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Kevin Greene To Coach OLBs For Packers

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Last week, we were the first place to tell sports fans that the Green Bay Packers were interested in former All-Pro DE/LB Kevin Greene (1/22/09 – NFL Buzz: Packers Interested Interested In Former Steelers LB Kevin Greene ). The Packers made it official today as Greene was named the OLB coach for the team.

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Buckle Up… This Could Get A Little Bumpy

It is not conjecture, speculation or hypotheticals no more, it is all about decisions and actions now. Brett Lorenzo Favre signed and faxed his re-instatement papers to the NFL and it is a matter of time now the Green Bay Packers have to make moves that impact the short and long-term results of the franchise. Ted Thompson now is going to make the move he is being forced to make, either trade #4, ask him to stay at home or bring him in and deal with all the distractions that brings.

The latest strange turn in “As the swamp-billy turns”, Packers President Mark Murphy flew down to the Hattiesburg Compound and ask Favre to stay on the tractor, or go huntin…not gonna happen. Deanna (the wife) and “Bus” Cook (the agent) thinks Brett is getting played by the organization, just being a “dummy” as far as they are concerned. So it looks like after the soft deadline he is gettin in dat der flying machine and coming up to the stadium. Players are in camp and practice is in full effect mode, my guess is the Favre questions are already annoying the heck out of everyone at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, get use to that boys & girls it’s only going to get worse and weird.

Throw in the fact that this whole swamp billy soap opera is effecting other NFL Camps in Hempstead, NY, Disney Sports Complex in Orlando FL and Mankato MN…you figure out the
teams. And causing coaches and quarterbacks to not just look over their shoulders but step out of the way of these bullets being shot them from Green Bay WI. Bringing the swamp-billy saga to different zip codes, yikes!

Now we get to the fun of this soap opera, what happens next? Does Favre get his way? Do the Packers get their way? Aaron Rodgers twist an ankle? Does this change the pre-game free meal we get in the press box. Who are all those security guards going to protect now running off the field? How can we some how blame Mike Tyson for all of this? The most important question; what would Lee Remmel do? These are questions that demand answers.

Steve Haywood, Host of “That Being Said”
ESPN Radio 540 Milwaukee


That Being Said II – Packers & Brewers

Hello to all of those that have their facts in order, numbers in line and points of reference ready to drop on anyone willing to listen to them.

Yes, that loud minority that is my bread and butter who I never under appreciate is the fans that are stirred into a frenzy or as I was once told ( by the “great” William Johnson) herded as sheep to what is important in the world of sports. If Ted Thompson makes the move to trade future NFL Hall of Famer Brett Lorenzo Favre it would be something; until then it is just conversation. Like I said all along, after doing this for about ten years now the levels of passion and interest in a player, team or sport depend usually on the player, team, or sports current status of success (paging Tiger Woods), that also includes what fans focus on.

If this was 2002 The Brewers would not be uttered out of any ones mouth in this town stats or otherwise, that is the level of indifference they had gotten to. Like the Packers of the eighties… start winning and the tone of conversation changes, and gets more and more dissected. Throw in the internet, sports talk radio, instant access on cable and satellite television and fantasy sports leagues and you have the perfect storm of stat-heads. They can site at the drop of a hat what Trent Green’s completion percentage is or the on-base percentage of Rickie Weeks is. That is ok, except sometimes it doesn’t explain why this team won or this team lost, the competition usually determines that, not stats.

The Brewers are winning now and they are fun to watch and give you something to talk about every day which creates natural thoughts of anxiety and concerns about what is next… fair enough. Stats are something that are used as an point of reference when it benefits ones point of view or even better to justify ones thought process or argument. As we progress the the rest of the baseball season we will see how Rickie Weeks and other “stats” will impact others points of view or will it be plays made or not and if they win… I’m betting on the 2nd one.

Steve Haywood, Host of “That Being Said”
ESPN Radio 540 Milwaukee


Farve Can’t Stay Away

Brett Lorenzo Favre…

Where do we start? Well let’s start with the obvious, Favre still wants to play, the Packers wanted Favre back but he changed his mind again and the Packers moved on. Ted Thompson has put together a championship caliber team with one unproven position player; the quarterback, and Aaron Rodgers is now that guy. Mike McCarthy is on-board publicly with Ted Thompson as well as the new president Mark Murphy. So these are facts that we would all agree upon, now is where it gets dicey, where speculation, innuendo, perceptions and personalities of all these parties have made this the best reality T.V. I’ve seen since the Real World 2 on MTV many years ago. 

Favre has waffled more on this issue than you can buy at The International House of Pancakes. Ole’ Teddy T. is ready for the band to have a new conductor, and his lack of back side kissing to Favre over the years has made that clear to Favre, from firing Mike Sherman the day after the Packer season ended in ’06, to blowing off the request to trade for Randy Moss last April. Favre read in between the lines and being the diva he is decided he had enough.

Three time MVP, Super Bowl Champion, record holder of all significant records for quarterback position in the history of the NFL…nothing left to do, but get on the tractor in Hattiesburg and call it a career. There’s only one problem with that, its that championship game, its that pass in overtime, its the whispers that he’s uncomfortable in the cold weather games. Then there’s the other problem, he could still play, had one of his best seasons of his career, and competitors never quit, they get it taken away from them.
 
Ted Thompson is screwed 6 ways to Sunday, only one way out, Aaron Rodgers NFL MVP and Packer Super Bowl champions, probability about the same as my skin color changing to that of Michael Jackson’s complexion… not gonna happen. So Teddy has to balance what is best for the Packers and his coach, these players and Ted Thompson. So here is my suggestion if you listen to my radio show, “That Being Said” on 540 ESPN (shameless plug) I’ve said all along the best way to address this situation is wait for the official request for reinstatement by Favre’s representation to the team, acknowledge it, remind Brett that training camp starts July twenty-whatever, and inform Brett Lorenzo Favre he is the back-up to Aaron Rodgers.

Here’s why this works; Favre’s ego and pride may not allow him to show up, if he does he’s banking on one of two things; Rodgers getting hurt which historically has happened to him, or ineffective play. Don’t worry about pressure, that was going to exist whether Favre is there or not, internal and external for the team and Rodgers, might as well have the 800 lb white elephant on the sideline in uniform instead of haunting the facility at 1265 Lombardi Avenue day in, day out.
  
From the Packers standpoint, its high risk, high reward. Rodgers gets his shot and you have one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game as a back up. As a Packer observer from a media perspective I could care less about anybody’s ego, feelings etc. As a fan, all parties need to understand that it is about winning first and foremost. The most dysfunctional team in the off season last year were the New York football Giants, look at what they did. It is possible, at the same time you could have the team implode around this whole issue if it hasn’t already. Favre could become the issue in the locker room that could splinter guys off into taking sides. Team chemistry is very important in locker rooms and clubhouses, respect if not love or like for one another is essential for team success, once the respect is lost you never can get it back.
 
Are we at that point already? We will find out soon enough, Favre is still on the schedule to induct his boy Frankie bag of doughnuts (Frank Winters) into the Packers Hall of Fame on July 19th. That will be a very revealing moment in this drama that gets more entertaining and complicated by the day. Stay tuned (like I had to tell you to do that).
 
I have to close with a special shout out to two of my colleagues who have pretty much nailed this whole thing down from that NFC Championship Game till now. Jason Wilde of The Wisconsin State Journal and Mark Chmura (Big Chewy) on 540espn have been on point with this Favre topic since it became a topic. I salute your candor, humor and insight of this whole topic, thanks for setting the tone its on us to keep up now.

Steve Haywood, Host of “That Being Said”
ESPN Radio 540 Milwaukee