Favre may be answer to question Colts don't want to ask

August 15, 2011
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Could Brett Favre be wearing an Indianapolis Colts jersey within three weeks?

OK, OK, I hear the howls. I agree, it sounds ridiculous.

But if Peyton Manning isn’t sufficiently healed to start by week one, and his overall health for this season is still questionable, then I think there’s a good argument for the Colts to take a look at Favre.

And there’s reason to believe Favre would have a strong interest in one more shot at Super Bowl glory—or at least playing a meaningful role in a Super Bowl run.

If the Colts think Manning will only miss two or three games, it makes sense to ride out the storm with back-up Curtis Painter. Though, for those who saw Painter in Saturday’s pre-season game, that scenario wouldn’t be pretty.

If Colts trainers think Manning might miss four or more games, there’s every reason to go after Favre, who is no doubt down in Mississippi hoping a contender like the Colts calls shortly after training camp breaks.

Even if Manning only misses four or five games, an awful start could doom the season. And with Manning at 35, he doesn’t have too many seasons left to doom.

What the Colts need is a guy who would play for one year and for nothing more than a chance to play a meaningful role in a Super Bowl run. Favre, 41, might fit that bill perfectly.

The Colts have proved they’re a contender with a Hall of Fame quarterback under center. And there aren’t too many HOF QBs out there floating around. With Painter, they’ve proved time and again they’re not very good.

There would have to be a couple of conditions for Favre to join the Colts. He’d have to play for a relatively small salary, something he hasn’t been willing to do. The Colts have little cap space.

Second, Favre would have to promise to play it straight. That means no e-mailing photos of himself of any kind to anyone, and no other shenanigans. He’s already shown he can get along with players in just about any locker room, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

And you’d have to believe Favre would get along well with a players’ owner like Jim Irsay.

As for learning the Colts offense, well, adding Favre this late in the game would be less than ideal. But remember, this is a guy who’s played 20 NFL seasons. You’d think he’d be quick to pick up the basics. Plus, the Colts aren’t running a system as complicated as the N.Y. Jets under Eric Mangini, a system in which Favre struggled three years ago.

Don’t forget, there’s extra motivation for the Colts to play in Super Bowl XLVI because it will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Don’t think Irsay doesn’t want to accomplish what Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones failed to do a year ago—become the first NFL team to play in a Super Bowl in its home city.

Favre in a Colts jersey? Probably just a pipe dream. Certainly a long shot. I’m sure Colts fans everywhere are on their knees hoping it doesn’t come to this.

But if it does, nobody loves a long shot more than No. 4.

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  • Not here
    Long shot? I'd say no shot. It is going to be one of the guys in camp, if it is not Manning, and it will be Manning. Manning won't let Favre get within a mile of here. Peyton has a consecutive game streak too, and it may eventually equal or surpass Favre's. Favre won't play for the little money either. As for Painter, I don't know how we would know if he is any good or not...he never,ever plays with the first unit...Saturday, there were 1 or 2 guys on the line you could consider guys who might start, very few of the guys who are going to start even played more than one series. He did not look great, one terrible throw on the first series that may have been him, may have been the receiver, a good throw and great catch (Garcon) but until he plays with Wayne, Clark, Addai, Collie, Gonzales, and has a line that is some semblance of the starters, which he has never had, you don't know what you have. And I don't care if we ever find out...Peyton will be there opening day, and Painter or Orlovsky or Davis will be backing him up...they may keep a couple of them for a few weeks if they have any question about his health...I realize that the Colts give people like yourself absolutely nothing to write about, but I don't see any possibility of this. The Colts have never been about the mdiea circus stuff, they won't go there. fun to talk about though...
    • I agree
      Exactly! Plus Manning is not going to miss game one anyway. He too much of a competitor for that.
    • Again!
      Another article that is written to fill space and is worthless!
    • why not
      Not sure what the dislike of Favre is. Why not he is certainly capable, though a little older and not as much spring in his step. He wouldnt steal any spotlight from manning, no pride will be lost, he will get the back seat as soon as P is ready to play, and guess what I gaurantee there will be more #4Favre colts jersey's sold across the nation than most of the other players. jealous? I see it as marketing - dont think it would be mentioned at every sports talk show outlet. THink about it that is a lot of press during a super bowl run in the town where it will be played.
    • Wrong Answer
      There is not a single question regarding any activity that is going to take place on any NFL field this season to which the name "Brett Favre" is the correct answer!
    • why not
      Not sure what the dislike of Favre is. Why not he is certainly capable, though a little older and not as much spring in his step. He wouldnt steal any spotlight from manning, no pride will be lost, he will get the back seat as soon as P is ready to play, and guess what I gaurantee there will be more #4Favre colts jersey's sold across the nation than most of the other players. jealous? I see it as marketing - dont think it would be mentioned at every sports talk show outlet. THink about it that is a lot of press during a super bowl run in the town where it will be played.
    • easy choice
      If the decision comes down to Curtis Painter or Brett Favre, that's a no brainer. Favre. All you good people in Colts-land need to wake up. Manning is human. He could win games. And the part that is being overlooked is that Favre could come in and help preserve the season for Manning, who could come back mid-season and scoop up another Super Bowl MVP.
    • Totally off Base
      I always liked Favre, but suggesting that he would be the answer for the Colts is ridiculous.

      1)If he was still capable of playing like a HOFer he wouldn't be sitting at home.

      2)The Colts are built entirely around Manning. Stepping in to help a team like the Jets (great defense and running game)that is looking for a missing element is significantly different and dramatically easier (and THAT didn't work). If Manning goes down, the Colts go down. Any warm body can step in, but the results won't be remotely similar.

      3) Favre has only succeeded under one offensive system. The Colts offense is far from easy - in contrast to your inane comment - and to think that Favre can come in at the last second and do anything other than try and run around and wing it without regard to the game plan isn't realistic.

      If Manning can't start the Colts will likely go with Painter - who like every backup under Manning is perfectly trained in the system, but just can't make the same decisions or throw with the same accuracy. People love ripping Painter, but every time I've seen him play he has hit a couple of nice throws. Even Manning threw tons of interceptions in his youth. If Painter had to play for a longer stretch I would expect him to calm down and play more consistently, and for the Colts to be able to beat the sub-500 teams on their schedule. It's called holding the fort down. Favre would be more likely at this point to burn the fort down.
    • Favre
      Why do all the media bring up the false rumors of bringing in Favre? At least Packer fans know the true Favre, and thats a guy who cost us many playoff games due to his blatant throws for an interception.

      He is an attention whore diva. Do you really want that on your team?

      Peyton Manning is a far better quarterback than Favre ever was, and yes I am a Packer fan.
    • Packer Fan
      Having to see local news can be painful to a guy like me. For the love of the game, I am a Packer fan. It is the only true amore in football. If I could think of one thing worse than having to watch Pouting Manning play football, it would have to watching Favre. Substituting one over paid aging whinner with another doesn't seem to be the best stradegy.
    • Favre
      Favre over Pointer. (Intentional misspelling). And hey, that guy needs to have someone teach him how to groom himself. He looks like a dog (pointer). Clean up your act Curtis.......
    • Champ
      Congrats champ, you managed to create the dumbest article in sports history.
    • Farve?
      Even if Farve is a pie in the sky idea, it's still better than Curtis Painter. The Colts ahve the best quarterback and the worst backup in the league. At some point the Colts need to get a quarterback capable of winning games in the NFL. I don't think they can afford to give away any games.
    • Why not
      If Peyton isn't able to play then he shouldn't play. I don't want to see him get injured in the first game of the season because he wasn't fully recovered. With Painter in, the Colts will lose every game until Manning is back no doubt. Why not sign Favre for a couple games, I wouldn't think it would be any longer than that. The last thing I want to see is Painter as the starting QB of the Colts.
    • A different Boiler...
      It won't help this season, but since Tebow seems to think he's the heir apparent in Denver...I'd gladly take Orton.

      1. Good for 350 yards a game - check.

      2. Not too old - check

      3. OK with the midwest - check.

      4. Stays out of trouble - check.

      5. Used to playing with an up and down defense - check.

      I'll give him a call and see what he thinks; I'll get back to you.

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