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What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 3, 2010 12:12 pm
T. Jackson likely would take over for Minnesota if B. Favre retires (Getty). If, as is being reported all over the place (and on the Facts & Rumors blog), Brett Favre does retire – and there’s some healthy skepticism that he will, no matter what he says – what happens with the Vikings offense?

Obviously, they’ve still got some of the best young wide receivers in the game with Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. WR Bernard Berrian is solid and dangerous as a deep threat. Those guys will make a mediocre quarterback look better than he actually is. And running backs? Two words: Adrian Peterson. Meanwhile, second-round pick Toby GerhartChester Taylor’s replacement – is a Doak Walker Award winner who will take a few of Peterson’s carries, especially when Minnesota needs a physical inside runner.

At the skill positions, there’s no question the Vikings have the talent to win the NFC championship. The quarterback position is … well ... a different story.

If Favre retires, they’ll have a couple problem areas. First, Minnesota doesn’t have the greatest run-blocking offensive line – which is a bit surprising, considering the talent the team has on this unit – and without Favre, the Vikings will need to run the ball more effectively to make up for the lack of Favre-ian like talent at the signal-caller position (more on this below).

Favre, at least in my opinion, is still a top-five quarterback , especially considering the season he had last year (68.4 completion percentage, 4,200 yards, 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions), and Minnesota would lose one of the most important players in the game.

So, who would replace him? Most likely, it’d be Tarvaris Jackson – an athletic quarterback who hasn’t figured out how to become a successful NFL quarterback. He started 12 games in 2007, and though the Vikings went 8-4, he wasn’t particularly impressive. His accuracy was mediocre, and his decision-making was questionable. If you’re comparing him to Favre, Jackson is more mobile but not nearly as strong in every other facet in the game.

If not Jackson, the team could turn to Sage Rosenfels. He’s never been a full-time starter, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. In fact, if Favre stays, Rosenfels might be on his way out of town, depending on how rookie Joe Webb is performing in practice. 

Rosenfels is often too aggressive, leading to too many avoidable interceptions. He’s the prototypical backup. He doesn’t look bad on the sidelines while wearing a ballcap. But if you have to throw him in as the starter, that’s not a great thing for your team. Webb, meanwhile, was slated to be a wide receiver, but he’s played well enough in practice for the Vikings to keep him with the quarterbacks. At this point, though, you certainly don’t want Webb starting games for your team.

If Favre doesn’t return, like he’s apparently saying right now, the Vikings wouldn’t face a disaster if Jackson was their man. But if it’s Rosenfels or Webb, there’s no way this team can make a deep run into the playoffs. For their sake, the Vikings have to hope this latest Favre news isn’t true. Otherwise, their Super Bowl hopes have just taken a huge hit.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:14 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:09 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

Couldn't agree more.  Every Vikings fan that welcomed this situation is getting EXACTLY what they deserve...

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:57 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

Welcome Viking fans to the self-involved, ego inflated, bloated self-worth world of Brett Larenzo Favre. 

Last year Viking fans asked to be part of this circus (actually you begged to be part of this circus) and now the ride has stopped at one of the most critical parts of the season.  I hoped you enjoyed the ride culmanating with the true-Farve-like INT at the end of the Saints game.  Foolish people.  You have now learned the same lesson Packer fans have known for the last 5 years Favre was in Green Bay.  He's a TOOL.

Enjoy 2010 with Tarvaris Jackson leading the way to an 9-7 season.  Tongue out

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:52 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

IF true...........

.....regardless of what I think of Farve, and his antics (seems to need more media attention than the Kardashians), I blame Childress for setting himself up for this.

I've said before that if an organization is willing to allow themselves to be held captive by Favre, then it's their own fault if they get bit.  The Packers wouldn't allow that to happen, and I applaude them for that.  (easier to do with Aaron Rodgers behind him).

However, in my opinion, this is ridiculously unfair to rest of the Vikings players.  Ok, I get it, your 40, and don't wanna do training camp.  You think they're gonna make you run tires, Brett?  No.  So you should be there.  But to pull the rug out from under your teammates?  Brett, we all know, you play quarterback.  The most important position on either side of the ball.  And now with a Super Bowl roster, you say, "sorry, AP, sorry Jared Allen, sorry Williams Wall, sorry team, hope Jackson or Sage Rosenfels lights it up!!".

The sad part is, Tavaris Jackson might be servicable now if he'd played since 2007.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:50 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

I know it is almost noon man, but are you drunk?  They are going back to the NFC Championship Game, nah you say the SuperBowl without Favre?  Trust me man, your rep will be at 0 and you will be an Amateur for a long time as an online poster if you just throw out random stuff that has no merit to it.  I know it's your first day and all, but wow.  Not a good start. 

Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:44 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

The vikings will call Miami and Get Pennington from them...That's why Miami broguht Pennington Back so they'd be able to trade him in the Preseason when an injury happen... Now Miami can get a 3rd for Pennington and Pennington can start...

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:42 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

The Vikings go from a 12-4 team to a 9-7 team.  TJack is not the guy.  It would be a huge mistake if the Vikings don't aggressively look for a QB, if not to start the season, to finish the season & hopefully be ready to play the 2nd half.  To rely on the current QB’s would be a blunder and a indictment of Chillys inability to address the QB position.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:38 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

@carneyb, What have you been smoking?

Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:31 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

The Vikings will be just fine. Favre pumped them up last year to another level. Now they can move more confidently on that higher plain and be just as successful--perhaps more. The Favre "retirement" gig is so sickening and over-used. Let's ALL move on from the drama and put the Favre era behind us.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:24 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

Time to geton the horn with Denver.  Yeah thats fine, whichever one you werent using will be fine. 

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