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Favre leans toward retirement but no decision yet
Quarterback Brett Favre is coming off his first losing season with the Packers since joining the team in 1992.
Published January 31, 2006
GREEN BAY, Wis. - If Brett Favre had to decide on his future today, he says he would retire.
But his interview aired Sunday on ESPN didn't set off any alarm bells for new Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "Well, he doesn't have to make a decision today," McCarthy said Monday.
McCarthy said Favre's comments, the quarterback's first since the end of his only losing season with the Packers, are a natural reaction for a veteran coming off a frustrating year.
He said the comments weren't that different from what McCarthy heard when they met at Favre's home in Mississippi last weekend.
Favre told ESPN he hasn't reached a decision on retirement, but added, "If I had to pick right now and make a decision, I would say I'm not coming back."
Favre said he still thinks he can play, but isn't sure he wants to.
"The Monday mornings now, they add up," McCarthy said. "That's why I think he needs to get away. I think he needs to go out in the woods with his chain saw and cut trees and keep doing what he's doing. He needs to answer that question, because if it's not in (his heart) then it's not going to be right for him and it's not going to be right for everybody."
Favre, 36, threw a career-high 29 interceptions this season, and the Packers finished 4-12 - their first losing season since he joined the team in 1992. His retirement speculation is becoming an annual rite of winter in Wisconsin. He has spoken of retirement in years past, only to return.
Favre apparently would like to wait until the start of training camp to decide, but realizes that would not be fair to the team.
Last week, he met separately with McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, who drove from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Favre said he told Thompson that if the team doesn't want to wait for his decision, then he should be "cut loose."
"When you sit down and tell a GM, "I don't know if I can give you everything' - and I have - that's usually the first ticket out of town," Favre said.
Thompson said Monday that the team wants Favre to return and is willing to wait for his decision.
GUN CHARGES FOR BENGALS WR: Cincinnati receiver Chris Henry was arrested on gun charges in a weekend street altercation in Orlando, authorities said.
Henry pulled a 9mm pistol on a group of revelers early Saturday, according to a police report.
An officer directing traffic aimed his gun at the 22-year-old and ordered him to drop the pistol, the report states.
Police said Henry, who faces a drug charge from an arrest last month in Kentucky, appeared to be preparing to fight with another group on the sidewalk.
Officers found a loaded 9mm Luger on the back seat of the limo, the report says. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office had listed the gun as stolen, the report states.
Henry was charged with felony counts of possession of a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.
BILLS: Quarterbacks coach Sam Wyche, 61, was fired. The former Bucs coach was wooed out of retirement in 2004 after recovering from heart and vocal chord problems.
BRONCOS: Offensive line coach Rick Dennison was promoted to offensive coordinator, and former Jets offensive coordinator Heimerdinger was hired as assistant head coach.
COWBOYS: Chris Palmer was hired as quarterbacks coach, re-uniting him with coach Bill Parcells, quarterback Drew Bledsoe and receiver Terry Glenn from their days in New England.
REDSKINS: Former Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray was hired as defensive backs coach. He was a four-time Pro Bowl defensive back during nine seasons, ending his career with the Bucs in 1993. Defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti was promoted to defensive line coach and special-teams assistant.
TITANS: The team has made an early offer to rework Steve McNair's contract and is waiting for a counterproposal from the quarterback and his agent. A new deal would help lower McNair's salary cap number, which has been estimated at $14.5-million for 2006.