By now, you’ve likely read about the current New York Jets QB allegedly sought out the Detroit Lions to give them advice on how to play the Packers — according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, who explained that he did not try to contact Favre because he was afraid that Favre would deny it to an ESPN source, who would then spring it on Sunday NFL Countdown prior to Glazer’s segment on Fox NFL Sunday. Favre has, of course, denied Glazer’s report.
It’s pretty low if Favre actually did this. No one begrudges former players for sharing secrets about their old teams with their new ones; that’s accepted practice and teams expect that. But trying to call a former division rival, well, let Charles Woodson explain that for you:
“He contacted them? I don’t respect that,” cornerback Charles Woodson said after the Packers‘ victory over Indianapolis on Sunday. “If they call him and he gives them information, that’s one thing. But to seek a team out and to feel like you’re trying to sabotage this team, I don’t respect that. I know he’s been the greatest player around here for a long time, but there’s no honor in that.”
If such actions aren’t considered out of bounds, Woodson said they should be.
“I’ve never called a coach on another team and told them what’s going to happen,” Woodson said. “It is what it is. Obviously he says he wasn’t bitter about what happened, but obviously there is a little bit of resentment there.”
Of course, that’s all predicated on this being true — but as MODI at SOMM points out, you’d never know it existed if you only took in your sports news from ESPN sources. The AP’s story on the denial doesn’t even make the Four Letter’s NFL page, period. So, the question is: what can’t Favre do without earning some enmity? He got a bit over his un-retirement, but he’s been coasting again, and as the Jets sink into mediocrity, so much of it has been made that it’s because of the play-calling by Eric Mangini and O-coordinator Brian Schottenheimer not opening up the offense — or at least that’s the obvious excuse.
Trouble is, the Favre we’ve seen is the same as the few seasons before 2007 — flashes of brilliance and flashes of ill-advised throws into double coverage, and now he might be telling other teams about his old team’s strategy.
Nothing to see here.
UPDATE: Pro Football Talk got a leaked memo from ESPN, apparently telling them not to report the story, even when Favre denied the accusations.