So it begins, Brett Favre excuse day. Today we will hear any and every reason why the Minnesota Vikings conference championship loss was not on the shoulders of the man who threw the one pass you are taught not to throw. Favre's pass in the fourth quarter was inexcusable, unforgivable, and unimaginable. Yet, most pundits will excuse it, forgive it, and continue to enable Favre.
Favre is a great quarterback who in his 75+ years in the NFL has amassed astounding numbers. The number that stands out the most is one, as in one Super Bowl win. For all of Favre's achievements and accomplishments he should have more Super Bowl wins, at least to warrant the drool fest that comes whenever the media discusses him.
He managed to escape criticism when he threw 29 interceptions in 2005, he managed to escape criticism when he threw two horrendous interceptions in the 2007 conference championship, and he will again escape criticism for this Super Bowl killing interception. Yes, Peterson's fumbles played a role in the loss, but the Favre interception took the lead.
So as the school girls commence their "it ain't Favre's fault" tour, remember who had the ball in his hands when it mattered most. Remember what number four did with it. Remember what he was asked to do and what he did.
Simply put, he failed. Favre was brought in to lead the Vikings to the Super Bowl, no more no less, and he did not accomplish that. In the end he won two more games then Tavaris Jackson and Gus Frerrote did in 2008, he won the NFC north as did Jackson and Frerrote in 2008, and he won one more playoff game. The future damage to the Vikings is irrelevant at the moment because it is unknown, but where can the Vikings go from here.
Favre is and was a great quarterback, who played with one thought in mind, "throw it up and see what happens." Too many times what happened was reported and not who made it happen.