ESPN For all the questions about whether the Rams would call Tim Tebow after Sam Bradford suffered his season ending injury, they didn’t. They called a bigger name, higher-profile quarterback. After the team lost Bradford to a season-ending knee injury, St. Louis called Brett Favre on Sunday night, asking if the 44-year-old retired quarterback who is now a grandfather, would be willing to leave his farm to plow through the back half of the Rams’ schedule, league sources said. Favre hasn’t played since December of 2010, but that didn’t stop the Rams from reaching out to Favre’s agent, Bus Cook. One source familiar with the Rams’ conversations said that, if Favre took them up on their interest, “it could break Twitter.” Yet the man who famously wavered over whether to play too many times to count didn’t waver this time. Through Cook, Favre told the Rams that he was retired — actually, really, officially.Favre was asked about the Rams’ interest in an interview with ESPN 570 Radio in Washington on Thursday and made it clear he is not returning to the NFL. “It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I’m going to that,” he said. Favre said his season in the NFL, in 2010 with the Minnesota Vikings when a shoulder injury ended his consecutive starts streak at 297, convinced him it was time to stop playing. “I had a great career. I think if anything, the last year that I played was an obvious writing on the walk, vision for you if you will,” he said. “It was time.” Favre said he’s “content” with his life away from the game. “My family took a back seat for 20 years. My 14-year-old daughter plays volleyball and is the ninth grade and will be playing again the next three years and. I’ve taken trips that I never thought I’d take, I’ve gone to Yellowstone and I’ve gone Glacier National Park, I’ve gone to steamboats, my snow skiing, we’ve gone down to the Bahamas, we’ve done things that really everybody in my family just kind of waited for. And even if he did have any hopes of returning, he said Thursday his body won’t allow it. “I’m like a yardstick, I’m so stiff,” he said. “So I’m just trying to … not stay in shape to play, but stay in shape to do everyday things, not only with my daughter and my wife and my grandson, but really just for me.” The Rams ended up signing veteran quarterback Brady Quinn, who had been released by the New York Jets earlier this week, and brought back Austin Davis, who spent the 2012 season and the 2013 preseason with the team. Both quarterbacks will back up Kellen Clemens, who will get his first start this season when the Rams host the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.
It makes sense that the Rams could call Brett Favre, he is familiar with their offensive system, because he played for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer when both were with the New York Jets in 2008 and he has more arm talent than the rest of the quarterbacks on the Rams roster combined. Look who the Rams signed instead, Brady Quinn, who also has experience in Schottenheimer’s offense with the Jets, but does not have near the talent or the resume of future Hall Of Famer Brett Favre.
My question, if I were Favre, would have been “What’s in it for me?” In his one season with the New York Jets, in Schottenheimer’s ultra-conservative offense, Favre had the worst season of his storied career. The Rams have no chance of contending for a Super Bowl this season, and so not have a lot of weapons offensively that can make Favre successful, so continuing to enjoy retirement was the right decision for Brett Favre. I bet that if the Seattle Seahawks or New Orleans Saints came calling, and Favre had the chance to succeed right away, he would quickly change his tune.