If Brett Favre's Monday Night Knock-Out wasn't a strong enough omen, his Zero-TD, 2-INT performance in a "worst loss ever"-contending 31-9 stinker on national TV should be:
Don't come back, Brett.
Ugly note to end on? Sure, but how is that different from the rest of this season? Or, for that matter, all of last season?
He gave up the chance to end on anything BUT an ugly note by coming back... for 2005, let alone 2006.
He's just plain ineffective. His team around him is even more ineffective, made all the more ironic by Favre's preseason boasts about his teammates' "talent."
Sure: Talent for sucking.
(The whole thing was made even worse by the direct comparison to Donovan McNabb: Surrounded by an almost equally sketchy team, McNabb passed for 2 TDs and ran for a career-high 2 TDs. He carried his team.)
If Favre isn't willing to do what's best for the team and cede his spot as the starter, it's up to rookie head coach Mike McCarthy to show some rare leadership and bench the star in favor of the future, Aaron Rodgers. (Rodgers might not even be the right guy, but he's at least worth a look at this point of yet another lost season.)
I'm not sure if McCarthy has that type of leader's mettle in him to make that move.
But I'm quite sure it's the right moment to do it. He just might not be the right man to do it. That job is saved for Favre himself:
If Brett cared at all about his team or his fans – even if it doesn't satisfy his Hall of Fame-level self-interest – he'd show the leadership by benching himself.
Or even hanging it up completely.
Update (12:51 p.m.): Reader Joe in Asheville emailed me a phenomenal reason why Favre SHOULDN'T quit: He's in striking distance of the all-time interceptions record:George Blanda – 276
John Hadl – 268
Fran Tarkenton – 266
Vinny Testaverde – 261
Brett Favre – 260
(Hmm: 12 games, 17 INTs? TOTALLY doable!)