Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Neither of the two quarterbacks Mississippi State trotted out during last night's 19-6 strangling at the hands of LSU fared well at all. But that didn't stop State third-stringer Dylan Favre -- yes, the nephew of Brett, if you haven't heard -- from wanting his crack at the Bayou Bengals, too.
In fact, he wanted that crack badly enough to tell the whole world about it. Favre tweeted the following late Thursday night:
Our first reponse is to say that however badly Favre might that opportunity, going behind his coach's back to the wilds of the Internet to make that request won't do much change Dan Mullen's mind. Mullen likely already has enough questions to answer about his quarterback position after his late switch from Chris Relf to Tyler Russell backfired, and Favre publicly inserting himself into the conversation isn't going to sit well, we're guessing. Sitting at 0-2 in the SEC and already all-but-eliminated from West contention, the Bulldogs are a boat that Mullen no doubt will not want rocked at the moment.
But a second response might be to note that Favre isn't just reacting to last night--he didn't see the field in either of the Bulldogs' first two games, either, including the 59-14 Week 1 bludgeoning of troubled Memphis. It also can't be pleasant to watch the player who beat him out for the backup job (in reportedly the narrowest of fashions) struggle as badly as Russell did last night; the first two drives on Russell's watch went loss of 5, incompletion, incompletion, punt, sack for loss of 10, interception. Though perhaps not likely to have done any better, Favre literally could not have done any worse.
So we don't blame him for his frustration. But we can blame him for airing that frustration in the most public fashion possible, and at what's arguably the worst possible time for his team. There's worse mistakes to make, but it remains a mistake --and one not likely to do him an ounce of good with the coaching staff he's already at odds with -- all the same.