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Updated: October 20th, 2010 5:53pm
Notebook: Aaron Rodgers not eager to rekindle relationship with Brett Favre

Notebook: Aaron Rodgers not eager to rekindle relationship with Brett Favre

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Aaron Rodgers has gone out of his way to never say a bad word publicly about his predecessor since Brett Favre's nasty divorce from the Green Bay Packers.

But the Packers' current Pro Bowl quarterback also has made clear his relationship with Favre -- who will lead the Minnesota Vikings into Lambeau Field against his old team on Sunday night -- was over shortly after the veteran's first retirement in March 2008.

Rodgers left a message for Favre, who miffed Rodgers by not returning the call. Favre eventually unretired, was traded to the New York Jets and played one season there before retiring again, unretiring again and signing with the Packers' rivals last summer.

The pair didn't speak until Oct. 5, 2009, when they had a brief exchange on the field after the first of the Vikings' two wins over the Packers last season.

Asked in a conference call on Wednesday whether he'd like to reconnect with Favre someday, Rodgers paused and then said, "I enjoyed the three years that we spent together. Now he's out there and I'm out here."

Earlier in the day, Favre said he thinks his relationship with Rodgers is "fine" but acknowledged they "don't talk on a regular basis."

Favre was cold to Rodgers after the Packers drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft -- a move that contributed to Favre's distrust for Packers general manager Ted Thompson -- but they eventually became close enough that Rodgers would have dinner with Favre and his wife, Deanna, during the 2007 season.

"I thought the sky's the limit for the guy before he started playing and that has held true," Favre said. "I think he's a very good teammate, he's a good fit, has handled that transition very well, but there's no hard feelings. I think that he's as good as any player at that position in this league right now."

Favre's relationship with Packers coach Mike McCarthy apparently is cordial. He sent McCarthy a text message after the birth of McCarthy's daughter last year.

Asked what he's seen from his old quarterback, McCarthy said, "Brett can play. He does a great job of managing the offense. He's in control out there and he's going to take advantage of what you are doing on defense. We've got to be sharp and detailed and disciplined. He's got more weapons around him. He's definitely going to be a challenge for us."

Inside game

Favre lingered on the practice field after the team's morning walkthrough, talking with several defensive backs and miming the adjustments they might see from the Packers' receivers.

Favre hasn't played for Green Bay in almost three years, but Vikings coach Brad Childress acknowledged the team has tapped his brain -- even having Favre take some scout-team reps last year because of his familiarity with Rodgers.

"Mannerisms, cadence, that type of thing," Childress said. "From that standpoint, it's useful in him knowing some things about that offense and particularly Aaron Rodgers when he was younger, and maybe giving you a vision of how he thinks and how he looks at things."

Asked how much information he could provide about the Packers offense, Favre said, "Not a lot. I really felt like last year there was not a lot either. The only thing I could have said or would say is try to put yourself in Donald Driver's shoes, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Lee. I was obviously with Aaron for quite a while. They can always change signals. Everyone's scheme is their scheme."

Quick hits

• Favre admitted it was "nerve-wracking" returning to Lambeau Field for the first time last season but doesn't anticipate the same feeling on Sunday. "It was a concern about how I would play, and I've never had that feeling before going back," Favre said. "I went back there last year (and) the whole thing just seemed surreal to me. I'd like to think that that part of it is out of the way, but still, a special place to play and being on the opposite side just makes it a little bit different. But ... the fact that we've already played this game -- I assume it would help a little bit."

• Childress said coaches can do a better job manufacturing opportunities for TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who wasn't targeted with a pass on Sunday. "It's a matter of us putting him in a position to be a prime look on certain passes," Childress said. "Now, I always say, you can be looking at somebody as a prime guy and if he's gloved or he's being covered by two people it has to go elsewhere. We can do a better job of that, putting him in better situations."

• Favre said C Jon Cooper "held his own" in his first NFL start on Sunday, in spite of allowing Favre to get drilled on the Vikings' first offensive play. It was the first of eight hits Favre took against the Cowboys, all in the first half. "I know our guys are playing as hard as they can," he said. "I feel like I can endure it, as long as something's not broken or torn or whatever. Do i like it? I'd much rather not get hit, but I think that's part of my M.O. is being able to withstand that and come back and make plays and not being too concerned about it."

• WR/KR Percy Harvin was named NFC special-teams player of the week for his performance against Dallas, which included a 95-yard kick-return touchdown.

• Favre was asked during his conference call with Wisconsin reporters how anyone could believe this is really his final season. "That's a good question," Favre said. "You know, it is. Just hold your pen, we'll see what happens. But that's probably why everyone's like, 'Yeah, we'll wait and see.' But let's get through this game and we'll figure out what happens the rest of the year, but that's the way I plan on ending it."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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