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Brandon Benson

Brandon Benson is the lead blogger at Acme Packing Company.

Favre breakdown


Will Brett Favre be welcomed by his new Viking teammates? That was the question I asked to myself when they signed him last summer. He hadn't taken part in any of the team's offseason activities, and I wondered how it would be viewed by the other players.

When Mike McCarthy spoke to ESPN back in July 2008, and was asked why Favre could not start for the Packers, he was somewhat vague and said that it was too late to turn back. It was suggested in the media that the players would not welcome it if the team took the promised starting job away from Aaron Rodgers, who had participated in all the offseason activities, and gave it back to Favre on the eve of training camp. Favre, on the other hand, felt insulted that he might have to compete for his starting job. Whether you agree that the Packers are better on the field with Rodgers versus Favre, there is no doubt that the Packers are a cohesive team with respect for their coaches. They might not be the same team if they had turned on Rodgers and welcomed back Favre.

Back to last summer, when Brad Childress courted Favre and immediately named him the starter on the eve of training camp. How did this team feel about this when Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels had been expecting to compete for the starting job? Nothing negative was said to the press, and I haven't read of any Viking player who came out against either Favre or Childress. Except for Favre himself, who recently criticized Childress for discussing whether to bench him during the game. So the schism-gate reported on last August didn't surprise me. Neither did the suggestion, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, that among the players, there were no Favre supporters. My feeling was that if the Favre signing didn't work out, then Childress is going to lose the support of his players.

It's still an open question whether the Favre signing has worked out in Minnesota. Though they've lost two of their last three games, they've still secured a playoff spot, and have a good chance to win the Super Bowl. Winning would turn all of the infighting into background noise. But it's possible that this infighting spills onto the field and the team comes out flat in the playoffs. Jim Zorn has lost the support of his players in Washington, and the Redskins came out with no life in an embarrassing home loss on Monday night to the Giants. I don't think infighting alone will doom the Vikings' season -- the loss of LB E.J. Henderson and the bad play of LT Bryant McKinnie might be more damaging to them -- but if the Vikings look uninspired during the playoffs, the team's lack of trust in it's leaders might be the cause.

By Brandon Benson  |  December 23, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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