My apologies to those that don’t want to see another Favre post. In July, you have to go with what the talk is. Once there is real news, this Favre thing will be history, at least here, anyway.
This post is more of a post about what someone in saying about Favre rather than the saga itself.
In today’s Chicago Tribune, David Haugh opines that the Bears ought to do whatever they have to, including offering up a first-round pick, Ricky Manning Jr. and a later draft pick to secure Favre’s services. The print addition and the home page of chicagosports.com has a clever little illustration of Favre in the blue & orange. Nice.
In my opinion, Haugh does a good job of almost convincing the reader that his proposal might actually happen. But no way in hell it does. It is Haugh’s job to come up with outlandish ideas and write about them to attract attention to himself and his paper, that’s totally understood. He does a more sensible job of that than say, Jay Mariotti. But the reader has to know there is a better chance of Favre joining Dancing with the Stars in 2008 than the Bears securing his rights in a trade.
Haugh points out that it is very, very unlikely that the Packers would trade Favre to the Bears under any circumstance. I think it’s more than very, very, unlikely, it’s impossible. But what Haugh fails to mention, which I did last week and is very clear to me, is that making a bold move such as this would be inconceivable more to Bears management than to the Packers. Why? Because in my opinion, from the Chairman of the Board of the Bears, down to Ted Phillips, Jerry Angelo and the Head Coach, since the mid-1980′s the Bears organization has been more concerned with proving their plan/agenda works than with winning at any cost.
And by far the majority of the time, their plan/agenda has NOT worked, as we all know. In the late 1980′s, Michael McCaskey declared a “new era of fiscal responsibility” and jettisoned popular all-pro’s such as Wilber Marshall and Willie Gault. His agenda was to prove that no player was worth the money they demanded, and also that he and personnel boss Bill Tobin would easily find replacements for them. Didn’t happen.
McCaskey’s agenda then became to prove that he and Dave Wannstedt would build a team that would “win so many Super Bowls they would retire the trophy.” He stuck with Wannstedt for 5 years before firing him.
The two times the organization did make bold moves, abandon their plans, and think out of the box was when Virginia relieved her son of his duties as team President, and when Ted Phillips decided he was open to hiring the organization’s first General Manager since Jerry Vainisi was fired in January 1987.
Making a bold move to trade for Favre would be to admit that Jerry Angelo’s plans to draft and develop quarterbacks have failed. And OBVIOUSLY we all know that no Bears GM or coach has drafted and developed a long-term quarterback since Sid Luckman in 1939. But don’t tell the Bears organization that there isn’t still hope for Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.