Favre-Less Vikings Are Better Off Without Mr. Packer

Jason OlsonContributor IJuly 29, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - MARCH 06: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers listens to a question at his retirement press conference on March 6, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Brett Favre isn't coming to Minnesota anytime soon.

Alert the media, leaving one question for Vikings fans, can the team win under Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson? Maybe a better question would be, how does Michael Vick factor into the Vikings plans now that the head coach Brad Childress has alienated the Vikings rostered quarterbacks.

This isn't shocking news since the speculation has come from the forbidden anonymous source since the beginning of the saga, nearly two years ago. Clearly the folks in the Vikings front office wanted the soon-to-be 40 year old, but in reality he already made his mind up months ago, making the insistence from the Vikings front office that he was coming even more embarrassing.

It's clear that Childress wanted Favre to take snaps this fall, so where does that leave Roenfels and Jackson. Former USC quarterback John David Booty doesn't count, since he hasn't thrown a meaning full ball since being drafted in 2007.

It appears that the onus for the quarterback situation falls squarely on Childress' shoulders. It began that first draft in 2005, when the Vikings moved up to take Jackson, who was going to be Childress' pet project.

Jackson has looked good at times, but he's also faltered in crucial situations in the closing minutes of games. The benching of Jackson last season was a bit quick and it looked like Childress gave in to pressure from the media and fans, but I also think it was a smart move to let him sit for a while to watch Ferotte coordinate the offense in the pocket.

In the end, everyone got what they wanted, Packers and Vikings fans without a chance to see an old veteran fall apart in front of them. Packers fans would've loved the idea of seeing him play again in Lambeau Field, in October, only to have him blitzed non-stop. Minnesota fans would've loved to see him light up the aging Green Bay secondary in Metrodome, where he had a lot of success against poor Vikings secondaries.

As a Vikings fan who grew up with Favre as an enemy, it would've been tough to cheer for the future hall of famer because of the odd spectacle that would've taken to the Metrodome field eight times a fall as the home team QB, with the purple No. 4.