Minnesota Vikings' Playbook Being Customized To become Brett Favre Friendly

Andy SmithCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2009

With the Brett Favre saga possibly nearing an end, as well as Favre's second retirement, the Minnesota Vikings' next big step will be to look at how Favre can impact their offensive playbook.

On Wednesday, The Pioneer Press reported on it's website, www.twincities.com, that the Vikings were customizing their playbook for Favre. The official report was the Vikings were customizing (40 percent) of their offensive playbook to accommodate Favre.

This comes the same day that sports writer Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, acknowledged an unknown source, exclaiming that Vikings' trainer Eric Sugarman had been sent down to Hattiesburgh, Mississippi to visit Favre.

Sugarman's second trip in four weeks was meant to see the physical status of Favre's surgically repaired throwing arm, in which Hartman had called a "complete success".

The Vikings, of course, have lacked a consistent passer to lead their offense and instead have dealt with shaky quarterback play in recent years from Tavaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte.

Now the Vikings are on the verge of landing one of the best there's to be had in the National Football League.

Favre, who is a future Hall of Famer and also a three-time league MVP, knows what it takes to win. He is known for his gun-sling throws, his craftiness when it comes to avoiding defenders, and his late game heroics.

Once Favre-to-Minnesota is a done deal, which many NFL experts expect in the next couple of weeks, the Vikings can start focusing on training camp, which starts July 31, in Mankato, Minn.

Brett Favre will be given one of the best offenses he has ever worked with in his 18-year career in the NFL. Favre teams up with arguably the NFL's best running back in Adrian Peterson, who is an explosive runner with the ability to score on any play. Peterson is possibly the best playmaker Favre will ever see.

His wide receivers aren't bad either, with deep threat Bernard Berrian, who in his first season as a Viking wowed the Viking faithful with many spectacular catches, including Monday night game against his former team, the Chicago Bears, where he scorched them for a 99-yard touchdown catch.

Many expect Berrian to gain a lot more productivity this year with Favre throwing the passes. This possibly being his best chance at a Pro Bowl selection starter.

Also joining the team is explosive rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin, who will add a new element to the Vikings' passing game and give Favre another great option to throw to.  Harvin also brings with him a wide variety of "Wildcat" options that Brad Childress certainly will look at in his game plan for 2009.

Also providing help for Favre will be one of the best offensive lines in the NFL today, behind the offensive leadership of Vikings' left guard Steve Hutchinson, who has become the staple at the offensive line.

Along that line will be left tackle Bryant McKinnie, rookie right tackle Phil Loadholt, center John Sullivan who replaces 11-year Viking Matt Birk, and right guard Anthony Herrera.

Favre's tight ends will also be involved in the playbook with young rising star Visanthe Shiancoe who has become a legitimate scoring threat near the red-zone. Blocking for Peterson, will be one of the league's best blocking tight ends Jim Kleinsasser, who has proven his worth on the Vikings' roster.

So what does this overall to the Vikings' offensive play calling?

Considering the Vikings are already customizing a good amount of their playbook for Favre, just shows they want to create an even more versatile, expanded offense.

The Vikings will still focus on the run with 2008 rushing leader, Peterson, who is still the focal point of the Minnesota offense. Bringing a quarterback of Favre's status into the Vikings' system will, however, open up the field more for Peterson to run.

Instead on eight and nine man stacked boxes, Peterson will see less pressure at the line as they will also have to worry what No. 4 is doing with the ball.

This also opens up a passing game that has been dismal in recent years, compared to other NFL teams. Expect the Vikings to give Favre more throwing opportunities down field and passes in the middle to slot and possession receivers such as Bobby Wade and Sidney Rice.

For a Vikings' passing offense that has lacked strong consistency, they will gain major ground against their NFC North counter parts as they try and defend their NFC North division title. 

2009 may also become the Vikings' best shot for a serious run at the team's first Super Bowl title in franchise history.