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?
Ed Werder reported this past weekend that Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was the first person from the Childress staff to see Favre throw. The recipients of those passes were the Oak Grove High school football team in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. There was no comment from Bevell, but Favre said the throwing session went fine.
In the same story, Werder wrote that people close to Favre told him the quarterback wants to play for the Vikings next season. He went on to report, the thing that will keep Favre out of a purple jersey is his surgically repaired shoulder. In other Favre news, people are asking Werder to report on Favre when something happens and to stop calling it breaking news when nothing changes in the story. News informs people and tells them something that they didn’t already know. Bevell being their does not qualify as news, because it doesn’t change anything. News on Favre would be his decision to play or not.
More importantly, Werder’s reporting is not taking on the questions looming over this situation. Can he still play? If he can, is he a better option than Jackson or Rosenfels. He looked good for the first half of last season, brilliant the season before and mediocre for the preceding five seasons. He’ll be coming in with a surgically repaired shoulder, which is never good and even worse for a 39 year-old quarterback. He’s always thrown a lot of picks, hasn’t produced in the playoffs for about a decade and the past few years has become a dandy when he has to play in the cold.
The Vikings are thinking Super Bowl. I can’t picture Tarvaris Jackson holding the Lombardi trophy over his head nor can I see Sage Rosenfels yelling into the camera, I’m going to Disney World. I also can’t see Favre bringing the Vikings anywhere. There is a good chance they will have to play outside to get to the Super Bowl. Favre’s reaction at the end of last year and more critically, during the NFC championship have me doubting him. He didn’t look comfortable, which resulted in a lot of passes that were flung more than thrown. He looked like someone who was scared to get hit. He looked like two quarterbacks who are already on the roster.
A little birdie flew around the Twin Cities this past weekend, eavesdropping on people’s conversations and hearing the latest Favre rumors. One rumor has him signing before single game tickets go on sale July 2oth, which makes sense. The Vikings can package those Packer tickets with a preseason ticket and make a couple extra dollars. Though if Favre is signed, I don’t imagine preseason ticket sales being an issue. There is also a report that the Favre’s put down $30,000 on a condo in Edina this past weekend. He was also seen throwing balls to kids at Edina High School, after he tried jumping into the sentatorial race—this is getting a little ridiculous.