What Are the Minnesota Vikings Thinking?

Bobby LewisCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets looks to pass against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This is going to be more of a rant than anything, so please bare with me. I understand that Brett Favre loves to play football and that it is very hard to give it up, but this is just beyond ridiculous now.

However, I believe most of the blame lies with the Minnesota Vikings.

Forget the fact that Favre may only be coming back to get revenge on Green Bay.

Forget the fact that Favre is up there in age and that this may only be a one year investment for Minnesota.

For starters, they have almost certainly been lying to the public (and more importantly, some of their players) about the whole situation for at least a few weeks now.

There is no way that anyone can tell me that all the details between the two sides had been figured out over the past few days. I believe both Favre and the Vikings front office knew this deal was done a few weeks ago when Brad Childress said they were each going to go their separate ways.

I'm not saying this was some kind of elaborate conspiracy, but the writing is clearly on the wall.

Brett Favre just did not want to go to training camp, much like other veterans of the NFL. In fact, as much disdain as I have for him now, I have to say Favre played this pretty brilliantly.

He got out of going to training camp, and now he's essentially being handed the keys to a team with Super Bowl talent.

This brings me to Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

I'm not really a fan of either. However, if I were in their shoes, I would want out of Minnesota as soon as possible.

These two guys competed throughout training camp with the thought that (despite everything going on with Brett Favre) one of them was going to be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. However, it has been made crystal clear throughout the entire summer that the Vikings have zero faith in either of them.

Think about this: it has to be difficult to go out on the field and give everything you have for your teammates and organization knowing that your coach, who is supposed to have your back, is actively doing any and everything in his power to bring in another quarterback.

It has to be hard knowing that some of your teammates, the guys you should be able to count on, are almost campaigning for Brett Favre to join the team.

Minnesota cut these guys off at the legs and Jackson and Rosenfels should be furious.

One of my biggest problems with how they handled this situation was that they had guys out there months ago who were certain they wanted to play football and, in my opinion, are better than Favre at this time.

Jeff Garcia, who I think is criminally underrated, was sitting around for months and the Vikings didn't go after him.

Byron Leftwich, who is much younger than Favre, was on the market for a little while. I think he is very hungry this season and is poised to have a breakout year.

Also, if they were so dead set on getting another quarterback, why in the world did they trade for Rosenfels in the first place, after he made it clear last year that he is and will always be a backup?

Finally, I don't know if Zygi Wilf, Rick Spielman, and Childress have all been immune to the absurd amount of TV coverage that Favre has received the past three or four off-seasons, but they should all know that they are in for another rough off-season in 2010.

Favre will once again go back-and-forth on whether or not he wants to play and the Vikings will be forced to deal with it.

At the end of the day, I will admit the Vikings are undoubtedly a better team with Favre under center compared to Jackson or Rosenfels. I believe they will make a relatively deep run in the NFC, but is it at all worth it if they don't at least make it to the Super Bowl?

What if Minnesota gets off to a 1-3 or 1-4 start? What if Favre plays like he did in the Jets' last four games?

Will everything the Vikings have gone through and will continue to endure be worth it?

Only time will tell, but it is very clear to me that the Vikings are desperate and are making bad decisions that will haunt them in the future.


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