There will still be a ton of speculation from now through the end of August. In Minnesota, we have come accustomed to being called 'Loserville U.S.A.' over the past decade or so. Since the Minnesota Twins won their second World Series in 1991, Minnesota has been sad stuck in a sad state of mediocrity. When the Vikings lost to the Atlanta Falcons in 1998, the Twin Cities were completely heart-broken. ESPN and the NFL Network have replayed the game over the past couple weeks multiple times. Anguish, pain, and having to live with the fact you may have had the best team in NFL history to never have won a Super Bowl is a tough thing to swallow.
It took eleven years to rebuild the hype and it was only here because of one man. KFAN and Clear Channel have decided to put up a billboard in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is begging for him to return to Minnesota. Its basic message is 'Vikings fans love you and want one more year'. After 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions during the regular season, he earned the respect of the league, his teammates, and 'Viking Country'.
That dreaded interception will be remembered for sometime in Minnesota and throughout the nation. Green Bay Packers fans were probably cheering their jealous asses off when Favre made the mistake in the final minute of regulation. I am pleading for Vikings fans to beg No. 4 to give it one more shot in purple. No matter how much pain you feel right now, it can not take away how much fun the season was up to this point.
Tavaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels, and even a rookie standout quarterback in the NFL Draft are not going to get the Vikings back to the promise land next year. As it stands now, the Vikings will retain the majority of their roster heading into the 2010 season. Chester Taylor, Pat Williams, and of course Brett Favre are the biggest three question marks that need to be answered.
Just remember this over the course of the next seven months before we see another game. Wait, wait, wait.
Who cares about continuity or practice with one another? It didn't matter this season and won't next. If we need to wait until Labor Day weekend to find out whether Favre play again, wait. Green Bay made the mistake of moving forward. They could have easily been in that same position yesterday, but they decided to take another route. We don't have the luxury of an Aaron Rodgers waiting in the whims. We need to make next year, the year it happens.
If it doesn't work out, then you rebuild towards the future. Draft a quarterback this year, let him sit behind Favre and learn the ropes. Don't make the same mistake the Packers did. Don't press him, don't ask him, let him come to you when he is ready. I guarantee you, he will be out there throwing with those high school kids in Mississippi. It happens every summer and it will again. He can lead us to a victory. The offensive line will have one more year together, the receivers are all under contract, the coaches are under contract, and all we need is No. 4 to say "Okay!", one last time.