Brett Favre: Five Attributes He Would Bring to the Vikings' Offense

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Brett Favre: Five Attributes He Would Bring to the Vikings' Offense
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With all the news and rumors floating around Minnesota and the national media coverage of the Brett Favre fiasco, many are wondering simply if it will happen.

Will Favre be in purple Week One when the Vikings visit the Cleveland Browns?

However, nobody is really analyzing it; they are just trying to pick up on the key news on if he will sign with Minnesota later in the offseason.

So, what will the veteran quarterback bring to the table for a Vikings offense that has the talent, but not the leadership under center?

 

1. Leadership

This is something the Vikings have lacked at the quarterback position since the 2005 season when Daunte Culpepper was leading the offense. Culpepper was later injured for the season after tearing three ligaments in his knee. Quarterback Brad Johnson took over, but really wasn't the communicative guy with his teammates.

When Johnson was benched in 2006, the Tarvaris Jackson era began. Jackson has been inconsistent to put it simply, and has always been too young to be the leader the Vikings want him to be.

However, teammates and coaches have praised Jackson's improving leadership qualities in the huddle, which is certainly a relief if he is indeed the future of the Vikings.

Favre has the veteran experience and has the characteristics to be a leader for an offense full of young players with the potential to put together a top scoring offense in the NFL. You rarely will see him hold the ball too long in the pocket, he always knows where he wants to go with the ball.

Favre also would help receivers with his knowledge of different defensive coverages.

 

2. Knowledge

There's a reason Favre currently holds the record for most touchdown passes in a career. The man knows how to read a defense.

There hardly is a scheme Favre hasn't seen, and from watching him on film, he is not often confused by what he sees at the line of scrimmage. You can often see him reading a movement or audible from the defense and instantly checking the play to create an advantage for the offense.

Both Jackson and newly acquired Sage Rosenfels have not had the experience, and that has shown. In the NFC Wildcard Playoffs against the Eagles in 2008, Jackson struggled terribly against the blitz. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson had his way with the inexperienced quarterback.

Not only would Favre improve the offense with his knowledge, he would be able to teach all of the younger quarterbacks on the roster on reading a defense.

 

3. Preparation

Not only has Brett Favre seen many schemes and coverages in his career to help him in the case of signing with Minnesota, he knows the scheme that would matter the most: the Vikings' offense.

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was Favre's quarterbacks coach in Green Bay from 2003-2005 and runs  a very similar system now that he did then.

This would make a Brett Favre signing a very easy transition for the veteran signal-caller.

You see, many rookies and free agent quarterbacks struggle with their learning of a new offensive system. However, Favre would come in and only need to learn some of the new terminology. The offense is almost identical to what he and Bevell ran in Green Bay.

Oh, by the way, he might have an idea about what the guys in green and gold run, too.

 

4. Awareness in the Pocket

This is what single-handedly stalled the Vikings offense in their loss to the Eagles in the playoffs. Tarvaris Jackson was blitzed heavily and made some awful throws due to being under pressure. He often would not get his feet set in the pocket and/or would get sacked from a defender because of his eyes being downfield.

Almost the same as his knowledge of different defenses, Favre has the ability to avoid sacks by stepping up in the pocket and buying more time for his receivers to get out of their routes.

Favre also knows how to read where the blitz is coming, or isn't coming according to Ben Leber in a recent interview while on the Vikings' "You Made the Team" tour in Marshall, Minn. Leber talked about the veteran when he was facing the purple's defense.

"He knew we weren't blitzing, and he knew what we were doing," Leber said.

Oh, the mismatches that could create for the Vikings offense.

 

5. Management of the Offense

Many losses in the 2008 season came as a result of the offense giving the defense a short field to work with. Jackson and quarterback Gus Frerotte tried too many times to do too much with the ball, and that sometimes resulted in turnovers that set up the opposition in Vikings territory on their next possession.

Although Favre has thrown the most interceptions in NFL history, his main role in the Vikings offense would be to take what the defense gives him while running Adrian Peterson to wear down the defense.

His objective would not be to win games for the Vikings, but help put together an effective offense that would combine with a shut down defense to turn the purple into Super Bowl contenders in '09.

 

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