It did not take long on Monday night for the viewing public to come to the conclusion that preseason or not, Brett Favre is a shell of the quarterback that he was even 2-3 years ago. That conclusion came after watching just the first few minutes of Cincinnati’s 48-17 bashing of the Packers in the return of Carson Palmer to the Bengals lineup. What was more evident about this game though, was that Favre seems more than ever to be going through the motions, and if the Packers have any hopes of a winning or even a mediocre season, it might be time for Favre to start to think about taking a seat. Mind you that will never happen, but in a world where youth rules, Favre should do the right thing and think about the future of the franchise of the team that he so dearly loves. He has to know that right now, at the level he and the team is playing at, the time may be right to start thinking about handing the reigns over to last years first round pick Aaron Rodgers. Though Rodgers was just 2-of-6 for 7 yards on Monday night, clearly he is the future behind center.
Favre’s night consisted of a fumble on the teams first series that was returned for a TD, a pick that led to a field goal, a couple of batted balls, and he was sacked three times. Granted not everything was his fault, but the fumble came as the ball slipped from his throwing hand after not getting touched, and the pick came when, per usual, he tried to force the ball in what appeared to be triple coverage. Favre is known as a “gunslinger,” and right now, it looks as if the old Cowboy should put his guns away, because all that he looks like he’ll do this season is shoot himself in the foot. Give it 2-3 weeks when the Packers are off to a bad start, and Favre will hear the whispers, as if he doesn’t already, that the time for the end may be coming. Brett finished the night 12-for-25, 162 yards with the TD and INT. But make no mistake about it, the old vet is forcing the matter coming back this season, and with it he is putting the Packers behind the curve for allowing Rodgers time to get ready to take his rightful place as the new Packers signal caller.