It’s time once again to look at the disgraceful downfall of one Brett Lorenzo Favre. Yes, everyone has beaten the topic to death the past few years but one thing that has not truly been discussed was the exact moment when Favre’s downfall began. Some say it was in 2005 with the hiring of Ted Thompson. Others argue it happened with the firing of Mike Sherman in 2006.
I’d have to partially agree with those who mention Sherman, except they have it backwards. I’d argue Favre’s meltdown began when Sherman was HIRED in 2000.
Wind the clock back to that year if you will: Ray Rhodes had just been fired and Favre was coming off a 22 TD pass to 23 interceptions season after battling a bad thumb all season. Keep in mind this was two years removed from the Packers trip to Super Bowl XXXII against the Broncos. Favre experienced his first non-winning season of his career as well.
More than that, players and coaches from the Super Bowl teams had begun to move on. Mike Holmgren was in Seattle, Reggie White was in Carolina for one last season and best bud former tight end Mark Chmura was on trial for sexual assault. Favre’s mentors and best friend were all gone.