Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre Watch as Time Keeps Ticking

John SzurlejAnalyst IDecember 30, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 13:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 13, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bengals 30-10.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Let's just say that this author is a very big Favre fan.  Let's say that I have watched him since he entered the league, terrorizing secondaries and keeping Prilosec a necessity in every coach's office for what seems a football eternity.

Let's say that I've yelled at the top of my lungs during the good times, and cried like a baby when they were bad. 

Regardless of what anyone says, I think I have enough experience as a Packers fan (and Brett Supporter) for his entire career.

So when it comes to crunch time in football, I have a lot to draw on.

Minnesota fans are getting uncomfortable with the recent events and the unexpected "late season collapse" of the mighty purple. 

I know that this team is a paper tiger and had executed extremely well, seeming to be an unstoppable force for a while.

Relax.  They still are.

The only thing different in the last couple of weeks seems to be a recent development of conservatism with the Vike's head coach and staff. 

What seemed to be a run-away with the NFC North, has now turned out to seem like a squeaker of a divisional championship.

The fact is, for whatever reason the coaches and the players may have gotten too content with the status quo.  You couldn't ask for better timing than now!

Realize that if the Vikings kept rolling along without any adversity, they would be primed for a playoff collapse. 

Despite recent teams like the New England Patriots, and the juggernaut they once were, many teams need to have a period of challenge which makes them soul search and re-approach the game before the playoffs arrive.

Even if the coaching staff went with a conservative approach in play calling, even if they took the reigns away from Brett, even if they feuded or quarreled; it's best to get it out now!

I'd much rather see struggle the last few games before the playoffs than a team that feels invincible. 

It makes players stay focused and push to improve so that when the playoffs are here, they seize the opportunity because they accept the fact that at any time it can be over.

In my opinion, that's what gets you to the big show!  Brett and Adrian Peterson will always be Brett and AP, the key here is that Minnesota must lean heavily on the offensive line to wake up and understand that without protection and opening holes for the best running back in the league, they are average. 

You can only work with what you have!

The secondary must play aggressive and take calculated risks, without giving too much comfort to the offense's ability to make up for what they failed to do. 

This team has too many playmakers not to be in the Super Bowl, but they won't if they don't focus their attention in the right direction.

There is no one I would want at quarterback other than Brett moving forward.  I don't think the issue is him.  I doubt he thinks it either.

The question remains, do the Vikings know what is? I think they do, and I won't be surprised to see purple in the Super Bowl!