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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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Dealing with the devil


There are offset bargains you make when Brett Favre is your quarterback. You take the constant waffling, the incessant desire for drama, the need by your quarterback to flip the script whenever it suits him, and the soul-killing picks at the worst possible times because at his best, there may never have been a quarterback with Favre's sheer skill. And that skill was on display for most of the 2009 season, when Favre put together perhaps the best season of his long career at the age of 39.

Now, the offset side of that bargain is coming through. Favre now needs more from his receivers than true elite quarterbacks do; we saw this when Sidney Rice was hurt early on. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would not have skipped a beat, but the Vikings went out and got Favre Randy Moss -- Brady's former target -- and Brady still looked better after the fact. Head coach Brad Childress' recent comments that the team went through the Favre saga for another season on the promise of another great season is disingenuous to a huge degree; there's no way to forecast a re-run of an outlier season like the one Favre put together in 2009. Ultimately, Childress will pay the price for that miscalculation, but it's Favre who's stuck with the bill in the short term.

Will Childress leave Favre's season up to Favre? There, I think he's stuck between what he can do and what he should do. What he should do is bring Tarvaris Jackson in and build for the future. Favre's ankle is obviously bothering him far more than he cares to admit, and you'd think that Jackson could put up the same sub-par numbers without all the attendant media madness. But that's not really what Childress can do, because if he takes Favre's option to play out of Favre's hands, he's creating a full-scale mutiny, opening himself up to dissection from the press, and putting himself in the firing line by basically acknowledging what is becoming more and more obvious: Favre or not, the Vikings are a rapidly aging team, lacking the overall talent at this point in time to make a clear Super Bowl run.

The Vikings had a small window of opportunity with Favre, and they are now on the other side of it. That's how deals with the devil sometimes go.

By Doug Farrar  |  October 26, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Doug Farrar , Minnesota Vikings , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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....Since the Packers refused Favre's "unretirement" 3 years ago, they have had 3 seasons to develop their next legacy QB. And where are the Vikings today??? Guess Ted Thompson has the last laugh after all!

Posted by: wp121606 | October 26, 2010 11:02 AM

Not just Thompson, but all the GB Fans as well.


Posted by: phoenixresearch | October 27, 2010 12:30 AM

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