Silent Archimedes

The Worst Move by the Packers Was to Have an Open Competition

Posted by silentarchimedes on August 4, 2008

The Worst Move by the Packers Was to Have an Open Competition

The Packers just made the worst move in the Brett Favre saga. After Favre called each and every bluff by the Packers, word out is that there will be an open competition for the starting QB position. This is equivalent to opening Pandora’s Box. I will explain this by simply listing all the possible questions and what ifs in this so-called open competition.

1. Is this truly a completely fair and open competition? If so, do they get absolutely 50-50 reps? If not, who gets more? Who plays more with the first team offense?

2. What does each QB have to do to win the position? If it is close at the end of training camp, who becomes QB? If Rodgers is slightly ahead, can Favre really be happy as backup? If Favre is slightly ahead, what happens to Rodgers?

3. Isn’t this open competition simply delaying a decision by McCarthy?

4. If Rodgers is picked as QB, imagine the repercussions of fans, the scrutiny of every single play by Rodgers with Favre standing on the sidelines, the media. What happens if the Packers lose a game? What happens if Packers are behind 21 points at half-time? Do you put in Favre? Can you really have a $12 million Hall of Famer who can still play at a high level standing on the sidelines?

5. What happens if Favre is amazing again this year? Do we go through this again in the 2009 offseason? What happens to Rodgers?

6. What about the clubhouse? How will they react to Favre coming back after the past few weeks? Will it break up the team into veterans supporting Favre and Rodgers supporters?

7. It is apparent Favre is not afraid to voice his opinion. It seems his loyalty for Packer management has lessened after this. Will Favre be constantly gabbing to the media if he is not QB? Will he attempt to influence the media to side with him?

8. What of Rodgers? His contract is running out, at some point shouldn’t he say enough is enough? What about the other two QBs they drafted? Do they keep both?

9. What does the defense think? If the Packers defense plays well but the offense is obviously distracted by the QB scenario, do they cry foul?

10. What about the fans? Who do they support? Does it change depending on the performances and media?

As you can see, there are way too many possible scenarios for this open competition to completely blow up in the Packers face. Although they were in a completely tough situation, they have made some pretty poor decisions. The best two moves they should have done when this occurred were either declare Favre the QB again, or trade/release him at market prices. Instead they have tried to keep but not keep him. They tried to ignore him by saying the team moved on but they won’t trade/release him. They offered him $25 million to stay retired. They have an open competition between him and Rodgers.

It will be very interesting to see how this pans out…

One Response to “The Worst Move by the Packers Was to Have an Open Competition”

  1. Ben K said

    Seems like they have a disaster coming.

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