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Tuesday, August 1, 2006
New coach McCarthy wants more discipline from Favre

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Despite throwing a career-worst 29 interceptions last season, Brett Favre doesn't plan to scale back his aggressive style and doesn't really care if people don't agree with him.

New coach Mike McCarthy might have a different take, especially after watching film of Favre's five interceptions in practice on Monday.

"You have to stay away from interceptions that are bad decisions," McCarthy said Tuesday. "And he saw something on two or three of them, you have to pull back. Brett's personality is to push forward. That's the ability to play quarterback. Sometimes you have to pull back and take the checkdown instead of throwing the ball through that keyhole, which obviously he's capable of doing. That's just a discipline within himself."

McCarthy wasn't pleased when Favre threw a ball up for grabs down the middle of the field.

"Late down the middle is a mortal sin in quarterback play," McCarthy said. "It's been stressed since I've been coaching the position and it's obviously something all the quarterbacks are aware of."

Favre was fairly sharp in Tuesday night's practice, but threw an interception during a two-minute drill. McCarthy said Favre made the "correct throw" on the play.

Backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers said throwing interceptions in practice isn't necessarily a big deal, especially with young receivers facing veteran cornerbacks early in training camp.

"Just because a quarterback throws an interception doesn't mean it's a bad practice," Rodgers said.

Favre participated in both practices Tuesday, sustaining a minor leg injury at the end of the night practice.

"He just got banged in the back of his leg," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said Favre will practice Wednesday, but he will rest Favre periodically during training camp to control soreness in his ankle and keep his arm fresh.