Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Will Favre don purple after all?
Sure, quarterback Brett Favre coming to the Vikings would have been much juicier had it taken place last season. Favre would have been a mere one year removed from his illustrious career in Green Bay and would have opened the 2008 regular season in Lambeau Field as the opposing QB.
Nevertheless, there is still some intrigue in Favre possibly joining the Vikings in 2009. For me, it’s less about sticking it to my Wisconsin friends/relatives and more about my favorite squad enhancing its position as a contender. I’m sorry, but the Vikings will not win the Super Bowl with either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels under center. So does obtaining Favre guarantee a championship? Of course not. But if I felt 39-year old Jeff Garcia was good enough for the Vikings, why wouldn’t I want Favre as our QB?
Naturally, there are still some concerns to be addressed. Around late November of last season with the New York Jets, Favre was hampered by what was thought to be a torn biceps tendon in his throwing arm. In the last five games of 2008 (in which the Jets lost four) Favre threw only two touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Upon the conclusion of last season, many Jets players openly complained that Favre was not a very good teammate and often kept to himself. And while I don’t condone the “lone wolf” approach, the fact of the matter is Favre had no connections to the Jets (other than former teammate Bubba Franks) before he joined the organization. But that wouldn’t be an issue with the Vikings. Both head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were once Packer assistant coaches during Favre’s tenure. And kicker Ryan Longwell was a close friend of Favre’s in the nine years they were teammates in Green Bay.
Last season I never felt the Vikings had a realistic chance of acquiring Favre. This year? 50-50 at best. But I’m still going to watch these developments closely!!