Aug 18, 2009
Wow, well the Favre saga has taken yet another turn, hasn’t it?
Feel free to peruse my original post on Favre in Minnesota, but here’s the cliffs notes version:
I’ve heard some people already spinning this thing negatively, but while I don’t strongly disagree, I do disagree.
Right at the top here, let’s make an assumption because my opinion is based on this assumption: let’s assume Favre’s arm is improved from what his arm was late in 2008, and that it will stay improved.
Ok, we’ve made that assumption. We should soon get a feel for how accurate that assumption is.
I never had a lot of confidence in Sage Rosenfels, and even less confidence in Tarvaris Jackson. Rosenfels had some problems picking up the offense in camp, whereas Favre knows the system probably as well as Brad Childress (not including Childress’ own nuances within his own offense, of course)
That’s one check for Favre.
If Favre’s arm is even 90%, his arm’s better than Rosenfels’ arm.
Although Favre’s certainly a turnover-prone gunslinger, he’s not nearly as erratic as Rosenfels. There is a difference. Favre rarely gets into prolonged slumps, and while he sometimes creates “WTF moments,” that kind of stuff can make Favre great at times, too, and I really can’t say that about Rosenfels. There’s a difference between being willing to pull the trigger on almost any throw and having no conscience (Favre) and at times looking like you don’t belong in the league (Rosenfels).
So in terms of creating blunders, turnovers, etc., I’ll give Favre a check there.
Obviously, any QB under center for the Vikings should benefit from having the best back in football behind him, especially with a great defense on the other side, a defense that can help keep the offense on schedule, and keep Adrian Peterson on the field. But in terms of truly reaping that reward, and truly taking full advantage of that nice situation, who do you think should get the edge? It has to go to the near 20-year veteran and living legend, over the journeyman Rosenfels.
Yes, Favre needs to quickly acclimate himself to the new teams, and little things like timing with his center, snap counts, etc. need to be worked through. And to be quite honest, I’m not sure Favre at stage of his career is measurably better than Rosenfels.
But I do think he’s better, and I do think he’s a better player to go to battle with than Rosenfels.
Finally, this might be the most important point, and it’s an intangible point, a non-football point.
Say what you want about Favre, but I can tell you this with the utmost confidence: the Viking players respect the hell out of him. ALL players in the NFL respect the hell out of him. The wind went out of their sails a few weeks ago when he decided to stay retired. Now, they have hope, a lot of hope. They have something to rally around and get excited about. He will energize their team, and for a franchise that has underachieved since LBJ was in office, he will create a lot of excitement, and if he starts performing well, a lot of confidence. CONFIDENCE is what any Viking team needs in the playoffs. I don’t think it will tear the franchise apart, far from it. If Favre comes out and throws it well in practice, anyone not on board will be on board. The alternative is Sage freaking Rosenfels for God’s sake. Minnesota went from being a competitive playoff contender to a Super Bowl player, and the players tend to like that.
So in conclusion, I think this is a good move for the Minnesota Vikings. It’s their best chance to take advantage of what is a good team RIGHT NOW, a team that is ready to compete for a SUPER BOWL right now.
It’s a good fit, and it’s worth a try because if Favre has any football left in him, it’s RIGHT NOW.
Oh, and he’s going to make the NFL a lot more entertaining this year.
Here’s how I view the news for their key players.
Adrian Peterson – Slightly good news, I think Favre helps them convert more 3rd downs and sustain more drives.
Visanthe Shiancoe – It’s great news.
Bernard Berrian – It should be good news, if Favre’s arm is close to healthy.
Percy Harvin – Like it for Harvin, I think having Favre helps the team get even more creative using him.
Sidney Rice - Gotta be good news, Favre is a damn good red zone QB, albet it one who’ll throw some picks.
Defense – Still think it’s good, better chance to keep them off the field.