The Good, Bad, and Ugly for Another Brett Favre Comeback
At least this fake retirement party didn't last as long as last year's. Once Brett Favre announced his second retirement in February, without tears this time, it was only a matter of time before he reconsidered and trotted back onto the practice field in June and July.
Some will say, and rightfully so, that they are tired of having to deal with Brett Favre and his inability to make up his mind. The guy is 40 years-old, and is no longer the same player he was two or even three years ago.
Jets fans knew this when they saw Favre flop around like a fish in the final game of the 2008 season against the Miami Dolphins, as Favre helped complete one of the greatest regular season collapses in NFL history.
Now it is time for an encore.
No not with the Jets. That was cemented when the club drafted Mark Sanchez with the fifth overall pick in the draft a couple of weeks ago. No this time Favre will get a chance at redemption, or at least as he sees it as redemption, by signing a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers most hated rival.
Last summer when Favre was telling everyone from Chris Mortenson on ESPN to Gretta VanSustren on FOX News that he wanted to make another comeback, many suspected that he desperately wanted to play for either the Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings as a way to get even with the Packers for not welcoming him back with open arms, and a little tear down the side of the check.
The Packers insisted that they tried for months to gauge Favre's desire or lack there of to come back and play one more year in 2008, but Favre just told them that he wasn't interested. Once June came and the Packers had to make a commitment to Aaron Rodgers before training camp hit, Favre called the Packers and wanted to come back.
The Packers told him to buzz off, and it lead to one of the wildest rides that seems destined to continue for one more year at least.
In a perverted way a Favre return will be great for the NFL. Why?
1) jersey sales. Favre's Jets jersey was a number one marketing item last summer and fall, and if Favre should go to the Vikings, a purple Favre jersey will be a hot commodity as well.
2) Ratings. At the end of the day, the NFL is a ratings business. FOX, CBS, ESPN, NBC, and the NFL Network would love to have Favre make one more run at this thing, because viewers will be watching, even those who were spurned by Favre in New Jersey and Green Bay will tune into to see how Favre does in Minnesota.
3) Packers vs. Vikings. Speaking of ratings, the Vikings and Packers will meet twice this year, one of the games will be nationally televised on ESPN. Think executives in Bristol, CT are not clicking their heels right now? You better believe they are. I can hear Tony Kornhieser's monologue right now.
4) December and January. If the Vikings are even close to capturing a playoff berth, it will be a huge story, especially with Favre leading the way. Will Favre choke again like he did in the NFC title game in 2007, and at the end of the 2008 regular season? Or will Favre lead the Vikings to the promise land?
In other words when a big star like Favre, who commands a certain amount of media attention, it is a good thing for the NFL. The league would be happy to see good 'ole number four make one more run at the Lombardi Trophy.
And just to think Packer fans, and even Jet fans, Favre holding up the Lombardi trophy in purple and gold? Yikes! You will hate it, but Roger Goodell will love it.
The only team that will be hurt in another Favre return would be the Vikings. Minnesota really doesn't have an identity at the quarterback position. Like the Jets last season, they are not happy with Travis Jackson or Sage Rosenfels and they definitely want to upgrade.
Some would say they should have traded up in the draft to take a Mark Sanchez or Josh Freeman, but like the Jets, the Vikings feel they can win now. Heck, they do have the best running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson, and we all know running backs have a short life in the NFL. Why not add a gun like Brett Favre?
The problem is just that, Favre is 40 years-old. He threw 22 interceptions last season, and grumbled throughout December that his shoulder was giving him problems.
How will he react to another year of getting banged around by defensive linemen and linebackers decades younger then him? Favre has that iron man streak on the line, and it is only a matter of time before he gets TKO'd one of the these days, and never plays again because of it.
Plus, Favre looked old at times last season. Wild throws that he used to make ended up in the hands of defensive backs and safeties, or dropped passes by Jets receivers. Minnesota has good receivers, but they are not the likes of Antonio Freeman or Sterling Sharpe, receivers Favre was used to throwing to in Green Bay.
It is time for Favre to realize that his time passed when he was picked off by R.W. McQuarters in the 2007 NFC Title game that was won by the New York Giants in frigid Green Bay.
Favre refuses to understand that, and like he did to the Jets' organization and its fans, he will do to Minnesota's...break their hearts.
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