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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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Brett's not done yet

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Brett Favre, if able, should be the Vikings' starter next Sunday against the Patriots.

It isn't because of Brett Favre's amazing streak of 291 consecutive games started -- an NFL record for quarterbacks. It isn't because Childress owes him loyalty after several, rather desperate moves to sign him. It isn't because the Vikings owe him the ridiculous salary they've agreed to pay -- though all are reasonable arguments, in my opinion.

Say what you will about Brett Favre's struggles statistically. Or the distractions caused by his annual retirement waffling and now Sterger-gate.

The man can still play football.

Despite being clearly hobbled, he had the Vikings in position to beat the Packers in Green Bay. As such, if he and team doctors determine him healthy enough to play this next weekend, Favre should get the starting nod.

I recognize the other argument. The other players (and fans) of the Minnesota Vikings deserve to have the quarterback who gives the team the best chance of winning each week get the starting nod regardless of Favre's streak or the desperate ventures made by Brad Childress and the rest of Vikings to get him back for one more year.

The ultimate question, of course, is whether Tarvaris Jackson, at 100%, is better than Brett Favre at, say, 70%.

I don't think he is. And therefore, regardless of the rationale, I'd stick with Favre until he determines his body cannot take the punishment of playing.

By Rob Rang  |  October 26, 2010; 1:00 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Mr. Rang, I'm sorry - but you lost me at "Childress owes Favre loyalty."

I don't think anyone owes Brett Favre loyalty anymore.

That he has been an excellent QB is undeniable. But he has been disloyal to the Packers (too many reasons to list), to the Jets (for basically using them so he could have a gap year away from the Packers) and to the Vikings (for playing while injured and putting them through a "will-he-or-won't-he-retire drama").

Brett Favre didn't actually need to be convinced to play for the Vikings this season, as far as reasoning and logic. He needed to be convinced for his ego. And to paraphrase the popular "Top Gun" quote, Favre's ego is writing checks the Vikings can't cash.

No Vikings personnel owes Brett Favre a thing. If anything, he owes them an apology for focusing the drama on their franchise for all the wrong reasons.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | October 26, 2010 2:46 PM

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