Posted October 24, 2013

Rams called Brett Favre, not Tim Tebow, after Sam Bradford’s injury

NFC West, St. Louis Rams
Apparently, there weren't enough reasons for Brett Favre to return to the NFL.

Apparently, there weren’t enough reasons for Brett Favre to return to the NFL. (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

After St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a torn left ACL and was lost for the rest of the season in the Rams’ 30-15 loss to the Panthers, the Rams considered several options. According to Mike Silver of the NFL Network, there was some thought about giving Tim Tebow a call, but that didn’t happen. Instead, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Rams reached out to Bus Cook, the agent for one Brett Lorenzo Favre.

Yes, the Rams wanted to check the Ol’ Gunslinger’s temperature about a return to the NFL. The 44-year-old Favre (who is now a grandfather, by the way), hasn’t played since December 2010, when his two-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings came to an end.

Favre, of course, spent a lot of the last few years of his career wavering between retirement and non-retirement. But in this case, it appears that the retirement is real. Through his agent, Schefter reports, Favre told the Rams that he had indeed hung ‘em up for good and was heading back to the deer stand. Favre is also the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg, Miss.

“He could play today,” Cook was quoted as saying of his client in late September. “I saw him the other day. He’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in, physically. His arms look like a blacksmith’s arms. He rides a bike probably 30-50 miles a day. He runs four or five miles a day. He’s coaching at the high school and they’re undefeated. He loves it. His body fat is 7.5 percent and he weighs 225 pounds. He could play today, better than a lot of them out there today.”

On Thursday morning, Favre joined Andy Pollin on Washington, D.C.’s ESPN Radio outlet to put the kibosh on all this silliness.

“It’s flattering, but there’s no way in hell I’m going to do that,” he said, via the Washington Post.

“I do watch games, [but] I don’t watch them a lot. I can honestly sit here and say I don’t go ‘I want to do that’ or ‘I feel like I could do that better.’ I leave that up to other people. I think if anything the last year I played was an obvious, writing-on-the-wall vision for you, if you will. It was time. When I left the NFL, it felt like I didn’t need to stick around. I didn’t need to be a part of it to feel like I had a purpose in life.”

In his 19-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and the Vikings, Favre amassed the NFL’s highest marks in pass completions (6,300), pass attempts (10,169), passing yards (71,838), passing touchdowns (508) and interceptions (336).

The Rams play the Seahawks on Monday night, with Kellen Clemens as their ostensible quarterback.

46 comments
25920x
25920x

what about  Harbaugh?

JERRY38
JERRY38

Why not give Tebow a chance.  He has playoff experience and a win, he has actually played this year even though it was Pre-season, and he wants to play and is in great shape. The Rams are not going to beat San Francisco or Seattle and there contract with Saint Louis is close to being done.  At the very least it will stir up interest in a season that could be pretty much over after Monday nights game.  It might not be to long before we are calling them the Los Angeles Rams again.        

Victor_Newman
Victor_Newman

this says more about tebow than it does about a guy halfway to the HOF. if that guy had anything to contribute to this league, he would have been picked up by now.

George
George

That's nothing.  Peter King calls Favre every friday (asking for a date)


FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Rams cheerleaders are breathing a sigh of relief

tlm773458
tlm773458

Well if you want to ask QBs to come out of retirement, call Dan Marino (52) or possibly Jim Kelly (53).  That could happen before Tebow gets a call...

ScarFace292929
ScarFace292929

I hear that Steve DeBerg might be interested in the job. HAHAHA

Holden
Holden

Clearly, Walter White's 'Blue' has made it to the St Louis market!  After bouncing around the available options--between hits off the pipe--the Rams' ''brain-trust'' determined that their best chance of winning was a middle-aged retired quarterback.  Now, that's pure football genius, I tell you!

Tebow would run the league's top rated running unit and put points on the board.  There would also be no doubt about who's leading whom...the kid is a born leader.  He'd also fire up every Rams fan--one way or the other.  I'm not a St Louis fan but I'd catch their games, which would undoubtedly be aired more, nationally, with Tebow at the helm.

Check out the latest iteration of his Wikipedia page...the guy has done a WHOLE lot of winning in his lifetime.

Even if they're skeptical, what have the Rams to lose?

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Ok, I have no idea who the Rams' normal backup QB is, but this is not much of a vote of confidence for him. Isn't he on the roster so he can, you know, back up?

PaulEThomas
PaulEThomas

I love Farve for the way he used to scramble and then hit a receiver last second...he needs to QB coach Tebow.  Love Tebow too of course.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

It would be nice if they could hold to a degree of accuracy.  When you have Favre all over the radio saying nobody called him, it is weak to lead your article with the headline on SI as "Rams Called Favre".

solersys1
solersys1

Notable rookie performances from pro-bowl quarterbacks throughout history. Imagine if they were given up on.
Terry Bradshaw: (1970) TDs (6) Int (24) completion % (38.1%)Troy Aikman: (1989) TDs (9) Int (18) Comp% (52.9%) team record (1-15) Joe Montana: Told his throwing motion would never work in the NFLSteve Young: (85-86) TDs (11) Int (21) team record (3-16) John Elway: (1983) TDs (7) Int (14) Comp% (47.5%) Joe Namath: Career Comp% (50.1%) Peyton Manning: (1998) Ints (28) team record (3-13) Brett Favre: (1993) TDs (19) Ints (24)

RandallAllen
RandallAllen

I think you forgot that Favre spent his rookie year in 1991 with the Atlanta Falcons, so he played 20 years, not 19.

ChadCarpenter
ChadCarpenter

The media is the distraction the guy is minding his own business. Just leave him alone I mean it's becoming weird.

Marty2
Marty2

"He could play today" according to his agent.  Yeah, agents are disinterested parties.  I wish that age WAS only a number, but it ain't.  


Victor_Newman
Victor_Newman

i guess tebow isn't worth the distraction at this point. otherwise, why you contact a guy halfway to the HOF over a guy in his prime? it's not about haters. real NFL brass just don't think he can cut it and don't want to be around when disaster strikes.

Blag
Blag

Ignorance is not very surprising by all the haters. I guess now if you don't have a miracle first season as a starting fresh out of college quarterback you're instantly labeled terrible. Number's don't lie? Well winning when the chance is very slim as a starting QB says a whole lot more than anything. If you want to get in the number's game, show me the starting season's of most of the great QB's. It's funny how John Elway hated tebow, but his 1st season stat's were WORSE! 46.5% Pass Comp for Tebow, 47% Pass comp for Elway.... But here is the kicker, TD% per game for Tebow is 4.4 vs Elway at 2.7. Tim tebow was 7-4 in 11 games vs Elway at 4-6. So before all y'all start hating on Tebow. You want to throw him under the bus because his first season as a QB was terrible? I don't call 7-4 terrible, and i want to point out the fact that DENVER is only winning because they have one of the best game mangers that has ever stepped out on the field. Their defense is #$%$, and they have a joke as receivers.

Bucky182
Bucky182

The Rams checked his temp, he said no. Story over. Move on, media. Except for the part where ESPN talks about this, as Schefter put it, all day.

AustinRoth
AustinRoth

Brett has no interest in playing for the sake of playing, The Rams this year are not a legitimate Super Bowl contender. 

Were, say, Alex Smith to go down for the season and the Chiefs called him, at the least he would think a whole heck of a lot harder about one more year to get a real shot at a second ring.

Swedelogic
Swedelogic

@tlm773458 Want an older guy to come out of retirement, also plays through broken ankles, but is as fit as they come based on recent sightings, ...  contact McNabb. At 3-4 there is still a chance for wildcard and you need someone like that who has experience to adapt to new playbooks, and is hungry for something to prove.

George
George

maybe Favre can teach Tebow to throw the ball to the other team as well as he used to

instead of spiking into the turf.    :D

Tebow's a winner, but he's a terrible passer, and he's already been through better coaching than he could get from lil' Abner.

Tebow's a great kid, but as an NFL qb, ... that's a proven "no-hoper."


JERRY38
JERRY38

@NebojsaTodorovic Farve also said in the same interview he is suffering from Memory loss due to concussions.  So maybe he just forgot.

Bucky182
Bucky182

@solersys1 Totally different era. In fact, I wish it were more like the 'good old days' when QBs were given a chance to develop but the reality of it is, that's not happening. Owners, GMs, and coaches were much more patient and coaches didn't have to worry about their jobs quite as much. There was obviously a 'win now' attitude but smart GMs and coaches realized when they weren't going to win right away and sacrificed a year or two to get to where they wanted to be. It's a new era and that doesn't happen anymore. Win now or you're gone. This is a 'what have you done for me lately' league and it will not be changing any time soon.

j7apple
j7apple

@RandallAllen I'm fairly sure the writer didn't forget his 0 for 4 passes with Atlanta. His 19 years are where he set the records the article mentions.

Katherine
Katherine

@Victor_Newman so "real NFL brass" wants to stick with a bunch of loosers & wannabe's that never win games?? Even starter QB's that have been starting for years & have gone to none or 1 at the most play offs (think, Romo)??  Tebow has NEVER created disaster on the field. Loosing a few games don't constitute "disaster" when he has more touchdowns than interceptions & more wins than losses, and more playoffs than QB's in the league for years. I think we have all been witnessing disasters that so called NFL "brass" has been perpetuating for years. Obviously, it's not about winning, or else the "brass" would hire known winners rather than known loosers. And the "distraction" chatter is just that, chatter. Publicity is what carries the league. Without it, there would be no league. 

RichardRomano
RichardRomano

Real NFL GMs make bad decisions. No way, that's not a possible scenario.

Katherine
Katherine

@Blag So right about those receivers. Tebow's completion % the season with the Bronco's was in part due to the Bronco's having the highest number of dropped CATCHABLE passes in the league that season. He threw many passes that should have been caught. Arrogant, ego-inflated Elway wanted to get rid of Tebow & hush the hoopla before the media began comparing his own first year starting stats to Tebow's first year stats! Manning's starting year stats were no threat to Elway's so bring him on! And get rid of Tebow he did. 

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@Blag I don't hate Tebow.  I just acknowledge that the guy doesn't have anywhere near an NFL quality arm.  The Jets saw that last year and the Patriots saw it up close and personal this year.  It isn't like this guy hasn't had his shot.  3 teams have given him an extensive look and they don't want him.  Tebow is done.  Time to get a cushy sports commentator job.

RichardRomano
RichardRomano

Facts don't mean much to people who get this crazed look in their eyes when the name Tebow is mentioned.

The guy is a winner, more than Bradford, Ponder, or Gabbert.

Katherine
Katherine

@Bucky182 @solersys1  Silly comment. Seems in today's 'era', owners, GM's & coaches are absurdly 'patient', or perhaps, just plain brain dead because many of them are giving a whole lot of awful, AWFUL QB's far more chances to 'develop' and keeping AWFUL backup QB's around, and those awful QB's are continually being passed around the league (que - Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn, Josh Freeman, Carson Palmer, etc. etc.). So much for the 'what have you done for me lately' league. It's more like 'we are so idiotically stupid, we are going to throw millions at worthless QB's who never win, while continually ignoring the 2 who have a long track record of winning (notably Tebow & Young) and continually allow our teams to loose & be disgraced'. That's the era we are in. Must be all the chemicals & neurotoxins in junk food & soda's everyone's consuming messing up the brains of most humans. Many of the commentators on these boards appear to be parrots regurgitating the biased media

TommyDuff
TommyDuff

@Katherine @Blag Please don't compare Tebow to arguably one of the greatest (if not the greatest) quarterback to ever play in the NFL. Any personal qualms aside, John Elway is still John Elway, a guy who was still playing on an All Pro level when he retired.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@DanaBunner @Blag  

Tebow doesn't look particularly good throwing the ball, but neither did Kordell Stewart. Not only was Stewart pretty awful, but he wasn't anywhere near Tebow's quality as a a leader/winner.  Yet Stewart kept getting chances. 

What's at work here is Media/Football Establishment ego, plain and simple.  Tebow made a pro-life commercial, which is like a cross to a vampire for a lot of these people.  Denver took Tebow in the first round after the Great Brains decreed Tebow wasn't a first rounder.  That's when they began undermining him in earnest. Tebow became Denver's starter, and Denver started to win, and the Great Brains fell into a frenzy -- Tebow had nothing to do with it, they said; the fact that they kept coming up with different reasons -- defense, bad opponents, coincidence -- means that Tebow probably had a great deal to do with it.

This isn't about Tebow.  It's about a bunch of willful, self-absorbed people who did everything they could to ensure his failure so that their own bad judgment (and one might even say wicked arrogance) would be vindicated.  Nothing else explains why Kordell Stewart, kept getting chances, but Tebow doesn't.

John64
John64

@RichardRomano   The only people that get a crazed look in their eyes when the name Tebow is mentioned are delusional Tebow fans who think he was actually the main reason Denver won those games in 2011.  But go ahead and keep drinking the Tebow Kool-aid....  Skip Bayless is a great bartender.

tts
tts

@RichardRomano It's funny how many losers in real life call Tim Tebow a winner.

Katherine
Katherine

@TommyDuff @Katherine @Blag  I will compare Tebow to Elway & Manning, on equal playing grounds. I won't do what some bloggers do by comparing Tebow's 1st starting season to 14 year veteran's starting season. I will stick to their first season starting, as he was black-balled after his 1st season. Those who claim Manning & Elway are so much better, are comparing a body of work, after starting many seasons. Ridiculous to compare 14 year veterans to a rookie, as Tebow has not had the chance of starting for 14 seasons. I compare on equal playing grounds - their first starting season stats, which are quite interesting. I'm sick of hearing about how great QB's like Manning & Elway & such are so much better than Tebow & shouldn't even be compared. Give Tebow 14 starting seasons before you say he's not as good as the others & shouldn't be in the league. Let's be fair here. And as far as Manning being "arguably one of the greatest...." so sick of hearing that. He has great regular season stats & puts up good numbers (I know, I live in Indianapolis) but was always (& still is) disappointing when it comes to clutch time, to big games, to when it really counts. After all, don't the teams play all season for the championship? I think that's what it is about. Many fans like watching the game because it is entertainment. Can't say I was as ever entertained by watching Manning or Elway play (I was in Colorado during the Elway era, so I caught that too!). But I sure was entertained watching Tebow play. Just sayin...........

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@MidwestGolfFan @Bucky182 @DanaBunner @Blag 

Ever heard of personal accountability? The media doesn't have anything to do with Tebow's 46% completion percentage, his abysmal 10% sack ratio, his inaccurate throwing motion, or his inability to call plays in the huddle even after almost 2 years in Denver.

Sad thing is, he's a great guy who takes responsibility and is working on his game rather than whining and blaming others.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@Bucky182 @MidwestGolfFan @DanaBunner @Blag  

Tebow has shortcomings.  It's very hard to overcome and catch on when the media hates you.

He was a first-rounder, which ENRAGED them.  The purple prose condemning the choice was incredible even by NFL writer standards.  They also condemn him for religion that is far more low-key than that of Ray Lewis, an ex-con whose in-your-face religiosity is seen as a good thing.

The day of game managers isn't over.  KC has a pretty good one, and it's not a fluke because he did quite well in SF, too.  As for Dilfer and Johnson, I've always thought they got a raw deal from teams who were hurt in the long run by seeking flashier QBs.

And I still think Kordell Stewart is a good analogy, although I think Tebow is a more talented football player and leader.

Bucky182
Bucky182

@MidwestGolfFan @DanaBunner @Blag It's the media's fault Tim Tebow hasn't cut it with three teams? Compare Stewart with Tebow all you want, that was a different era. Run-heavy offenses and stingy defenses were prevalent. Most teams, minus those with elite QBs of that time, simply needed a game manager under center. Why do you think Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson have Super Bowl rings? Defense and running backs. Stewart's backs, running ability, and incredible defense won for that Pittsburgh team. When the times changed and/or Stewart's ability started to fade, Pittsburgh looked elsewhere. Sure Chicago gave him a shot, but why not? They were desperate for anyone that could take a snap at that time. Baltimore? He was nothing more than a backup. I understand where you're trying to go with this but comparing Tebow to Slash and blaming his failure on the media is a stretch. A big stretch.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@John64 @RichardRomano  

So, he had nothing to do with it.  Nothing at all.

Maybe he isn't Peyton Manning or even Alex Smith, but if he was as horrible as you say, Denver wouldn't have won any of his games, let alone a playoff game.

Hard to succeed when you're not all-world and everyone is braying for your head.

Katherine
Katherine

@tts @RichardRomano  Let's look at some of those who are calling Tebow a winner - Bill Belicheck, Tony Dungy, Mike Ditka, Steve Young, Urban Meyer, John Gruden, etc. Hmmm. So these men are all loosers IYO?

reptilejason
reptilejason

@tts @RichardRomano and how many Heisman tropheys do you guys have?  National Championships? Career NFL wins?  I thought so... sofa warriors...

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@tts @RichardRomano  

And many of the losers who call Tebow a loser think Ray Lewis -- ex-con with in-your-face religion -- is a fabulous person.