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Why You Don’t Bench Brett Favre

Posted By Steven Keys On Nov 22 2010 @ 9:42 am In Minnesota Vikings | 5 Comments

Four reasons why (health permitting and no action by Roger Goodell) Brett Favre should remain the Vikings’ starter the rest of the 2010 season:

1) Favre is the straw

To borrow Reggie’s metaphor, Brett Favre is ‘the straw that stirs’ the NFL’s drink.

As exciting as are Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Percy Harvin, it’s Brett Favre who packs ‘em into the Metrodome and every other venue he visits.  Apart from that rare blowout (Carolina 2009 / Green Bay 2010), a Brett Favre led team is always in the hunt.  Packers’ fans cherished this for fifteen years and it’s why most Vikings’ fans are still tickled-purple that Favre chose to end his storied career in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

2) Swan Song season

Even though they toiled on cellar-dwellers and their skills were fading, what I’d give to go back in time to see Babe Ruth smack three home runs in his final game against the Pirates or Johnny Unitas toss one last spiral in his powder-blue Chargers’ uniform (I was fortunate to see Hank Aaron as a Brewer but too young to drink in the moment).  Brett Favre is just such a player.  Iconic.  We’ll never see his like again.

What a difference a year makes.  But Minnesota’s 2009 was so special that only a moron would criticize too loudly Favre & Company‘s decision to test the fates one more time.

3) Patience can be a virtue

The media chorus is growing louder each week for calls to bench Brett and hand Tarvaris the starting job.  But most Vikings’ fans remember all too well just how uninspired T-Jack’s play can be, going back to his last starting stint in a 2009 home playoff loss to the Eagles.

I’m not sure why the Vikings team seems to have mailed-it-in for their game against arch-rival Green Bay but I’m guessing it has nothing to do with Brett.  I think they’ve still got his back.  Mr. Jackson would be better served to stay on the sideline and glean all he can from observing and interacting with one of the all-time greats.

4) Favre (or Childress) is not what ails the Vikings

Sometimes change is good (see Dallas Cowboys).  It can treat a malaise which takes hold on losing squads.  But starting Jackson does nothing to correct the Vikings biggest problem: trench doldrums. Their offense and defensive lines both have been struggling all season long (ditto on the secondary). The porous O-line dates back to 2009.  It was a bad sign when, in each of his inaugural pre-season games, a recuperating Favre got slammed into the turf on his first snap from scrimmage.

If the Vikes are banking their future on Tarvaris Jackson, his confidence could do without the beating.

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