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Theismann envisions Favre in pewter
Posted Jul 23, 2008 by Ira Kaufman
Updated Jul 23, 2008 at 02:21 PM
Brett Favre won’t be throwing footballs for anyone but the Buccaneers this fall, according to Joe Theismann.
The former Pro Bowl QB of the Redskins says Favre’s familiarity with Jon Gruden’s offense makes Tampa the likely destination for the future Hall of Famer.
“I think the odds are better than 50-50 Favre ends up with the Bucs,’’ Theismann said Wednesday. “If Brett Favre plays football in 2008, I think it’s in Tampa.’‘
Favre, who turns 39 in October, has yet to petition the NFL for reinstatement, but the Packers have made it clear they intend to move on without the franchise icon and go with 24-year-old Aaron Rodgers under center.
Jeff Garcia made the Pro Bowl last season and led the Bucs to an NFC South title, but the 38-year-old QB is frustrated with his contract situation. On Tuesday, Bucs GM Bruce Allen said Garcia has been granted permission to skip the first weekend of training camp to attend a reunion of a college team that Garcia’s father coached to a 1973 national junior college championship.
“There’s something going down,’’ Theismann said when informed of Garcia’s surprising decision to miss the start of camp. “He’s not happy with his contract and the Favre rumors don’t help this situation. Brett has a stronger arm than Jeff and we know that Jon Gruden doesn’t think twice about changing quarterbacks. The feeling down there in Tampa seems to be ‘If I can get a guy to help my team win, I’m sorry I hurt your feelings.’ ‘’
Theismann said it’s clear Favre wants to play in the NFL this fall. The key is finding an offensive scheme he’s familiar with.
“To me, the No. 1 question is whether there’s a system he can get into right away,’’ Theismann said. “Adaptability to the system is the key. If you bring a Brett Favre into something other than the West Coast offense, you’d have to limit your offense. In the span of one training camp, he’d be ready to to lead the Bucs. He can’t go anywhere where the system is different.’‘
For the Bucs to swing a deal with Green Bay for Favre, timing becomes essential.
“You’re up against the clock,’’ Theismann said. “For him to be effective in Tampa, you’d have to get him into training camp quickly. Tampa makes the most sense, but the clock is ticking for any team that wants Brett Favre.’‘