Not So Fast Viking Fans

Walt TaylorContributor IAugust 19, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 21: A fan wears a Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson jersey as they walk to the Metrodome prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on August 21, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

All right Viking fans before you get too excited, about the signing of Brett Favre, there are a few people you may want to talk to. You may want to talk to some Jet fans who last year at this time were thinking that the same Brett Favre was going to get their team back into the playoffs. Instead they got a quarterback who led the NFL with 22 interceptions and another disappointing season. You may want to talk to Eric Mangini, the former coach of the Jets, who some believe lost his job primarily because of Favre's poor play. You may want to talk to some of Favre's Jet teammates who after the season described Farve as distant and said that there was a lot of resentment in the locker room about him.

Favre was a great quarterback, but his skills are diminished and he doesn't want to adjust his play accordingly. The Jets tried in vain to get him to play more conservatively and not force so many throws. But even as the Jets were fighting for a playoff spot Favre was throwing nine interceptions, with only two touchdowns, in the last five games.

I know Viking fans are thinking Favre's poor performance was because he had a shoulder injury and that was fixed with surgery this summer. The shoulder may have been repaired, (although he still does have a tear in his rotator cuff), but has it been rehabbed long enough. Just ask John Smoltz how hard it is for an aging athlete to come back from shoulder surgery. He rehabbed for a year and his shoulder still isn't right. Favre has only rehabbed for a few months. That shoulder may not hold up for a 16 game season.

Brett Favre is an aging quarterback, with diminishing skills and a bad shoulder. If I were a Viking fan I would hold off on buying those Super Bowl tickets.