Brett Favre Continues To Struggle: Should Brad Childress Bench Him?

Dexter RogersCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18:  Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress (L) walks with Brett Favre #4 after finishing  a passing drill during a Minnesota Vikings practice session on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Favre has reportedly agreed to play for the Vikings, a reversal of his announced retirement.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)
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Brett Favre has endured a pretty rough week. After losing to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday night, some are wondering if it is time for head coach Brad Childress to bench Favre and start Tarvaris Jackson.

As it turns out, Childress may not have an option but to start Jackson. Favre sustained two fractures in the same ankle Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on in the offseason.

The dilemma with Favre is rather strange because you know what you get with him. He’s either really good or really bad. Favre threw three costly interceptions, yet despite the mishaps the Vikings still had a chance to win the game.

Right now he is really bad, and his play is hurting the team. 

This season has turned out to be the antithesis of what the organization expected. Last year Favre once again held the Vikings at bay as he probably had his best season as a pro. His season ended in the NFC Championship Game, where Favre threw a costly interception towards the end that cost the Vikings the game.

This offseason the Vikings couldn't get enough of Favre—so much so that players went to his home and begged him to come back. Now as the Vikings sport a 2-4 record after losing to the Packers, logically some are wondering if they should have left the Ole Gunslinger at home.

In addition to Favre’s ankle, his right elbow is giving him problems, along with his hip. Then to top it off, Childress slid the ailing Favre under the bus in his post-game press conference. He blasted Favre turning the ball over and not operating within the confines of the offense.

Then there is the possible suspension looming over Favre's head regarding the allegations he sent inappropriate texts to Jenn Sterger. He’s also believed to have made advances to at least two female massage therapists while he was a New York Jet. 

Reports suggest Sterger won’t cooperate with the NFL; therefore Favre will likely escape with penalty.

Stay tuned.

So what's next for Favre?

Has the time now has come for Favre to step aside and let his body heal and abandon the streak?

Is it time to let Jackson see if he can spark the team and get the Vikings back on track?

Should Favre simply retire and walk away?

Right now there are more questions than answers, but one thing is for sure: The Vikings have to decide what they are going to do if they are to salvage the rest of their season.

Personally I don't think Favre will walk away right now. He has too much pride to allow himself to quit. Besides, he has not provided any inclination that he knows how to walk away.

The expectations Favre and the organization had for this season are much greater than what they have realized to date. For the latter reason alone, Favre will stay put.

But one must wonder how long will Childress put up with Favre’s erratic play if he plays Sunday.

Favre ranks 30th in the league in passing. That’s a far cry from the career year he posted last season.

Childress has to decide whether a 41-year-old injured quarterback with personal issues that ranks at the bottom of the league statistically gives the Vikings the best chance to win Sunday over a healthy Tarvaris Jackson.

All things being equal, if Favre is healthy and playing reasonably well or close to what he did last year, there is little doubt he provides the Vikings the best chance to win. But this isn’t last year. Favre is hurt, playing poorly and battling personal issues as well.

Childress must have the guts to make a decision that will be best for the team, not Favre.

Given the way Favre limped off the field at Lambeau and the struggles he is facing off the field, for the first time in 20 seasons we may see the Ole Gunslinger on the bench with a headset instead of playing on the field with his helmet.

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