Mike McCarthy recently complemented his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, saying that he is the best decision-maker at the position since Joe Montana. He then listed some of Rodgers' attributes as a passer: "He can throw to tight spots, and he has the anticipation, arm strength and accuracy to attack the seams. But he does a great job of staying disciplined and staying within the offense." McCarthy also added that Rodgers is "clearly in tune with taking what the defense gives you." Then came the clincher, "He does not get bored throwing the easy completion, and that’s a great attribute to have as a quarterback."
What quarterback might McCarthy have coached who did get bored with "the easy completion"?
Of course, I've never met Brett Favre. However, considering his difficulties with addiction problems, sexting in New York, making controversial comments in interviews and throwing for touchdowns or interceptions at crucial moments, one may wonder if Favre hasn't had a strong risk-taking personality, which affected his play. When McCarthy first became the head coach of the Packers, one of the first things he tried to do was convince Favre to check down to the easy completion rather than force a throw downfield. He was only moderately successful at this.
After Favre's recent comments about Aaron Rodgers, could McCarthy have been subtly taking a shot at Favre, defending his Super Bowl MVP quarterback?