I wouldn't pretend to predict how Brett Favre would perform as the Green Bay Packers QB next year. Probably fairly well -- maybe a bit better than 2006, maybe a bit worse. He'll be a slightly below average QB in the NFL.
So, is he holding the Pack back?
I don't think so. If Aaron Rodgers is really looking great in training camp 07, the Pack wouldn't hesitate to give him the job -- i really believe that. But Rodgers has shown no such flashes of greatness. And so why not another year of Favre? It's not like it's impossible to find a good new QB in a pinch in the NFL.
Consider these new starters in 2006 --
- Steve McNair (regardless of his playoff flop, the Ravens went 13-3)
- Drew Brees NO
- Vince Young TEN
- Matt Leinart AZ
- Jay Cutler DEN
- Jon Kitna DET
- Damon Huard KC
- David Garrard JAX
- Jeff Garcia PHI
- Tony Romo DAL (has he stopped puking first thing every morning yet?)
The point is this: there are plenty of good QBs left in the world -- you can build a winning team and find a QB to fit into it, it doesn't always have to be the other way around. It's not a one-way street.