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Will Brett Favre Sink the Vikings?

What can Minnesota Coach Brad Childress do to turn the ship around?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 23, 2009 10:00 AM
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erichk1: Footbal Fans all over will have different opinions. Here is mine...Brett Favre is doing just fine, Childress on the other hand has to stop h...

Gmitch: The problem is Childress. As another writer noted, Childress failed to give McKinnie some help against Julius Peppers. It was inexcusable....

foodiechan: As a Green Bay fan myself, I was happy to see the Favre drama across the border now. For two years we had to endure his diva-like decision ...

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alance Author Profile Page :

We need term limits for quarterbacks. At age 40 they should be shown the door. He's turning into a punch drunk like Muhammad Ali after too many fights.

This is almost as pathetic as the old geezers in Congress they wheel into the Senate floor to get 60 votes.

dubya1938 Author Profile Page :

come on, wasn't he just Lazarus just the other day?

He's probably hurt but refusing to admit it.

Put him in a gown, punch in an IV and make him walk on the sidelines.

gotbra Author Profile Page :

If you lay in bed with egowhores you get burned. Childress knew what he was getting when he picked up Brett at the airport and paid him all that cash and got him dressed pretty in purple and it felt so damn good to win all those games. Now Brett is talking back, is he really surprised?

ozpunk Author Profile Page :

Yeah, Brett has a season high 104 passer rating and he is sinking the Vikes, sheesh...

AsstGM Author Profile Page :

Favre is having a great season but he is now letting his ego get in the way of the team concept. He will indeed sink the Vikes because once the playoffs begin he'll try to zip a pass in when he shouldn't just to try to show off his arm, or heave one long just to show off his arm and have everyone rave about him - and they'll get picked off and turned into TDs for the other team. I truly believe he thinks he's bullet proof and already immortal and he craves the attention that will ultimately doom the Vikings.

cwarddc Author Profile Page :

I hate watching Vikings games. The commentators suck his **** the whole game. Forget about the other players on the team. The Vikings' defense can be on the field and they are talking about Favre. Special teams can be on the field and they are talking about Favre. It's so sickening. Sometimes, the Vikings aren't even playing and his name comes up and they spend 10 minutes talking about him.

vmrg1974 Author Profile Page :

Right now, the Eagles look like the most complete of all teams in the NFC. But there are still 2 games to go.

Minni is showing they looked good when they played nobody early in the season, except the Packers.

New Orleans have shown they can not stop teams from running it down their throats.

vmrg1974 Author Profile Page :

Right now, the Eagles look like the most complete of all teams in the NFC. But there are still 2 games to go.

Minni is showing they looked good when they played nobody early in the season, except the Packers.

New Orleans have shown they can not stop teams from running it down their throats.

bobfbell Author Profile Page :

Favre will be a first round selection to the Hall but will go down in history as, relatively, uncoachable. No man who played as long as he did and put up the numbers he did should be denied a place in the Hall.

Football is a team game where game plans are executed by twenty two men. When one decides he has a better plan and begins to improvise it, generally, is not a good thing.

Favre was having, statistically and in the win column one of his best years. Now he is off the reservation at the worse possible time; the playoffs. Can he pull it back and together? Sure. Is he likely to? Don't bet on it.

Bret Favre's greatness was as a gun slinger at QB. He was never and will never be a system QB ala Tom Brady. The Vikings are now finding you live by the sword and die by it too.

thensell Author Profile Page :

The Vikings are better now then they were a year ago. It is because of Brett Favre. He's a competitor, mentor and leader and most QB's wish they had half his career. It's too bad he doesn't have more than one Superbowl win, but that's more than Marino, Jurgenson and some other great QB's already in the Hall. The only thing Brett Favre wants to do is win it all. Can't blame a guy for that.

Annandale Author Profile Page :

Please, just go away. I am so sick of Favre. Get an offensive line and give the ball to Peterson. Favre is as he has always been: a self-indulgent jerk.

Wallenstein Author Profile Page :

When the Vikings have been good, they always fall apart at this point in the season. Add Bret Favre, and you've multiplied the power of whatever hex they're stuck under. They'll make it to the post season, but wash out spectacularly.

Rickster623 Author Profile Page :

Continue to marvel that people use the term "system quarterback" as if the QB sort of just takes the snap and watches the game go by... The closest I can imagine to meeting that definition would be a QB who works within a dominant running game and a dominant defense and who is rarely asked to deliver personally.

What this season is starting to expose in the Vikings and in Favre is simple... getting through the season and to the SB is not easy and the teams that start off hot don't always (in fact don't usually) stay that way. Indy this year and the Pats in '07 were off the charts and a rarity. Even so, clearly the Pats would have accepted a season loss if they could have kept their focus for the Title. I think Indy is also going to struggle and I do not think they will ultimately win this year...

The Vikings bet was that Favre would be able to take them to the Superbowl and I personally don't think he will deliver. I think 16 games + playoffs at a high level is more than he has in the tank. The Vikings' best chance to really go the distance is to ask less of Favre as the season progresses and in games outdoors and rely on their stud in the backfield. It remains to be seen whether Favre has the maturity to see that.

Then again, maybe he has 4 or 5 more off the charts games in him and will do it. I don't think so.

tmaertens Author Profile Page :

Chilly wanted to take Favre out when the Viqueens were leading 7-6. Huh?

Chilly has admitted to the Minneapolis paper that he should have given (left tackle) McKinnie some help against Julius Peppers.

It's amazing that never occurred to him during the game. Jared Allen gets double-teamed all the time. What are tight ends, pulling guards and blocking backs for?

As for Favre, Minnesota would not be 11-3 without him...maybe 9-5.

philipwheelock Author Profile Page :

The Vikings' running game has evaporated of late and the Panthers' Julius Peppers absolutely demolished their pass protection. If I was the Vikings' coach, I would have tried to bench Favre too so he wouldn't end up on a stretcher, courtesy of Mr. Peppers. Scariest pass rush performance I've ever seen. The Vikings have a lot to fix before Favre's performance becomes an issue.

Donald8 Author Profile Page :

Childress created(or contributed) to this monster. Driving from the airport, skipping training camp..what does he expect now?? The deference of a supplicant? Just happy to be on the team? Childress is not innocent..he was on thin ice, and he just got paid because of Brat..sorry Brett Farve. A classic Faustian bargain, now he has to live with it.

Donald8 Author Profile Page :

Childress created(or contributed) to this monster. Driving from the airport, skipping training camp..what does he expect now?? The deference of a supplicant? Just happy to be on the team? Childress is not innocent..he was on thin ice, and he just got paid because of Brat..sorry Brett Farve. A classic Faustian bargain, now he has to live with it.

big_cheesehead Author Profile Page :

First let me say (as my username probably gives away) I'm a big fan of the Green Bay Packers. Having said that, let me say Favre is a Diva. We all saw it when he decided to unretire originally and pitched a fit when they told him he had to try out for the starting quarterback position when he decided to come back at the eleventh hour. We heard about it again after his second retirement from the Jets and it came out that he had a separate dressing room, separate trainers, and managed to pressure the Jets to not reveal his torn biceps muscle last year (an injury that would have required him to be benched and break the start streak.) Given all of this, Childress should have known what he was in for, and either been willing to tolerate this behavior, or he needs to lay down the law to Favre to show that he is serious about the team as a whole.

fr3dmars Author Profile Page :

Go Brett - your attitude is all that gives the Saints hope! (Of course, as things stand, the Saints will have to face the Eagles who are far scarier than the VIkes!)

weezee Author Profile Page :

Did anybody watch the last game . . . .j peppers was all over the place . . . give the man some protection at the line

Thependulumswings Author Profile Page :

Hey! The Vikings needed Favre to get where they are. It is too bad his offensive line was not up to the job that game....but that is football. Get a grip and cheer your team on to win the next game.

33rdStreet Author Profile Page :

Check out the 2008 Jets season. Started out great; Favre got hurt but wouldn't sit; season went to hell in a handbasket. Sound familiar?

pjohn2 Author Profile Page :

Brett made the Vikings season, it's up to him to save or lose it. He is a great QB on an average team, so only so much of the blame is his.

rodnacious1 Author Profile Page :

You are only as good as you were the last time you were at bat... the Vikings wouldn't be where they are if it were not for Brett Favre!

Play him or go down in flames!

erichk1 Author Profile Page :

Footbal Fans all over will have different opinions. Here is mine...Brett Favre is doing just fine, Childress on the other hand has to stop his playcalling from an angry disposition, it was his erratic
playcalling and not adjusting to a great defence yhat cost the game. Let the Quarterback do his job, and get the offensive line to hold,

Gmitch Author Profile Page :

The problem is Childress. As another writer noted, Childress failed to give McKinnie some help against Julius Peppers. It was inexcusable. I've never seen a coach fail with greater consistency to make adjustments during the course of a game. Thankfully, Favre has been able to cover for the lack of coaching capability in most cases: 11-3. Thank you Brett.

foodiechan Author Profile Page :

As a Green Bay fan myself, I was happy to see the Favre drama across the border now.

For two years we had to endure his diva-like decision making, but was happy to not see him play for the Pack after the debacle called the NFC Championship game with the Giants (eventual Superbowl Champs)in 2008. He tried to zip one in and we lost because of a late interception.

What Carolina did to Brett was no secret - you pressure the diva and he will make bad decisions. He had shown a tendancy of doing so for so long!!

Anyway, glad that Brett plays somewhere else this season, because if he had taken as many sacks as Aaron Rodgers had (like league high 50?), he probably would be retired for good.

The most interesting thing that many commentators had not said was that Green Bay fared pretty well in replacing their 3-Time MVP with Aaron Rodgers, who is putting out some very impressive, Favre-caliber numbers.

The most ironic about this was that Favre, Chilly and Bevell all had Wisconsin roots (Chilly coached, and Bevell played for Wisconsin). So what did the Viqueens do when they want to get better? Let's get some cheeseheads.

 
 
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