Brett Favre Should Have Stayed Retired

Mike RContributor IOctober 13, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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After watching Favre struggle Monday night against the Jets for the better part of three quarters, one thing became painfully obvious: Brett Favre should have stayed retired.

The problem with the Vikings team is not the defense or the wide receivers; it's Favre. The Vikings still have a Super Bowl caliber defense that has kept the team in games when the offense has played horribly.

They have the best running back in the game. They have a plethora of weapons at wide receiver and tight end.

The Vikings' problem is that Favre looks every bit of 41 years old this season. He is back to being the turnover machine that he was earlier in his career.

This past offseason the team should have parted ways with No. 4 and started over with a new quarterback. I am not suggesting that Tavaris Jackson should have been given the keys to the engine.

The team should have looked east to Philadelphia and picked up Donovan McNabb. McNabb is working wonders in Washington with a receiving corps that consists of Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong, Joey Galloway, and Roydell Williams. The team has no running game to speak of and an average defense.

Do you need further proof? Favre is the 30th rated quarterback in the NFL. He is on pace to throw a ridiculous 28 interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 67.

Favre's poor play has forced the defense has been on the field way too long against the Saints, Dolphins, and Jets. 

The Vikings made their bed and now have to lie in it. They have no choice but to ride out the season with Favre.

The Vikings made a terrible mistake in assuming that they could just pick up where they left off from the 2009 season. As the Saints and Colts have proven this season, every year is a new year.


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