Favre Retires. Really? … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

Our long national football nightmare is over.

Brett Favre is going to stay retired, fade off into the Mississippi sunset, never to be heard from again until five years from now when he makes his speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Yeah right.

If you believe that, I’ve got some land in Florida you might be interested in. There’s a little bit of water there, but overall it’s a great piece of property … if you have boots and don’t mind snakes.

Favre told the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday that he was going to stay retired and not try to come back to play another season. For the better part of the last two months, Favre and the Vikings have been dancing together, trying to figure out if they should get hitched or move on to other partners.

In the end, Favre decided not to go home with the Vikings. This time he did the smart thing and stayed retired.

At least for now; I put the over-under at August 1; that’s when it will become public that Favre is having second thoughts about this decision. We have not heard the last of Favre. He won’t go quietly and more importantly the media types won’t let him go without a few more shouts and reports. I think ESPN may have to lay off about a dozen people if they don’t have the Favre story to cover anymore.

Listen, no one should ever tell a player like Brett Favre when to retire; he deserves the right to make that decision. Just as the Packers had the right to cut their ties to him after the 2007 season, and just as the Jets let him go after the 2008 season.

Favre deserved the right to make the decision, even if his selection was obviously wrong to everyone but him. Last year he couldn’t stay away and he ended up having a tough year in New York, as the Jets experienced early success and then fell apart down the stretch. That’s when Favre was dealing with a shoulder injury.

I’ll never forget watching Favre and the Jets play against the Chiefs in an October game in the Meadowlands. The body language and the quarterback’s play was that of a man who had second thoughts about his decision to go back on the field. Favre threw three interceptions that day, including one that CB Brandon Flowers took back 91 yards for a touchdown.

Even with that, he ended up throwing the winning touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Jets a victory.

This time Favre has made the decision to stay at home. He eventually decided that the grind of another season was more than he could handle, that he wasn’t up for going for another 22 weeks with training camp, pre-season and the regular season. It’s understandable; it’s the same thing Joe Montana couldn’t handle when he decided to end his career after two seasons with the Chiefs.

It’s never the games that great ones like Favre and Montana walk away from; they could play games until they were 60. It’s the practice, the meetings, the film study, all the extra things that make average players good, good players great and great players Hall of Famers.

Favre reportedly had pain in one of his knees and both ankles as he went through a training program back home in Mississippi. He’s likely to have those pains the rest of his life; that’s the toll football takes on the body of guys who play as long as Favre.

If this is really good bye, then best wishes to Brett Favre.

If this is just another chapter of this As the Favre Turns then spare us! Get back on the tractor and mow some grass.

THE EAGLES AND THE LEAGUE LOSE A GOOD ONE

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson passed away on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Skin cancer – melanoma – killed him. Johnson was 68 years old.

Johnson played quarterback at Missouri (1959-62) for Dan Devine. He was the team’s leading passer in the 1962 season, completing just 12 of 33 passes for 198 yards and six TD passes. Johnson was part of Missouri teams that went 32-8-3 over four years and went 11-0 in the 1960 season with an Orange Bowl victory over Navy.

After Mizzou, Johnson spent two years as a tight end with the Buffalo Bills (1963-64.) A few years after his playing career ended, he got into coaching, starting at Missouri Southern in 1967-68 where he was the head coach. He went on to Drake, Indiana and Notre Dame. From there he got into pro football, in the USFL with the Oklahoma Outlaws and Jacksonville Bulls, then the Cardinals, Colts, Seahawks and finally the Eagles. He was part of Andy Reid’s first Philly staff in 1999.

He was known for his aggressive defenses and his creativity in designing blitzes for his linebackers and secondary. Few did it better over the last decade than Johnson and the Eagles defense.

In this decade Johnson’s defense ranked 2nd in the NFL in sacks (390), third-down efficiency (34.0%) and red-zone touchdown percentage (43.9%), and fourth in fewest points allowed (17.7 per game). During his 10 years with the Eagles, the team made the playoffs seven times, with five trips to the NFC Championship game and one Super Bowl appearance. There were 26 Pro Bowl selections among Eagles defenders in the last 10 years. Two of his defensive assistants are now NFL head coaches: Steve Spagnuolo (St. Louis) and John Harbaugh (Baltimore).

RIP Jim Johnson.

RYAN “MR. IRRELEVANT ” SUCCOP MAY HAVE HOME

The Chiefs decision to release Connor Barth on Tuesday clears the way for Ryan Succop to grab the job as the team’s kicker without competition.

Whether that makes things easier for Succop remains to be seen. He was the final player taken in the 2009 NFL Draft, going as the 256th selection. That earned him the title of Mr. Irrelevant and a week of ceremonies in Newport Beach, California.

That Pioli/Haley decided to make Succop’s life easier is a bit of a surprise. The head coach has talked about competition at every position in preparing the ’09 Chiefs. Now, both Succop and punter Dustin Colquitt are without competitors at the start of camp on Thursday. Colquitt is understandable; Succop not so much. He’s a rookie without a second of NFL experience.

Why the hurry on making the decision? That’s hard to say given the reticence of the Chiefs to explain their roster moves. They needed to clear two roster spots when they get their next two draft choices signed. NFL roster limits are 80 players who are under contract. Right now, the team has 81 players.

There are always plenty of kickers available on the street, so if the Chiefs get into the season and realize they’ve made a mistake with Succop, they can pull the plug rather easily and move on.

On the contract front as of late Tuesday evening, DE Tyson Jackson was one of 27 first-round picks without a contract, DE Alex Magee was one of eight choices in the third round who have not agreed to term. In the fourth round there are 10 players unsigned, including CB Donald Washington and only five members of the sixth-round do not have contracts, and WR Quinten Lawrence is part of that group.

SIGNINGS & MOVEMENT AROUND THE LEAGUE

BENGALS – signed third-round draft choice TE Chase Coffman.

BILLS – signed first-round draft choice C Eric Wood.

BROWNS – signed second-round draft choice WR Mohamed Massaquoi.

CARDINALS – signed second-round draft choice LB Cody Brown.

COLTS – signed third-round draft choice CB Jerraud Powers.

COWBOYS – T Robert Brewster out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

LIONS – signed third-round draft choice LB DeAndre Levy.

RAVENS – played on the PUP list RB Willis McGahee, OL Marshal Yanda, G Ben Grubbs, CB Samari Rolle, T Adam Terry, DT Lamar Divens, TE Davon Drew, LB Jason Phillips and WR Yamon Figurs.

REDSKINS – signed supplemental draft choice DE Jeremy Jarmon.

TITANS – signed second-round draft choice DT Sen’Derrick Marks.

SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY …

Born on July 29, 1961 in Mesa, Arizona was WR Pete Mandley. He played two seasons with the Chiefs (1989-90), appearing in 18 games, with 14 starts. He caught 42 passes for 573 yards and one TD. Mandley spent five seasons in Detroit.

Born on July 29, 1962 in Yakima, Washington was QB Steve Pelluer (left.) He joined the Chiefs in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys on October 17, 1989 in exchange for a pair of draft choices (third and fourth-rounders.) He appeared in 18 games over two seasons (1989-90) with three starts. He completed 28 of 52 passes for 315 yards, one TD and one INT. Pelluer spent five seasons in Dallas.

Born on July 29, 1970 in Sacramento was WR Sean LaChapelle. He joined the Chiefs in 1996, appearing in 12 games, with eight starts. He caught 27 passes for 422 yards and 2 touchdowns.


51 Responses to “Favre Retires. Really? … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • July 29, 2009  - NJChiefsFan says:

    Bob,

    Saw a release about you and CBS.

    First: Congratulations. It seems like a pretty good gig.

    Second: Can you gives us an update and let us know how it will affect your site? Thanks!


  • July 29, 2009  - RedandGoldRice says:

    Fill us in NJ. What kind of release?


  • July 29, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Congratulations to Mr Gretz. Rin always knew you had it in you!

    “Any 22 will do”, Herm’s the man, green eyes-nee, pied piper, I want to have a love affair with Fred Arbanas, my mother is a cheap skank, ad nausem.

    :)

    heh heh heh


  • July 29, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:

    Congrats on the new gig, Bob. Hope it still leaves you time to tend to this site.


  • July 29, 2009  - Scott says:

    I doubt we’ve seen the last of Favre on a football field. What will he say when some team calls him up during the season, when their starting QB goes down?


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    Congrats, Bob!!


  • July 29, 2009  - Scott says:

    It’s being reported that Magee and Lawrence have both been signed. Which would leave only Jackson and Washington without deals.

    And another couple of roster spots that will have to be vacated to make room. Wonder who’s on the “chopping block” next?

    I also read a quote from Pioli that he “expects” Jackson to be at camp…so I’d say a deal is near.


  • July 29, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    Congrats BOB!!

    hope cbs LETS you keep your site. I thought they may not allow it because it is competition for them. Hope in your signing contract you dont have to give up the right for your own site, articles, ect.


  • July 29, 2009  - jimbo says:

    Congratulations Bob,
    It will be good to hear your distinctive voice along with your insightful opinions.
    Long Live bobgretz.com


  • July 29, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Allow Rin to sum up all of his thoughts into one post:

    1. Herm’s STILL the man

    2. Every ‘W’ in ‘09 result Herm & his Chiefs, every ‘L’ same the result the errancy ‘search’ and ‘check’

    3. You all have green eyes :mrgreen:

    4. No modern player will ever compare to yesteryears best

    5. Rin lives for the controversy he creates here on Bob G’s blog. The pied piper uses your misguided passion for Kaycee to bring insight to the ignorant masses.

    As such, you may now ignore “any 22″ nee ALL of Rin’s future posts as they all contain the same content.

    :cool: daddy-o, ’search’ :shock: & ‘check’ :roll: affirming…

    heh heh heh

    :lol:


  • July 29, 2009  - Scott says:

    Pioli and Haley need to be cut just like Barth was.


  • July 29, 2009  - SG says:

    I agree.


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    They are the two worst leaders in the NFL.


  • July 29, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    My mother is having a “Red Light” sale! $5 gets you 45 minutes!


  • July 29, 2009  - alex k says:

    The Chiefs going winless in 2009 is a very real possibility.


  • July 29, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    The Chiefs should have never let Herm Edwards go. This new guy Haley doesn’t have a clue.


  • July 29, 2009  - anonymous says:

    That other guy Pioli doesn’t either.


  • July 29, 2009  - Scott says:

    Looks like nobody wants to play with Rin today…so he’s playing with himself.

    You’re too easy to figure out, with all the posting under everybodys names. You don’t fool me…and I doubt if you fool anybody else.


  • July 29, 2009  - findthedr says:

    doggie poo always plays with herself. nothing has changed.


  • July 29, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    More ‘fake’ rins :mrgreen: tells Real Rin ® this that they be in mine rear pocket, per the usual.
    Feel the burn – heh heh heh!

    :lol:

    Today we shall talk about nee speak of tears, as in the tears of a clown. Now, I know what you’re thinking – ‘check’ :roll: & too ‘search’ :shock: …both excellent choices, but there will be all the many months ahead for Rin Tin Tin to pummel them (some more.)

    Also, Smokey Robinson would be in the discussion. Alas be none of them – purposes this our one way ‘Obama learning opportunity’, next to :shock: & :roll: ‘the’ biggest clown making verily biggest crocodile tears be bret favre (he was just edged out by the queer “any 22″ nyuk nyuk nyuk’s of the little boy who cried wolf, :roll: for top honors.

    He’s playing, he’s playing naught – he’s playing, he’s playing naught; the guy needs to sign up to endorse Kleenex – and Massengill.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Now that the Chiefs have a placekicker whose name be apropos to the ones who chose him, Kaycee can concentrate on how they’re going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory 16 times this season. It ought to be a bloody good time gut-busting laughs.

    2 days to training camp, and the MIAs number 4 w/ no sign of them the horizon. Chiefs fans, do not be hasty: you know that disappointment will find you soon enough.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Steve Pelluer – the forerunner of a matt cassel – turns 47 today. He arrived with as much fanfare as the 2009 model; latter willst leave with as little accomplished as didst Steve.

    Yes, it’s going to be a great season fellow Chiefs fans…heh heh heh!

    Real Rin ® :cool: daddy-o, ‘search’ :shock: & ‘check’ :roll: affirming (that they both doth verily ‘blow’.)


  • July 29, 2009  - Scott says:

    Excellent post Rin as usual.


  • July 29, 2009  - colby says:

    Jeez, the Ravens just put half their damn team on the PUP list. If they are still that beaten up by the time we play them on opening day, we might actually have a chance to win that one!


  • July 29, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Please.

    Someone help me.

    Please do not ignore my pathetic crys for help.

    I just need some attention. someone to interact with to make my sad, lonely life seem complete.

    Please?


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    Please.

    Someone help me.

    Please do not ignore my pathetic crys for help.

    I just need some attention. someone to interact with to make my sad, lonely life seem complete.

    Please?


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    The difference between Steve Pelluer and Matt Cassel, Rin, is who played in front of them: Pelluer didn’t have the chops to pass the immortal DeBerg…Cassel is pretty much guaranteed the top spot, unless DeBerg makes a Favre-esque comeback.

    If you’re going to compare Cassel to someone who wasn’t worth their salt, might I suggest Scott Mitchell?

    Rin be the Mark Vlasic of this blog, Josh be Steve DeBerg. Try to get rid of me, replace me for a series, but you will never be rid of me permanantly. I’ll be out throwing touchdowns with a broken pinky whilest you stand holding the clipboard and my jacket. Maybe when the game’s over I’ll throw you my jersey, per Mean Joe Greene…that is, if you get me a coke.

    Game, set, match. Green eyes be Rin’s, the win be mine.

    CHIEFS NATION AFFIRMING!


  • July 29, 2009  - Scott says:

    Please.

    Someone help me.

    Please do not ignore my pathetic crys for help.

    I just need some attention. someone to interact with to make my sad, lonely life seem complete.

    Please?


  • July 29, 2009  - Ratso says:

    “Each of the 32 correspondents is fully credentialed and will cover his or her respective team from training camp through the season—exclusively for CBSSports.com.”

    To me this means the end of bobgetz.com Which sukks since Bob is my first read of the morning and 1 of my primary sources of information on the Chief’s. I hope I’m wrong but if not I wish Bob only the best. He does a great job covering the Chief’s and CBS is getting a great reporter.


  • July 29, 2009  - findthedr says:

    Please.

    Someone help me.

    Please do not ignore my pathetic crys for help.

    I just need some attention. someone to interact with to make my sad, lonely life seem complete.

    Please?


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    I hate myself, and my mother is quite a skanky woman.


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    I hate myself, and my mother is quite the skanky woman.


  • July 29, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Once again, the DUMB and unfortunately not mutes have taken over.


  • July 29, 2009  - anonymous says:

    I hate myself, and my mother is quite a skanky woman. And I lied earlier.

    All the posts with my name on them are mine.

    It’s just so hard to keep track of my many user names. I get get confused easily because I’m a moron.


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    Nice try, Rin. I see you’re dodging a response to my ACTUAL post.

    I’m sorry you think I’d stoop to commenting on your mother. Not really my thing, but if it makes you feel better to talk bad about mine, go for it. You’re the one losing face, not me.

    CHIEFS NATION AFFIRMING!


  • July 29, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Josh’s mother has been very very good to me.


  • July 29, 2009  - SG says:

    To you too? I thought she only loved me.


  • July 29, 2009  - get real says:

    I have come to doubt Bob Gretz personnally operates this site. Probably concept and activation. KCChiefs.com and the Star are not very good so if this disappears, there is not much left for us (rin, et al not withstanding).


  • July 29, 2009  - findthedr says:

    I’m Josh’s mom’s personal physician.


  • July 29, 2009  - Harold C says:

    My mother is having a “Red Light” sale! $5 gets you 45 minutes with Josh’s mom.


  • July 29, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:

    I was married to her twice.


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    Rin,

    Here’s some factual information about my mother:

    * She’s 55.
    * She’s a good church-going woman and has taught Sunday School for over 30 years.
    * She quit her job as a librarian in 1998 when my aunt died of breast cancer to become a nanny for my uncle’s two toddler-aged children. They’re going into middle school this year and she’s still there every morning, acting like the mother they never got to have.
    * She’s an incredible cook.
    * She’s only been married to one man-my father-for 35 years.

    Care to get back to football or at least your watered-down, comical take on it?

    You’re better than “mama jokes”. Live above the silliness.


  • July 29, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Pot calling the kettle black


  • July 29, 2009  - Harold C says:

    That lying b***h! She told me she was only 25! I’ll have to start taking less than $5 for Josh’ mom now.


  • July 29, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Real Rin ® :cool: daddy-o sez

    Gee, you go away for awhile only too return to the blog having been destroyed by ‘imposters’. This is what happens when the inability to accept opinions of others gets the best of them.

    Kids…speaking of which, Josh don’t include Real Rin your board travails. Mi gente love me – what they feel for nee about you I couldn’t say…best of luck to you (and your mom.)

    Caption for Favre’s pic above: “Got something in your eye Brett?” (I mean other than dubiosity)

    :lol:


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    Haha. I wish I could believe you, Rin.

    What’s the old saying? “If it barks like a dog..”?

    Keep wearing that emerald on your face, adoration Josh’s. Green suits you well. :)


  • July 29, 2009  - Scott says:

    I have had carnal knowledge of Josh’s mom.


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    and anonymous, if that’s REALLY you and not a Rin-version, shh. Those who don’t have the cahones to post their REAL name have no valid opinions to share.


  • July 29, 2009  - anonymous says:

    Confusing yourself Josh?


  • July 29, 2009  - Josh says:

    With whom?


  • July 29, 2009  - ED says:

    Well bob i see everyone congradulating you on I guess a job with CBS sports. Haven’t seen or read an article about it but I’d like extend my congrats to you as well. You seem to be one of the most level headed reporters out there you don’t let your emotions cloud you opinions of things. Thanks Bob for all you’ve done with the site.




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