Often compared by the media and fans alike, with both being called gunslingers, former Packers great Brett Favre talked about Jameis Winston and his penchant for turnovers on Favre’s show on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Favre knows a thing or two about interceptions himself, as he holds the NFL record for the most career picks, with 336.
Favre said he related to Winston, who at times thinks his arm can make every throw.
“Bruce may say, ‘Ok, play-calling. Maybe call plays that are less likely to expose him to an interception,’ and that may sound crazy to the average fan. Like Mike Holmgren, if it was third-and 12, for example, and I’m in year two and he calls a play that has a three-layered route so you have a deep over, say 15-to-18 yards, and then you have a medium seven-yard [route] and then you have a little drag route underneath, I’m throwing the deep one. That was my mentality. My arm strength was a huge asset but it also hurt me. So Mike at some point… And that was a play that we ran, we called it X Deep Over and I was throwing it. You call it, I’m throwing it because I can do it and it would get me in trouble, sometimes it would work, so you don’t call that play. Call a play that restricts what gets him into trouble. I think Bruce is probably trying to find that but also be productive. You don’t want to take the ball out of his hands that much but you want to teach him patience and that sometimes it’s OK to not get a first down and that took me a long time to digest. So I think there’s ways to get around it to a certain extent without handcuffing your guy too much.”
“The ultimate goal is to get to the Super Bowl and if he can lead them there and still make some of these bad mistakes then you live with it. It really is pretty simple when you break it down.”