Friday, January 8, 2010

Jay Leno debacle shows why The Packers were right about Favre

The Jay Leno at 10:00 PM has pretty much been a disaster. NBC is reported to be ready to pull the plug, moving Leno back to 11:30 PM, while either a)moving Conan O'Brien to midnight, or b)giving O'Brien his walking papers. The later will probably cost NBC millions of dollars, and a few executives their jobs.
This is happening because Leno announced his when he was stepping down from The Tonight Show years ago, and NBC named O'Brien as his successor. A few years and several pages of legally binding contracts later, Leno decides he didn't want to retire, a year or so before he was supposed to step down. Meanwhile NBC had everything in place for O'Brien, and had (or had just about) signed Jimmy Fallon to replace O'Brien on Late Night. NBC was pretty much contractually obligated to have O'Brien host The Tonight Show, or be out a ton of money.
The Jay Leno debacle is proof that the Green Bay Packers were right about not letting Brett Favre come back. Farve decided to unretire just before training camp begin. The Packers had already moved on and centered their team around Aaron Rodgers, to the point they had already drafted a back-up quarterback Brian Braum with their second round pick. Drafting Braum was a bigger mistake than rejecting Favre's request to come back. Letting Farve back might have severely damaged the team's relationship with Rodgers. If Rodgers had ended up deciding to go somewhere else, the Packers would have been in a deeper hole than they without a post-Favre quarterback (see where the Braum error comes in?).
As it turns out, both Favre with the Vikings and Rodgers with the Packers are in the playoffs this year. But the Farve seemed to be fading in December, and his relationship with Brad Childress seemed to have some issues. At least it did until Farve reminded Childress who wore the pants in the relationship. The Packers are favored against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Packers were smarter than NBC when in figuring it was better to move on. NBC is looking pretty bad right now, and multiple execs are going to lose their jobs. The Packers' front office made the right decision with Rodgers and probably will still have their jobs with complete authoity over the team (which the Vikings and Brad Childress obviously don't). And a brighter and more solid future to go with it.

(via Warming Glow)

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