During his weekly press conference on Wednesday, Brett Favre talked quite a bit about the allegation that he shared info on the Packers' offense with the Lions during a phone conversation. Favre admitted that he did speak to Matt Millen but said that the conversation was initiated by Millen. Also, Favre denied discussing any sensitive information about the Packers with Millen, though the team was something the two touched on.
“Matt Millen called me,” Favre said. “Matt and I are friends, and he was inviting me to come to his place and hunt. I think he lives about an hour from (the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J.), but I’m sure his intentions were to fish me for information. He just asked me how we attacked them last year, and we attacked them pretty good. Didn’t give him any game plan. I haven’t been in that offense in over a year. I don’t know what else to tell you. It was pretty simple.”
He admitted that he talked to Millen for between 15 and 25 minutes – “from the time it takes me to get from (the Jets’ facility) to my house,” Favre said – but doesn’t believe he gave the Lions any secret formula to beat the Packers, who won 48-25 at Ford Field on Sept. 14.
“I didn’t send the playbook,” Favre said. “I didn’t call him and say, ‘Look, if you do this, you’re going to win the game.'"
I do think that the story was blown out of proportion and don't believe that Favre went out and attempted to "sabotage" the Packers. He has bigger things to worry about, and although I'm sure he is quite bitter over how the Packers handled his un-retirement, I highly doubt he is bitter enough to waste his time sharing the ins and outs of Green Bay's offense with the Lions. It seems that was what Millen was hoping for, but Favre apparently realized what was going on.
However, Favre acknowledged that it was possible Millen had him on speakerphone, which would have allowed members of the coaching staff to listen to the conversation.
“If I was a guessing man, I would probably say yeah,” Favre said.
I hope this is the last time I have to write about this saga since it really is a waste of time. The Lions could be informed of every single play an opposing team would run and still wouldn't know how to stop them. As someone on ESPN said, the Lions don't even have the personnel to make use of inside information anyways. Regardless of what Favre did or didn't do, Detroit wouldn't be able to utilize any information they were given, so this really is a non-story to me. I'm sure people that care greatly about Brett Favre may disagree, but I just don't care.