NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre says he spent every offseason during his career building relationships with teammates, making the transition to the regular season that much easier every fall when those in the offensive huddle were on the same page. But given the NFL’s unprecedented summer with social distancing mandates in place, players able to do that and it could have a detrimental effect in the early going, Favre says.
Favre specifically mentioned new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady this week during an interview with USA Today, who he believes has to expedite the process of forming bonds with teammates this month before Week 1.
“For a guy like Tom Brady, you’ve got to be scratching your head,” Favre told USA TODAY Sports. “Of all the times to change teams, he’s gotta be saying, ‘How am I going to get the chemistry I’m wanting to have with the guys, with my new (teammates)’ with everything that’s limiting getting ready for a season.”
Favre defended Brady’s choice to leave New England for a new team earlier this year, right around the time many were questioning his opportunity to say goodbye to the Patriots.
“Regardless of what happens, it’s his decision,” Favre said. “I commend him greatly for that decision — not necessarily for leaving but for taking that leap of faith, and you know what, I think what he’s done in New England — we may not see in our generation ever again, the dominant play that he has shown for so long and just the durability has been unbelievable.”
Of course, Favre experienced something similar in his career. After 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, he went back on his decision to retire and was traded to the New York Jets. After one season in the AFC East, he returned to the NFC North — this time a member of the rival Minnesota Vikings. Favre also talked about why he believed Brady chose to play for a team other than the Patriots.
“I know Tom real well,” Favre said. “We talked a little bit about it but I think more than anything he just kind of wanted to try his hand at something different, and you can’t fault him for that. It has nothing to do with the organization, even though people may make it out to be a riff between he and (Bill) Belichick or the organization.
“Look, what they did is unbelievable, and that will not change. He just wants to try his hand at something different and if it works out, great. If it doesn’t, he’s still the greatest to ever play the game.”
247Sports analyst Matt Howe contributed to this story.