Favre announced that he plans on staying retired, leaving the Vikings a little disheveled and possibly heart broken. “He’s gone his way, and we’ve gone our way,” Childress said after meeting with both Jackson and Rosenfels earlier in the day. He’s right, the Vikings need to move on and work with what they have. What they have for the third straight season is not a legitimate starting quarterback.
Even with Favre, the position would have been a question mark, making it baffling as to why the Vikings didn’t look at a few other options. Instead, they choose to put all their eggs in the Favre basket. A basket that tends to waver. A basket that tends to wait until the last minute to make decisions. A basket that has burned the Vikings and left them in a familiar position. It is an uncomfortable position that the supporters and the players of the club are all too familiar with.
Favre never made sense other than he knew the offense, used to be great and could sell tickets. On the field, he’s an aging quarterback who wasn’t going to be much of an upgrade. Yes, he still has a strong arm, but he doesn’t like being hit, he hasn’t played well in the cold for years, has always loved the interception and was going to bring a lot of baggage to a team that had Super Bowl aspirations.
Their begging of Favre to play has left them with two quarterbacks who don’t feel wanted—not that they should. But now they are stuck with them and have to lean on them to lead the team.
I don’t think the Favre saga is over, but I think it should be. Favre will start talking again after watching Jackson and Rosenfels share snaps for the first four weeks as the team struggles to find it’s footing. I hope Childress ignores his calls, because at the end of the day, is Favre the upgrade the Vikings need?