In what was likely Brett Favre's final trip to Lambeau Field, he threw three interceptions (one for an immediate score) in a hard fought, but ultimately disappointing 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Then he limped off the same field where he built a nearly two-decade-long legacy to a chorus of boos from those who used to cheer his every move.
After the game, Favre referenced back to his many last-minute drives to win games. But it's exactly that mentality—living in his storied past and hoping for more of once was—that isn't cutting it anymore.
For as brilliant as Brett Favre has been in orchestrating wins and piling up incredible passing statistics over his 20-year NFL career, the magic that was as recent as last season seems to have disappeared.
To Favre's credit, he's not making excuses. And he still shows flashes of brilliance. But it's becoming increasingly evident that he's beat up, worn down and out of time.
In his post game presser yesterday, Vikings head coach Brad Childress was obviously distraught and miffed at Favre's incompetent decision-making in the NFC North division loss:
"It still goes back to taking care of the football. You can't throw it to them. You have to play within the confines of our system. Sometimes it's okay to punt the football. And you can't give seven points going the other way."
Regarding the "pick-six" that Favre threw into the waiting arms of Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop, Childress said:
"I have to look at that and wonder where we're going with the football. I believe the play was designed to go to the other side and I think Percy (Harvin) was standing there in big air, so..."
Even Favre, shrugging with disappointment, concurred:
"When I looked at the picture on the sideline, Percy was wide open. I can't disagree with him."
When asked if he had a thought about taking Favre out of the game, Childress replied:
"Yeah, I did have a thought about it. Yes."
Some will say that Childress was booting Favre under the proverbial bus with these comments, but I can't blame him for his anger.
I'm not saying Childress has been a master decision-maker during his career in Minnesota. In fact, his inexcusable non-challenge of a Green Bay touchdown that shouldn't have been certainly assisted in this particular loss. And there are a multitude of other reasons why the Vikings have started this 2010 season with a 2-4 record. It isn't all Favre's fault.
But when one player continues to turn the ball over and essentially costs your football team wins—as Favre has done numerous times this season—you have to give serious thought to an alternative at that position, regardless of who is being replaced. In other words, the Vikings better have a Plan B to their $16 million, all-or-nothing investment.
The numbers don't lie. Favre leads all NFL quarterbacks with 10 interceptions this season—tied with Drew Brees (who has an excuse because he was on the cover of Madden NFL 11). Favre also has a dismal passer rating of 68, among the league's worst.
So, should the Vikings make a change? Or should they let Favre, who is listed as questionable (ankle) for Week 8, try to play his way out of this funk if he is physically able to?
According to Favre, the decision is seemingly up to him as to whether or not he'll play against the New England Patriots next week:
"If I can play but not be effective, then it's not worth playing. I hope I use good judgment."
Don't even get me started on good judgment. But if that's how this Viking ship sails—with Favre calling the shots—this uber-talented Minnesota team might be out of the playoff picture in the not-too-distant future, leaving everyone wondering what happened. And what could have been.
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