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When Green Bay told Favre to pack, Chargers should have listened

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by boltmanbz, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. boltmanbz

    boltmanbz Well-Known Member

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    http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/nwsltr/sports/fromthe50/stories/102809dnspoinsidethenfl.25987145d.html?nl

    When Green Bay told Favre to pack, Chargers should have listened

    04:39 PM CDT on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Column by RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News | rgosselin@dallasnews.com

    Rick Gosselin
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    The Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers faced public relations nightmares in 2008. Both had to choose between a young player on the rise and the face of the franchise at the same position.

    In Green Bay, the Packers had to choose between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Green Bay made the unpopular choice and kept the younger player. In San Diego, the Chargers had to choose between LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Turner at running back. San Diego made the popular choice and kept the older player.

    The Packers were criticized. The Chargers were not. In hindsight, the Packers made the correct football decision. The Chargers did not.

    Favre is the NFL’s all-time leading passer and the league MVP in 1996 when the Packers won their only Super Bowl in the last 42 years. He was an icon in Green Bay and gave Packer fans a comfort zone. There’s always a fear of the unknown, and Rodgers was the unknown.

    But Favre also was 38 years old in the summer of 2008 when the Packers had to make their tough decision. Rodgers was a former first-round draft pick and 25. Rodgers has outperformed Favre since replacing him. Here’s a statistical comparison between the two since Favre left Green Bay:

    QB Games Comp Att % Yard TD Int Rush TD
    Rodgers 22 462 720 64.2 5,740 39 15 5
    Favre 23 501 751 66.7 5,153 34 25 1

    Tomlinson also is a former NFL MVP (2006) and a recent league rushing champion (2007). But he was 29 at the time the Chargers had to make their tough decision, and running backs historically hit a wall at 30.

    Turner was 26. He gave San Diego three 100-yard games despite his limited workload, with just one start in his four seasons as Tomlinson’s backup. Had the Chargers opted to keep Turner over Tomlinson, they’d have been roasted by their fans. Tomlinson was the icon, the comfort zone.

    But, again, the young player has outperformed the old player since the Chargers made their decision to let Turner leave in free agency for Atlanta. Finally given his chance to start, Turner finished second in the NFL rushing in 2009. Here’s a statistical comparison between the two since Turner’s departure:

    RB Games Carries Yards Avg. TD 100s 200s Catches
    Turner 22 494 2,102 4.3 24 9 2 9
    Tomlinson 22 353 1,321 3.7 12 2 0 59

    So remember, in a salary cap world, the popular choice is not always the right choice. Team-building must be about addressing the present and future, not just embarcing the past. Present (Rodgers) clashes with past (Favre) Sunday when the 6-1 Vikings visit the 4-2 Packers.
     
  2. Rainman

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    Meh. Everybody's entitled to their own shiddy opinion. :icon_banana:
     
  3. Skuzzlebutt

    Skuzzlebutt BoltTalker

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    Totally different situation. If Favre had said he wanted to be back from the beginning he would never have been asked to leave. People are entitled to their opinion, but overlooking that simple fact makes the author of this piece a joke.
     
  4. RM24

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    Yeah, he's entitled to his opinion, but wait until the season is over. I mean I l like The Burner a lot, but he would have meant a HUGE cap-hit too and we have a lot of FA's that we need to sign this season. I think it worked out for both teams. LT has some gas left in the tank even though it might a quarter tank left. It's the damn o-line that has to open up some holes for him. LT occasionally show's the burst we are used to, but obviously isn't the LTMVP of 2006.
     
  5. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    yeah because hindsight is such a valuable tool.

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  6. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    very good point. How many times has Favra beans retired?

    GB needed a commitment. He's not exactly a role model for it.


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  7. HollywoodLeo

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    The scenarios would compare if LT was 35.
     
  8. Boltergeist

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    Considering that the 2008 NFL offseason was right after LT had won his second straight NFL rushing crown, this article is borderline retarted. Even if a runner is 29, you can't just assume that his career is going to go on a massive decline the very next year after leading the league in rushing.

    Also...Green Bay didn't "tell Favre to pack"......He retired for the 11th time following the 2008 season....and waiting until the 11th hour after the offseason had started and GB had prepared all year to go with Rodgers as the QB to announce that he was coming back. If Favre had decided to not retire after the 2008 season, Rodgers would have again been on the bench that year.

    One final point...It is kind of ridiculous to assume that the burner was going to have anywhere near his production in 2008 behind our soft line, than he enjoyed in Atlanta behind their very stout run-blocking OLine.....It also can't be ignored that Turner is a poor receiver and had next to no receiving yards in Atlanta......something that's required for a back in our current pass first offense.
     

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