Brett Favre: 10 People to Blame for No. 4's Disastrous 2010

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2010

Brett Favre: 10 People to Blame for No. 4's Disastrous 2010

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    Brett Favre took a number of crushing hits in Sunday's loss to the Patriots before Myron Pryor put him out of his misery for good.

    Although all signs are pointing to Favre playing next week when the Vikings host the Cardinals, there is little evidence to suggest we should expect success.

    After eight weeks, the Vikings are sitting at 2-5 and headed in the wrong direction.

    The defensive line has been a disappointment, the receiving corps has looked mediocre without Sidney Rice and the offensive line has been awful at times.

    But in the end, it all comes back to what No. 4 has failed to do at age 41.

    Here's a look at 10 people to blame for Brett Favre's failure to launch in 2010.

No. 10: Deanna Favre

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    If you believe what comes out of Brett Favre's mouth, which is always a risk, Deanna and his family was once again supportive of his latest decision to put off retirement.

    At some point, Deanna should at least try to tell her hubby to hang it up.

    And who knows, maybe she has.

    Surrounded by scandal and still searching for success, Favre clearly made the wrong decision to return to football.

No. 9: Jenn Sterger

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    The lovely Sterger didn't necessarily try to get Favre in hot water, but she has clearly succeeded.

    Ultimately, the last thing Favre needed was another distraction to offset his painful and ineffective season.

    It seems as if nothing has gone right for No. 4 in 2010.

No. 8: Ryan Longwell, Jared Allen and The Vikings Ambassadors

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    Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson traveled to Favre's rural Mississippi estate to talk their teammate into giving it one more try.

    Not surprisingly, the heartwarming journey proved to be the final straw to luring Favre back to the Twin Cities for another season.

    Favre's teammates deserve to shoulder the blame for bringing him back in the first place.

No. 7: Bernard Berrian

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    The Vikings brought in Berrian two years ago to provide a deep-threat to compliment Adrian Peterson in the running game.

    The move hasn't exactly paid off.

    Berrian signed a six-year, $42 million dollar deal in 2008 and has never lived up to his lofty salary.

    With Sidney Rice out with a hip injury to start this season, Berrian figured to have an expanded role.

    That expanded role has yielded all of nine catches for 87 yards in the the first seven games this season.

    Favre needs all the help he can get, and it doesn't look like B Twice will provide him with a boost in the passing game.

No. 6: Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice

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    Sidney Rice still isn't healthy, and Percy Harvin just can't stay healthy.

    Rice is getting very close to returning from hip surgery, but it remains to be seen how effective he will be.

    Meanwhile, Percy Harvin's latest malady is an ankle injury that likely will make him a question mark this week against the Cardinals.

    Without his two best weapons in the lineup together—Favre's struggles haven't been overly surprising.

    It's time to just get Randy Moss the damn ball.

No. 5: The Haters Who Said He Was Done

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    There were plenty of skeptics when Brett Favre returned to the NFL in 2009.

    Even authoring arguably the best season of his Hall of Fame career wasn't enough to quiet all of his critics.

    Based on his performance in the loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship game last year, it was clear Favre wanted to return in part to show his critics he could still play at a high level.

No. 4: The Supporters Who Said He Still Had Enough Left

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    One of the most tiresome sentiments in professional sports is the notion that an aging star who can barely walk is a better option than a younger, relatively unproven option.

    Brett Favre can't play forever, and even now with his body ailing, many so-called experts still tout him as the Vikings' saving grace.

    These false praises help stroke Favre's massive ego, holding Tarvaris Jackson and the Vikings hostage in the process.

No. 3: The Vikings Ownership

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    Zygi Wilf made it no secret he would do whatever he could to lure Favre out of retirement yet again.

    In no time at all, the Vikings ownership was bowing at the feet of the great Brett Favre.

    With the sense of urgency heightened, Wilf approved a move to acquire Randy Moss in an effort to provide No. 4 with more help.

    At the time, the move looked like a gamble worth making.

    At the moment, it looks like a desperate act of a team prepared to sacrifice the future to have a chance to win in the present.

    Moss has done next-to-nothing since joining the Vikings.

    With every loss, it appears Minnesota's mindset should shift to what the future holds in the years ahead.

    That probably doesn't include Randy Moss, and it definitely doesn't include Brett Favre.

No. 2: Brad Childress

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    Brad Childress is the ultimate enabler.

    He plays the part of a tough coach who is in control, but in the end he clearly lets Favre do as he pleases.

    Childress isn't afraid to criticize Favre in the press or on the sidelines, but he is afraid to yank him from the lineup.

    With his job hanging in the balance, it might be time for coach Chilly to finally make a bold move and shake things up.

No. 1: Brett Favre

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    In the end, Brett Favre has himself to blame for this mess.

    He might know his body, but he was clearly concerned about the state of his ankle when he decide to return to the field.

    He should have been concerned about dusting off the rust at age 41, instead of using the first three games of the regular season as a tuneup, putting the Vikings in a difficult position.

    It's about Favre knowing his physical limitations at this point in his career.

    And it should be about Favre admitting those limitations in a rare act of selflessness.

    Instead, he refuses to relent his spot on the field no matter how his body feels.  

    Favre is arrogant and stubborn to a fault. 

    Suddenly, the warrior who will be remembered as one of the NFL's all-time greats will also be known as another star who didn't know when to quit.