Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Brett Favre has his swim trunks. And his FLIPPY-FLOPPIES!

If I was tired of hearing about Brett Favre until a few weeks ago, now I'm absolutely sick to my stomach that he's actually coming back. I was so happy to not have to turn on my TV and hear about Favre non-stop for two weeks, but when the news broke yesterday that multiple Vikings players expected him to be their quarterback, the reality dawned on me. This saga wasn't over. And now that's he's "officially" back, we will continue to hear about him way too much for anybody's good.

Yes, Favre is an upgrade over the Vikings current stable of quarterbacks, but in no way is he the Brett Favre of old. He struggled down the stretch with the Jets last season due to a small tear in his right rotator cuff, an injury which still hasn't gone away. So why anybody thinks this old man can make it through an entire season of football and playoffs is beyond me.

Favre started last season healthy and couldn't make it through and now he will be starting this season injured. It also seems like he just didn't feel like going to training camp this season, which is why he "retired" again in the first place. What does that say about the man's commitment to his new team? I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't even pass his physical.

Even if he does, my guess is that this rotator cuff injury flares up at some point late in the season, enough to significantly affect Favre's on-field performance or relegate him to the bench. Then the Vikings will have the pleasure of telling Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels that they now need them to come in and play after stringing them along throughout the Favre situation, basically saying they weren't good enough to lead this team where it wants to go. That sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, as neither Jackson nor Rosenfels is good enough to step in at a moment's notice and perform at a high level.

If Favre stays healthy, he will definitely be better than both of those quarterbacks. And he will lead the Vikings to a division title, the playoffs and maybe even the Super Bowl. He has the best running back in football at his disposal in Adrian Peterson and two play-making wide receivers in Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin, as well as tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

The Vikings defend the run as well as any other NFL team and the addition of Favre will definitely make them a more complete club. Plus Favre has the added motivation of playing his former team twice, the team he feels forced him into retirement after he led them to a 13-3 record in 2007 in favor of 2005 first-round pick Aaron Rodgers

There are just way too many ifs right now to say whether or not this move will backfire on the Vikings like it did on the Jets last season. But at least the players are on board with bringing Favre in. When Favre joined the Jets last season at the expense of Chad Pennington many players were upset, including top receiver Laveranues Coles, who had a very close personal relationship with Pennington.

Favre fits in much better with the weapons the Vikings have on offense and he is familiar with the offensive scheme. Whether he's on the field in December and January to make an impact at the season's most important juncture is the real question. Personally, I will be rooting hard for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers this season. Cheeseheads unite!

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