Why the Houston Texans Should Give Brett Favre a Call

Tim DohertyAnalyst INovember 15, 2011

Last season as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre struggled with injuries and performance in what seemed to be his final NFL season. Most NFL fans were happy to see the longtime quarterback finally retire.

In recent years, Favre became an annoyance because of his offseason retirement drama, which became an annual storyline.

News broke yesterday that Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will miss the remainder of the season with a broken foot. The Texans currently lead the AFC South and are tied for the best record in the AFC at 7-3.

Yes, Brett Favre had a very difficult season with the Vikings last year. He dealt with injuries and inconsistency that resulted in a poor season for both him personally and his team.

The season before however, at 40 years old, Favre had maybe his best season ever. Favre threw for more than 4,000 yards and added 33 touchdown passes to only seven interceptions.

Even when Favre struggled last season, he never lost his velocity and ability to throw the ball downfield. During his amazing ’09 season, Favre turned players such as Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe into stars.

If Favre came to the Texans and had weapons like Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, as well as Arian Foster in the backfield, he could return to his ’09 form.

There is no way that even at 42 years old Favre could be worse than Matt Leinart, a quarterback that couldn't even start over Derek Anderson in Arizona. If the Texans want any chance to make a deep playoff run, Brett Favre is their best option.

For now, the Texans will turn to Leinart to guide them to the playoffs. Thus far in his career, Leinart has been a major bust. The former USC star was drafted 10th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, but despite high expectations he has failed to produce at the professional level.  

Over the course of his career, Leinart holds a 70.8 passer rating and has thrown only 14 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions. While in Arizona, Leinart lost the starting quarterback position to Kurt Warner despite the big money and high draft selection the team had invested in him.

When Kurt Warner retired prior to the 2010 season, it seemed as if Leinart would once again get a chance to be the team’s starting quarterback. But in training camp, Leinart lost the job to Derek Anderson and was cut by the Cardinals following the preseason.

For the first time in franchise history, the Texans have a great shot at making the playoffs. It is extremely difficult to continually compete at a high level in the NFL, so there is no guarantee the team will be in this position again in the near future.

If the team wants to take advantage of their opportunity, they would be wise to call a certain 42-year-old former quarterback.