Brett Favre offered some insight into what he likely thought way back in 2005 when the Green Bay Packers drafted his replacement in Aaron Rodgers when he spoke on what his relationship with Jordan Love might be like.
In an interview on ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde & Tausch — Favre said there is “no reason” for Rodgers to fear losing his job because he continues to play “unbelievably well.”
“Aaron’s job is not to mentor Jordan Love. Aaron’s job is to win football games for the Green Bay Packers. That’s what he’s paid to do, and that’s what he’s going to do.”
Wilde highlighted Favre’s quote about not mentoring Rodgers: “My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play. Now, hopefully, he watches me and gets something from that.”
Favre responded by stating he provided Rodgers with answers when the two of them watched film together and that will likely carry over to Rodgers and Love.
“I can’t tell you how many times Aaron would ask, or just tag along and watch film with me. And he would ask questions like, ‘What are you looking at here? What are you thinking? Why did you check?’ Things like that. And I would certainly offer my reasons. Would I go out of my way to cultivate that relationship? Or say, ‘Hey, why don’t you come watch film with me?’ No. I’m not going to go out of my way. But if you ask, I’m not going to say no.
“I think Aaron will do the same thing. Again, this is 15 years that Aaron has played and played unbelievably well. And I don’t see any signs of him slowing down. There’s no reason for him to fear anything. At some point, someone’s going to replace you. You know that. I think our situations are so, so similar, but there is that one big difference—they drafted this kid just months after almost making it to the Super Bowl. So you would think they would go with an immediate need. That’s a big difference from my situation.”
When the Packers made the move from Favre to Rodgers, the then 38-year-old was coming off a season where the team was 13-3 and he had thrown for 4,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Rodgers is also coming a 13-3 campaign that saw the team advancing to the NFC Championship Game but were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers.
Love is the Packers’ presumed successor to Rodgers and it’s only a matter of time before he takes over.