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Why Favre Won't be a Viking

Posted at 8:00 PM on August 4, 2008 by David Zingler (8 Comments)


For years we've listened to television announcers gush about how Brett Favre is "special" and "different" from today's spoiled, egotistical athletes. Well, guess what - he's not.

In the past few weeks, we've seen that Favre is as a self-centered and out-of-touch as just about anyone who's been in his position would be. After leaving the Packers dangle the past three years as he contemplated retirement, the Spunky QB outdid himself this year and held the entire franchise hostage.

Let's face it, the Pack can't be getting much done at training camp right now. Supposed starting QB Aaron Rodgers is too busy looking over his shoulder to take command of the offense. In sports, you don't want to follow a legend. It never ends well. Sorry Aaron.

All of that aside, I would love to see Favre in Purple. The Vikings are a veteran team that is built to win now. Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer. Don't let the propaganda fool you; Jackson will be lucky to be an average signal caller this season. Put Brett Favre behind center with the Vikings running game and they are legitimate title contenders. With Jackson, they are pretenders.

But, it won't happen. Despite the reports, the Packers have no intention of trading Favre to the Vikings. It would be an incredibly risky move that would shore up their archrival's biggest weakness. It makes no sense from Green Bay's perspective - absolutely none!

The Packers are fueling these rumors to spread the drama westward. This summer has been a nightmare for them. They want the Vikings to share in their misery. Now, the Vikings have Favre's shadow hanging over them as well, distracting the coaches and denting Jackson's fragile psyche. It's genius really, that's why the Pack always seems to be a step ahead of our beloved Vikes.

When the Vikings and Packers renew their storied rivalry on September 8, Brett Favre will be on the field in his familiar place - as QB of the home team. By then, all will be forgiven and mostly forgotten in Green Bay.

(photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Comments (8)

Good theory.Hope it pans out.Its going to be a freaky season.

Posted by Grampa Jonsson | August 4, 2008 9:11 PM

If Favre is traded to the Vikings, they will almost definitely lose the Super Bowl or the NFC Championship game because of the gunslinger. 4 picks sound about right?

Posted by Ryan | August 4, 2008 10:29 PM

Ryan -- you may be right, but with Jackson they'll never get that far....

Posted by daveZ | August 5, 2008 8:03 AM

Couldn't hurt, and at the very least, it might help. I haven't given up on TJack quuuuiiiiite yet (I was going to reserve my judgement for this season), but I'm not too optimistic. At the very least, it would make me chuckle to see the former Packer god on the Vikings.

Posted by Erik | August 5, 2008 9:48 AM

I'm rooting for Favre to play for Minnesota, but not because I think it will necessarily make the team better. Tarvaris may not be a lock to take the team to and lose the big game like Favre, but with that line and that defense, he may just need to stand there and hand off to Purple Jesus. Look at the 2000 Ravens. They used Tony Banks at QB.

Posted by Ryan | August 5, 2008 11:47 AM

I agree with your opinion of Favre....he is egotistical and spoiled!

As a former Packer fan turned Viking fan, I would love to see a talented, capable quarterback come in to lead our Vikings.....just not Brett Favre!!!

Posted by Jack Bell | August 5, 2008 2:51 PM

I wish that 'reporters' would get over the waffling/indecision over the past 3 years.

When you look at the change in GM's, coaching, and the personnel issues that Favre had to look (loosing both his at (not to mentions personal situations)... who could possibly blame the guy for hesitation/indecision?

Bottom line is that Brett was forced to give an answer and he retired as a worst case scenario. Realizing that he can still play and that part of his retirement was based on his missing Brittany's childhood and not wanting to miss Breleigh's youth... only she is now in school full time and won't be able to spend much time with him... at the same time as football season.

Ted Thompson wants to move out from Ron Wolf's shadow and get rid of the 'old' so that he can take credit for any potential future success.

Posted by MajorGunz | August 5, 2008 4:53 PM

Well, it was obvious that the Packers would do everything in their power to keep Favre from going to the Vikings, and now they convinced him to go to the Jets. I say that if he had gone to the Vikings, he would have had a chance at something. Now on the Jets, or the Bucs as it might have been, it's just another Rice to the Raiders, Montana to the Chiefs type situation. Have fun fading into obscurity, Fav-re.

Posted by Erik | August 7, 2008 7:55 AM

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