Packers or Favre: Who makes call? 

January, 29, 2006
It's a good thing for Packers coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson that they're not asking Brett Favre to make up his mind this minute about playing next season. They need him, but as Favre told ESPN's Chris Mortensen for the Sunday Conversation, he'd retire if he had to make up his mind today.

What's clear is that the Packers' 4-12 season took more of an emotional toll on Favre than a physical one. His mention of wondering if he'd want the ball on a two-minute drive was very defining. He's lost confidence, and he's lost confidence in his team being able to win.

That doubly damaging feeling didn't change during a late-week meeting with Thompson and McCarthy in Favre's native Mississippi. The Packers need their quarterback. If a healthy Favre couldn't do better than a four-win season for Green Bay, how much better could an inexperienced Aaron Rodgers do?