You Had to Know This Was Coming
It almost happened last year, but it made far more sense for the Packers to ship Brett Favre to the Jets for some conditional draft picks than give him his unconditional release and let him sign with their bitter rivals up north. Now, with Favre's feet up in a Barcalounger after taking a spin on his riding mower, his phone rings and, surprise, Brad Childress is on the other end asking him to come up to Minneapolis for a chat. If this was the reason why the Vikings ultimately decided to pass on trading for Jay Cutler, then someone should get fired because while Favre obiously has one or two good years left in him if he's surrounded by the right personnel (and Minnesota has it), this is at best a stop gap move to take one big shot at a Super Bowl right now when Cutler could have made a serious run possible every year.
No matter, because the wheels are in motion, Favre is boarding a flight for Minnesota, and ESPN is doing their annual Favre watch all over again. And underneath all the hoopla and malarkey that is going to saturate the airwaves, blogosphere, and radio stations is the fact that Favre represents an incredible upgrade over the Minnesota's current crop of quarterbacks. When healthy, Favre brings not just experience, but detailed knowledge of how each of the Vikings' rivals play. Plus – if his biceps muscle is fully healed – Favre would thrive as he did two years ago in a run-first, short-pass offense designed to get the ball out quick. It is not hard to imagine Favre putting up solid to above average numbers behind a solid offensive line and with bona fide running backs available to prevent him from throwing on every down and laying up 30 interceptions.
Now I am certain that there is a contingent of hard core fans who are howling at the prospect of having the quarterback they hate the most under center in their beloved purple, but get this through your thick skulls: Adding Favre to the lineup would mean an instant 11 wins, if not 13. Keep him healthy and let Adrian Peterson run wild while that defense causes chaos and turnovers in bunches and you'll find yourselves with home field advantage in the playoffs and a crack at bringing home your first Super Bowl birth since Fran Tarkenton.
The problem with Favre is not so much age as his propensity to “go out and have a little fun and pitch the ball around.” That won't work with this team. The Vikings need a guy who manage the game, reduce turnovers, make a big play, keep the huddle in line, give the ball to Peterson, and not freelance too much. Though, really, according to reports across the spectrum, Favre wanted to come to Minnesota because they run the exact sort of offensive packages he's used to.
Considering thew Vikings limited options and the fact they won't have to give up too much besides money, the smart move is to sign their former rival. Now.
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Written by Sean Neumann