Packers filled with questions

Brett Favre's supporting cast will dictate whether the veteran quarterback can recover his previous form, writes Dean Dalton.

Updated: August 4, 2006, 3:30 PM ET
By Dean Dalton | Scouts Inc.
On 139 different occasions since 1992, an NFL team and its fans have felt the pain of being beaten by Brett Favre. The gunslinger quarterback has enjoyed a remarkable career, replete with dominating performances and exciting fourth-quarter comebacks.

As an assistant coach for the rival Minnesota Vikings, I suffered at the hands of Favre numerous times. I also learned a valuable lesson back in 1999 at Lambeau Field. We held a four-point lead with only seconds remaining . The Packers had the ball near midfield, facing the last play of the game as it was fourth down.

Looking down from the coaches booth in the press box, I began to pack up my brief case to celebrate an important divisional victory. Unfortunately, Favre proceeded to take the shotgun snap, look off a defender, pump fake the extremely deep safeties and rifle a pass down the seam to wide receiver Corey Bradford, who caught the rocket without breaking stride as he streaked past our final defender to score the winning touchdown.

Dean Dalton spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings, including the last four as their running backs coach. Before joining the NFL, Dalton scouted NFL players for The War Room, an independent scouting service, and served as an assistant coach at Western Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas Southern and Purdue.