Posts tagged with: Brett Favre

LINK: Wow, GREAT GREAT article on the Chicago Bears

I just read a GREAT article about the Chicago Bears, and how their fans and media are reacting to the Vikings signing Brett Favre.

Here’s the gist of the article:

According to fans of the other teams in the NFC North, over the past few weeks, the Vikings have been screwed because they were going to sign Brett Favre, screwed because they then failed to sign Brett Favre, and most recently screwed because they actually signed Brett Favre.

It goes on to explain why the Vikings don’t really need to be afraid of the Chicago Bears.  It also goes on to mention that even though it’s true that Favre led the league in interceptions last year, the guy at the #2 spot was Jay Cutler… and Cutler doesn’t have Royal or Marshall to throw to this year.

And while Favre played the last month of the season with an injured bicep tendon, Cutler’s only affliction during the same time period was attempting to throw passes with both hands wrapped around his throat.

It’s a really good article.  I highly recommend that you read it!

Click HERE to do so.


Around the NFL: Does the NFC North have the best quarterbacks?

I’ve seen this question pop up on several blogs and forums across the internet, so I thought I’d throw it out here:

Does the NFC North have the best foursome of starting quarterbacks in the league?

Let’s look at the starters.

NFC

NFC North:

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler
Detroit Lions: Probably #1 draft pick Matt Stafford
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
Minnesota Vikings: Brett Favre

NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo
New York Giants: EliManning
Philadelphia Eagles: Donovan McNabb
Washington Redskins: Jason Campbell.

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals: Kurt Warner
San Fransisco 49ers: Shaun Hill or Alex Smith
Seattle Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck
St. Louis Rams: Marc Bulger

NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan
Carolina Panthers: Jake Delhomme
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Byron Leftwich

AFC

AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco
Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer,
Cleveland Browns: Brady Quinn
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger

AFC East:

Buffalo Bills: Trent Edwards
Miami Dolphins: Chad Pennington
New England Patriots: Tom Brady
New York Jets: Mark Sanchez

AFC West:

Denver Broncos: Kyle Orton
Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel
Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell
San Diego Chargers: Phillip Rivers

AFC South:

Houston Texans: Matt Schaub
Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning
Jacksonville Jaguards: David Garrard
Tennessee Titans: Kerry Collins

That’s really a tough call, but I’d have to say the NFC would have to be considered as the best QB division, now that Favre has joined the ranks.  Really, in my opinion, the only true competition would come from the NFC East.  Romo, McNabb, and Eli are all really good, and Campbell’s not bad himself.

What do you think?


LINK: Beyond Brett Favre (Grant’s Tomb)

There are a lot of good articles being written in InternetLand yesterday and today about Brett Favre, but I wanted to share an interesting article from one of my favorite (if not favorite) blogs to read, Grant’s Tomb.  The article talks about how Favre has bought the Vikings a year or maybe two, but that they need to be developing a quarterback for beyond that time.

So it’s on. Brett Favre is going to quarterback the Vikings to a Super Bowl in 2009. Or maybe not.

Which still leaves the Vikings looking for a long-term answer at quarterback in 2010. You know this is true because whether Favre’s 2009 excellent Vikings adventure turns out well or not so well, he’ll retire once the season is over. And then what?

Well, I guess the Vikings could try to get Favre out of retirement again – we know he’ll at least listen. Failing that they’ve still got Sage Rosenfels (how pissed is he after this little charade?) under contract for another two seasons. They could try to draft a hot shot college quarterback in the first round – someone like Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy. Or they can hope some elite or potentially elite quarterback is available next offseason.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Really interesting ideas.


Link: Brett Favre will spice up a boring offense.

Here’s a quote from me from this blog on July 29th of this year

As much as I’d love Favre on the team, at this point I want it to be over. I’ll admit… if I’m right and Favre signs next week, I’ll get over this feeling, and I’ll probably change my tune, and I’ll be a happy guy.

But for now I can honestly say, for the sake of the Vikings, Brett… stay home.

Well, at least I know myself…. yeah, I was tired of hearing about it, but now that Favre has signed, I’m a happy happy man.

Anyway, I found this article on NFL.com, and I really wanted to share it. It’s about how Favre will immediately impact Minnesota’s offense.

When Brett Favre signed with the New York Jets last year, it took him a good two months before he felt comfortable in his new team’s offensive system. This time around with Minnnesota, it shouldn’t take nearly as long.

Favre knows the Vikings’ offensive terminology inside out and that certainly wasn’t the case with the Jets last year when he arrived in New York on Aug. 6. A quarterback needs to see the play in his mind’s eye when he calls it in the huddle; early in Favre’s Jets season, plays were just words and he often dropped back trying to figure out where people were going.

When he enters the huddle in Minnesota and calls a play in the traditional West Coast language he has used in the previous 17 NFL seasons, he will see the play in his mind’s eye. He will know exactly what every player has to do to make it a success, and his decision-making will lead to a quick release of the ball and far fewer sacks than the Vikings quarterbacks incurred last year (43). And fewer than Favre had in New York (30).

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.

I thought that article hit the nail on the head. The fact that Favre is comfortable in the West Coast Offense is great. The fact that he will keep defenders honest will help Peterson. The fact that Favre is a master of the screen pass will help both Peterson and Taylor. The fact that he has two down the field threats in Berrian and Harvin will spice up our offense. The fact that Favre loves to throw to Tight Ends, and that we have one of the best in the game (at least since week 3 of last year) is exciting. The fact that Harvin’s versatility and Favre’s ability to read defenses will keep the other teams on their toes is amazing.

Our offense took some giant steps forward today (pending a physical, of course).

The Vikings don’t need Brett Favre to be the savior of the team. Instead they just need someone who can bring out all the talent that the team already has.

Unfortunately, Jackson and Rosenfels just haven’t proven that they have the ability to do that.


HOLY COW, What is happening? FAVRE WILL BE A VIKING

I just posted an article about Favre and the fact that I don’t know what to think….

As soon as I posted it, Access Vikings is saying that it’s confirmed that Favre will sign today and practice this afternoon.

Brett Favre will be a Minnesota Viking!

Source: ACCESS VIKINGS


I don’t know what to believe about Favre

I’ll admit, I’m a little perplexed.

All through the summer I was telling people that I think Favre will hold out. I said I thought he’d try to get out of training camp. When Bus Cook said Favre wasn’t thinking about playing, I didn’t believe him. I was sure that I knew that Favre would play, but that he wouldn’t be on the team during the 2-a-day workouts.

Then, right before training camp, Favre said he was staying retired…. and I believed him.

Then rumors started, stemming from Jay Glazer’s FoxSports article about how players “knew” he was coming, and it was a case of “when”, not “if”. One player even said they knew it would happen right after the Indy preseason game.

And for some reason, I didn’t believe it. Even though I had been predicting it all summer long, I didn’t believe that it was even possible. But now, another article pops up…

Read it HERE

This article says that Favre is talking contracts with the Vikings.

I heard a rumor that says that Favre still has a deposit down on the condo he was looking at in Minnesota.

I have to admit, I’m thoroughly confused about the situation right now. I don’t know if Favre is coming back or not. I was very positive he was a couple months ago, then I was very positive he was NOT for the last 3 weeks…

Now I just don’t know.

Favre Jersey?

I still believe that Favre would improve the team. I think his mere presence would open up the running game, and Vikings fans have NEVER seen Adrian Peterson run when he’s not the #1 focus of opposing defenses. That could be fun to watch.


You’re kidding me… MORE Favre rumors?

Wow.  Just… wow.

Jay Glazer from FoxSports is reporting that the Brett Favre parade is not quite over.  In fact, he said the vibe at the Vikings training camp is that it’s a matter of “when”… NOT “if”… Favre will be a Viking.

One unnamed Viking actually said “I’m telling you it’s already done.  Right after the Indy game (first preseason game). I don’t think anyone here doesn’t think that.”

Another Viking said, “I don’t know if it’s done, but I think he’ll be in by the third preseason game.”

Maybe Sage shut up the rumors a little bit by playing well against Indy, but if Glazer is right,  it’s already a done deal in Minnesota.

I have to say I’d be shocked to find out this was accurate, though.  My gut reaction is that the media realizes that preseason is generally boring, and they need something to talk about.

But I have to say, after the Indy game, if Favre was to come to the Vikings, it would be Tarvaris Jackson that would be out of a job, not Sage Rosenfels (despite what I said several weeks ago on that topic).


My take on Favre

If you’ve been reading this blog at all this summer, you know that I wanted Favre to be a Viking in 2009.  I don’t feel like Jackson or Rosenfels can keep the defense from stacking 8 or 9 men in the box, and I feel like Favre would’ve done that through his presence alone.  I’ve told many people that if Favre is a Viking, I think Peterson will rush for 2,000 yards.

All that being said, since Favre officially said “no” yesterday, I really hope he leaves it at that.  My outlook for a Jackson-led team isn’t nearly as high as a Favre-led team would’ve been, but I want the Vikes to have some stability as they’re preparing themselves for the season.

But somehow I feel that we still haven’t heard the last of Brett Favre.  Somehow I have a hunch that next week, after training camp is about half over, Favre will “get the itch” to play.   It’s well documented that Brett Favre does not enjoy training camp.

Even after telling the Vikings he wasn’t coming back, Favre said he is going to continue to work out and throw the ball.

As much as I’d love Favre on the team, at this point I want it to be over.  I’ll admit… if I’m right and Favre signs next week, I’ll get over this feeling, and I’ll probably change my tune, and I’ll be a happy guy.

But for now I can honestly say, for the sake of the Vikings, Brett… stay home.


Breaking news: BRETT FAVRE STAYING RETIRED

According to the Star Tribune, Brett Favre is staying retired.

Read the short article HERE

To be honest, my expectations for this season just dropped a couple notches.


Well, it’s Friday, where’s Favre?!?

Oh yeah, he’s not quite ready yet.

How am I not surprised?

His agent, Bus Cook, said that Brett is still considering a few things, but a decision could possibly come by the beginning or the middle of next week.

Really?

That’s good, because Thursday was supposed to be his deadline.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I’m excited about Favre being a Viking, but he sure likes to drag out his media attention for as long as he can.


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