Favre's Dirty Play a Bad Sign for Vikings

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2009

HOUSTON - AUGUST 31:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings throws downfield during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 31, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Yes, it is still only the preseason and yes, the games mean absolutely nothing…but did you see Brett Favre’s third quarter crack block on Houston Texans defensive back Eugene Wilson's knees?
In the Wildcat formation with Percy Harvin playing quarterback, Favre lined up as a receiver. Wilson wasn’t even looking in Favre’s direction while running toward the ball and BAM, Favre takes out his legs.  Favre was issued a 15-yard penalty on the play. While Wilson was just fine, it begs the question, what is going on in Minnesota?
First of all, why is the old man even playing in the third quarter of a preseason game? Favre had already told reporters he thinks he cracked a rib because it hurts him to take deep breaths. So one would think that playing the entire first half of a meaningless game would be sufficient.
To his credit, 13-of-18 for 142 yards and a touchdown is nothing to sneeze at (although the TD was off a screen pass that went for 28 yards).
Favre has never played in a Wildcat formation, and he has never been relied upon to make a block. I wouldn’t call this play if this were a playoff game! The Vikings gained seven yards in two Wildcat formation plays.
That play in a nutshell shows you why the Vikings are in trouble. They are a desperate team that is taking a lot of big risks. Head Coach Brad Childress's seat will get incredibly hot if his team stumbles off the bat. Childress knows this and is basically moving all of his chips to the center and crossing his fingers.
I’m not sure if he even knows what to expect from Favre at this point. You can talk about the easy schedule, the dome, and the familiarity he has with the offense 'till you're blue in the face, but in the end Favre is a 40-year-old gunslinger who will be amongst the leaders in interceptions.
He wore down in December and arguably cost the New York Jets a playoff spot with his lousy play. He has already set a bad example with his complete disregard for training camp, a time when players bond and actually develop some chemistry. Clearly, Favre could care less about what people think about him.
The big question will be if he can also be a league leader in touchdowns. If he has to keep making blocks, then the answer is a definitive NO.
Keep using Favre as a blocker Coach Childress, and watch the odds of losing your bet increase dramatically. If Favre goes down they are back to square one at quarterback, which will be the case either way at the end of the 2009 season (unless Favre wants to play the retirement two-step again).
Good luck Minnesota, because it looks like your going to need it.