The NFL lockout has taken over the headlines this offseason, which is bad news for attention-loving Brett Favre. Usually Favre dominates the talk of the offseason when he mulls over retirement and what team he will play for. Well now it's an NFL owner who's starting a Favre controversy.
The Indianapolis Colts will be playing with very subpar quarterbacks this training camp because Peyton Manning is still rehabbing from neck surgery he had in May. This is uncharted territory for the Colts who have had Manning start the last 208 consecutive regular season games and 227 including playoffs.
With the the threat of Manning not being ready for the first game of the season, Colts owner Jim Irsay is analyzing all options, even apparently Brett Favre, as he mentioned here on his Twitter.
Irsay is just joking around... right? He can't possibly be serious... right? There's no way he's in Hattiesburg to recruit Favre... right? RIGHT?
The "Mr. Johnson" he mentions is likely a reference to Robert Johnson, a Mississippi-born musician, who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his exceptional Blues talents. It could also be a reference to Tommy Johnson, another musician from Mississippi who sold his soul to the devil, as depicted in the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou." The "Brad" he refers to would be former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress who sold his NFL coaching career to Brett Favre.
Neither Indianapolis backup quarterback gives the Colts a chance to win games if Manning's injury is worse than they're letting everyone know. But Brett Favre? Irsay has already dispelled the possibility of signing former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor. But Brett Favre?
Manning commented about his injury status: "I certainly want to be out there, and it's hard to keep track of the hours I've spent in rehab. I was short-changed a little bit by the lockout, and I'm going to need every bit of the next two weeks, and then I can give you more of an update with where I am." During the Dallas-San Diego NBC halftime show, Peyton's former coach Tony Dungy said this about Manning's availability for the Sept. 11 opener at Houston, "It's 21 days from today. Unless he's dead, he'll be under center opening day.''
Let's all hope that he is just having a little bit of fun on his Twitter and not starting a whirlwind of Favre comeback mania because I don't want to ban myself from watching ESPN for another month. Please Mr. Irsay, let sleeping, retired quarterbacks lie.