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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 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:56 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

Chooch do you know anything about football ?  Chad blew out his arm/shoulder again last year. 3rd time is NOT a charm in football. He is going to have trouble holding a clipboard let alone throwing a football. We loved him in NY but his nickname was noodle arm. He had no real strength prior to his injuries.  The miami Dolphins resigned Chad to mentor the new Chad as in Henne. The team stacked at QB would be Denver.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:55 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.That's an interesting point, Twisted.  Obviously, he's no Favre... but I bet that team could make Brady Quinn look pretty good.  Maybe even give him the consistency and confidence he needs to really develop into something.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:50 pm

Jackson, Rosenfels and Webb!

Those names will instill fear in oppossing defenses, NOT!  Who knows though, maybe Jackson has grown up a bit, only time will teall.  Rosenfels......nevermind.  How about that Joe Webb kid?!  Super athlete, but I think he ran for more yards at UAB than he threw for.  Actually, he has 2 yards passing for every yard he rushes for, 4:1 would be more ideal.

What teams do or don't do always surprises me.  There were two one time Pro Bowl guys in Marc Bulger and Derek Anderson available but they passed on adding them as insurance.  I think Bulger can still be effective if he isn't running for his life like he was in St. Louis and who know how Derek will pan out, but playing for cleveland isn't a good barometer of what you an do, just ask Brady Quinn.

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:32 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

they have a couple of options:

1) Chad Pennington (as mentioned in previous posts MIA brought him back to trade)
2) Kyle Orton (Denver needs picks and McDouche loves The Model and The Chaplain)
3) Kellen Clemens (Brunell makes him expendable for a pick or two)

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:22 pm

What happens to Minnesota without Favre?

Wow.... whats with everyone putting Dallas in the NFCCG???  They just arent that good.  Anyone notice the NFC east is just average these days?

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