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It's Time. End the Streak.

Posted on: September 28, 2009 1:20 pm
Okay, this may be controversial to many but this is my take.

I thought about this a lot when we were in the Favre chase this summer and I am still 100% sure I want Favre's "streak" to end sooner rather than later.  He now owns the "IronMan" record and I don't think it's even possible for someone to catch him for at least another eight years.  I think the closest right now is at like 170-something.  So, he can hold onto it well into retirement and most likely far beyond.  I don't think adding a few more games is going to make much of a difference.  On the flip-side, ending it himself, by choice, could have a remarkable impact. 

What I mean is, the guy is 40 years old.  His body doesn't recover as fast as it used to and probably more importantly, his mind doesn't.  When I think back to the NFC Championship game the Packers lost against the Giants, I remember the look on Favre's face when he threw that interception.  He was physically and mentally exhausted.  He had finally had enough of the Giants beating on him so he got careless.  The cold, the stress, the physical beating he took all wore him out and he ran out of gas.  He had nothing left to finish with.  He wasn't even all that upset it had happened.  You could see it.  His main emotion seemed to be relief that it was finally over.  Not that he wanted to lose.  He just had nothing left to give.  I think that is a very real danger for him with the Vikings again this year. 

I'd love to see him pull a Cal Ripken and take himself out of the lineup for a game at some point.  If he really starts to feel battered, even if he could go, I'd love to see him step aside and give one of our backups a chance.  If he did it right, talked to the coaches, talked to the team, talked to T-jack and Sage, I think it could really be a huge positive, bonding experience for the entire team.  He could still dress and play in an emergency (if both T-Jack and Sage went down) but he'd get basically two weeks off to recuperate and refresh his body and mind.  If you look at it, why do you think he retires every year right now?  He's so beat up emotionally and physically by the end of the year, and it takes him so long to recharge, he just can't see himself going through everything again to play.  But then, after he's had a chance to heal up and relax for a while, the juices start flowing again.

He's almost like a baseball player in this regard.  Sometimes they just need a day or two off.  The season is such a grind.  Well, at this point in his career, I really think he'd benefit from a couple of weeks.  He could still practice and take a bunch of reps with his receivers, but mentally, he'd be able to take a break.

I just see so many positive possibilities with this and very few negatives.  The Vikings as an organization could "announce" it maybe a couple of weeks in advance so there would be no "disrespect" factor against whom it happens. (That's my biggest concern as far as negatives go.  They'd have to deal with that carefully.)  But then they'd be able to promote "Favre's Last Start of the Streak".  I think they could do it with a lot of class and I think it would be a huge, HUGE feather in Favre's cap as far as a PR move.  In my opinion, it would completely wipe out the retirement/unretirement negativity he's been getting.  I also think that, if done correctly, it would  go over extremely well with the team.  It would give them a chance to rally around whichever backup starts.  I think it would also give everyone confidence (after the Jets fiasco last year) that Favre has the best interests of the team at heart and it's all about winning a Super Bowl.  Not just about him.

But most importantly, I really, really think it would benefit Brett Favre!  I would bet that even now, after only three games, he's already feeling the grind of an NFL season.  I'd love to see him take week 5 off.  Even if it is against the Ravens.  Maybe because it's against the Ravens.  He's bound to get beat up pretty good that day, win or lose.  He gets the week off and then he's recharged for two tough road games against the Steelers and Packers into the bye week.  Then maybe one more game, depending on the standings and how the backup performed in the first game: either the Bengals or Panthers.  This keeps him fresh for the final weeks and hopefully we can get a bye in the first round and he's good to go the rest of the way.  It's probably already too late to do it in the Ravens game but the Steelers would still work.

Now, I'm not advocating throwing a game to rest Favre.  I think it's very possible the team could still win.  We've got the best running back in football and a very solid defense.  I think we could still get it done.  Plus, who knows, maybe the added mobility T-Jack/Sage would bring to the game would allow them to make some plays a beat up and admittedly slower of foot Favre could not.  Either way, I'd much rather risk sacrificing a game or two in the regular season and getting rid of the whole "Favre has to start" element so that he's mentally and physically ready when we absolutely have to him at the end of the year.

The final element, and to me, maybe the biggest benefit of this, is that it takes the "streak" onus off of Childress and Bevell as far as making the decision as to who should start.  If Favre is really dinged up but could still play at 70%, the coaching staff could decide that letting him rest an extra week is the best thing for Favre and the team, without having to be the guys who "end the streak". Think about it, every other player in the league gets that consideration when dealing with bumps, bruises, strains, etc.  Except Favre (and maybe a select few others).  They get pencilled in come hell or highwater.  Doesn't matter.  Even if it means dealing with it all year instead of maybe a week or two.  For a guy that's 40 years old, that could mean a massive difference in performance level come playoff time.

Now this could all be a moot point if Favre somehow skips through the season unscathed, but I don't think that's realistic.  This ain't an old man's league.  He's going to take some shots.  Period.  Fortunately or unfortunately, at this point, with what he's accomplished in his career, I think the word has to come from Favre himself.  He's earned it.  Hopefully, he's smart enough and humble enough to do it the right way.  I'm just saying, "Come on, Brett.  Take one for the team."

Besides, wouldn't it be better to end it on his own terms a la Ripken versus having it tragically ended like Gehrig? (Or Theisman or Tarkenton?)

That's my take.  All comments welcome. 

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:16 pm

It's Time. End the Streak.

Yea its apparant Brett needs to hang the ole cleats up for good.
He had a great career and I am just thankful he gave us 2 of his last yrs of football.
I have no regrets Brett became a Viking. What a season we had last year! That alone was worth it to me.
I know the NFL well enough to expect/understand that being the best team in the league is not a lock for a SB!
You need more than skill and talant to go all the way.  But no Quest-tion the Vikings have had the best team over the past few seasons imo.
I just hope we have a Football season next year, its not looking too good right now

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2009 9:13 pm

It's Time. End the Streak.

I admitt over the summer, I too was totally against the Brett F. deal!

But  he has proved he loves the game......................And the Vikings have bought into this deal  I'm going to ride this train as far as it can go! Can anyone say that Brett's arm is lacking after the surgery? I do not see it.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2009 3:38 pm

i agree but disagree

i agree that at some point this season... most likely after the bye week he should take a week off.. but it is critical right now with tough opponents coming up. the ravens are looking pretty solid right now and i think the best chance at beating them would be with favre playing... the steelers are looking pretty jacked up right now but could switch back to the winning mode real quick because they are going to be out of the race for playoffs if they continue to lose games in the fourth quarter.... if we get enough wins to secure a bye for first round playoffs he could possilby already have 2 weeks off if we rest our starters the last game like playoff contenders usually do. so i think the best game for him to miss would be week 10 against the lions so he could have 2 weeks off in the middle of the season as well as possibly the beginning of playoffs.... but i also think favre has changed and he knows his limits when it comes to playing... i dont think he will play if he feels to beat up or what not.. he already said that he wants to win and if that means he sits out than thats whats going to happen. i also think that when he threw that touchdown pass (especially to a backup receiver) against the 49ers gave the team more confidence that he can put the ball in really tough spots and proves he still has it. Gradually each game he has gotten more yards throwing and i think it will continue that way because our offense is coming together more and more every game.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2009 3:26 pm

It's Time. End the Streak.

I think that because Favre is starting to become a LITTLE old now for what sport he plays in, it might not be a bad idea to rest him in the game against Baltimore, and, no disrespect meant by this, but going perfect can be very demoralizing if you don't win every playoff game.  I mean, I'm a HUGE Pats' fan, and for me it was like taking a rocket from a rocket launcher, being blown up and having every single part of me scattered everywhere.  I'm sure that's how some of the Pats' players felt after losing that game.  So I would agree with sitting Favre for against Baltimore, seeing that they're going to be all over the QB all game, and then getting him back in the lineup for the next couple of weeks, then the bye week, then a few more games, rest, then play him the rest of the games leading up to the final week of the regular season, sit him the last week unless the team is still contending at that point, and then he should be ready for the playoffs and the Super Bowl.  A perfect regular season can really disappoint if your home team loses in any round of the playoffs.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2009 2:40 pm

It's Time. End the Streak.

 I haven't seen nuch in the way of the Vikings playing this year other than a few minutes to watch Mr. Favre for a bit but, sitting him would be wrong. With him in there you have the final piece to the puzzle that will allow the Vikings into the playoffs and maybe even advance some. ( as a Packer fan saying that kills me ) Favre is not the main piece of the offense in Minnesota ,he is only a bit player. I think as he got older the cold weather ate at him in Green Bay and he became somewhat ineffective with a not so great running game behind him, now he has two extremely talented running backs to hand off to in Petersen and Taylor and he doesn't have to play outside in the cold weather there with the dome. I am also a Favre fan and wish him well except for two games a year. Unfortuneately the Packers are going to get their butts handed to them this coming Monday with the way the Pack is playing and the fact Minnesota is undefeated 

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2009 9:06 am

It's Time. End the Streak.

I hear what you're saying but the baseball analogy is way off.....there are only 16 NFL games compared to 162 for baseball.  One week would be equivalent to ten games....that not taking a game off....then there's his salary?  How much?  SO he just collects a check sitting on the sidelines?  He'll take shots no matter what?  Too many issues with this that are all negative.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2009 7:54 am

C'mon Dude.

Yeah. You're right. The Vikings are 3-0, it's a brilliant move for the starting QB to BENCH HIMSELF. This is idiotic. And by the way, Gehrig's streak ending because of ALS has nothing to do with any of this. 

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2009 1:15 am

It's Time. End the Streak.

After re-reading your blog i wanted to comment on the "positive" PR move as well. The Vikings have not had problems selling out their games this year. Not sure they need anymore positive PR for Favre, and if they did.... I think the kind of thing he did Sunday is the way to do it. If they did it against the Ravens like you said...  that would seem to be a far worse PR move for all those who paid for tickets. As far as hyping up the last home game before that, that is next Monday against the Packers. I don't think that needs any more hyping. 

Nationally I would see this as more of a story ripping Favre for being in the lime light. It would get attention, but no positive attention. It would just add to the Favre needing special treatment stories already out there from when he missed all of training camp.

Finally, you talked about rallying behind the back ups... what would happen when they went out and got beat. It seems like all that would do is give concern where none was needed If the back up did play well, it could start to divide the club house with all the why did we need Favre anyway thought.

I just can't help but think you had to talk yourself into this and wanted to put something controversial o
ut there.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2009 1:07 am

It's Time. End the Streak.

Once again a nice blog backnine31.Congratulations.

I have a theory regarding the streak of Favre.I think he is watching the streak of another quarteback which is Peyton Manning.After Favre it is Manning who is next to him.The time that Manning got injured and miss a start that is the Favre is going to rest.

I've been Favre's fan since the 90s.All I want now is another ring for him not the records.He was very close to winning one if not for that interception against the Giants.Now I think their main objective should be to win games so they can qualify for the playoffs.Maybe the last two games he can sit down and watch.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2009 1:03 am

It's Time. End the Streak.

I don't even know how to reply to this. Favre lost in Green Bay against the Giants because he couldn't play in cold weather anymore. Look at the games, it has been very well documented. In spite of that, they lost in overtime to the Super Bowl Champs. It probably didn't help that Ryan Grant rushed for about 2 yards a carry that game. He can play happily in a dome this year and give the ball the a guy named Adrian Peterson. He fell apart late last year because of an injury, not because he was mentally drained, before that people were talking about the Jets as legitimate SUper Bowl contenders. If he takes a week off to "rest" so he doesn't get hurt, your basically trying to guess in what game he may be injured. Using that logic, maybe the Vikings should try sit him in all non-divisional games, or keep him fresh by sitting him until the playoffs. He already has a week off, its called a bye week, and it is perfectly scheduled for half way through the season... and should the Vikings due what they are capable of doing, they may just have another bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Just my point of view though.

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