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With their legacies so intertwined, now that Mike Holmgren is being inducted to the Packers Hall of Fame, can Brett Favre be far behind? (PHOTO: Green Bay Press Gazette file)

In Sports Commentary

Even the streets honoring the coach and his quarterback intersect. (PHOTO: Green Bay Press Gazette file)

Now that Holmgren is in, can Favre be far behind?


He has been gone for 12 years, yet his shadow still looms large.

He spent just seven years here, yet it seemed to be so much longer.

Mike Holmgren will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this summer, an honor that is long overdue. And while most of us understand how and why he left, his departure still leaves some fans with an empty feeling and a lot of "what ifs" left to be answered.

What if he had stayed in Green Bay? Would the Ray Rhodes 8-8 debacle have ever happened? Would he have gotten the control he so desperately thirsted for if he had just waited two more years for Ron Wolf to retire? Could he have prevented the debacle that was Mike Sherman – the general manager?

Of course we will never know, for Holmgren left us in 1999 for Seattle. After almost two years of speculation, three NFC Championship Game appearances, a pair of Super Bowl runs, and one glorious championship, he was gone just like that.

His reason for leaving was simple: he wanted total control. The same story line that played out for their opponents when the Packers arrived at Super Bowl XXXI, ironically drove their own coach to the Pacific Northwest shortly after Steve Young found Terrell Owens in a small seam inside the 3com Park South end zone in between defenders Pat Terrell (in what would be his final play as a NFL player after nine years), Brian Williams, and Darren Sharper.

As the local media covered the story of the Packers that week in New Orleans, the national media had a different agenda. Bill Parcells famously said, "You cook the dinner; at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries," and thus he was gone after the Patriots loss to the Packers. What we did not know at the time, however, was that like Parcells, Holmgren also wanted to run his own show.

Problem was, Ron Wolf still was going to be in charge for many years to come. Or so we all thought.

As Holmgren left for Emerald City pastures, Wolf was, unbeknownst to anyone else, planning to retire. Just one year into his stint as Packers head coach (and just two years removed from being the Packers tight ends coach), Mike Sherman was running the entire operation.

As a head coach, Sherman was quite competent. However, as a general manager, he was less prepared than a Kardashian without a trust fund trying to get a real job.

Would Holmgren have done a better job?

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Packerfan | Jan. 22, 2012 at 1:07 a.m. (report)

Right on, Irish01 ... you made some very good points!

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irish01 | Jan. 21, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. (report)

I remember when Brett was the golden boy, "did you see how happy he is" and "oh just look at him" on and on.....now because the guy didn't want to retire people keep pushing him into the sand well let's see when Donald Driver changes teams, he doesn't want to retire either. Perhaps all of those who hate Favre should look in the mirror I'm sure that everyone has their own demons, it's a damn game by the way, if people were as passionate about our politics as much as the football perhaps the US wouldn't be in so much trouble.

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TosaJim | Jan. 21, 2012 at 12:16 p.m. (report)

The misspelling of Favre's name was intentional I don't like the guy)...and I never said he wasn't a great football player...he was and someday he will be in the NFL Hall of Fame...but as a person he was and still is a tool.

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Packerfan | Jan. 21, 2012 at 3:16 a.m. (report)

I'm in total agreement with tlmjohnson. I, too, am really tired of the Brett bashing. The other guys who wrote, can't even spell Favre correctly, so I think that pretty much says it all about these fellas. I will definitely go to #4's induction into the Packer Hall of Fame someday and to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 6 years or so. Brett put Green Bay back on the map and had a huge impact on the team AND the fans. The Packers wouldn't be who they are today, without #4!

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AndrewJ | Jan. 19, 2012 at 8:47 a.m. (report)

TosaJim is on it... Farve is a tool. Even if they elected him, he would no doubt take the opportunity to snub the team, yet again, by not showing up for the induction. Now, maybe in another 5 or 10 years that won't be the case, but before then you can bank on it.

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