As the Vikings were turning out a collective bad performance Sunday night, their faithful learned the next morning that their beloved quarterback was asked to come out of the game during the third quarter but refused.
This may or may not be as bad as Allen Iverson refusal to play as a backup during the 2004 NBA season. But Favre's behavior can be likened to a player that thinks his value to the team makes him irreplaceable.
One can understand the catch phrases of "stick with who brought you to the dance" and all that jazz.
Unfortunately, the Vikings offense nor defense knew their right foot from the left on a slippery and cold Carolina field. But as bad as the Vikings' play calling, field conditions and the smell of Julius Peppers' breath were, Favre still has an obligation to this organization to lead by example.
And certainly the example is not to upstage your coach on national TV.
As great as the future Hall of Fame QB is, he can learn a thing or two from one of the team's other stars — Adrian Peterson. Peterson has quietly put his awesome talent on the back burner as requested by the team's leadership. He is averaging far less touches than in prior seasons.
I'm sure AP is not thrilled about coming out in key situations or splitting time with Chester Taylor. But the kid does not complain, even when it's apparent that the offensive blocking scheme has been hijacked by Favre's influence.
Don't get me wrong, Vikes fans have to love the division title and the 11-3 record, although the flat tires against Arizona and Carolina are baffling.
Whatever the Childress motive to sit Favre in this game, two things were evident — Favre was not at his best and Bryant McKinnie was getting beat by Julius Peppers like he was paying off a bad debt.
In retrospect, I'm sure that Favre would handle the situation differently. He must know that a legacy of always doing what is required by his team is the best for him as well.
At this stage of the season your teammates need to see a leader willing to do what is asked — even if that means sitting out one fourth quarter in an entire season.
This team will rebound. But an array of things must get better fast, starting with an offensive line that can run block again, an offensive scheme that gets the ball to Percy Harvin more, a secondary that can cover man-to-man (they are getting murdered in that cover 2 zone), a middle linebacker that understands that when the fullback release that is his man and an attitude adjustment, starting with the quarterback.
If those things take place, the Vikings will be crowned in Miami come February.
This team is simply too talented to turn out performances like those against Arizona and Carolina. The ownership and coaching have to nip the Favre incident in the bud fast. One day soon, the aging QB will return to Mississippi to care for his beautiful farm.
But before he leaves Minnesota, we also hope that he returns to the core lesson taught to him as a wide-eyed little boy — that football is a team sport.