TORONTO - Another day; another Brett Favre rumour.
Favre evidently is prepared to consider another comeback, this time with the Chicago Bears.
Similarly, Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy would also like to make comebacks. Like the Favre idea, those are also dead issues.
The social networks went nutty, and the internet was all abuzz Monday, when ESPNChicago.com said a “source familiar with the quarterback” would listen if the Bears made overtures. Not sure if that source was his barber, his agent or someone to whom he’s been emailing photos of himself. Any way it comes out, the idea is a loser. While the source said Favre has been keeping in shape, that doesn’t mean much more than that he has spent time lately tramping through the bayou with a gun scaring the life out of little woodland creatures.
Not that any of this has cooled speculation the 42-year-old could replace Caleb Hanie, who has been ineffective since Jay Cutler’s injury. Hanie has completed less than 50% of his passes for a rating of 23.8, and has six interceptions in his last two outings — both losses.
This might be viewed with less alarm, except that his performance comes after the Bears had won five in a row with Cutler behind centre, fueling the public misconception that this was a team destined for a second consecutive Super Bowl run.
Resurrecting Favre smacks of desperation. Coach Lovie Smith dismissed the idea, too. “That’s our group,” Smith said of the three quarterbacks on the Bears’ roster. “We’re not looking on the outside. We won’t have a quarterback tryout or anything like that.”
Here’s hoping he means that. Another Favre comeback would exacerbate, not solve, Chicago’s troubles. While there’s uncertainty how the latest speculation started, just because some guy on a computer in his mother’s basement comes up with the idea, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
A Favre appearance in a Bears’ uniform seems far-fetched. First, he didn’t appear to have anything left in the tank when last seen running on fumes with the Vikings. The circus his signing would bring, makes it unpalatable and, even if he could still play, learning Mike Martz’ complicated offence would be implausible for anyone coming in cold.
Hanie might not be the ideal solution but he would appear to be the only solution. If the offence isn’t working with Hanie as constituted, it’s up to Martz to make the most of Hanie’s athleticism and find something that does work. Signing Favre simply isn’t an option; at least not a workable option.
There is only one team standing between Detroit and a playoff spot.
That team would be the Lions. Forget the Raiders, Detroit has become the baddest, most undisciplined, selfish team in the NFL.
Matthew Stafford threw for more than 400 yards Sunday in his most consistent performance since he hurt his finger, but because of teammates’ penalties and mental goofs it still added up to a loss to New Orleans.
The Lions took three personal foul penalties after the whistle, including tight end Brandon Pettigrew’s shove of an official, and receiver Titus Young drew a drive-killing penalty for an open-handed blow to the head.
“I was completely wrong for what I did,” Young said. “I kind of let my emotions get the best of me.”
The Lions were penalized 11 times for 109 yards and they have now lost five of their last seven games, largely because they keep beating themselves.
“We’re undisciplined. Undisciplined. Undisciplined,” said centre Dominic Raiola, seen chastising Young on the sideline. “We (expletive) it up. It’s very disheartening to do this (expletive) in big games. We got to clean it up. We ain’t going to win (expletive) games like this if you play like that.”
All this after Ndamukong Suh was suspended two games for misbehaving. Head coach Jim Schwartz wants his team to be aggressive but this is getting ridiculous because right now the only thing they’re leading the league in is stupidity.
With A.J. Feeley out with a fractured thumb the Rams may start third string quarterback Tom Brandstater against Seattle Monday ... Linebacker Cameron Wake is leading the SAVE SPARANO campaign, noting the head coach’s “methods are obviously working. On the fun meter, I think we’re at the top of the league. Swag meter, too” ... Michael Vick returned to practice Monday and is expected to start against Miami ... Vikings owner Zygi Wilf gave coach Leslie Frazier a vote of confidence. His team is 2-10, so that may not be a good thing ... Since signing his big, shiny new contract Ryan Fitzpatrick is 0-5 and the Bills have scored more than 17 points only once.
JOHNSON SHOULD PLAY WITH FLU MORE OFTEN
Titans’ Chris Johnson was being compared to legends after he ran for 156 yards while battling flu.
“I can’t lie, I felt weak out there. It was pretty hard to practise all week,” Johnson said.
Receiver Damian Williams compared Johnson to Michael Jordan, who in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Final scored 38 points in 44 minutes while battling the flu.
“Michael Jordan put up 50 points when he was sick,” Williams said. “What C.J. did, that’s a testament to him, to come out and keep working. We are definitely proud of him. People have been on him all year about not having the production they think he should have, but he’s pushed through it.”