Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings: Can We Skip This Chapter?

J. David LeeContributor IIIDecember 30, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Injured Quarterback Brett Favre (R) #4 congratulates Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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So, I opened up the sports page today. Brett Favre failed a concussion test. Leslie Frazier wants him to pass by gametime and possibly start him against The Detroit Lions.

The question I keep asking is WHY?

Why would Brett Favre still want to play this week?

Why would Leslie Frazier want Brett Favre to play this week?

Why would Frazier not name Joe Webb the starter after he led the team to victory against the Philadelphia Eagles?

Hopefully, this will be a lesson for other head coaches. Even though it may seem like it at the time, it's never a good idea to coddle a player to the point that they are bigger than the team. Brad Childress, in his desperation to win the Super Bowl, made every concession for Brett Favre so he would play for the Vikings.

Training camp?  Don't worry about it. Conditioning? I'm sure throwing passes to high school kids is all Favre needs.

For one year, it worked. Favre took care of the football. He had the lowest interception total since his first year in the league. His passer rating of 107.2 was his highest ever. But the Vikings still didn't win the Super Bowl.

So, why did Childress do the same thing again for the 2010 season?

I understand this is all hindsight and an easy complaint directed at the Viking since things didn't go as planned. It just seems like getting through last season with no glitches might have been the signal to take your winning chips and move on. How many times have we seen it happen. The fallen hero sticks around too long.

This chapter seems to have no ending, though, with the injuries and Text-gate. You'd think Brett Favre would just walk away quietly. The sooner he can put this all behind him, the sooner he'll be in the Hall of Fame.