You know the old saying that no player is above his team? I believe it whole-heartedly. It's the concept that fuels championships and storied franchises. You're only as strong as your weakest link. But what if that link is upstairs making the decisions?
Since the whole Brett Favre comeback drama started, accusations have been flying like long-range bombs downfield. And, like dozens of Favre's passes the past couple years, many have been neatly picked off by the other side. Yes, Favre is playing the diva here. It's a role that does not suit him well. He's done it before, but hey, so has Michael Jordan, and while no one wants to remember His Airness in a Wizards jersey at 40, he was still better than most.
This is a no-win situation for the Packers. Ted Thompson, their brilliant GM and architect of a highly successful rebuilding effort through the draft, now finds himself the weakest link in this drama, playing the only real card he has; that he won't release Favre and trying to dictate the terms of his return in one shot. Now, Thompson has opened the door to the same hatred that fellow NFC North GM Matt Millen receives on a daily basis. If Favre somehow loses this staredown with Packer management, expect fans to carry "Fire Ted" signs into Lambeau Field all next season, especially if Aaron Rodgers struggles.
Quite frankly, management is putting too much emphasis on Rodgers at this stage? What has he proven, besides telling fans to get with the program or shut up? Thompson is right that the Packers quarterback of the future is on the roster. He just got the wrong guy. Mark this down. Aaron Rodgers will lose his job to Brian Brohm. Seal it and deliver it. The best move the Packers can make now is to bring Favre back, trade Rodgers for what they can get, and have Favre mentor Brohm for a year. Or, that failing, they can do the right thing and trade or release Favre.
No player is above the team. But in this case, holding the cards he does, (high ability, fan popularity, team popularity) Brett Favre is about as close as it gets.