Packers blame communication for Favre fiasco; Brett gets rock-star treatment
Green Bay Packers' president Mark Murphy says trading Brett Favre to the New York Jets will be good for both the Pack and the three-time MVP quarterback.
"I am very confident in the future of this organization and we will come through this process, a very difficult process, as a stronger, more unified organization," said Murphy.
"We're anxious to move forward and focus on the field with a goal of delivering a successful 2008 season to our fans," he added.
Murphy spoke at a Lambeau Field news conference Thursday with General Manager Ted Thompson.
The general manager would not confirm the terms of the trade, which reportedly gives Green Bay a first-to-fourth-round draft choice depending on how Favre performs and three first-round draft choices if the Jets trade Favre to Minnesota.
Thompson said most of Tuesday's negotiations were between Favre and the Jets and the Packer front office mostly monitored things.
As for the stand-off in which Thompson wouldn't release Favre from his contract, Thompson said both sides were to blame for something of the things that were said.
Thompson could not define an exact moment when relations fell apart. He said things built up over the five months since Favre announced his retirement, and he blamed it pm communications breakdown.
"My first-blush guess is probably communication breakdown. When one group of people are in Wisconsin and another group of people are down in Mississippi, sometimes you think that everybody understands where everybody is, but then all of a sudden the communication becomes sometimes even through the media," said Thompson.
Thompson said the front office will study the matter to see how they could have done things differently.
"I'm not sure we didn't make mistakes," Thompson said.
Asked why the Packers didn't do anything six weeks ago when they first said they wouldn't welcome Favre back, Murphy said they didn't think Favre would fly to Green Bay and play again.
But he said everybody saw the writing on the wall after Favre met for hours with McCarthy and the coach said Favre didn't have the mind-set to return.
McCarthy said Favre would always be a Packer and will be welcomed back any time he chooses after he retires.
"We do want to have a long-term relationship with Brett. He will always be a Packer and he's very important to this organization," he said.
Favre admits he doesn't know what he's getting into, but the formerly-retired Green Bay quarterback says he's excited about playing again and he can't wait to hit the practice field Friday as a member of the New York Jets.
The Jets introduced Favre right before their exhibition opener in Cleveland Thursday night.
Thursday, the Jets flew Favre from his Mississippi home to the Big Apple, where he took a helicopter tour of the city and his new training grounds.
Then it was off to Cleveland, where he carried a play card on the field.
Today (Friday), Favre will get a conditioning test and he'll meet New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Favre says the rock-star treatment has been crazy and he just wants to play football again.
The quarterback also put out an olive branch to Packer fans.
He said both sides were to blame for his messy split from that team after 16 years.
Among other things, Favre admitted being vindictive in his desire to go to one of Green Bay's two biggest rivals; Minnesota and Chicago, but now, he says it's irrelevant.
The 38-year-old Favre said he, too, is moving forward. He said he thought he'll always be a Packer, he's not a traitor and his move to the Jets is all business.