5 Teams That Brett Favre Might Turn into Super Bowl Contenders
I know. I know.
I wrote the notorious "F" word.
But, keep in mind, it’s part of my job to give the people what they want, and trending information still says they want to hear about "old what's his name."
Seriously though, it's still in the back of a lot of minds whether Favre is really retired and if he came back where he would be the best fit.
The condition of his legs is a realistic consideration at this point, but I bet the arm still has enough teams serious enough to ponder No. 4.
For example, when news first broke of Peyton Manning not necessarily being ready for the season opener, it didn't take long for Colts Owner Jim Irsay to tweet, "Brad, I'm in Hattiesburg...is it right or left at the Firechief?"
Now, Irsay is known for his somewhat offbeat comments on Twitter, but don't think that the braintrust in Indy didn't at least contemplate the possibility before settling on Kerry Collins.
So, would Favre have helped the Colts or any other NFL team to be a Super Bowl contender?
Let's take a look.
1. Indianapolis Colts
It almost seems unfair to Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon and company to consider the prospect of Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky or even Kerry Collins throwing to them instead of Peyton Manning.
I don't know if Favre would lead the Colts to the Super Bowl because I am not sure that Indy is even a contender with Manning in the lineup, and while Favre is no Manning, he would get them to the playoffs.
Consider that in Favre's great 2009 season, he was surrounded by a healthy Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson, and Visanthe Shiancoe.
Point being is that if you put weapons around No. 4, he probably has enough left in the tank to help others to excel.
The aforementioned Painter, Orlovsky or Collins probably don't.
2. New York Jets
Surprised to see the Jets here? Don't be. Mark Sanchez is not a championship-caliber quarterback. Yes, he plays better football in the playoffs than in the regular season, but his inability to get it done during the 16-game portion of the season will cost New York sooner rather than later.
Remember that the Jets were lucky to get into the playoffs the last two seasons. Also, know that Sanchez was the 27th ranked quarterback in the NFL last year. Ironically, one of the few quarterbacks he ranked ahead of was Favre, but Sanchez has plenty of talent around him in Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Shonn Greene, and a much, much better offensive line than Minnesota's.
3. Baltimore Ravens
Is anyone else not completely sold on Joe Flacco in crunch time?
By no means am I saying that I would rather have Favre than Flacco, but part of me wonders whether the kid from Delaware is one of these quarterbacks who puts up nice statistical numbers during the regular season and then wilts with the game on the line.
In the 2010 regular season, Flacco completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,622 yards and a 93.6 quarterback rating.
Against Pittsburgh, in the divisional round of the playoffs, Flacco was just 16-for-30 for 125 yards and a 61.1 quarterback rating.
In 2009, Flacco completed just 4-of-10 passes in a win over New England (believe it or not) in the playoffs and then followed it up by completing 20-of-35 passes for just 189 yards and two interceptions with no touchdowns in a loss to the Colts.
His passer rating in that game?
Just like the Jets, something has been holding the Ravens back from the Super Bowl, and part of the blame has to fall on the quarterback.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
The reason the Eagles are on this list is that it was rumored that Philly might be interested in Brett Favre long before they signed Vince Young as a backup.
The "Dream Team" is pulling out all the stops to try and win a Super Bowl so why not Favre? Vick is 6'0" and 215 pounds. That's not the kind of frame that survives for a long time in this league folks, especially not when you are a quarterback that likes to scramble and run.
Ultimately, I believe an Eagles championship run depends on the development of their defense, but I'd feel a lot more comfortable with Favre as Vick's backup than I would with Vince Young. The former Texas Longhorn hasn't come through in a truly big game since the 2006 BCS National Championship Game.
5. Chicago Bears
Ok, so this one is primarily for entertainment value. But, there is some logic to this choice.
You can make the argument that if the Bears had Favre to turn to when Cutler went out of last year's NFC Championship game instead of Todd Collins or Caleb Hanie, Chicago would have advanced to the Super Bowl. Cutler is the same gunslinger type of quarterback as Favre, so the Bears wouldn't have much of an adjustment to old gray beard.
Besides, can you picture Favre in a Bears uniform? Favre might completely destroy his legacy, as even more Packer fans would consider him a traitor.
Finally, you'd have to add a new bench on the Bears' sideline because one severely doubts that the egos of the two players could sit together.
Super Bowl contender? I don't know.
Must-see television? Indeed.