I don't understand why people say Brett Favre should retire. I know no one wants to see him go out a loser, but consider the alternative in Green Bay. When he retires, the Packers will be unwatchable for about a decade. That's why I'm as frustrated as Favre that Green Bay opted to take the long-term approach this offseason instead of gearing up for a one- or two-year run at the playoffs.
Few teams enter the 2007 season with a more questionable set of talent players than the Packers. Try to name a more obscure running back tandem in today's NFL than Vernand Morency and Brandon Jackson. The top two receivers, Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, are OK but don't scare defensive coordinators. Ruvell Martin, Robert Ferguson and James Jones lead a motley crew competing for the No. 3 spot.
The NFC North is vulnerable this season and with just a little more help, Favre might have had a shot to lead the Packers to a division title. The Bears have had an abysmal offseason and face the Super Bowl loser jinx, the Lions have many of the same flaws that riddled them last season, and the Vikings' starting QB is Tarvaris Jackson.
But the way the Packers are currently constructed, they won't improve on last year's 8-8 mark. In fact, they're likely to slip a bit because they have a brutal out-of-division schedule in '07. The Packers drew the AFC West this season and face out-of-division NFC defenses (Carolina, Dallas, Philly) that could cause Favre problems.
Even if Green Bay isn't great, I'll still enjoy watching Favre break the all-time touchdown and passing yardage marks. Favre brings some emotion, big plays and a sense of history. And most importantly, he delays having to watch Aaron Rodgers throw to Ruvell Martin in Green Bay on a weekly basis.