Nobody gave the Vikings a chance to win the NFC North without Brett Favre on the team. I mean, let’s be realistic, the fact that the Vikings sent three players to Mississippi to talk Favre into coming back for one more season shows that not even they believe that they can compete with the elite teams in the NFL with Tavaris Jackson at quarterback.
This season was shaping up to be a complete disappointment for all NFC North fans minus Packer fans. Without Brett Favre, the Vikings are a 9-7 team at best and in all honesty, they probably are not even that. I count 7-9 losses without Favre including the Saints, Jets, Cowboys, Packers twice, Patriots, Giants and Eagles. With Favre, I see at least 4 wins in those games and probably 5 or 6.
Also, with Favre returning, the young receivers like Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin can continue to blossom into superstars in the NFL. Prior to the 2009 season, the Sidney Rice’s career receiving stats consisted of 46 catches for 537 yards and 8 touchdowns in two years. In one season with Brett Favre at the helm, Rice went for 83 receptions for 1312 yards and 8 touchdowns. In other words, a receiver that was dangerously close to being labeled a bust with Tavaris Jackson throwing him the ball became a star with Brett Favre firing passes his way.
Rookie receiver Percy Harvin, who’s receiving skills were a question mark coming into the 2009 season, was able to flourish under the Minnesota Vikings offense led by Brett Favre. Harvin caught 60 passes for 790 yards and 6 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. The return of Favre should only increase those stats being that he only started 8 games in 2009.
Lastly, Brett Favre saved Brad Childress’ job in 2009 and with another solid showing in 2010, he should save Childress’ job for a few years to come. That’s what all this desperation is about from Childress. It’s about securing his own job because he knows that without Brett Favre and no quarterback of the future on the roster as of yet, his job could easily go from secure to in doubt with one poor season and no backup plan.