There is not much argument that Brett Favre is one of – if not the best quarterback to ever play in the NFL. But Favre has become a problem and he is going to make the Minnesota Vikings look like fools.
Favre has devolved into a selfish person, much the way former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens did before his steroid/Mindy McCready debacle. Clemens’ need to be in the spotlight trumped his ability to realistically look at his waning talents and failing body in the mirror.
Favre doesn’t want to be out of the spotlight, nor does he want to be in training camp to put in the work. (See Clemens again.) He does not want to put his team before himself because he has already reached his goals of records, Super Bowls and fortune. What he is ultimately striving for is the only life he has known.
One can not be too harsh on him for not walking gracefully into retirement – many people in and out of sports have trouble with that. But the Vikings would be better off if Favre dealt with this on a therapist’s couch rather than on their depth chart.
Brad Childress is willing to shove two young quarterbacks to the back of the line despite Tavaris Jackson’s strong end to the 2008 season and the offseason signing of Sage Rosenfels. Rosenfels looked good in the team’s first preseason game, too. But the coach has thrown these quarterbacks’ psyche and confidence to the wind, showing them a complete lack of commitment and faith. I wouldn’t want to be a Vikings’ fan when Favre is injured and one of those guys is being asked to put his own commitment to the test as an emergency backup.
The team’s upper management has done an even greater misdeed by paying Favre $10-12 million for a spot season filled with a plethroa of Favre-related distractions.
Speaking of Vikings fans, those in the 30-40 year-old range, have to be gagging. They have spent the majority of their lives loathing Favre as he led their nemisis Green Bay. Now they have to watch him come in in all his fading glory and disrupt their fledgling team.
From painkillers to injuries, Favre’s career has also been one marked by excuses – though mostly forgiveable given an undeniable rate of success. But for a guy turning 40 in October and one coming off bicep surgery, it has to be highlighted that — despite a solid completion rate of nearly 66 percent last year with the Jets — Favre threw as many interceptions as touchdowns, was sacked the most times (30) in nearly a decade, disrupted a clubhouse and took a coach down with him.
It would not be a surprise to hear Childress and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf deliver some excuses of their own at the conclusion of this season.