Who Would You Prefer?

Eric BalzerCorrespondent IJune 29, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 9:  Linebacker Chris Claiborne #55 of the Minnesota Vikings sacks quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field on January 9, 2005 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

#4's impending return to the NFL has been by far the hottest topic of the off-season.

Based on blogs I've read, there seems to be very little gray area in terms of how fans feel regarding Favre and the Vikings.  You either love it (about 25%), hate it (about 25%), or wish everyone would stop talking about it (50% and growing). 

My apologies to the third group. 

I love the drama surrounding this "story", which has to be put in quotes because it isn't even a real story until he shows up to camp.  But that's exactly the problem with taking a side: the rivalry between the franchises and Favre's legacy make this move seem like more of an emotional decision than a performance-related one. 

I'm eager to hear what football (not just Packer and Viking) fans think about Minnesota's strategy here:  Assuming that they had no chance at trading for guys like Jay Cutler and Matt Cassell, did the Vikings have better options to pursue than Favre? 

They appear loaded with proven talent at nearly every position.  As a former player and coach, I'm of the opinion that the best QB for a team like that is one who keeps control of the ball, taking only occasional risks when situationally appropriate.  Brett can hardly be described as that kind of player- not now nor at any point in his career. 

I expect Favre to be an upgrade over Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson, but I also expect him to throw at least two or three CRAZY interceptions in close games, specifically in the playoffs. 

Compare Favre's numbers over the past 4 years with those of another 39-year-old veteran F/A:

Favre: 64 starts

88 tds (1.38/game), 84 picks (1.31/game), 37 fumbles (.58/game), 17 lost (.27/game), 85.4 career passer rating.

FAQB: 35 starts (due mostly to injuries to guys ahead of him on the depth chart)

38 tds (1.09), 18 picks (.51), 18 fumbles (.51), 6 lost (.18), 87.5 career passer rating. 

If the job requires handing off to Adrian Peterson 30 times a game and throwing for 200 yards without turning the ball over, I think a strong case can be made for FAQB...

...Jeff Garcia.

Agree, disagree, or suggest someone else!