I woke up this morning a little groggy, just like every morning, and as I woke up, I did my usual routine, including checking my phone, which gets texts from ESPN whenever there is breaking news.
This morning, the news was especially breaking to me, as this is what was said in the text.
Now this news is the final in a series of reports that hinted that Favre was heavily considering coming back, including a report from Jay Glazer that many Vikings players were expecting Favre to sign with the team, even saying that it's a done deal.
That deal was announced this morning, as Favre is probably taking a physical as I type to finish the signing that will pay him between 10 to 12 million dollars.
With a Hall of Fame quarterback, the Vikings are now favorites to win the Super Bowl, right? Hell, if you ask a Vikings fan, they are going to go undefeated, winning every game by at least 50 points, and Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson will win co-MVPs.
However, I'm here to get you past the ESPN/Minnesota hype and tell you what is really going to happen once Favre is wearing Minnesota purple.
First off, people assume that having Brett Favre under center is better than having Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson under center. According to the stats from last season, that statement couldn't be more false.
Favre threw 22 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, and had a QB rating of 81.0. Gus Frerotte and Tarvaris Jackson threw 22 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and had a QB rating of—hold your breath—81.5.
Now, let's look at the statement that Favre is much better later in the season than either Rosenfels or Jackson. For this, I will let Jackson prove them wrong.
Favre threw two touchdowns and eight interceptions in the final four games of the regular season, never having a QB rating above 61.4.
Jackson threw eight touchdowns and just one interception in the final four games of the regular season, never having a QB rating below 88.5.
Now, yes, Favre had shoulder problems later in the season, and he had to have surgery in the offseason, and of course now that he is throwing again, there is no way that he is going to get injured again.
However, the reason Favre got hurt is because he was old, people. Yes, shoulder problems are extremely common for older people such as Brett Favre, who is trying to continue his playing career at the ripe old age of 39 (he turns 40 the day before the Vikings play the Rams in Week Five).
However, Favre's age has been hindering him for years, as he hasn't been the old Brett Favre since 2004. Since then, his QB ratings have been 70.9, 72.7, 95.7 (but he threw the season-ending interception that year, so we'll count it), and 81.0 (this was last season, which we have already looked at in depth).
In the past four seasons, Favre has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions just once, and this is the guy that is supposed to win the Vikings the Super Bowl?
Now I hope that I have given you enough information, based on statistics, that Brett Favre will do nothing but cost the Vikings any chance to win the Super Bowl.
And hey, if I'm wrong, the deal is a two-year deal, so we can go through this whole thing again next season. Then again, we would probably go through it again next year if I'm right as well.
I'm Joe W.
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