GREEN BAY — When Brett Favre talks, America listens – especially when it relates to his successor with the Green Bay Packers.
During Part II of Favre's interview with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders, Favre discussed everything from his favorite quarterbacks in today’s NFL to newly-minted MVP quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, his backup from 2005-07.
For everything that’s been made of Favre’s messy departure from Green Bay in 2008, the 11-time Pro Bowler was complimentary of Rodgers’ development both as a player and leader.
“Aaron Rodgers, I knew when I left, this guy has all the tools,” Favre said. “He can beat you with his feet. He’s got a great arm, extremely accurate, handles the cast around him perfect. I think that’s the key sometimes. I think that’s what (Tom) Brady has done. Regardless of who you put out there, he’s good. That to me is the mark of a good quarterback.”
As far as favorite quarterbacks were concerned, Brady and Peyton Manning shot to the top of Favre’s list. He also talked about how impressed he is with the way Saints quarterback Drew Brees continues to adapt to a different supporting cast around him while also playfully jabbing the throwing motion of Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, describing it as “laboring.”
Along with crediting Eli Manning as “the unsung guy,” Favre came to the defense of Tony Romo, even comparing himself to the often-criticized Cowboys quarterback.
“I think he’s probably more like me than any of those guys,” Favre said of Romo. “I think way too much is cast upon him, good or bad. It’s Dallas and much is expected. He’s carried those guys, man. I’m watching last year and I like Tony. I like the way he plays and I think at times he’s underrated.
“But I’m watching and right before the snap, he’s telling guys and you’ve probably seen it too, he’s like,” Favre continued, gesturing to imaginary players around him. “How in the world are you going to have a positive play when the ball is coming and you’re telling guys,” gesturing again. “But he’ll make something out of nothing and that’s part of being a great quarterback.”
Part three of Favre’s interview will air Wednesday on NFL Network where he’ll discuss the quarterback situation of his former team, the New York Jets. In the teaser, Favre supported head coach Rex Ryan and provided a quick take on incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, saying “I think he’s handling himself well considering the circumstances.”