When ESPN reported that there was a “schism” in the Vikings’ locker room because of the very late addition of former MVP Brett Favre to quarterback the team this season, I wondered if the anaonymous complainers were, in fact, the very people that Favre was replacing.
I mean, really. Outside of Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, who else thinks the team has a better shot of winning a Super Bowl with either of them, instead of a hopefully healthy Favre? Their moms?
Highly respected columnist Jason Whitlock doesn’t think Favre was signed by Minnesota to win a Super Bowl. He calls the guy who led last year’s Jets to an 8-3 record before getting injured a Brett Favre is a “swiftboat”, being used to get a new stadium for the Vikings, not a title.
“He’s a political football. He’s a tactic in a $700 million negotiation with Minnesota taxpayers. (Minnesota owner) Zygi Wilf gave the Hall of Fame QB a two-year, $25 million contract so he could use him as a prop in a game that has little to do with winning a Super Bowl.”
So the Vikings don’t want to win a Super Bowl?
I don’t buy it. Sure, signing Favre will help a whole helluva lot to getting a new stadium, but winning a Super Bowl will probably accomplish that as well.
In fact, hoisting the first-ever Vince Lombardi Trophy will probably make a foregone conclusion.
However you want to spin it, the fact of the matter is, a healthy Favre is twice the signal-caller either of his backups are, even at his advanced age and declining skills. Coach Brad Childress does too. It’s probably why he out his job on the line by wooing his former pupil at Green Bay for the last three years.
And, you know what? I think he’s right.
So does Troy Aikman. “You can’t talk Super Bowl without talking about the Vikings with Brett Favre.”, the former Super Bowl champion quarterback told FoxSports.com
With a big play defense, a superb running attack, and guys who can catch, having someone who can actually call a game, throw accurate passes and has a resume of winning might just help.
In fact, Brett Favre might just win the whole damn thing for the Vikes. Maybe then he’ll retire. I’m predicting he does both.