I’m sure that the vast majority of you have heard all about the Brett Favre situation, so I won’t go too deeply into the details and the facts. I’ll give a quick summary:
- Brett retired from the Jets
- Even though he was retired, he asked for his release
- After the second request for a release, the Jets granted it
- Brett claims he’s going to stay retired … “for now”
- Brett still holds a grudge against Packers GM Ted Thompson
- Speculation is flying around that Brett still wants to play for the Vikings
I’ll admit that I find it very interesting that Brett asked for his release twice. I mean, realistically if he was sure that he wasn’t going to play, what does he care if he’s under contract with the Jets or not?! One guy I talked to said that perhaps he wanted to sign a one day contract with the Packers and retire in Green Bay, but if he holds a grudge against Thompson, then I really don’t see that happening.
I’ll admit that I do remember all of the news circulating last year that Brett wanted to play for Minnesota, but the Packers for obvious reason wouldn’t let that happen.
Favre's wife already likes wearing purple
So that leads to some speculation:
Question #1: Does Brett Want To (or can he) Play?
I have to assume that before we get too far into the off season, Brett will want to play again. He’s the Michael Jordan of football… he might think he wants to sit out, but does he really? The limiting factor may be his shoulder. It was reported at the end of last season that Brett would need surgery if he wanted to play again, and that he would need to think about getting that surgery immediately after the season. It seems (although conflicting reports seem that no one really knows for sure) that Brett has not had any surgery yet. Does that mean he’s not going to play?
Well, reports are starting to come out that the type of injury that Brett had could potentially heal itself with rest, or even with micro surgery, which would keep him out of action for only a couple of weeks.
Question #2: Do The Vikings need him?
The Vikings have Bernard Berrian, Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson, and now Percy Harvin that could all benefit hugely from a good QB. Their quarterbacks are currently Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels, and John David Booty.
That question doesn’t need to be specifically answered.
Question #3: Do the Vikings (or more specifically Childress and Wilf) want him?
This will be the big question. When it comes to QBs, Childress seems intent on developing Jackson (or possibly Rosenfels)… almost as if he has a need to prove to the world that he can do it. They dropped out of the Cutler sweepstakes for some weak arguments about character (just weeks before they drafted Percy Harvin), they made no attempt to pick up Garcia, Warner (although that would’ve been admittedly useless), or even Leftwich. Any of those guys would’ve been an upgrade over Jackson. Instead they picked up Rosenfels, who will quite possibly play as Jackson’s backup.
My feelings about it:
The Vikings need him. Even a past-his-prime Brett Favre is an improvement to our offense. If nothing else, he’d simply keep the defenses honest when they wanted to stack the line against Peterson. If Favre was a Viking, and nothing else changed about our game plan, Peterson would rush for 2,000 yards.
Not only that, but if Childress really does want to develop Jackson, let him learn from a guy like Farve for a year (or if we’re lucky, two). Seriously, the only veterans Jackson has been around were Brad Johnson, Brooks Bollinger, Kelly Holcomb, and Gus Frerotte. Let him pick up some pointers from a real veteran.
Some Vikings fans in Internet-Land are already complaining that the Vikes don’t need a 40 year old QB. Those same Vikings fans, though, will be complaining that we didn’t get a QB if Jackson is named the starter. So those people need to be fully ignored.
Honestly, I think that most of us Vikings fans will watch the news every day, but we will see nothing but speculation until early July. Then we’ll see Favre say “I want to play”. That’s when we’ll have to start worrying about whether or not our coaching staff is smart enough to realize that the Vikings are a QB away from contending for the Super Bowl.
Now the big question: What do you think?
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