After glancing at the above headline, one may be inclined to ask how a 39 year old quarterback could legitimize an NFL team, especially considering that same 39 year old quarterback failed legitimize another team the prior year.
When Brett Favre went to the New York Jets, he joined the team in mid-August after training camp had already gotten underway. While in camp, he had to learn an entirely new system of plays and signals.
For a guy who had 17 seasons already under his belt, learning a new system isn’t that big of a deal, football is football. Even at that though, Favre struggled at the outset of the season while getting accustomed to his new surroundings and system.
In Minnesota, Favre won’t have to worry about any of that.
Word on the street is Favre will be signed before August, and the west coast offense Brad Childress runs is near identical to the one Favre used for over a decade in Green Bay. Childress is a student of Andy Reid, who was a student of Mike Holmgren.
Needless to say, Favre's transition may be a bit easier.
Even with Favre stumbling out of the gates, The Jets started 8-3 and handed unbeaten Tennessee their first loss of the season. After that, The Jets stumbled to a 9-7 finish and Favre looked like he no longer belonged in The NFL.
But, (and this is a big but) the Jets don’t have Adrian Peterson.
The Jets attempted to ride Favre down the stretch in 2008, but should Favre begin to stumble in Minnesota, Peterson is more than capable of carrying that team down the stretch.
The Vikings already have one of the league's best defenses, best offensive lines, and best running backs. It isn’t so much a matter of Favre being a stellar player that pushes Minnesota over the top, it’s the simple fact that the Vikings have everything in place except a quarterback.
Throw Favre into the mix with a stellar line, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian, and you have a recipe for a stellar offense.
All Favre needs to do is throw check-downs and bombs, he won’t be asked to do much, just distribute the ball and get out of the way.
Lastly, Favre now has revenge in his sights. It is Ted Thompson who Favre wants to spite, and if he keeps that in the back of his mind he will be motivated.
Should be an interesting 2009.