Favre leaves massive void
Posted Mar. 04 at 01:54 AM
Brett Favre leaves some huge shoes to fill. He won 11 playoff games, including a Super Bowl and two NFC Championships, and he collected a pile of coveted NFL records – including 253 straight starts at quarterback, 442 TD passes, 160 wins and 61,655 passing yards.
Favre also managed to resurrect his career. He’s 39, and Favre didn’t play well in the two seasons prior to last year. He threw a league-high 29 interceptions in 2005, with the Packers finishing at just 4-12, and he threw just as many interceptions (18) as touchdowns the following the year, when Green Bay finished 8-8.
He – and the Packers – managed to turn things around last season. Favre completed a career-best 66.5 percent of his passes, with 28 TDs versus 15 interceptions, to help Green Bay to a 13-3 record. The Packers beat Seattle in the playoffs but lost to the Giants in overtime in the NFC Championship.
I was playing around with some goal-line numbers late last season – part of the preparation for putting together our 2008 magazine. Inside the 5-yard line last year, Favre was the league’s most effective passer last year – better than Brady, and better than Manning. When the Packers were inside the 5 last year, Favre completed 11 of 16 passes, all for touchdowns. Nobody completed a higher percentage of passes in that area, and nobody turned a higher portion of those plays into touchdowns.
Aaron Rodgers played surprisingly well in his two quarters of action down at Dallas in November, but he’s definitely got his work cut out for him.
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