No one should believe Brett Favre is officially retired until the 2010 season is over.
The possibilities are endless.
He could change his mind in the middle of training camp or the middle of the season. His daughter may sit down with him on the porch steps and give him an inspiration speech to make him want to give it one more shot.
Or he may come to his senses in the next day or two and realize the Minnesota Vikings had a chance to win the Super Bowl this year.
The key group of words are: “had a chance.”
With Favre in the lineup the Vikings were a favorite to win the NFC, and a serious contender to win the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time in franchise history.
Outside of Favre, Minnesota has one of the best running backs in the NFL, a dominant run defense, and some of the best young receivers in Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice.
But now that Brett Favre is gone, head coach Brad Childress will either turn to Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels.
The sports books have certainly taken notice of the drop in talent.
Prior to the retirement the Vikings were listed in the neighborhood of 6/1 to win the NFC. This means if you bet $100 you would win $600 for your investment if the Vikings marched on to the Super Bowl. The odds put Minnesota either first or second in the NFC.
I also say “in the neighborhood” because no casino or sports book is viewed as being “The Source.” Some places may have listed Minnesota as low as 5/1 and as high as 7/1.
As for the Super Bowl, which was a realistic capability, the Vikings were listed around 10/1, which put them on par with teams like the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and Baltimore Ravens.
But without Favre, the books are listing Minnesota around 20/1, which puts them in the same boat as the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants.
Let’s just say that if you are in the same boat with any of those teams you clearly have no paddle and are stranded in the middle of a large body of water.
It sounds like the best-case scenario for the Vikings without Favre is a trip to the playoffs and an early exit and it’s all thanks to the Vikings’ backup plan, which they didn’t have.
These two stiffs known as Jackson and Rosenfels, have combined to start in 31 games with a 16-15 record.
Neither quarterback has won in the playoffs. And only Jackson has playoff experience as a starting quarterback.
They have combined to throw for 51 touchdowns against 47 interceptions.
Neither quarterback has thrown for 300 yards in a game.
Jackson has four multi-touchdown and multi-interception games.
Meanwhile Rosenfels has thrown multiple touchdown passes in six games. Too bad he’s thrown multiple picks in seven games.
To put things in perspective, Favre has 61 regular-season 300-yard games, and 157 multiple-touchdown games against 89 multiple-interception games.
Are you catching my drift yet?
It doesn’t matter who head coach Brad Childress picks because the Vikings are going to die a slow and painful death.
Minnesota fans better pray Favre changes his mind pronto.