Tedy Bruschi is one of my favorite commentators because, unlike a lot of retired players, he's not afraid to deliver an unvarnished opinion.
He's not averse to sounding off about the New England Patriots, who he won three Super Bowls with, or sacred cows.
"Brett Favre does have a tremendous amount of skill," Bruschi said. "He's got all the stats in the world, and he did have a career year last year. But I don't think he can do it again. I think there's a huge problem there. I think the New Orleans Saints' defense provided a blueprint on how to get to Brett Favre. You show blitz packages from the right, from the left, all over the place. You get to him. You hit him when he has the ball. You hit him when he doesn't have the ball.
"I don't think Brett Favre can last this season with that ankle. He's going to be 41 years old. The ankle is bothering him right now, of course."
Bruschi's voice had begun to rise when he got to his next point, not even breaking stride.
"And if it took begging," Brushi continues, "if it took three of the most respected teammates and members of that Minnesota Vikings team to go down there and beg him to come back, to twist his arm, I've lost respect for this team.
"If you want him so bad and he doesn't want you, and you've got to go down and beg for someone to come back, then you don't have faith in your football team. You only have faith in one person."
"NFL Live" host Michael Smith interjected with some devil's advocacy, saying Favre makes the Vikings a better team and could be the difference between the Super Bowl and falling short.
"But if you've got to beg to get that very guy," Bruschi said, "maybe there's doubt in his mind. Maybe there's doubt in his mind that he doesn't want to play. Of course, there have been doubts.
"The answer's been 'no.' The answer's been 'yes.' The answer's been 'no.' But 'no' has been a part of that equation. So that 'no' equals doubt. Is he going to have that doubt throughout that year? We'll see."