Brett Favre Is a Minnesota Viking: What Is His Impact?

NFL News And RumorsAnalyst IJune 26, 2009

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 21:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets looks to pass under pressure from Rocky Bernard #99 of the Seattle Seahawks on December 21, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Jets 13-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Drama, saga, rumor, retired, unretired, spotlight, tiring, relentless.

All of these words can describe how a vast majority of NFL fans, including myself, feel about the endless Brett Favre unretirement game. 

Thankfully, that is all about to be in the past, as it has been reported by multiple radio and Internet sources that Favre will be in Vikings training camp, and it is inevitable he will suit up for the purple and gold.

Ted Thompson, your worst fear has been realized—now you have the angry Favre ready to smack you in the face twice a year.

The Packers were willing to pay Favre $20 million to stay retired just so this could not happen. They conjured up some clause that said they would receive three first round picks if he were to be traded to Minnesota.

They were really serious about keeping him out of the purple and gold, but their efforts were futile since the Vikings and Favre are now an item.

What does this mean for the Vikings and, more or less, the entire NFC?

Watch out, the Vikings' offense is going to roll over you, and you're not going to get by that rush defense after Week Four, when the Williams Wall returns. 

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

With the addition of Favre, the Vikings have filled their only glaring hole on the roster: the QB position. 

The three-time MVP QB will now get a chance to play with All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson, who could very well garner a few MVPs himself before his career is all said and done. 

The Vikings are a great rushing team, led by Peterson, who in only his second season rushed for 1,760 yards for a 4.8 YPC average. They have great depth at the position with Chester Taylor as the backup, who averages 4.0 YPC himself. 

As a former player, I know you cannot give all the credit to those two; a stout OL makes RBs look great. Without the best left side in football, anchored by All-Pros Bryant McKinnie and Steve Hutchinson, the Vikings' rushing attack would implode more than explode. 

With the addition of T Phil Loadholt through the draft (a steal in the second round), they have a great young RT who can learn from two of the best in the business. 

With a prominent running game and a mediocre passing game, the Vikings still won the NFC North in 2008 with a 10-6 record. Now with the addition of a healthy Favre and blazing first round pick WR Percy Harvin, the Vikings have begun to load up in the passing game as well. 

Pairing the aforementioned Harvin with fellow burner Bernard Berrian gives Favre two perfect weapons for his gun-slinging mentality. Along with WRs Bobby Wade and Sidney Rice, Favre has a nice set of four WRs to throw to. 

Now that the Vikings have a top QB, opposing defenses cannot load eight men up in the box to smother Peterson. The Vikings are going to be able to use the play-action very effectively. Favre's presence alone is going to open up more room for Peterson to run. 

Vikings fans, even though I'm thinking possible NFC Championship game, don't get too giddy quite yet. There are a few cons when you pluck an ancient QB from the dead.

He is old, and old equals injury prone. We saw what happened to his performance in the last five games with the New York Jets when he hurt his shoulder.

This time around, if he is hurt, he needs to stay off the field—simple as that. If the Vikings can get the 2007 and the not last five games of 2008 Favre, a 2009 Vikings Super Bowl bid is not too bold a statement to make.

Before we all get too far ahead of ourselves, a good goal for the Vikings is to win a playoff game for the first time in a while; then we can get ahead of ourselves.

Also, get ready for some bad throws. He is a gunslinger, and he will lose you a few games with his wild arm. This is the guy who holds the record for most passing TDs and the most INTs—remember that.

Having two extremely fast WRs will tempt him to throw deep more often then he did in New York, when he only had one guy with extraordinary speed in Laveranues Coles.

As far as the revenge factor, all you can do is hope he is not only in for this to be able to whack the Pack twice a season. Of course, that is something he should be looking forward to, no doubt, but if it is the overriding factor in his decision, he is doing more harm than good.

If he can be there mentally for the other 14 games, then the Vikings are an 11-5 team at worst, barring a catastrophic 2008 Seahawks-esque injury plague. 

Good job Minnesota; you went out and got that final piece to the puzzle on your roster. Now just hope you don't bomb it and pull another one and done in the playoffs. You now have too good of a team with Favre at the helm to be making any excuses if you lose.

Every team has their window when all the pieces are in the right slot. For Minnesota, that Super Bowl window is wide open; now is your golden opportunity. After Favre is done, it closes again until another competent QB comes through. Take it in while you can.

Knowing Favre, you could squeeze another year out of him after 2009 now that he has gotten his way.

I'm glad this saga is all over for now...hopefully. Nowadays, you can never overestimate how many headlines Favre can muster up.

An NBC affiliate was the first to report the impending Favre signing.

Also Vikings fans, check on your archrival for some big news from the Cheeseheads as well.