season.

    "It was just an unfortunate situation (Sunday)," Thomas said. "You just can't let those things happen again."


    QUOTABLE: "I'm just doing what like I feel is natural, and that's to just play. I don't feel like I have to encourage young guys. I find that I have to encourage myself sometimes. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself in times like this." - Favre.


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    Re: Favre questions whether he has any magic left

    Awe, poor guy ... FU*K him ... it is about time he stopped

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    Re: Favre questions whether he has any magic left

    "Magic?" I have a few Vicodin left, and some beer. That's what he's refering to, right?

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    I think Favres last two sentences of his quote "I find that I have to encourage myself sometimes. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself in times like this." - Favre, should go under the site title "Favre. OWNED."

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    awwww poor little Favreie!! boo hoo hoo cry me a river!!

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    Re: Favre questions whether he has any magic left

    I heard that after the game, Farvie headed for the locker room & didn't even congratulate any of the Vikings players. (Which doesn't surprise me at all)

    Since some of us fellow P.P.O.ers were at the game, can someone who watched it on TV confirm this?

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    Re: Favre questions whether he has any magic left

    sounds like the same old Favre...when they lose he is going to retire...when they win, he feels like he could play another ten years. What a BUM
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    ukeright:

    What a Whiner!


    I find that I have to encourage myself sometimes. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself in times like this." - Favre.
    Sounds like he's feeling pretty sorry for himself now, doesn't it!

    I think my hope is it doesn't get to 1-8," Favre said. "If it does, from a personal standpoint I would be playing for pride."
    Too late! after this article, I'd say your pride checked out a long time ago, Brett. Face it, you're human after all - not Superman. Get over it.

    Makes you hate them even more, don't it?

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    Im just happy to see him going out like a chump. Serves packer fans right. All the ignorant $hit theyve talked the past few years, tell them to go suck on 1-5.
    ...Rodgers had to hold on the ball longer, giving players like Jared "I am completely insane and will literally eat your children" Allen time to sack Rodgers again.And again. And again. Actually I think Rodgers may have nightmares about Jared Allen the rest of the year.

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    The Pack sucks!!! Ha Ha Ha!!!
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