That’s about the best anyone can get, and that person to talk to Favre is former coach Steve Mariucci. The former Niners and Lions coach says that despite all the hoopla on Tuesday, no decision has been made as of yet.
It’s eerie to realize how much difference a year doesn’t make in the world of Favre Watch. Even so, there’s still no better source on Brett Favre around the NFL than our own Steve Mariucci. Mariucci has been texting back-and-forth with Favre on Tuesday, and delivered this message: “Everyone needs to calm down a little bit.”
According to Mariucci, Favre told him he’s simply trying to get healthy and has no timetable from the Vikings to report to training camp. Not only that, the Vikings would prefer if Favre waited until he was fully healed and then show up to Eden Prairie, similar to what he did last year. “Right now his ankle is improving,” Mariucci told NFL Network.
“It’s not where it needs to be yet. Obviously that probably can affect your conditioning level, if he can’t run as he could last year, with just the shoulder injury. So really, he hasn’t retired officially yet. He’s trying to see where his ankle goes, still. He hasn’t told anybody officially, ‘I’m done.’ He’s been hopeful to see if he can be healthy, but he’s not quite healthy yet. There’s no press conference, there’s no announcement, there’s nothing imminent. He just simply has another week or so to see if his ankle does continue to improve, and then see if he can do it again.”
Mooch seems to have the ear of Favre, and while many said from the moment it first broke that Favre indeed would be back, this latest almost seems to clinch it. Until he decides to retire…then un-retire…then retire..unretire….you get the point.