Don't believe Brett Favre is finally done?
Well, NFL’s all-time leader of almost every major passing mark has at least filled out the forms.
Favre has made another move toward leaving the game for good by filing retirement papers with the league, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday.
This is merely a procedural matter, to start the clock on a player’s pension and Hall of Fame eligibility.
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It’s worth noting, too, that Favre has done this before, only to change his mind.
Retired players can request to be reinstated at any time.
But the news, first reported by Fox Sports on its website, was another sign that Favre’s thrill-filled 20-year career has come to an end, as he repeatedly insisted throughout a painfully disappointing 2010 season for the Minnesota Vikings.
The 41-year-old threw for 11 touchdowns in 13 games and was intercepted 19 times, finishing with a career-low 69.9 passer rating that ranked third-worst in the NFL.
RAIDERS GO IN-HOUSE
The Oakland Raiders promoted offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to head coach after he helped the team more than double its scoring output in his first year with the franchise.
Jackson will be formally introduced at a news conference today – two weeks after the Raiders announced they were not picking up an option to keep coach Tom Cable.
“The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation,” owner Al Davis said in a statement.
Jackson was widely considered the leading contender to get the job as soon as the Raiders announced Cable’s departure. This is Jackson’s first head coaching job at any level.
As far as Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings is concerned, the most challenging thing about the Chicago Bears’ home-field advantage might be the field itself.
Jennings isn’t a fan of the grass at Soldier Field, and wasn’t afraid to say so going into Sunday’s NFC championship game against the Bears.
“It’s rough,” Jennings said. “It’s probably one of the worst – probably the worst in the league.”
The Miami Dolphins are expected to hire Cleveland Browns coordinator Brian Daboll, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Daboll was the Browns’ coordinator the past two seasons and wasn’t expected to be retained after they fired coach Eric Mangini following a second successive 5-11 season. Mike McCoy is staying on as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator, providing some continuity for raw rookie quarterback Tim Tebow. And Eric Studesville, who served as interim head coach for the final four games last season, is returning at the Broncos’ running backs coach. New coach John Fox announced eight members of his new staff.
Green Bay at Chicago, noon, Ch. 13
N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7