Earlier this morning, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Brett Favre will retire as an NFL quarterback.
After a long and historic career, perhaps one of the best quarterbacks of this era will no longer be competing. However, Minnesota has to keep moving on, which means Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels have some pretty big shoes to fill.
The Vikings have not commented on who will start.
However, a decent job by either of them could still keep the Vikings in playoff contention.
If you look at how successful last season was, it obviously wasn't all just because of Brett Favre. It takes more than just a quarterback go to the NFC championship.
Minnesota still has one of the best running backs in the league in his prime to go along with a good receiving core of Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. Granted, receivers can only be as good as their quarterbacks, but it won't hurt that Jackson or Rosenfels will have both of them to throw to.
That said, the defense must keep up last year's pace as well. Jared Allen, the great pass rusher he is, has to lead the defense again.
All in all, despite losing one of the great quarterbacks in the league, Minnesota still looks to be a team that can make the playoffs and compete, but it will be a much harder task than it was during last season's run.