Favre Experiment Already a Success? Still Too Early To Judge

Brett StottContributor ISeptember 28, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings pumps his fists in celebration after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Favre threw a 32-yard pass for a touchdown with two seconds left in the game for the win. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)

After Brett Favre orchestrated the 'Drive of the Decade' to cap off one of the most dramatic comebacks in recent Minnesota Vikings history, many former critics are now calling Brad Childress' Favre experiment a success. 

I say that it's ludicrous to judge the success or failure of Favre's tenure with the Vikings after Week Three. 

First, I will point out that I never was a critic of the Vikings picking up Favre.  I thought it was a big gamble, but I never thought it was a bad move.

With the seemingly perfect mix of talent and experience, the Vikings window of opportunity to get to the Super Bowl is closing quickly. Too quickly to be experimenting with mediocre quarterbacks. 

I always felt that Favre was the missing piece to this puzzle, but his addition also carried some risk. 

Furthermore, with the plethora of talent on 2009 Vikings, I am convinced that Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels would be capable of leading this team to a playoff appearance if called upon. 

Unfortunately, that is not the end goal. 

The end goal for this team is Super Bowl XLIV, February 7, 2010 in Miami. 

The only reason Brett Favre was paid $12 million to un-retire (for the 3rd time) and join the 2009 Minnesota Vikings was to lead this team to the Super Bowl and hopefully win it. 

In the end, while I celebrated this unbelieveable win by jumping up and down and yelling at my TV like many fellow Vikings fans, I can't help that morning after feeling I experienced today when reality set in.  

The reality of the situation is that the Vikings regular season goal is to stay healthy and make the playoffs.  This game was merely the third successful step in the 16 step road to the playoffs.  

The final goal is a Super Bowl Championship. 

Until that goal is reached, I suggest we refrain from making any judgements as to whether Favre's tenure with the Vikings was a success or failure, regardless of how many regular season wins he pulls out of a hat. 

The only thing that is certain after the Vikings' first taste of Favre magic in purple... the locker room is officially 'schism' free.  Winning has a way of fixing those things.