Attention to Favre No Longer Justified
We all need to stop making such a fuss about the NFL's 21st-rated passer.
That's what Brett Favre was last season for the New York Jets, throwing 22 interceptions to go with his 22 touchdown passes. His team faded badly down the stretch and missed the playoffs, then fired Eric Mangini as its coach. Teammates were publicly critical of Favre.
He was a great quarterback.
He's not a great quarterback right now.
Does that mean it's not possible that he could play well for the Minnesota Vikings next season if he comes out of retirement again?
No, it doesn't mean that.
It would be possible. After all, he had an MVP-caliber season two years ago for the Green Bay Packers.
But the odds would seem to be against it. He simply hasn't been a good player with any consistency over the last four years. His totals over the last four seasons are 88 touchdown passes and 84 interceptions. He was terrible in 2005, mediocre in 2006, terrific in 2007 and below average last season.
Would that translate into being great next season and getting the Vikings to the Super Bowl?
But more likely, no.
He turns 40 in October. He's coming off a season with arm troubles.
Put aside all the narcissism, all the silliness, all the retiring and un-retiring. Just think about it from a pure football-playing perspective.
Do we care this much about Chad Pennington, Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel, Shaun Hill, Seneca Wallace, Trent Edwards, Jake Delhomme, Jason Campbell and David Garrard?
Maybe we should. They all ranked ahead of Favre in last season's NFL passer ratings. And they weren't alone.
He isn't No. 4 any more.
He's No. 21.
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