As they are currently situated, the Oakland Raiders are a pretty good football team.
They're just not as good as they were before starting quarterback Jason Campbell went down with a broken collarbone during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns. With Campbell out for the foreseeable future, the Raiders are going to have to acquire a quarterback.
The question is whether or not the Raiders will acquire a starter, or a guy who can fill out the depth chart.
In circumstances such as these, it's typically not long before somebody mentions Brett Favre's name. On Monday, Pro Football Talk did the honors, thankfully reporting that the Raiders are not considering Favre as an option at this juncture.
I say "thankfully" because my guess is that's how we all feel. Favre is one of the great quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, but he kinda wore out his welcome at the end of his career. He needs a break from the NFL, and NFL fans need a break from him.
This being said, it is hard to ignore the fact that Favre is actually a pretty intriguing option for the Raiders. When you look at him, you see a true Al Davis quarterback: a league reject with a strong arm and a devil-may-care style of play.
But even if the late Mr. Davis was still alive, the idea of the Raiders coaxing Favre out of retirement for one last shot would still be a pipe dream.
Is this to suggest that Favre couldn't handle the offense? I don't think so. The Raiders spend much of their time running the football, so it's not like they would be inserting Favre under center and then trusting him to lead them to victory every Sunday. For perhaps the first time in his career, Favre would not have to be a star.
And that's more or less exactly why the Raiders don't need Favre. They need a guy who can step in and avoid making mistakes, something that Campbell had been doing a great job of this season. Pickings on the quarterback market are slim, but there are guys who could fill Campbell's shoes who aren't named Brett Favre.
Besides which, Favre is a 42 year old quarterback with plenty of miles on his body. He finally broke down in 2010, and the danger of him breaking down again would be very real. There would be no sense of security with him under center.
True enough, there's going to be no sense of security for the Raiders no matter who they pick up. But if that is the case, they may as well stick with Kyle Boller.
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