Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Vikings Are Dumb If They Don't Sign Favre

The Vikings should sign QB Brett Favre. Ditto for the Redskins, too. But the Vikings seem to have a realistic chance to sign Favre and they should follow through. And if not, they should find out what Jeff George is up to these days.

The Vikings are looking to make a Super Bowl push with Sage Rosenfels. This was the same quarterback who did the helicopter spin as the Texans choked a huge late lead against the Colts. Favre makes some questionable decisions, but Rosenfels does too, and he doesn't have nearly the talent.

Now, is Favre the quarterback he was during his MVP run? Obviously not. But look at what the Vikings are asking here. Hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson. Throw deep enough to keep defenders honest. Let the defense hold the other team out of the end zone.

Favre couldn't throw enough interceptions to blow that.

The Vikings could be playing a very dangerous game of chicken. Teams are now trying to follow the Giants model of using a horrible quarterback to counter-balance a strong running game and defense. But that's not a long-term recipe for success.

If the Vikings can limit the things that Favre needs to do, it would make a lot of sense.

And when you get down to it, don't you want to see Favre battling his former team twice a year? That would be like those old Chiefs/Raiders games after Marcus Allen had gone to Kansas City. This would at least make some NFC North games watchable.

And for the record, the Packers are at Minnesota in Week 4 for Monday Night Football.


The Hatriot said...

Hey, now that St. Hillbilly has been exposed as a craven megalomaniac who doesn't know when to hang 'em up, will ESPN anchors still fight over who gets to give him his morning wet and sloppy one?

buckyor said...

Ok, as one of this board's resident Packer fans, I'll go on record with this prediction- Brett Favre will not return to play for the Vikings.

Let's take a look at the past several years of Favre's career:

2008- 22 TDs, 22 INTs, 6.7 yds/attempt, 81.0 passer rating

2007- 28 TDs, 15 INTs, 7.8 yds/attempt, 95.7 passer rating2006- 18 TDs, 18 INTs, 6.3 yds/attempt, 72.7 passer rating

2005- 20 TDs, 29 INTs, 6.4 yds/attempt, 70.9 passer rating

Which of these stands out? Ok, I bolded it to make it easy on you.

That's Favre's final season in Green Bay. The year that Mike McCarthy laid down the law and forced Brett to do both the offseason and in-season preparation that Mike Sherman had allowed Favre to slip on during his tenure. The year that Brett was whipped back into line, maybe not as effectively as Holmgren had done it during the Super Bowl years, but certainly more than Sherman had ever done.

Brett Favre has indicated on multiple occasions that he loves playing the games; it's this prep work that really wears him out and drove him to retire (again). That's understandable, seeing as the guy is going to be 40 this season and has a lot of mileage on his body. It gets harder to get into football shape every year; this year will be significantly harder than even two years ago.
The film room time during the season will be an additional drain that Favre has indicated little patience for.

Meanwhile, Chilly has indicated that he expects Favre, should he join the team, will participate in all OTAs, minicamps and training camp. He has a point; Favre, should he come aboard, is going to need that time to get adjusted to his new teammates- and for his new teammates to become adjusted to him. Problem is that this is the stuff that Favre has indicated he really doesn't want to do.

One more complication is the injury Favre sustained last year while playing for the Jets. For a while, this injury was blamed for Favre's awful performance the last 5 weeks of the season (2 TDs, 9 picks, passer rating in the 50s). Now some say the nijury really isn't that bad after all. If it really was bad, then it needs to be addressed, either through surgery (which Favre says he doesn't want) or through rest (which won't be available if Favre has to do all the above-identified prep work). If it really was not that bad- then why the hell was he so damn awful at the end of last season?

Bottom line is that everyone involved knows all of the above. Favre is doing this because he loves being the center of attention. Chilly is doing it because he enjoys poking the Packers and their fans (this is certainly getting a rise of of us). They'll talk, and at the end of it all Favre will decide it isn't worth it, and stay retired.

I could be wrong. And if I am, and Favre does decide to come back, I think we'll see a slightly older version of the Favre from last year. 20 TDs, 25 picks, 78 passer rating. And he'll lead the Vikes to an 8-8 finish. Afterwards they'll wish they had stuck with Tavaris Jackson.

Bain said...

That bobber ain't coming up again.