PHILADELPHIA — To me it would seem everything that’s happening lately in the world of football has left me awash in syllogisms. You know — “if this, then that” — syllogisms.
Given the vissi d’football aspects of the training camps, some things just won’t go away. If any other quarterback aside from Green Bay’s Brett Favre had said it was not their job to prepare a young signal-caller to learn the position at the pro level, then the response (given the thickness of said organization’s skin) would have varied from a verbal reprimand to fining and possibility of suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
One need only go back to the recent induction ceremony for the 2006 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for further reflection. Four players entered the halcyon Hall, and among them two of the best quarterbacks in the modern era, Steve Young and Dan Marino.
Young was especially eloquent in his reflections during his state of flux, when opportunities to start in other cities existed. The former San Francisco 49er relented to study under someone he felt was the best ever at the position.
While Joe Montana may not have liked Young breathing down his neck to get in, Montana knew what was in the best interests of the ‘Niners, and followed through on that, sharing knowledge with Young until his trade to Kansas City in the latter stages of his career.
Marino, on the other hand, came into the league a star and went out as one. But Miami’s greatest Dolphin knew how to consult and was not shy in taking Don Strock on as his gridiron consigliere, fostering an on-field bond that lasted 16 years.
I’ve heard countless times how someone is “being groomed to be the starting quarterback.” Can any fan or anyone in this business say this doesn’t imply that the incumbent at the position would be looked to as the primary source of information?
I didn’t think so. Mr. Favre needs to remember that once upon a time, he was in the same boat. Who knows how his career would’ve turned out if the trade from Atlanta had never been made?
The Packers’ first-round draft choice from 2005, Aaron Rodgers, had better be a quick study with the skills to match, based on what Favre said — or he will be gone with the December winds of Lambeau Field.
And if Rodgers can keep up and eventually step in and be the man for the next 10 years or so, what precedent does that set for the young gun the team’s personnel department deems its heir apparent?
Will Rodgers tell that kid he has to fend for himself?
From a football stance, this flies in the face of everything said about teamwork, and because the messenger in this case is a first ballot Hall of Fame candidate, bona fide legend and savior of a legacy that exists with only he and Bart Starr as their franchise quarterbacks (in addition to being one tough son of a gun) doesn’t change that fact.
Brett, I love the way you play football — but you should’ve taken a sack on this one instead of trying to throw that stuff into double coverage.
And why am I bringing this up? Because if we don’t speak on this; then we are the hypocrites.