Now that former Viking coach Brad Childress has been fired, the question remains in Vikingland and the NFL—what to do with Favre?
For most national sports writers the answer is easy—the Vikings should cut him. As a Packer fan and long-time skeptic of Favre, I certainly hope the Vikings do just that.
Draft positions count and as long as Favre is at the helm in Minnesota, the Vikings will continue to lose and inch closer to getting a top five draft pick and a QB of the future.
I can't imagine Favre hanging up his cleats if cut this year. Currently, he is a failure and after 20+ years in the league with all kinds of records, Favre only has one Super Bowl ring to show for his accomplishments—and he can thank Reggie White for that. He can't quit at the bottom.
Several coaches in the league would be willing to put on a pair of Wranglers and try to talk Favre into joining their club, especially when Favre is vulnerable and therefore, coach-able; Arizona, Oakland and Carolina come to mind.
But for the sake of discussion, let me bold. Wouldn't No. 4 look good in a Packers uniform again?
Aaron Rodgers plays hard and doesn't demand the force field protection Favre did when he was in Green Bay. Rodgers style of play leaves him susceptible to injury and let's face it, Rodgers is the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers have a legitimate shot to win the Super Bowl. Although Rodgers' backup, Matt Flynn, is OK, he won't come close to the performance Rodgers gives every week, especially if he is thrown into a close playoff game.
Favre would make a pretty nice backup QB in Green Bay, and it would be the only NFL team he may be willing to do just that. Besides, whether it is this season or next, Favre will be signed by the Packers for one final game just so he can retire a Packer.
But playing this season with the Pack would give Favre the chance of a lifetime to redeem himself to Packer fans and help lighten the criticism he has received over the last three years. It may even save his marriage since his wife and children loved the support they received in Green Bay for so many years.
In this case, Favre would have a chance to sit back and enjoy the game without being a cancer. Favre has everything to gain by being a model Packer teammate—and many Packer players still love him.
Although Aaron Rodgers is motivated to be the best from the inside, a little competition always helps. Favre knows the system, the doctors and the front office.
The NFL front office loves Favre and it would give them a happy ending to one of their favorite hero's story. It would make Favre look like a mentor willing to give up his fame for the talented kid so that he can carry on the Cheesehead torch for years to come.
Perception is everything when history is written, especially if Favre comes in to help the Packers advance in the playoffs in the event Rodgers is injured.
Having an experienced and record-setting backup QB would allow Coach McCarthy to sleep a little better at night, and may also allow him to take more chances with Rodgers, knowing he has a veteran to count on.
Of course, Ted Thompson wouldn't get any sleep at night, but ultimately Ted does want to win.
I can think of a worse scenario the Packers have embraced in the past. They signed the ultimate villain Jim McMahon, and that worked out pretty good for them.