OK, I don’t want to talk about Brett Favre, and you get enough talk about him elsewhere that you assuredly don’t want to hear me babbling on about The Conflicted One, so I’ll be brief. And then, I’ll ignore him on this space for the rest of the season.
But, for posterity’s sake, I figured it’d be wise for me to publicly state my take on his signing. It is this: thumbs down. I understand it was a mostly risk-free move all things considered, and I would probably do the same if I were the team’s GM…but I don’t see this ending well. I’ll offer four reasons why (first noted on my internet friend lattewarrior’s site):
1. Favre was terrible last year. Seriously, go back and check.
2. He’s a year older, which means he’ll likely be worse.
3. According to Football Outsiders, the Jets had the 4th best offensive line last year. Vikes: 15th (and that’s with Birk). Which means he’ll experience more hurries than last season, and when he’s hurried he typically decides to turn a professional football game into backyard “500.” This is bad.
4. Wouldn’t his inability to play in cold weathers almost assuredly come back to haunt us in the playoffs?
That is the extent of my thoughts on this ridiculous sideshow. I wish everyone would shut up about it, but I can begrudgingly admit to understanding why they cannot.
Also, just for the record, Peter King is an idiot. I know, I know – preaching to the choir here. I actually never read his (or any other football columnist’s) stuff, but this paragraph I happened upon sounded uniquely ridiculous.
The perfect scenario would have been for the Vikings to see if Rosenfels or Jackson played well enough through a piece-of-cake early schedule (at Cleveland, at Detroit, San Francisco), and if the position was an Achilles heel, then reach out to Favre to see if he was interested.
I don’t think that’s how football works, big guy. From my vantage point — typically curled up on my couch in a hangover-induced fetal position — the game looks pretty damn complex. It’s not like trading for a third baseman and going over the signs with him before sending him out for BP; there’s this whole playlist thing to get a hang of. I know King loves him some Favre, but putting forth the idea that Favre could join a team halfway through a season and immediately master the team’s system is ludicrous.
But this is King we’re talking about here, so, pretty much par for the course.
OK, that’ll do. Thanks for listening. Goodbye.