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Brett Favre unretires…apparently…for the 265th time

Posted by Bill Koch on August 4, 2010

I want the Brett Favre drama to end as much as the next person, but I understand why it continues to bleed through every summer and into NFL training camps.

The latest flip-flop in one of the league’s most annoying offseason stories has unfolded over the past 24 hours, with news leaking out through unnamed sources that Favre was truly considering retirement. Favre himself confirmed on Wednesday that he would like to play this season if he’s healthy, no doubt tempted by Minnesota’s offer of $20 million, $16 million of which would be guaranteed.

Simply put, the guy can still play football. Half the teams in the league would gladly welcome Favre and all the baggage that comes with him to start under center, and the Minnesota Vikings happen to be one of them. You better believe that Brad Childress goes to bed every night and prays that Favre’s surgically-repaired right ankle is healed enough to allow him to come back this season. Favre’s revival last year netted Childress job security in the form of a four-year extension and brought Minnesota within a couple plays of a Super Bowl appearance.

Don’t believe me? Consider the alternatives. If Tarvaris Jackson was any good, none of this Favre drama would be going on in the first place. Jackson has had plenty of chances in his five years with the team to seize the Minnesota job and hasn’t been able to do it. Sage Rosenfels is a nice career back up, but he’s not capable of taking charge of this offense either. Neither one of those two would come close to matching the 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns that Favre racked up last season. Putting Jackson and Rosenfels in charge of a Minnesota offense that includes explosive playmakers Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, Chester Taylor and Visanthe Shiancoe is like handing your 90-year-old grandmother the keys to a 2011 Porsche Boxster. Grandma wouldn’t know what to do with that car and Jackson and Rosenfels wouldn’t know how to utilize such weapons.

Favre wants to skip training camp, stir up a little drama, gain some contract leverage, sit out a couple of preseason games and show up as the savoir when the real season starts. Where have we heard all of this before? Why are we constantly fooled when it happens again? And, based on his performance in 2009 and the other quarterbacks they have under contract, why shouldn’t we think that the Vikings would wait as long as possible for Favre to actually return?

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2 Responses to “Brett Favre unretires…apparently…for the 265th time”

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  2. […] record – have done more than enough to convince us that Favre can still play at a high level. As we’ve said before here at Ramble On, none of this discussion would be necessary if Minnesota actually thought that Tarvaris Jackson […]

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