Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: December 29, 2009 12:45 pm

Peyton Manning verses Brett Favre

I watched the Bears v Vikings game last night until the glorious ending.  Until the Colts came to Indiana, I was a Bears fan. Walter is still one of my all time favorite layers. Singletary, Ditka, the Fridge, I enjoyed them all.  And the troubled Jay Cutler is a Hoosier, so I have wanted him to excel.  I was glad to see him have a great night.  But my single biggest observation was watching Brett Favre lead his team at the end of the game.  Brett is as passionate a leader as I have seen, but he blurs the lines.  I observed a man who does not understand his role on the team. Favre believes he should be able to trunp the decision of his own coach. I have now seen this play out several times.  Great players, even great leaders, must know when to follow.  Favre does not.  By ignoring or agruing with his coach he tells the rest of his team they don't really need to follow the orders of their coach if they disagree strongly enough.

Now contrast the Colts this weekend.  You could see how badly Peyton wanted to be out there winning that game. Mannings' frustration was palpable. But, he showed self control. As a leader, he led by his example to follow the order that has been established.  His teammates saw that and followed his lead.  Honestly, I think the passion to win is the same in Favre and Manning.  The difference in the game and I think in life too, is knowing when to lead and when to follow.  I believe that one day Peyton will own all the meaningful records in the NFL for QB's if he choses to play that long. But I have gained more respect for his as a man, as a teammate and as a leader.  Manning will succeed in life with or without football because he has his priorities straight.
Posted on: October 12, 2009 3:16 pm

The Golden Era of Football

One day you will be watching a game with your sons and grandson (maybe some granddaughters too) and you will tell them you were able to see the best that ever played in person.  Today, I believe, we are watching the best football that has ever been played.  The era of the great quarterbacks.  You know them, Manning & Manning. Brett Favre, Tom Brady.  Perhaps even Brees and a few others will slide into that great catagory some day.  We are seeing spectacular football out of Peyton.  We are seeing an aging athlete in Favre continue to win games. We are seeing great rivalries like Patriots and Colts, the clash of the (real) Titans.  I don't mean to diminish the outstanding play of great defensive players like Freeney, Sanders, Reed, Palomalu, Haynesworth and Ray.  They are also great.  Some fantastic running backs like Tomlinson.  Some with incredible quickness and others with brute force.  We are privileged to see some great players.  Can't leave out the coaches. They add to the greatness.  Dungy and Bellichek and Fisher and more.  Coaching has become an art and a science.  Lets appreciate what we are experiencing guys.  Sure there will be a new batch of great players that come along.  And records were made to be broken.  But right now, our cup runnesth over.  This is the Greatest Era of Football ever.  Here's to the NFL and the players who make it great!

I send out a salute to the player I believe is most responsible for the great era we are watching...Peyton Manning.  Who do you call out?
Posted on: January 5, 2009 8:56 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Farve

Brett has not announced his retirement, but let me predict that he will. Why? Because I think he learned that he did have some left in the tank, but his tank has less capacity than it used to.  If the season was 12 games, he would be an affective QB in the NFL.  Don't get me wrong, I really admire Brett Favre for what he has accomplished.  I still think he is one of the top 20 QBs on the planet.  But there is another reason I think he should retire. He has not seemed to become the true leader of the Jets. Those men don't know him and respect him as a team needs to.  Comments by players suggest they really don't have a relationship with this man.  Will they give him another chance for 2009-2010?  Who knows.  All I do know is that if his aging body diminished his skills more next season, his players and fans will create an ugly ending for this great player.  This was a winning season, even if they missed the playoffs.  End with some class and be remembered as a winner that you are Brett.
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