07 August 2008

Brett Favre: not a Buc

So.

The news dominating the headlines right now: the Green Bay Packers' trade of Brett Favre to the New York Jets.

The news that should be dominating the headlines right now: the Green Bay Packers' not-trade of Brett Favre to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Why?

Obviously, it's because I'm both a Bucs fan and the ultimate arbiter of value in the sporting universe.

What impact will the not-trade of Brett Favre to the Bucs have on Tampa's chances this year?

I think that it's actually a positive impact, for a couple of reasons.

First, the Bucs already have enough distractions, what with their running back controversies and their host of quarterbacks - and adding Brett Favre to the mix would amplify any possible tensions exponentially. Over the last few years, the Bucs have thrived when it has been able to avoid the national spotlight - and having number 4 taking snaps under center would have drawn the media like a lion to a wounded gazelle, like bad food to a high school cafeteria, or even like a tired writer to a simile.

Second, and more important, while Favre is indisputably a great quarterback, his style simply doesn't fit the Bucs' offense. Tampa has built its team on defense and ball control - and Favre, for all his strengths, turns the ball over a lot (he has averaged over twenty-six turnovers per season in the last three years). The Bucs throw a lot of short passes, splitting out a lot of wide receivers to create quick openings before the rush can get to the quarterback - and Favre thrives when he's well protected and has time to throw deep and show off his famous arm. As good as Favre is, Jeff Garcia - a capable, if unspectacular, game manager - gives the team a better chance to win.

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