Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers? Open competition for Packers QB Job

by Ryan R. Bonini on August 3, 2008 @ 11:02:26 PDT


Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is back in the NFL after being reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Sunday, Aug. 3. He is scheduled to report to the team Monday for his first day of training camp.

The Packers have released the following statement regarding the situation:


Sixteen years after Brett Favre came to the Packers, he is returning for a seventeenth season. He has had a great career with our organization and although we built this year around the assumption that Brett meant what he said about retiring, Brett is coming back. We will welcome him back and turn this situation to our advantage.

Frankly, Brett's change of mind put us in a very difficult spot. We now will revise many actions and assumptions about our long-term future, all predicated on Brett's decision last March to retire. As a result of his decision, we invested considerably in a new and different future without Brett and we were obviously moving in that direction. That's why this wasn't easy. Having crossed the Rubicon once when Brett decided to retire, it's very difficult to reorient our plans and cross it again in the opposite direction - but we'll put this to our advantage.

Brett will be in camp tomorrow. Although there has been uncertainty regarding Brett's return, Ted Thompson and Coach McCarthy had previously discussed this and have had a plan in place. Coach McCarthy will talk to the team and the quarterbacks about the plan moving forward, and after he has done that we will share it publicly.

No matter what, I look forward to another successful season for the Packers and our fans. This has been a tough situation, but the Packers will make the most of it.

The Packers are going to announce their intentions to the public Monday after discussing them with the team, but reading between the lines that team release says: Brett Favre, not Aaron Rodgers, will be our starting quarterback in 2008.

This is purely speculation on our behalf right now, but the wide-open statement above leaves plenty of room for debate. If Rodgers was their quarterback - as they have stated publicly over and over again the last month - they would have reiterated it. If Favre was going to be shipped elsewhere, they would have said they were working with Favre to determine what is in the best interest of the Packers' organization.

The team statement, however, did not say that. It left the door open for Favre to reclaim his starting job with the team. Furthermore, ESPN's Wendi Nix has reported the Packers will have an open competition during training camp for their starting quarterback duties. Not to disparage the talents of Rodgers, who we liked as a fantasy football sleeper this year, but an open competition with Favre just isn't fair.

Fantasy football participants that were previously relying on Rodgers as a No. 2 fantasy option with tremendous upside need to change gears. Rodgers, if he remains with Green Bay, will likely be nothing more than a clipboard holder in 2008, barring an injury to Favre. If Favre is again the default No. 1, it would be more than fair for Rodgers to walk into the Packers' front office and demand a trade.

Favre, provided he indeed remains in Green Bay and reclaims his starting job, will immediately shoot back into the top-10 fantasy football quarterback rankings for the upcoming season. He is coming off a season that saw him hit almost 67 percent of his passes for 4,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions.

Even though Father Time is creeping up to him and he looked like an old, frozen quarterback during the latter portion of the season, Favre is, after all, Mr. Green Bay. He has returned home to reclaim his throne and starting quarterback position. He should be drafted in all formats as a low-end No. 1 quarterback.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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