I was out sick yesterday, so I guess you could say this post is a day late in addition to the usual feeling of being a dollar short.
The Minnesota Vikings put an end to months of speculation Tuesday by signing veteran quarterback Brett Favre to a two-year contract.
I’ve heard it all in the last 24 hours. I’ve heard people on TV say the addition of Favre makes the Vikings the team to beat in the NFC. I’ve had friends try to convince me Favre is now the best QB in the NFC North. But wait, there’s more boastful Favre statements.
- When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Brett Favre.
- Brett Favre is suing NBC for their show Law & Order claiming it is the trademarked names of his left and right legs.
- There is no chin behind Brett Favre‘s beard. There is only another fist.
- Brett Favre doesn’t sleep. He waits.
OK, enough with the Chuck Norris jokes.
I think expectations should already be pretty high for the Vikings. They have a phenomenal running game and a great defense. Many teams – like the Chicago Bears a couple years ago – have gone to the Super Bowl on that alone, with a little help from Devin Hester.
It’s convenient to those Favre-backers to look at his 2007 season with Green Bay and say that would make a difference.
Yes, Sage Rosenfels and/or Tarvaris Jackson could not put up numbers like Favre did in 2007. But look at the two years prior to that, or last season for that matter.
Favre’s QB ratings for the last four years: 70.9, 72.7, 95.7, 81.0.
In fact, the most telling stat from yesterday’s coverage was ESPN comparing Favre’s 2008 season the Vikings QBs’ seasons in 2008. Pretty much identical.
And if Favre already has a tear in his rotator cuff, whose to say he’ll make it a full season. I realize he’s started 269 straight games, but he is turning 40 in four months. He might play the full season, but it might be in the same manner that he did with the New York Jets last season.
I think Vikings fans have plenty to be excited about for 2009. But I’m not convinced that the addition of Favre really makes that much of a difference.