Minnesota Vikings: 4 Things We Hope Brett Favre Can Teach Joe Webb
While head coach Leslie Frazier has indicated that Webb will get a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job, there is virtually little chance that when the Vikings start the regular season, Webb will be under center.
The best way for Webb to contribute for the Vikings in 2011 would be to move back to wide receiver. Frazier could also choose to use Webb in the wildcat formation.
Last season, in two starts, Webb completed 37 of 58 passes with no touchdowns and an interception, resulting in a 72.5 passer rating. Overall, he he was 54 of 89 with three interceptions—a lowly 60.9 rating, almost 10 points lower than that of Favre.
The only touchdowns Webb scored were two on the ground, as he averaged 6.7 yards on 18 carries.
While there are a lot of pointers a 20-year veteran can provide, there are a few things Vikings fans hope Webb doesn't learn from No. 4.
But of course, the number has to be four.
How Not to Throw an Interception at the Worst Possible Time
Brett Favre's last pass as a Green Bay Packer is a memorable one. Giants defensive back Corey Webster had one interception in the 2007-2008 season, and it occurred on January 20 in the NFC Championship game in overtime.
It allowed the Giants to win 23-20 and go on to eventually win Super Bowl XLII over the Patriots.
Fast forward to 2009. Two years and two teams later, Farve had once again guided his team to the NFC Championship game. This time, Favre's last pass of the season would be intercepted by Saints corner back Tracy Porter with only seven seconds remaining in regulation on a 3rd and 15 from the Saints 38 yard line.
The game would end tied at 28. The Saints would win the coin toss and win the game 31-28.
How to Orchestrate a Game-Winning Comeback
The legend of Brett Favre claims he has brought his team back from defeat a total of 43 times.
The most recent was the comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals in 2010. At home in the Metrodome, Favre led the Vikings to victory from a 24-10 deficit with just over four minutes remaining.
Favre threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to tie the score at 24 with less than 30 seconds remaining.
The Vikings would go on to win the game 27-24 in overtime.
How Not to Retire—Again and Again, and Again and Again
We've seen this before, four times!
Following the Packer loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship game following the 2007 season, then following his lone season with the New York Jets in 2008. The third time came following the 2009 season with the Vikings and another NFC Championship loss in overtime.
And finally, we hope, following the disaster that was the 2010 season with the Vikings when they fell to last place in the NFC North with a 6-10 record—half as many victories than the previous season.
Perhaps the fourth time is the charm, perhaps not. B/R featured columnist James Brown speculated that Brett Favre could be the best free agent quarterback available in 2011.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has made it clear he is ready to move on without Favre.
If Favre will once again return to play is anyone's guess.
How Not to Flirt with a Co-Worker
There is no way that any fan of the NFL is not aware of the Brett Favre sexting scandal when he was a member of the New York Jets in 2008. Allegedly, Favre sent unflattering text messages to the Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
This came to light in 2010, two years after it occurred, while Favre was a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
As a teammate of Favre's there's no doubt that Joe Webb knows all about it, as Favre had to repeatedly deal with questions from the media.
Let's hope Webb keeps his phone in his shirt pocket!
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