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Roman Oben
Retired Football Player

Roman Oben

Played 12 years as a tackle in the NFL

Waiting Game No Fun for Vikings


I remember images of Brett Favre running down the field in Super Bowl XXXI, his helmet removed after a touchdown with that zeal and vigor of a high school football player. But that Brett Favre was replaced by a man who keeps players, coaches, owners and the entire football community in suspense while we wait for him to ride in and save the organization.

Brett Favre deserves to continue to play football, but not at the expense of ruining the team chemistry of the Minnesota Vikings. After some of the Vikings team leaders denigrated themselves by texting, begging and pleading for Favre's return, he was still. . . Umm, let me see . . . "afraid" to make a commitment to the Vikings.

I didn't care to watch his news conference or listen to network analysts argue for or against his comeback. l was satisfied using all my energy to digest Vick's return to the NFL; but enter Brett Favre, football's golden boy, with a final decision to continue to play.

Favre's abilities are clearly diminished. Anyone who thinks he will just hand the ball to Adrian Peterson, rely on the defense and manage the game is dead wrong. Favre will have six good games, but at the expense of another six games where he will have a "hat trick" of interceptions.

Brad Childress, whose credibility in the locker room will be lost as soon as Favre starts struggling again, has one more chance to save his job before it is possibly offered to Jon Gruden. But this 2009 Vikings team can go 10-6 and loose in the divisional round without Brett Favre.

Maybe Michael Vick stealing the spotlight was the catalyst that propelled Favre to make his decision. We will never know that. But one thing I can guarantee is that Favre will be throwing interceptions to NFL defenders and not high school football players in Mississippi.


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By Roman Oben  |  August 19, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings , New York Jets , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I agree that Favre's skills are not what they used to be, and he will struggle withthe Vikings. You can't just come in off the street as a player, no matter who you are, and thin that there is going to be instant success on the football field.

Posted by: ddor1 | August 20, 2009 12:37 AM

he knows our system or playbook
he knows our coaches
only 3 mediocre qb are slightly miffed
the rest are happy
AP will make it easier
we drafted for new talent @ wr
longwell never misses

viks are looking tough this year now

Posted by: mjimih | August 20, 2009 12:37 PM

When did T-Jack or Sage NOT have a game with a "hat trick" of interceptions?? During the Eagles-Vikings playoff game last year with 7:00 minutes left in the game and the Vikings down by 9, T-Jack threw 6 straight incomplete passes. Granted the Eagles were blitzing like crazy, but I would take Favre's experience over T-Jack or Sage's deer-in-the-headlights look to complete at least a couple of those passes and make the game more interesting. That is what the Vikings are getting with Favre at QB versus T-Jack or Sage.

If the guys wants to still play and a team is willing to pay him, what is the harm in that. Roman, are you just a bit jealous that Brett is cashing in more on his career than you did on yours? It seems that most of the explayers that are commenting(Tarkenton, Schlereth, Oben, for example)on Favre unretiring and signing with the Vikings were players that weren't in the limelight or weren't able to cash in during their playing days. Read Jason Whitlock's column and you will see what I mean.

Posted by: khoffman32 | August 20, 2009 3:40 PM

Wow, pretty rough comments. I'd like to think that Brett at 50% is still better than most guys throwing the ball today. Of course football is a business and holding out/negotiating before committing to any team appears to be commonplace in sports today. No doubt Brett will throw some interceptions (which he's done his entire career) but that's the reason why most fans love Favre, as a business owner and recruiter, I know "scared money never wins" so risk takers are the types of leaders you look for and Brett is certainly that. Now to Vick, yes he too deserves to be back in the league and both of these men, should be allowed to play the game that they loved since Pop Warner. I'm rooting for both of these QB's, and with the season being a long one, I'm sure all of the locker room animosity that exists in the pre-season will diminish as these players fall inline and follow their QB win or lose, as they've been conditioned to do since grade school. So gentleman, Lets Play Some Football!

Posted by: articulate1 | August 20, 2009 5:45 PM

Has it ever even been considered by some of these idiots that the Vikings... Players... Owners... coaches... etc. knew this was the arrangement? Jay Glazer basically confirmed this the day before the signing... possibly even speeding it up... as to not ruin the deal/secret!

Posted by: ezatko | August 20, 2009 8:10 PM

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