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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.’‘

Reader Comments

Por (Ron Hubbard) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

So Joe Theisman bases this on what facts? Actually the next time I put any stock in anything that Theisman has to say will be the first time. I find it remarkable that Theisman would base his remarks on the fact that Brett Favre played in a similar system in Green Bay. I suppose thats why Joe is no longer a big time announcer, his know it all act grew very tiresome and he now is regulated to annonimity and making baseless statements.

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Por (Ron Hacbarth) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Does it really matter if its Favre or Garcia? There is no one to throw the ball too. Joey Galloway will be doubled teamed all year. Clayton will drop everything close to him. And Mr. Date Rape will be in jail. Bucs 8-8 at best!!!!

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Por (JeffH) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I know as a fact that Mr Favre had dinner here in SRQ at Flemmings this past week with members of the Bucs. I think Joe is headed in the right direction

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Por (Jason F) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Go Bucs!...Favre is a notch better than garcia i don’t care what u say, bigger arm, more accurate, can’t wait to get that #4 jersey in pewter.

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Por (Bill) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)


We can only dream for now. But if it comes to light and done deal. HELLO SUPERBOWL 2008 season at home would be the best superbowl ever. BRING ON FAVRE

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Por (Darren Alvarez) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Whether Theisman is right or wrong getting Farve would be HUGE!!!!! This would be a huge boost of confidence for our team…. Farve is what we would need to get us back to the big game. Well, him and two great recievers not to mention our defense will probably be ranked in the middle of the league so I guess are chance still isnt that great….hahaha

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Por (Shawn Golan) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just like everyone else in the world, Theisman is offering his prediction/opinion on this issue.  Nobody can take anything from this…

BUT…if he’s right…Tampa immediately becomes a top contender in the NFC.  While Favre makes plenty of mistakes, he also makes a ton of plays that almost nobody else can.  He also has the potential to make our mediocre WR corps look better than they are.  Look what he did in GB.  The only good WR they have is Driver, but he made the rest of those guys look like studs. 

If the deal can be done, Allen needs to pull the trigger!

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Por (Jim Pryor) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If I still lived in Tampa, there’s no way I’d write what many of these posters have written.  Getting Favre is HUGE.  I can’t believe that there are this many people who do not support the team. 

And honestly, the defense will be middle of the pack?  They haven’t been middle of the pack for over a decade.  And they’ve only gotten better this year.

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Por (Herb) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)


That wasnt Favre dining with Allen, it was Talib’s agent.

so much for your facts

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Por (Fugilebrity) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Theismann may not be right about Favre, but he is about Garcia.  Something is obviously going down when your starting QB is choosing the Garlic Festival over the start of his team’s camp. 

And of course, Bruce Allen continues to insult the intellignece of Bucs fans everywhere by perpetrating the ruse to avoid negative publicity for the team.

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Por (Herb) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

o yeah,

Favre in pewter would be a disaster, It’s getting a little too close to the beginning of the season for favre to get a solid command of our offensive verbage and play book.

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Por (RCG2) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Quite honestly, I don’t think Favre would be a great fit for the Bucs this year on the real field.  However, I’d be a God in my Madden 09 video game league with Favre at the healm!  Obviously I’m torn grin

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Por (Joe) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I hope Favre ends up a Buc, that way we can get rid of that cry baby, whining, bad vibe Garcia. The guy played super conservative football, so his rating was good..big whoop. Overall, he was mediocre.

I say trade Simms ,Garcia and a draft pick for Favre!

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Por (Tarponbillsfan) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If Favre comes to the Bucs, the Bucs go to the Super Bowl this year

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Por (Darren Alvarez) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Jim Pryor, Elizabeth, CO,

Jim stick to the Bronco’s. I think the mile “HIGH” city is getting to you.

And as far as the defense goes I hope your correct but again I think the mile “HIGH” city is getting to your brain….. And by the way what was their ranking last year in the entire league?

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Por (Darren Alvarez) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

And by the way, I support the team. I just think we would be better if Farve was taking the snaps. And if you don’t think that you must not know much about football…

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Por (BucNut) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)


You don’t know what you’re talking about.

Bucs defense was ranked #1 in scoring and #3 in total yards and #1 in pass defense.

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Por (daniel b) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I cant wait to see how well a “thawed out” Brett Favre can toss the pigskin in TB!

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Por (Rich) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I can’t believe Garcia’s being treated this way.  He performed better than any other QB in a BUCS history. Gruden’s suppose to be an offensive guru and yet still finds the need to have 10 QB’s and 10 RB’s on his roster to make it click.  Altough Simms is clearly not the answer…he doesn’t deserve this treatment either.  Gruden lacks class….Bring back Tony!!

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Por (Kurt) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Rich, plain and simple; you’re wrong. Gruden hasn’t treated anybody with disrespect. Every time someone whines about how Gruden treats people, three months later we find out the truth (which typically exhonerates GruAllen.) Dungy didn’t get it done, period. We’d still be looking for a championship if Dungy were here…get over it! For the rest of you Favre haters; he is an MVP QB who will win those games that weak armed and brained Garcia lost last year. Remember Lions/Jags/Giants? And don’t forget that he missed numerous games to injury which we could have won. Do what’s right for the franchise and SIGN BRETT FAVRE!!!

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Por (Greg) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I like Farve too, but realistically speaking he is 39. In the Giants game last year on that out throw interception he looked awfully old in a hurry. I am sure the cold had a lot to do with Farve losing his energy. But anyone who think’s Bucs would go to the Super Bowl this year must be on drugs. Too many offensive holes to fill.

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Por (Greg) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Sorry about that typo Brett.

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Por (David) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why does everyone else on here chalk up everything up as Grudens fault? He as well as other assist coaches give input, but do u honestly think is behind closed doors telling Allen not to give Jeff a contract extension? Really? You act like there were no contract squabbles when Tony was here. Do you not remember the Hardy Nicholson situation? Or hmm..what about questionable signings? Bert Emanuel? I love Tony Dungy as a coach, but move on already. Gruden is a good coach, we could be stuck with Nurv (no-win) Turner, or Wade (fat-man) Phillips. lol…

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Por (Nick Kosmitis) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’m glad baseball season will be over with in a couple of days.

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Por (BigBucFan) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Where are all the Holes on this team, that I keep hearing about? This team is Deep & Strong & Fast. Garcia is doing a very good job. Favre would probably do better. More INT’s yes, but more BIG plays, & probably more wins. Favre has as much arm as Joey has speed. No one else comes close. Brett is really entertaining & he will fill our stadium. Garcia hasn’t done that yet. I’m talking empty seats. Hey People, go to Stubhub, buy the resold tickets & get to the Games. We need it. It’s a blast. I never miss a home game. Come on, put your money where your mouth is! Go Bucs !!!

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