Favre says no Rice ‘makes it tougher’

There’s always time for a Brett Favre blog post. Take that to the bank.

Favre finds himself surrounded by new receivers, but the questions he faced during an interview session with reporters focused mostly on one receiver: Sidney Rice. Many have wondered whether Favre would have returned this season had he known that his go-to receiver (that’s Rice) would need surgery, and at least one of those people was in the room Wednesday.

Favre, who acknowledged he knew Rice “had some issues,” was asked straight out if Rice’s decision would have impacted his decision to return. Interestingly enough, he didn’t just say “No.”

Here’s how Favre answered the question:

Well, I don’t know that for certain, because that obviously wasn’t the case. It’s hard enough at 40 to play, then you take a guy out who had 80 something catches and was obviously pretty productive. There are more guys on this team, too.

This is a really good football team, in a lot of areas. The big improvement last year was the passing game. This team had been very good prior to that, without that part of it. We know we can pass. Again, I’m not going to sit here and lie to you. Without Sidney, it makes it tougher. Going into the season last year, no one expected the season that Sidney was going to have. Maybe there is another guy that could step up and do that.

I think Bernard will be the first to tell you that he’s a lot healthier. I think that will give us an edge right there. Bernard is a very sharp guy. He wants the ball. We’re going to try to get it to him. Sidney or no Sidney, I would say the same thing, that our running game has to be more productive and controlling throughout the season.

Here’s another story on Favre adjusting to those new receivers.

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