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Film Study: From Day-Dreaming to Discipline Under Andy Reid

The 33rd Team’s Brett Favre discusses how he went from a casual film study student to more detailed and disciplined under Andy Reid’s tutelage in Green Bay.

Favre’s film studies and growth in that area led him to see the game differently and improved his recognition of what defenses were running against him. The Hall of Fame quarterback also details what he would teach younger QBs about studying film if he were a coach.

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Brett Favre Recounts a Priceless Prank on Aaron Rodgers

Having played 20 seasons in the NFL, The 33rd Team’s Brett Favre has seen it all when it comes to pranks. During his time in Green Bay, he pulled off a rather unique prank on current reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers. Thanks to the help of the team’s equipment manager and the autographs of several teammates, Favre pulled one over on Rodgers using Rodgers’ own helmet. To Favre’s point, things could have been much worse. But that didn’t make it any less funny.

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Cincinnati Bengals LB Clay Johnston Impressed During the Preseason

Clay Johnston was all over the field for the Cincinnati Bengals this preseason.

The 33rd Team’s Brett Favre has knowledge of Johnston that most people don’t. Johnston’s father, Kent, was the best man at his wedding. He breaks down Johnston and his incredible 20 tackle performance against the New York Giants in Week 2 of the preseason.

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Brett Favre: Jimmy Garoppolo Should be 49ers’ Starter

Editor’s note: It’s been almost a month since the 49ers officially named Trey Lance their starter for the 2022 season, but that didn’t stop former NFL MVP Brett Favre from questioning the decision. On Monday, Favre was asked who he’d go within San Francisco, the second-year Lance or veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who has a 33-14 record as an NFL starter with two NFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl.

 

I have not watched much tape on [Trey Lance], but I’ll say this, the kid’s got a lot of talent, [but] very little experience.

My personal opinion, I would go with Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s not as flashy, not near as flashy. He wasn’t their first-round pick. And no offense toward Trey Lance, but what Jimmy has done is win and win, win, win again. Not flashy.

So, it’s not the glamorous pick, but my goodness, the guy has won and put the 49ers in a position to compete for the Super Bowl year in and year out and deserves the right to keep playing.

Now, who knows? He may end up at some point starting if Trey gets hurt or underperforms, and if you have to bring in Jimmy Garoppolo, that’s a good thing.

But their defense is really good. Barring injury, offensively, if Trey plays the way they hope he is capable of, then they’re competing for [a championship] right there at the end. There’s a tremendous upside with Trey; no question about it. But Jimmy G. has been a proven winner. And that oftentimes gets overlooked — is a guy a winner? And Jimmy Garoppolo is definitely a winner.

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What Makes a Throw Receiver-Friendly?

When you have a quarterback who doesn’t throw a receiver-friendly ball, what someone is implying is every ball is pretty much the same. It comes with high velocity, it’s a little hard, and typically, you hear it from guys who play in inclement weather climates. You hear that from guys that are going to be playing in the cold.

Weather Changes the Ball

The ball changes in those cold climates. You do want and prefer a quarterback to be mindful of that. I remember when Aaron Rodgers took over for Brett Favre. Brett always threw with extreme drama to me. He put everything into it when he was trying to thread a needle, split defenders and he was throwing his entire body into a pass. For Aaron, and I caught him when he was younger, Brett on the back end of his career, for Aaron it was just a flick.

Aaron saw and heard the stories of how hard Brett threw, and he wanted to throw as hard if not harder. He wanted to climb that mountain and be the guy who threw the hardest. I remember telling him “Dude, stop throwing the ball so hard.” It is not receiver-friendly when I am running a crossing route and you are throwing 80 miles an hour. I am just seven yards away from you; I don’t want that. That is extreme, instinctive reaction time for a receiver depending on where the ball location is.

Some Quarterbacks are Better at Throwing Deep

A lot of times even going down the field, there are ball flights that just look better. It sounds weird, but it is a real thing. When I look at Joe Burrow’s deep ball, he throws a really pretty deep ball. Rodgers has always thrown a really pretty deep ball. Joe Flacco just looks like he lays it in there like a loaf of bread. He’s a big arm, taller guy you can see him, and you see the release point. He doesn’t have to throw with an extreme amount of velocity because he is a longer, taller guy with a big arm and always had one.

Does it matter? It matters when the weather changes let’s say that.

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My NFL Longevity Paved Path for Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady

NFL players, especially quarterbacks, are playing longer than they ever have before.

The game has changed, and the quality of athletes has changed and will continue to change. Guys are taking care of themselves, and rules are certainly favorable to quarterbacks on viscous hits and hits in general.

There wasn’t this longevity that existed early in my era. Maybe I started setting the bar to play longer, but I think there is a fun factor. Kind of reinvigorating yourself or finding fun, and sometimes the coach can bring that to the team. Look, we are going to study, we are going to prepare, but we are going to have a good time.

It is so important to be mentally and physically ready for every game. That goes without saying. But I think it’s important to let yourself have fun, and not just in the game or after a touchdown, but in practice and in meetings. I am sure Bill Belichick would argue against me on that.

I do think you’ll see more players play longer if physically they are up to the challenge, but they are also mentally reinvigorated and are having fun. There is certainly something to playing your best football in your late 30s and now your 40s. 

The best year I ever had, statistically speaking, was my 19th year (first of two seasons in Minnesota). I had a blast. It was a lot of fun during the week when we were traveling. We had a good time practicing and playing together, and that is the key.

I felt so much wiser in Year 19 than early in my career. And I’m sure Aaron Rodgers would say the same thing, and so would Tom Brady.

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Don’t Blame the Jets for Injury; Zach Wilson Needs the Reps

Every player is different.

For me, my preference was to play and play as much as I could because that’s what I enjoyed doing. Preseason, regular season, post-season, it didn’t really matter. If I am going to practice all week and put in the work then I want the reward of playing. I do understand the other side of it from a coach and personnel perspective.

If you are the head coach or a general manager and you have a franchise quarterback or a quarterback you feel comfortable with leading your team to the postseason, then you want to be careful. But I think you have to look at the situation with Zach Wilson. For him, it hasn’t clicked yet for whatever reason. I think there are a lot of reasons at play and it’s not that he can’t play but that he needs reps. He needs reps with the guys he is going to play with in the regular season.

The risk that you take as a coach playing your starters is they run the risk of getting hurt. That has never changed historically but you have to play them to build some chemistry and continuity with his teammates. Snap counts, route-running, leadership, establishing a presence in the huddle, and just getting familiar with the environment are important. With just one year as the starter, yeah that helps, but in my opinion, it doesn’t get you comfortable enough.

This makes every rep you take an important rep as far as leading your team.

You run the risk of getting hurt but to me, getting valuable reps and chemistry outweighs the chance of getting hurt. You obviously don’t wish that on any player but it is important to get that much-needed chemistry with the players but especially your receivers.

Why Baker Mayfield is at an Immediate Disadvantage in Carolina

Why Baker Mayfield is at an Immediate Disadvantage in Carolina
Around this time of year, there will always be relatively late roster-changing acquisitions. The most recent impactful move of this type is the Panthers’ trade for former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. A quarterback switching teams this late into the offseason faces many overlooked obstacles. Mayfield has missed offseason opportunities to improve with his […]

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