An Open Letter to the Packers Brass

Dear Mr. Thompson, Mr. Murphy, and Mr. McCarthy,

First, my apologies to you as I’m sure you have much on your plate at the moment, but you need to hear this lound and clear: you have done a horrible, horrible thing for your franchise.  What you are doing right now will quite likely go down in history as the worst management move by the Packers organization in its storied history.  No matter what happens, Mr. Favre will remain the face of your franchise for decades, and you will be a member of the brain trust who turned him away.

I most certainly understand your difficult circumstances, and watched the retirement press conference with the rest of the nation and believed it just as sincerely as you did.  I was on board with Mr. Rodgers, and will continue to be a fan of your franchise despite your actions.  I can understand how you can now feel vilified by Mr. Favre, forcing you into a corner from which you cannot escape.  But I must remind you, it is a corner you constructed yourself when you first told him a month ago you didn’t want him back despite his desire to play.

It seems to me that you don’t understand that sometimes we all have to swallow our pride and take one on the chin simply because it’s the right thing to do.  Perhaps taking back Mr. Favre for another year would not have been the wisest “business decision.”  But you must remember that your industry is an entertainment industry, and therefore your successes are subject to those you claim to entertain.  Unfortunately for you (and yet rightly so), your fan base approves of Mr. Favre more than it approves of you, and it would’ve served you well to align yourself with his camp against your better judgment for the long term.

But now it’s too late, and you’ll likely have to take some heat.  The way I see it, there are three scenarios you should currently be praying for: first, that Mr. Favre sticks to his word and stays retired.  Secondly, that he signs with another team that you do not play this season, and that team ends the 2008 season with a far worse record than yours.  The third and perhaps most unlikely scenario is that you win the Super Bowl with Mr. Rodgers as your quarterback.  Any one of these three options might lighten the sentence you will carry against the most loyal sports fan base in the nation.

Just don’t count on it.


A Disappointed Packer Fan


6 Responses to “An Open Letter to the Packers Brass”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    July 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    ALL Packer management are rookies over their head

  2. 2 Dan in New Berlin
    July 13, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Ted & Mike,

    I commend you for the forthright way you have handled the latest Brett Favre retirement indecision fiasco. I’ve been a strong Packer fan since ’59 & am a strong Brett fan who has loved the guy & his approach to the game since ’92…he is truly a Packer & national treasure. However, even he must take responsibility for his actions & decisions. Obviously his retirement decision has weighed heavily on his mind for the past several seasons & forced the Packers to hang in limbo several times while most rival teams were able to begin planning based on the knowledge of their key player status. Packer management stepped up time & again & accepted the handicap & gave Brett every consideration.

    Finally he made a firm decision this spring to retire & work through the emotional aspect of that decision to include his famous news conference to give himself, his loyal fans & the Packers the needed closure. Showed alot of courage & class.

    But now to try to reverse the decision with the ultimatum of either start me or give me an unconditional release is too much. The right thing to do (tough as it is) is to respect the commitments you have made to every member of the current Packer team. If Brett is reinstated by the commissioner & rejoins the roster, so be it despite the divisiveness he creates among some fans while Aaron Rogers is given a true shot as our starting QB. I’d hope & expect that Brett would show class in this difficult situation for all.

    Go Pack!

    A proud & appreciatve Packer fan,

    Dan in New Berlin

  3. 3 andygraham
    July 13, 2008 at 9:26 pm


    I appreciate your opinion and agree with many of the points you made. As I’ve continued to watch this whole ordeal unfold, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really no party that’s completely at fault, but there’s also no party that’s totally faultless. And in my opinion, neither side wants to admit any wrongdoing, and so each side keeps calling the others’ bluffs.

    True, Brett did retire and should have made sure that was his final decision when he made it, but we don’t know to what extent he may have been forced into that decision. Ted Thompson obviously wants to see Rodgers play (and heck, I do too at some point…) but at the expense of ostracizing the franchise’s most famous player? Not wise, in my opinion.

    So the Packers won’t release Favre. What if he does come back, content to sit on the bench and get paid $13 million? My guess is that by the second quarter of the week one MNF game against the Vikings, all of Lambeau Field is going to be shouting “We Want Brett” no matter how well Aaron Rodgers plays.

    Favre holds the chips, and he knows it. Unfortunately, that means a lot more stress for the Packers management and their fans. As a fan of the team, I’m worried what effect this whole ordeal will have on the team’s success, but I’m interested to see how this all pans out.

    Thanks again for your opinion,


  4. July 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Show your support for Brett Favre at Free-Favre.com

    Sign the online petition

  5. 5 coops
    July 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    The media poisons everything. Don’t listen to reporters and don’t listen to edited interviews. Remember the legacy of GB packer football: Superbow! Trust the honesty of #4. He’s never given us anything to question his devotion to the game and to this team. He should be our starting quaterback until he’s not able to play by the Green Bay Packer Standards or until he leaves without doubts and questions on his own. We all owe him that. The owner’s owe him that, and Thompson owes him that.
    One thing everyone forgets…Brett Favre is not Joe Montanna, Johnny Unitas, or Reggie White. He’s certainly not an Emmit Smith, Michael Vic or Tom Bradey. He is Brett Favre. He is a good guy and always has been. He’s admitted his faults, taken his hits, shared his victories and his tradgedies. He is not a celebrity, he is simply a football player; he is possibly the greatest football player ever to play the game. He’s been honest all along. He was honest when he announced his retirement; at the time he wasn’t ready to come back and had to make a choice. Everyone knew that he might change his mind and Thompson should never have let that situation stay out of his possibilities for 08/09 season. Favre wants to play football. He changed his mind. Yes, the team has the right to move on. Yes they have the right to trade him. But honestly, is he just another player? Is that all he’s meant to this town and this team? Is it all business or is there still honor left in the NFL? If there is I believe it lies in Brett Favre. Thompson must let go of the past, the egos, the media and come down to the core of the situation: the best quarterback for the GB Packers is Brett Favre. If you choose not to play him as your 1st string quarterback you will and should forever regret your decision to let “politics” and pride stand in the way of the goal: superbowl. And although Rogers may have to sit another year, or trade to another team, that is the game. Things DO change unexpectedly! Can’t Thompson stand up to his players and simply say “things have changed (as we all thought they might) and we must change and adjust with them…we have an opportunity that I would be a fool to turn down…Brett is comming back.” Now let’s play football!

  6. 6 andygraham
    July 16, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Coops, I agree that Favre is one of the most straightforward and honest guys sports has seen in a long time, and after watching those (albeit edited) interviews with Greta Van Susteren, the impression that I got was Favre is just a guy who wants to play some football. And I wholeheartedly agree with you that it certainly must be at least partially the ego of Ted Thompson that is standing in the way of Brett Favre being the starter next year.

    Favre and his agent I believe have left it as best they could considering all the circumstances. Favre has had his chance to air his grievances, he’s stated exactly what he’d like to see happen next season, and he’s left it at that. Leaving the ball in the Packers’ court is, as I see it, the highest road that’s left to tread. If he wanted to, if he were the Terrell Owens type, he could force his hand further, he could show up to training camp, he could do sit-ups in his driveway, but he won’t, because as you say, he is Brett Favre.

    Another unrelated note: I disagree with people who say Thompson should be fired over this. One thing I haven’t heard enough of is people saying that even despite this, Ted Thompson is a stellar GM, and has made some incredible decisions during his tenure. As far as I’m concerned, this is one of his first bad decisions, and it just so happens to be a biggie. But that shouldn’t take away from the good things Thompson has already done for the franchise.

    Another opinion I haven’t heard yet is this: who cares if Aaron Rodgers is pissed? I know that’s blunt, but think about this: we all agree that Rodgers would be upset if his chance to start was taken from him, and therefore might not resign in ’09 when his contract is up. Frankly, so what? Rodgers was a highly projected draft prospect at quarterback who fell into the Packer’s lap late in the first round. Many scouts had Brian Brohm listed as the #1 QB in this past draft, so that makes him yet another highly projected QB prospect who fell into the Packer’s lap, this time in the second round. If Rodgers leaves, who’s to say that Brohm isn’t the future of the franchise? Bring Brett back for another year or two, let Brohm learn a bit on the bench, just like Rodgers did, and see how he grows. Everyone’s giving Rodgers so much credit because of a couple quarters against a HIGHLY overrated Dallas secondary, but he’s still unproven. I’m not saying he doesn’t have great potential, but what I am saying is that he’s not the only young QB on the roster with great potential.

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