Check out this ESPN video with John Clayton discussing the latest news that Favre is apparently going to meet with Brad Childress this week. Concerning. One interesting thing Clayton said is that apparently when Favre retired from the Jets he told someone there that if he ever played again, the only team he’d play for would be Minnesota. Tony Dungy somehow told Chris Mortensen that if the Favre/Childress meeting actually takes place, chances are better than 50/50 Favre sports an incredibly ugly purple uniform this year. I’m not liking where this is going.
If Favre comes back, I’ll say it again, I won’t be too excited to play the Vikings. I think they would be very good. I heard a ton of people on Homer’s show (ESPN Radio Milwaukee) going on and on about how bad he’ll be and how we’ll finally get to be on the receiving end of his errant passes. I do hope that happens, but I doubt it. For 2009, assuming he will be healthy again by the beginning of the season, I think it’s more likely that Favre will make the Vikings better. Even though I still don’t think Tarvaris is that bad, the Vikes, like the Bears have not had much confidence in the QB position for a while now. Like the Bears acquiring Cutler, the Vikes acquiring Favre could have a massive impact on the team’s self-esteem.
From an Xs and Os standpoint, apparently the offense of Childress and Bevell is very similar to Mike Sherman’s offense with pieces of Mike Holmgren’s offense sprinkled in there too. So, it won’t be totally starting over for Favre at all. I think it’s also possible that Favre may not feel the need to press and make stupid throws as much because of the damage his superstar RB Adrian Peterson does on most plays. If this were 2008, I could have said “at least he doesn’t have anyone to throw to” but this year, I really believe Percy Harvin could cause fits for teams and TE Visanthe Shiancoe came on last year and proved he may have been worth the huge contract he signed a few years ago. Even though Favre did chunk it toward the end last year for the Jets (of course, so did the rest of the team – especially the running game folks), the Jets had a winning season after having a 4-12 record. Favre wins and he always has (1 losing season in all his years) – so from the perspective of a Packer fan who just wants his team to win, I don’t want Favre going to Minnesota because it could very well interfere with the my plan for the Packes to make the playoffs. (And yes, it’s possible Favre could steer the Vikes to the playoffs only to choke badly due to diminished mental strength, but that won’t give me any satisfaction if the Pack doesn’t get to the playoffs.)