Now there's no Favre deadline
PHERSY:As I expected, Vikings coach Brad Childress said yesterday on KFAN that he never set a deadline for Brett Favre to decide whether or not he was going to be a Viking next year. Childress is a bonehead, but he's not that dumb. If he has any chance of coaxing Favre out of retirement, setting a deadline would be the last thing any coach would want to do.
So now we sit and wait. I'm sure more reports will surface in the next month or so ... who knows what some of these reporters will dream up in the coming weeks! With each passing day, the stories get crazier and crazier. Of course, if we stopped reading, they'd stop writing this garbage. Really, until something actually happens, there should be nothing left to say regarding Favre playing for the Vikings. The Vikings are clearly interested. We still don't have a clue what Brett is thinking. If I had to guess, I'd say Favre wants to come back if he's healthy, and he'd like to play just to prove he can still do it and to stick it to Ted Thompson.
I'm still not convinced Favre is THAT much better than Sage Rosenfels. You always take the good with the bad with Favre, which means you'll be dealing with a diva who throws loads of interceptions. He also throws loads of TDs, which is nice. When the story of Favre's release came out and people immediately started mentioning the Vikings as a possible destination, I was 100 percent against the Purple signing Favre. I won't say I've completely switched sides (or even close ... I still wish the guy would go away), but I'm more like 92 percent against him playing for the Vikings in 09. He was terrible at the end of last season. Some will blame that on the injury; I just blame it on the guy getting old and thinking he can still zip every pass between three defenders.
Feldy, talk me down to 87 percent against it ...
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FELDY: Since you and I can both agree, Phersy, that we should let "news" about Favre go in one ear and out the other until he signs, I'll just go back to the argument I've been making all along: A Favre-Rosenfels-Jackson depth chart is far more palatable than a Rosenfels-Jackson-Booty depth chart. I know Favre is the Iron Man of the NFL, but let's face it, most QBs aren't able to take every snap in all 16 games.
So, from that standpoint, even there isn't much separating Favre and Rosenfels abilities at this point, I'd still rather have Rosenfels be the guy who comes in to replace an injured Favre, as opposed to T-Jack coming in to replace an injured Rosenfels (...um ... could you repeat the part of the stuff where you said all about the ... things?).
And for anyone worried that John David Booty will somehow end up on another team's roster because of a Favre signing, don't worry. JDB won't even be put on the practice squad, I'm guessing. He'll make it through training camp and suffer an unfortunate season-ending injury in the final preseason game. He'll spend the season on IR, but the injury will be something like a broken finger on his non-throwing hand. He'll have another no-pressure season to hang out and learn the ropes, then he'll be the No. 2 guy in '10 when Favre reallyretires and T-Jack isn't re-signed.
Have I got you to 87 yet, Phersy? If not, just remind yourself of this: If Favre comes in and leads the Vikings deep into the postseason, you'll be ecstatic as a Vikings fan. If he comes in and flops, Chili will almost certainly be booted out of Winter Park forever. It's a win-win for you.