The Green Bay Packers quarterback actually said this on Monday, during his first press conference of training camp:
"I really feel like this is the most talented team that I've been a part of."
To paraphrase Gary Coleman's Arnold, "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Brett?"
Most talented? This team? More talented than the 1995 team that lost the NFC championship game to Dallas? More talented than the 1996 team that won Super Bowl XXXI? More talented than the 1997 team that lost Super Bowl XXXII to Denver? More talented than the 2003 team that was a fourth-and-26 away from the NFC title game?
In fairness to Favre, he did immediately add a caveat to his pronouncement, that the Packers are also "the most unproven, inexperienced team that I've ever played on,'' too, but he stood by his initial statement even after practice, when I casually asked him as he walked by if he was serious.
"The most talented team you've been on?" I said.
"Yep," came the reply.
"You really think so?" I said.
"Yeah, I really think so," he said.
And then he walked away.
Sorry, but I'm not buying it. To me, there are only two possibilities: Favre either has deluded himself into believing that this incredibly young team really is going to be good, or after going all-in and postponing retirement for another year to return for his 15th season as the Packers' quarterback, he's trying to convince himself that it won't be as bad as many others think it will.
I'm guessing option No. 2. Either way, though, what he said Monday was laughable. When he called the 2004 season a "Super Bowl or bust" year at his first press conference of camp, at least you could see why he might think that; I still believe that had they won at Philadelphia in the divisional round, the Packers would have steamrolled the Carolina Panthers on the road in the NFC title game and wound up in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
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