Yesterday, on ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde & Tausch, Brett Favre discussed his potential interest in returning to the NFL as a coach or in an administrative role. He specifically said Green Bay would be a “dream.” Although inexperienced at the NFL level, Favre has experience coaching for high school teams.
“I always thought I would be a good coach, but I didn’t know if I had the effort in me. Well, I did. I’ll tell you what, it was a joy. The competitive spirit came right back. It was obviously different than playing, and so I had a lot of fun,” Favre said.
He was then asked about a potential return to Green Bay in the future as a football coach for the Packers and Favre did not oppose the idea.
“I’d never say never. I believe that would be a dream job, working as a coach there or in some form of administration,” Favre said.
Favre spent several post-retirement seasons as a high school coach in Mississippi where he boasted a career coaching record of 32 wins and 15 losses with one tie. However, Favre decided to reduce his coaching role on the Oak Grove High School football team back in 2014. Despite not being a head coach for over two years, it appears that Favre’s passion for coaching has done anything but fade.
However, regardless of his potential interest in a Packers’ coaching position, the question remains about whether or not he has the tools to become a successful NFL coach. Every year, there are countless coaches available on the market who remain unemployed by the start of a given football season. Favre may not have the qualifications to be successful. Typically, a coach needs to know what a “Nickel Defense” is.
Favre, throughout the course of his football career, was known for his unique personality. Despite the success of coaches like Rex Ryan and Jim Harbaugh, most successful coaches in today’s NFL are relatively quiet. However, what Favre does lack in experience, he definitely makes up for in passion. Although controversial, Favre kept returning to the NFL because of his strong desire to keep playing at his old age.
Favre, as a player, was a master of improvisation. His ability to create something out of nothing on a consistent basis was something this league had never seen before. It is hard to teach this quality to players. Most quarterback coaches focus on throwing mechanics and reading defenses. Favre was the ultimate gunslinger who would make throws regardless of the throwing mechanics he was using and regardless of the defenses he was facing. Throwing successful cross-field passes to receivers in the midst of being double-teamed is something that a coach should never encourage because of the risk involved.
Favre’s passion and devotion to the sport would make him a phenomenal motivator and leader which are essential for being a successful coach. However, his lack of coaching experience is a potential red flag for NFL organizations and he will have to win them over in order to take the next step in his football legacy.