Brett Favre: 10 Reasons His Return Will Spell Doom for Minnesota Vikings
Brett Favre may or may not be playing in the NFL this season. Only time will tell.
The addition of Favre to the Minnesota Vikings has people thinking Super Bowl. Here's a few reasons for Vikings fans not to get their hopes up.
10. He's Getting Old
He’s been around the league for quite some time now. He’s been beaten and bloodied in 19 NFL seasons. He’s had surgeries on his biceps and ankle in the past two years. He’s not as quick as he used to be.
Sometimes we see glimpses of Favre where he just doesn’t seem to want to put up with all of the everyday struggles that go along with being an NFL quarterback. The mental aspect of the game is starting to take its toll on Favre.
At 40 years old, it’s a wonder if Favre can deal with all the game day preparation that comes with the gig. 16 more games could finally break this man. Literally.
9. He’s Torn the Locker Room Apart
People want to be professional about the Brett Favre saga. But there are guys in the Minnesota locker room who are fed up with Favre’s antics.
Football is a team sport and they want to know that their leader is 100 percent dedicated to trying to win the Super Bowl.
Sure, Favre is a veteran and he’s been to numerous training camps. But when he was confronted about sending text messages to teammates about not returning, Favre simply denied it. His teammates have always had his back, so they expect him to have theirs also.
Some of Favre’s younger teammates may play with chips on their shoulders knowing that their team captain can come and go as he pleases, while they’re busting their tails in practice.
8. He’s Calling the Shots, Not Childress
It’s obvious Childress wants Favre to come back and play. Who wouldn’t want one of the all time greats at quarterback to manage their offense?
But Childress seems to give a little bit too much power to Favre. It was known last year that Childress wanted to pull Favre in a game against the Carolina Panthers. Favre was upset about the situation, but disobeyed his head coach’s orders by insisting he stay in the game.
Childress has been pretty much begging Favre to return. This leaves Childress vulnerable for Favre to make some of the bigger decisions on offense. At the same time, Childress wants everyone to know that he is the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
Differences in play-calling could cause an ugly confrontation down the stretch of another long season.
7. His Return Means Less Carries for Peterson
Adrian Peterson is arguably the best running back in the NFL. He’s big, he’s strong, and even better, he’s explosive.
The return of Favre in 2010 means more Favre and less Peterson. Last year Peterson saw his total number of carries go down, as well as his total number of rushing yards.
Peterson is in the prime of his NFL career and is a player that needs to be unleashed on opposing defenses.
With a talented rookie in Toby Gerhart, a deadly running game could help save the Vikings if Favre were physically unable to perform at some point in the season.
6. Defenses are Looking to Hurt Favre
Defenses are drooling at the thought of Favre returning this season.
He took a complete pounding in the NFC Championship game last year against the Saints, and more teams will be looking to put Favre on his back this year.
With an offseason of studying Viking film, defenses will be more prepared for the game plan that Favre will try to execute this season.
Knowing that Favre is more fragile than he's ever been, defenses will be gunning for Favre and looking to put him on his back.
5. Hard to Repeat Last Year’s Success
After last year’s performance, Favre has some extremely high expectations to live up to.
Who can forget the unbelievable game winning touchdown pass to Greg Lewis against the 49ers last year? But that was a Hail Mary if I’ve ever seen one.
Favre had a career year last year. His numbers were phenomenal, but not enough to go to the Super Bowl.
Favre did just about all he could do to lead the Vikings to the promise land last year. Another year of aging and mental anguish could let a lot of hopes down for this season.
4. His Ankle May Not be Completely Healed
Brett Favre says he wants to come back if his ankle is healed completely.
The way things have been going this offseason it doesn’t seem like his ankle is healing the way he would like it to. But knowing the warrior that Favre is, he’ll probably try to play anyway.
If he gets a couple of games in and is hobbling around like a one-legged pirate, he’ll be putting a lot of pressure on the team and the coaching staff.
The team will have to make huge adjustments to continue the season with another player at the quarterback position. And since Favre doesn't like being pulled from games, his reputation, and the Vikings season, could take a turn for the worst.
3. Back-Up QB Situation
Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels aren’t bad quarterbacks, but they’re no Brett Favre.
If Favre comes back and finds himself unable to perform due to injury, that means big shoes to fill. The Vikings are probably practicing as if Favre isn’t going to return, but that doesn’t take the pressure off of Jackson and Rosenfels.
Both QB’s have a total of 31 starts at the quarterback position combined. If Favre were to be sidelined at some point during the season, both would be hearing the negativity from the fans and the media that the team's Super Bowl hopes are over.
That kind of pressure could cause the quarterback, and team, to sink like a led balloon.
2. Media Distraction
The media has been hounding not only Favre, but the other players on the Vikings, this entire offseason. Favre’s return to the Purple People Eaters means more lights, more cameras, and more microphones.
Favre, the Lebron James of the NFL, will be covered by reporters on a daily basis. Every loss or bad play will be over analyzed and blown out of proportion.
Media reports and questions could get under the skin of the Vikings' players. That means more frustrated and annoyed players on edge.
1. He May Not be Ready
Brett Favre has been working out this offseason with local high school students.
Local high school football players don't compare to 400 lb linemen and athletically gifted defensive backs.
Sure, football is like riding a bike to Brett Favre. He might come back and have an even better season than he did last year. But proper NFL preperation is something that not even Favre can take for granted.
He has his work cut out for him, and a poor start to the season could make it difficult for the Vikings to fight their way to the top of the NFC north. It's a competitive division, not a walk-through.
If Favre can play, he will. But that doesn't necessarily mean Super Bowl success for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.