Brett Favre might as well have showed up to the set of Joe Buck Live in all purple for his first public interview in months. The former Jets and Packers quarterback said he is seriously thinking about playing for Minnesota this season if his arm is healthy. Considering Favre has already been through the hard part – shoulder surgery and the embarrassment of admitting he wants to play again – it's hard to imagine he won't follow through and suit up again this season.
Favre handled Buck's questions well, but underneath the surface it's clear Favre relies heavily on denial to drive this retirement-unretirement roller coaster. Leading up to the interview Buck ran a package with relatively tame criticism of Favre, and the veteran quarterback seemed surprised by negative comments from radio and TV pundits.
Favre said that his wife Deanna has read him several emails urging him to return to the game and doesn't share the negative ones with him, although he assumes he gets some. What else is Deanna hiding from him about the public frustration over his waffling?
Favre's heavy reliance on denial once again led to his second premature retirement last February. Favre said his arm hurt at the end of the 2008 season and he didn't want to get surgery. You would think he might have realized that he'd feel differently in a few months. After all, that's his thing. But Favre clearly doesn't like to look at the whole picture and operates more on instinct, just like he does on the football field.
Favre made a very reasoned argument to Buck about why he may want to return to football this year. He said he recently heard some advice from John Madden that made sense to him: "When you're gone and you're away from this game, you can't go back.” Huh? Didn't he say something like that last year? He's living proof that maxim isn't true.
The only way Favre's actions would make complete logical sense is if he engineered this whole situation so he could leave the Jets to play for Minnesota. As Favre pointed out to Buck, he knows the Vikings' offense so well he could coach it, and they have Adrian Peterson, a great offensive line and a good defense.
Favre may be many things, but he's certainly not that smart. More likely, he lives in a bubble and just doesn't care too much if he frustrates the rest of us by coming in and out of retirement. Whatever his motives, the key indicators point to Favre's return. So if you're sick of the Favre circus, too bad, it's probably coming to a stadium near you before long.