No thanks, Adrian Peterson. Brett Favre had this one.
Favre may still not own a 200-yard passing day as a Viking, but no one ever said winning games had to or would come by launching 50-yard passes.
Favre can’t face the 2007 Denver Broncos in overtime every week. But then again, he won’t be getting back-to-back supposed “cakewalk” matches with the Browns and Lions on a regular basis, either.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009
It’s official. Brett Favre is human, and as much as you may despise him, he’s apparently pretty honest, too.
He admitted he wasn’t at the top of his game during the Jets’ five-game slide to end 2008. But he also said he would have gladly hit the bench, and probably even for good.
He’s even declaring 2009 as his “the streak may end” campaign, and regardless of your opinion on him as a player, his personality, or his supposed hidden agendas, that’s damn respectable.
He’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer, and for all intents and purposes, he’s still “got it.”
But he’s not an idiot. He may talk as if he were one. He may wear dirty, crusty red hats that only under-paid (are they under-paid?) fat truckers would wear.
But damn me if I’m wrong; this guy is honest.
Maybe to a fault, but still. You have to admire Favre’s recklessness. His love for the game.
Because no matter which side you’re on: Green Bay’s, Minnesota’s, or hate the NFL altogether, this is still a remarkable story.
Oh, and the best part? We’re just getting started.
Favre was done, people. He truly was. ESPN’s “Skip” Bayless had it right. Favre was done after retiring from New York, and he wasn’t kidding around when he shot-down the Vike’s before training camp, either.
Call him an OCD gambler, but the guy just couldn’t kick the habit. He simply couldn’t pass up the chance at going out on top. Or at least coming close.
But the best part in this entire “Favre Saga”, as many journalists so eloquently put it, is Favre’s calm demeanor and realistic outlook on everything.
He’s not coming back for revenge. Not completely, anyways. That would be foolish, and even he admits it.
He’s not shy about hating Ted Thompson or feeling spurned by the Packers. That stuff is true. But to come back and risk it all for two lousy games that he might even lose? It’s not worth it.
It has nothing to do with the stats, his legend, or (now that we’ve heard from the horse’s mouth) that remarkable streak he started 16 years ago.
Love him or hate him, it’s time to open your mind to the possibility that Favre may actually have something left to give the NFL.
Even if it’s for less than 16 games.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Reports have T-Jax bringing back Minnesota nothing more than a mid-round pick in next year’s draft, and with little-to-no leverage, they’ll be lucky if they get that.
Jackson is still a young, athletic passer with a good amount of potential, but there doesn’t appear to be a clear front-runner for his services in 2009.
Just know that he won’t be wearing purple.
Tennessee Titans Work-out Receiver Matt Jones
The ex-Jaguar is getting his first official look from an NFL club, even after a humbling interview on ESPN about a month ago.
Jones still has outstanding size and speed, and even though he knows nothing of Tennessee’s offense, he could still emerge as their top receiver if signed.
As it stands, he’d probably step in behind Justin Gauge and Kenny Britt, while surpassing the injured Nate Washington.
The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, both in need of an impact receiver, are reportedly keeping a close watch on the situation.
No Progress in Brandon Marshall Trade Talks
The heat is on Josh McDanies and the Broncos, as they have heard plenty of interest from the New York Jets, but still have a hefty asking price on the table.
The reported offer has been Marshall for a New York first round pick, along with veteran linebacker, David Harris.
If Denver doesn’t budge on either Harris or the pick, the reportedly won’t happen.
Bengals’ Carson Palmer Expected to be Ready for Opener
Isn’t this the same news we got all of last season?
Palmer was apparently at full health heading into pre-season, but then arm questions again emerged.
This time the concern is over his ankle, but with soid practices lately, head coach Marvin Lewis is holding him out of the final pre-season game, merely as a precaution.
Brett Favre to Sit for Minnesota’s Final Pre-season Game
This isn’t news, but since it’s Favre, it still makes headlines.
Add the arm surgery, his age, and the reported cracked rib all together, and you’ve got a concerned Brad Childress.
Besides, they may want to give Tarvaris Jackson the full stage as they try to up his value in the wake of trade rumors.
Favre will be more than ready to go for the season opener at Cleveland.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Thursday, September 3, 2009
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While certain analysts and columnists are jumping all over Favre as “old and slow”, this writer saw something else on Monday night.
I saw a true gamer. Yes, he’s 39, going on 40, and probably isn’t as nimble as he once was.
But he’s still got it. Boy, does he ever. (Cue over-hyping and under-hyping here)
Still, Favre was an impressive 13-18 for 142 yards and a touchdown in just under three quarters, while leading the Vikings to 10 points, and also watching as Adrian Peterson scampered 80 yards for a score on the opening play.
Some nay-sayers are already nit-picking the future Hall of Famer’s prime-time performance, citing his two taken sacks in only 20 drop-backs, while offering the fact that he’s not athletic or quick enough to elude defenders.
Plain and simple, that’s a bunch of bull.
If these so-called “experts” actually were watching the tape, they’d see that both of the sacks Favre took had absolutely nothing to do with his athleticism or anything to do with his decision-making.
His first sack came on a blown blitz pick-up, as a Texan defender blew threw a gaping hole and crushed Favre, who had no chance to make a play.
The second sack was actually a result of Favre making a smart play, as a defender nicked the ball from behind while Favre was in his throwing motion, forcing Favre to tuck the ball down and take the sack, rather than force a bad throw or fumble the ball.
Add in Percy Harvin’s dropped touchdown pass (a beautiful pass by Favre), and some shady line-blocking, and Favre’s performance was actually borderline flawless.
The Favre-haters can keep jumping on the bandwagon all they want, but this small showing in pre-season action went a long way in assuring Minnesota fans everywhere that Favre brings more to the team than they originally thought.
Besides, with the way Adrian Peterson was playing on Monday, will it really matter if Favre isn’t his old vintage self?
In one over-used cliche’ expression: probably not.
On that same note, Favre wasn’t over or under-used, as Head Coach Brad Childress began with the run (which resulted in a touchdown on the first offensive play), and did a fine job of sprinkling Favre into the offense, rather than force the issue.
While it’s still extremely early (and just the pre-season), it’s clear Favre has at least shaken off the rust, and is already showing signs of making a significant impact for the Vikings.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Vikings drafted the explosive and dynamic Percy Harvin, courted future Hall of Famer Brett Favre, and now are dealing with an MCL injury to Tarvaris Jackson.
While we may never be able to fully close the door on Favre, at least Minnesota can focus on their new, electrifying player, and finding out who their best quarterback is.
If they can get their focus back to simply playing football, this could still be a team to be reckoned with.
Continue on for more things to watch for.
5. Can Percy Harvin Be Their X-Factor?
Harvin is already being projected as the “target” in over 100 plays, which could leave him with 50 catches and close to 20 rush attempts.
He’s also going to be potentially used as a quarterback in Minnesota’s Wildcat formation.
There’s no question the height of his early value, as he brings so much speed and explosiveness, despite not running pure routes.
Harvin should also have a large impact on the special teams as a returner, where his play-making ability may best be showcased as a rookie.
4. The Pat and Kevin Williams Suspension Saga
Recent reports have the “Williams Wall” getting by their suspension from the league.
There were originally scheduled to miss the first four weeks, but hen requested there be no suspension through an appeal, and and it was apparently granted
With all four of their opening games being against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season, having their run-stuffing wall intact could mean a hot start.
3. Can Adrian Peterson Stay Healthy For a Third Straight Year?
Adrian Peterson has had plenty of knocks early in his career, despite arguably being viewed as “the best back in the league.”
He plays recklessly.
He does nothing in the passing game.
But he’s also a true gamer and has jaws preparing to be dropped with every touch he handles.
But still, what everyone wonders is when will AP finally get a serious injury, and how will Minnesota respond?
Without Peterson, the Vikings could still potentially not miss a step, as they have a proven veteran in Chester Taylor to step up.
2. Brad Childress on the Hot Seat
While Childress has kept the Vikings competitive, and even led them to a 10-6 division title last season, he is still not a lock to keep his job.
Childress was already a hot seat candidate entering last season, and to keep his job, he must prove that he can stick with and win with ONE quarterback.
He must also get Minnesota back to the playoffs in order to prove 2008 wasn’t a fluke.
With the whole Favre fiasco behind us (maybe), Childress needs to stick with whoever ends up being his guy, and let Adrian Peterson and the defense do the rest.
Even without the Hall of Fame presence of Brett Favre, Minnesota should still make the postseason.
1. The Brett Favre Affect
The Favre “effect” could go in a few different directions.
If Favre decided to come back, this could positively affect the team with an entrance to the playoffs, and possibly a shot at a Super Bowl.
Then again, there are many skeptics that are convinced that Favre, 39, is no better than the options they already have.
Regardless of whether or not he does come back, the mere possibility of adding Favre at any time of the season could disrupt team chemistry and focus.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Friday, August 14, 2009
First and foremost, regardless of any “No chance” quotes coming from Brad Childress, let’s all agree that this whole “Favre thing” isn’t quite dead yet.
There have been tiny birds chirping from tall trees about a possible Favre signing mid-way through August, rather than mid-season.
But biting on hearsay, a coach’s words that you can never trust, or even the word of the great one (Favre) is nothing short of letting yourself get knee deep in a wild goose chase.
No, instead, let’s drop the drama off at the pool, let it sit a while, and get back to what we know.
What is absolutely for certain in Minnesota, is that Childress and co. have one hell of a running back, a solid offensive line, an active special teams unit, and an aggressive defense.
But, again, we knew that.
That’s why they were dipping their fingers in the Brett Favre dip all off-season. Not necessarily because it tasted so good that they had to keep on dipping, but because the alternative, was, well, not so tasty.
But here the Vikings are, ready to go in training camp today, with Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels duking it out. Oh, and let’s not forget that not-so-coveted former USC quarterback, John David Booty.
He might just get to keep that number four jersey, after all.
But since we’re back to square one, are we honestly going to allow ourselves to believe that this is going to be a fair fight?
Let’s face it, people, Rosenfels was brought in for a reason.
No, he’s not overly athletic (or athletic at all), and probably isn’t the long-term answer (make that a definitely), but he’s a proven pocket passer with a good arm and has shown he can put up solid numbers.
Jackson, on the other hand, finally showed spurts of decent play late last season, but then made everyone forget about his blissful play against the Detroit Lions, as he stunk it up in a playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
There are two doors Brad Childress can choose to open, and quite sadly, neither will lead to that possible Super Bowl run that Brett Favre was tempting the entire state of Minnesota with.
With Rosenfels, you have a guy who will make some plays and can manage games, but can also go all “helicopter” on you, and blow games at the last second.
Jackson, on the other hand, offers to versatility, athleticism, and potential.
But 2009 isn’t about potential. Or helicopters.
It’s about getting someone behind center who is competent enough to manage games, and good enough to win a few when called upon.
Call me crazy, but Childress had his guy last year, and he went by the name of Gus Frerotte.
But like Jackson before him, Childress gave up on Frerotte, went back to Jackson, and well, the rest is history.
So what does the crystal ball have in store for the Jackson vs. Rosenfels match-up?
It could very well be a tight race, and either winner could easily emerge as a serviceable quarterback that simply does what he needs to to help the Vikings win games, i.e., a Trent Dilfer.
That, or Childress could suck up his pride and turn to door number three.
Yes, friends, there is always a door number three.
He could take back his “no chance” remarks, give ol’ Brett another call in eight weeks (or less), and ride that 40-year old arm as far as it gets him.
After all, at this point, what does he really have to lose?
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Friday, July 31, 2009
Despite reports from the Minneapolis Star Tribune and ESPN that Brett Favre is staying retired, NFL Network’s Scott Hanson is reporting that Favre will continue throwing and working out, just in case he gets “the itch” to play again.
Well, that might be the first logical thing we’ve seen out of this whole fiasco.
Okay, so it’s obvious that Favre isn’t simply conflicted. The dude has flat-out worries. He knows his arm is fine and roaring to go after surgery and training, but after recent ankle and knee issues after work-outs, he’s beginning to doubt his body’s ability to hold-up over a 16-game schedule.
The guy is almost 40 years old, and now he’s starting to wonder if the hundreds of sacks he’s endured in the last couple of decades will affect him in 2009.
Even if the government rebuilds Favre, those hits are still going to haunt him. Probably even until the day he dies. That’s just the way it is.
But at least he’s conflicted for the right reasons.
Favre is reportedly weary about a return, not because of money, not because he feels bad about “betraying” the Packers or his fans, but because he respects the game, and isn’t 100% positive he can pull this off.
But several NFL player would agree, and some have even told him personally, “ya think?”
It’d be crazy for any NFL player to step into a season without any doubts or concerns about injury or poor play, especially after a season in which they had just endured both.
However, Favre, as usual, is pulling the trigger a bit too early. And perhaps, this is why he’s leaving the door open by continuing work-outs. And so it seems, Brad Childress agrees.
While there had been reports out of ProFootballTalk.com that the Vikings (and everyone else in the football world) were moving on, head coach Brad Childress (who’s opinion actually matters) has not set a date, and would still welcome Favre to Minnesota with open arms.
It’s true, Favre has been “adamant” about retiring for good this time after speaking with prestigious and reliable reporters, Ed Werder and Peter King. However, in a recent conversation with friend, mentor, and former coach, Steve Mariucci, Favre was again unsure of his decision.
There’s a shocker.
After Mariucci asked Favre how he would feel the next morning about his decision, Favre replied, “I’m wondering that myself.”
But before you add to the pile of criticism that is already on Favre’s legend, take a step back and think about what he’s actually doing.
He’s telling the team, Minnesota, that his been courting him all summer, that right now he cannot commit. He’s not holding them hostage. He’s not demanding anything. And he can’t make any promises.
He’s merely stating the obvious, and being completely candid. The guy is 39, has been beaten up, and despite feeling able and strong enough to still play in the NFL, he just doesn’t want to show up for 11 games again and then ruin another team’s season with a horrible five-game stretch.
And can you blame him?
Well, some will, and some won’t.
But either way, this isn’t about Favre necessarily being indecisive anymore. It’s more about doing what’s right at the moment, and then making a concrete decision before the season kicks off.
There are still other variables in place that Favre could be pondering.
Perhaps Minnesota isn’t the only team he’s interested in playing for? Maybe he’s just saying no for now, and his a behind-doors-agreement with Childress that he will return to the league at a future, set time.
Maybe, and maybe not.
Still, the latest reports from ProFootballTalk.com are now saying that many players on the team “are convinced” that Favre will return, and his delayed un-retirement is due to soreness and all sides not wanting to put him through a rigorous training camp.
Considering his legend, his healing arm, and his age, can you really argue against that? I can’t. Especially not if Minnesota (or some other team) fully intends on having him around for a full 16 games.
Regardless of your take on Favre or Minnesota, I am happily sad to inform you: the Favre Saga is far from over.
Information, quotes, and names can be credited to Rotoworld.com, Minneapolis Star tribune, ProFootballTalk.com, and ESPN.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Favre broke his weeks of silence by informing Vikings head coach, Brad Childress, that he would in fact stay retired.
The decision apparently happened sometime Tuesday afternoon, and the definite answer from Favre prompted Childress to inform the Minneapolis Star Tribune of the future Hall of Famer’s decision.
The “daily grind” of the NFL was the cited reason for Favre ending his comeback attempt, as the near 40-year old didn’t feel his body could compete with the rigors of a 16-game NFL schedule anymore.
It now appears that the starting quarterback job in Minnesota will be decided in a battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, two quarterbacks that never stopped working toward the goal of starting for Minnesota, despite the constant Favre rumors.
Vikings player had been expressing their “want” for Favre to sign with the team lately, while others such as defensive end Jared Allen, wished he would make up his mind.
Favre originally set July 30th as his ultimate deadline, and has made his decision with two days to spare.
While it’s entirely possible the master of indecisiveness could change his mind, or even sign with a different team mid-way through the season, it is clear at this time that Favre is content with staying retired, and simply doesn’t have any more football left in him.
Posted by Kevin Roberts Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
There are reports being circulated that upon Brett Favre’s eventual signing, Tarvaris Jackson will request (or demand) to be traded.
Forget about the Favre signing. Just trade the guy now.
Get what you can for him. He has decent stats and has some playing experience in the West Coast Offense.
All of that makes him an immediately solid back-up for St. Louis and Seattle, and he could even be considered for clipboard duty in Chicago, Washington, Carolina, or San Francisco.
The fact is, despite his ineffectiveness and poor accuracy at times, Jackson is still only 26, and still has a ton of potential.
Coming from a Favre-to-Vikings promoter, and a usually “down on Tarvaris” writer-this means something.
Jackson is done in Minnesota. Dead, drowned, beaten and left to breathe his last breath.
Face it, deal with it, accept it. It’s over.
Even if Favre signs, breaks his hip, and screams “curses” all across the NFL world, Sage Rosenfels would probably get the go-ahead over Jackson, at this point.
Dare I even go as far as mentioning John David Booty?
Jackson is a mobile quarterback with a decent arm that can make some plays every so often.
An accurate, clutch, game-managers, he is not.
There are several teams (in the NFC, alone) that could use a quality back-up. Some could even use a starter-and almost all of them wouldn’t mind grabbing a cheap project passer to play with.
Consider Tarvaris Jackson the newest ball of yarn, and the rest of the NFL a litter of cats eager to pick and prod at him.
He may get cut up and scratched a bit, but he’s worth a sniff.
The general consensus was that Jackson’s (along with man-lover Brad Childress) days were already numbered, pre-Favre rumors.
Now that number four is actually on his way in? Yeah, numero seis is toast.
But enough with Spanish, he-said/she-said’s, and semantics.
The guy is heading somewhere besides Minnesota’s starting line-up or bench.
The real questions is, where?