Originally Posted by Sabo Fan
Am I the only person who thought that this was another game in which Favre got a free pass? What other QB could throw five interceptions, have his team lose by a touchdown and not get blamed for a loss? Eliminate the INT's and the Packers win that game, yet no media member can spew anything but praise for Favre and how he's a "warrior" and a "leader" and a "competitor." Any other QB has five picks in a game and he's crucified, Favre does it and he's praised. Makes no sense to me.
The record-breaking sack he gave Michael Strahan at season's end a few years ago is a great illustration of something. By cultivating relationships with opposing defenders, he has assured himself of not getting cheap shot injuries in pileups. That in turn enabled him to build that long streak of starting games.
Favre has always been savvy about which side his bread is buttered on. He's always been open and friendly with reporters. They love him because he's quotable and he answers tough questions in a very self-effacing way. All of that relationship-building is really paying big dividends now that he's not playing at the elite level, in exactly the ways that you mentioned above. It also paid off a couple of years back when he came out publicly about his addiction to painkillers. Instead of being a negative, it just added to his aura as a guy who overcomes adversity.
If he comes back next year at this level of play, IMO, that would be overplaying his hand and I think you'll finally see noticeable grumbling in the media.