Friday, May 15, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Irvin on Favre
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
I thought former Dallas receiver Michael Irvin made a good point Thursday on Sirius NFL Radio when asked about Brett Favre's interest in playing for Minnesota this season. (The latest: Favre consulted this week with renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews about his partially torn biceps tendon.)
Essentially, Irvin said that one of Favre's greatest gifts -- his unwillingness to consider conventional wisdom -- is now working against him.
Irvin: "I can't understand this for the life of me. I love Brett and I appreciate his competitiveness and I appreciate the times he didn't listen to anyone. Because I remember the Monday Night [game] after he lost his father and everybody said, 'Brett, don't play. Just don't play, Brett. It's too tough for you.' He didn't listen. It was one of his greatest assets. He didn't listen and he showed up and he played great and we have a memorable moment to remember on that Monday night, watching Brett Favre play that game because he did not listen to anyone. But the reality is now it's time for him to start listening. His greatest asset is becoming his greatest liability..."
We'll keep you updated. For now, let's take a spin around the NFC North:
- Green Bay is putting the finishing touches on a new practice field that will have permanent stands and lights for night practices in training camp. It will also have a heated portion for winter practices, writes Keegan Kyle of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press provides a thorough recap of Thursday's hearing in U.S. District Court, where Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams are suing the NFL to have their four-game suspensions revoked.
- Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels on the Favre rumors: "It doesn't make any sense to comment on something that hasn't happened." Sean Keeler of the Des Moines Register has the story.
- Former Green Bay and Seattle coach Mike Holmgren sizes up the Chicago's acquisition of quarterback Jay Cutler in this ESPN Radio podcast, wondering if it represents a philosophical change in the way the Bears are building their team.
- Detroit plans to give equal practice reps this offseason to rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that new linebacker Larry Foote brings the team "street credit," writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.