Sorry, Brett 09/28/2009Posted by sportretort in NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: brad childress, brett farve, football, minnesota vikings, NFL, sage rosenfels, tavaris jackson
Bret Favre pulled out a miracle win against the San Francisco 49ers yesterday in his first home game with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre connected with Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone for a 32 yard touchdown with 2 seconds left to pull out a 27-24 victory. The gunslinger is
back. All is well in the great purple north. I had spoken out on many occasions against the Vikings acquisition of Favre. But the Vikings are 3-0. All is well in Minnesota. I owe the Vikings and Favre an apology.
I’m sorry for doubting you, Brett. The Vikings need you.
PSYCH!! Just kidding. Does anyone remember the Jets of last season? They got off to a
pretty good start, too. Then Favre went into the crapper and they missed the playoffs. I have news for you, the Vikings were not the best team on the Metrodome turf yesterday. The 49ers out played them for most of the game. Yes, it was an exciting win. Yes, it was an incredible win. But the 49ers made the same mistake that Cincinnati made in week one, and it cost both of them a win. The current trend in the NFL is not to employ a prevent defense. I agree in principle with that philosophy. But, when the game is down to the last few snaps and you are defending the lead, you CAN NOT allow anyone on the offense to get deeper than your safety’s. If you have a lead of 3 points or more, you MUST keep defenders deep to prevent a touchdown. Cincinnati forgot that against Denver, and lost because of it. San Francisco forgot that against Minnesota and lost because of it. The issues in Minnesota are deeper than this one game, however. Favre was brought to Minnesota for one reason, and one reason only, to lead this team to the Super Bowl. Anything less will be failure. After all, this Vikings team won the division and made the playoffs last season. This team needed a leader. But this was and is Adrian Peterson’s team. Or is it?
There is a disturbing trend developing in Minnesota. I know that the season is young, but if it is not addressed, potential disaster awaits the Vikings. Peterson is one of the best runners in the game today. This
is his team. For Peterson to be successful, he needs to carry the ball an average of 22 to 25 times a game. Last season, Peterson averaged 22.75 rushing attempts per game. Through the first 3 games this season, he has averaged 19.67 rushing attempts. In the first 3 games, Peterson has run for 180, 92 and 85 yards. Peterson rush attempts to Favre pass attempts were 25 to 21 in week one, 15 to 27 in week two and 19 to 46 in week 3. Those numbers are trending in the wrong direction. I understand the Vikings are currently 3-0. So were the Jets last season at this time. The Jets missed the playoffs. If things continue this way in Minnesota, they may suffer the same fate. Favre has tailed off towards the end of the season for several years now. It is only natural. He will be 40 in a couple of weeks. He has said, both before he signed with the Vikings and since, that he is not sure he can last a 16 game season, let alone an additional 3 playoff games. What happens when/if his body breaks down? Coach Brad Childress has already undermined his back up quarterbacks with the way he handled the public flirtation of Favre before he signed. How can this team have faith in either Sage Rosenfels or Tavaris Jackson if needed? Now, the chemistry of the team is being changed. Peterson is being diminished before our very eyes if this continues.
Mr. I could teach this offense so I don’t need training camp always starts well. But you don’t win the Super Bowl in September or October. Where will Favre and the Vikings be in December or January? That is the question. Favre and the Vikings need to take a look at another Hall of Fame quarterback who was in a similar situation at the end of his career. John Elway had been to 3 Super Bowls, but had a long drought towards the end of his career. He was then paired with the best weapon he ever played with in Terell Davis. Elway rode Davis to 2 straight Super Bowl wins to end his career. Elway was fine with that. His ego did not get in the way. He left the game on top. Favre has retired twice in the last 2 years. He needs to search his memory. See, the first of those back to back Super Bowl wins that closed out Elways career was against the Green Bay Packers who had a quarterback named Favre. Like Elway, Favre now finds himself with the best weapon he has ever played with in Peterson. Learn the lesson. Do not make this about Favre, make it about the Vikings. Just as Elway made it about the Broncos. If you do that, you may find it easier to stay retired the next time.