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07 Sep 2010

Brett Favre Unsure If Sharper's Injury Hurts Saints

Does Darren Sharper's injury actually make the Saints a more difficult team to exploit? Brett Favre thinks so.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 07 Sep 2010

24 comments, Last at 09 Sep 2010, 7:12am by Theo

Comments

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by Johnny (not verified) :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 1:25pm

Wut?

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by Theo :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 1:41pm

Huh?

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by commissionerleaf :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 1:52pm

In the continuing saga of "Brett Favre acts like a d!ck."...

Now, I'm not a huge Darren Sharper fan in a football sense. I think the Saints were smart to drive a hard bargian and might have been better off chasing Antrell Rolle or Kerry Rhodes than keeping him.

But the Saints kept him because they thought he was better than the guy he's starting in front of. I really hate to root for the Saints in anything after last year's post-Super-Bowl victory-party-in-a-language-bearing-a-faint-resemblance-to-english, but "May Darren Sharper pick off Favre many times."

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 2:09pm

So a guy is a dick when he says...

"What has made Sharper such a good player I don't want to say has hurt him, but you can kind of use his aggression against him, " Favre said. "That's easier said than done, because there are a lot of factors that go into it: time to throw, being able to double move, and things of that nature. (But) I played with Darren, played against Darren, and he'll roll the dice. ... (He's a) very, very instinctive player.

"I think right now, I'm sure things could change in this game, but Jenkins seems to be playing a little more like Coach (Gregg) Williams wants him to play it and doesn't want him to think outside the box yet. Once again, that's just my opinion, but " you just don't see him at this point being as aggressive or risky or whatever as Sharp does."

....or.....

"I don't know if that plays to our advantage or not"

Look, I understand that people dislike Favre, sometimes for understandable reasons, but once again, the anti-Favre sentiment is often every bit as irrational as the Favre-o-philia. I mean, really, you honestly think someone is being a dick by uttering the quotes in that piece?

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by tuluse :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 2:14pm

If you switch the names around in that first quote, I don't think it becomes any less true. I found that kind of funny.

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by Alabama ManDance (not verified) :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 8:57am

holy crap you're right

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by Chocolate City (not verified) :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 3:56pm

Did Bret Favre say them? Then, yes, he is a dick.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 4:36pm

Never neglect cardio!

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 2:23pm

Yeah, there's some irony there. Along the same lines, Sharper used to say similar things about Favre, when Favre was still with the Packers, and Sharper played for the Vikings. I guess people just can't be neutral or blase' about anything that has to do with the stubbled, jeans-modeling, media whore. He remains The Zombie King; he just keeps pressing on, and those who come into contact with him tend to lose their rational faculties, pro or con.

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by Theo :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 2:38pm

Didn't Favre just lay low for a few months? He didn't do anything, just relaxed and threw some ball to some high school kids.
Wasn't that him?
Since when is he the guy who called in the media begging for all the coverage?
Favre isn't that bad and really, he's a legend in the making and you're witnessing it.
I'm actually happy to see it happen and remind my friends to it.
It's ridiculous to 'hate' the player that Favre is. Sure he retired and came back, but I'd do the same thing if I was pushing the 40's.
Is this a rant? I don't know. Let's go bowling.

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by Dean :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 3:02pm

Not sure I agree, but you get bonus points for the subtle Lebowski reference.

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by justanothersteve :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 9:00am

Theo, IIRC you live in Europe. So you are not witness to the relentless coverage of BF. It's not just on ESPN and the other sports networks. It infiltrates the regular news, and even my local news in St Louis. FavreWatch starts the minute after the last game of his season and continues non-stop until the next year's re-coronation. This has been going on every offseason for at least the last 5 years. My only relief is that as a Packers fan, I no longer have to suffer through an offseason of will he or won't he come back. It's now Will's and the other Vikings' fans problem.

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by Theo :: Thu, 09/09/2010 - 7:12am

I do know that, but my point was; who's fault is it that he gets all that coverage?

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by RichC (not verified) :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 10:44am

Brett Favre actually is the one calling the press conferences, so yeah, he pretty much is begging for all the coverage.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 2:07pm

Well there is a subtle but important difference. Favre knows he's going to get written about, even if he's silent. If he calls a press conference, he gets just a little bit of control over WHAT is written. If my person was on the news this often, I know I would be spending a lot of time talking to reporters, to have some say in what gets published.

But honestly: if you had been that big of a star in, what, 15 years, would you still be craving attention? I know I wouldn't. I've gone over to the quasi-Kingish idea, that Favre's just a guy, who can't decide whether or not to retire.

The hundreds of telelinses pointed in his direction stopped being his fault a long time ago.

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by Dice :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 10:06pm

Interesting to hear a longtime opponent and teammate's perspective on Sharper.

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by JIPanick :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 11:53am

Come on guys, it's not like he can say anything else. If he did he would be catching flak for disrespecting whoever Sharper's back up is.

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by RobT (not verified) :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 11:53am

I dislike Favre as much as the next man, but does nobody think he might just be trying to bait Malcolm Jenkins in to making a few risky plays, Thursday night?

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by Ezra Johnson :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 1:08pm

I honestly don't believe Favre's a media whore. Pretty sure he didn't call any press conferences this time around. Ed Werder or someone went and practically laid in front of Favre's truck as he was leaving the high school, so Favre stopped and talked to him for a minute. AfaIk, that was the extent of any media contact before he went back to Minnesota. Since then he has only participated in the obligatory press conferences every NFL quarterback has to.

Certainly, in the past Favre has *used* the media to try and get what he wants, which when you think about it are all every NFL player wants: to go to the Super Bowl, and not go to training camp. In wangling his way to Minnesota, with its wealth of talent, along with just the right amount of organizational laxity borne of desperation, he has come oh so close to achieving both.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 1:37pm

If a player doesn't want to talk to the press, they won't. Look at Brian Urlacher. It takes two to tango.

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by Still Alive (not verified) :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 4:03pm

yeah because Urlacher is just and interesting and harassed as Favre. From what I can see Favre behaves about as well as you could expect someone in hi position to behave.

Ezra is exactly right.

As for the Sharper comments, Will is right on that they mean nothing.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 4:13pm

He's harassed because he invites harassment. I suppose you think TO was just exercising when a bunch of reporters showed up and started bother him too, right?

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by Still Alive (not verified) :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 9:35pm

Now you are just being stupid. You really don't see a difference between those two?

I really think people are confusing their hatred of the Favre coverage with his behavior. The coverage drives me nuts and I don't follow any of it, but from the bits I am forced to read during my regular football consumption it is pretty clear it is not him seeking the attention (unlike TO).

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by tuluse :: Wed, 09/08/2010 - 9:37pm

I really believe he does, or at the very least he has enough in the past that reporters feel comfortable going after him.

I don't hear stories about every quarterback texting Peter King, or calling press conferences to announce they haven't decided they'll retire or not.