Over the next 4 weeks—leading up to training camp—news in the NFL will slow to a near dead stop. Players will leave the facility and coaches will head out on vacation until camp opens up at the end of July.

But, with Brett Favre, we will be entertained by a month of back and forth, comments, opinion and speculation on his return to the Vikings. We all have our own opinion on Favre—and what has transpired since his last season as a Green Bay Packer—but that can’t blind us when we talk about his production in Minnesota in 2009. He had a special season—and he was the driving force behind one of the better football teams in the league.

And, that is why he is still relevant in NFL discussions today, and more importantly, why he is so crucial to the success of Brad Childress and the Vikings.

From a football standpoint, handing the ball to Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels is a downgrade for the Vikings. There is no better way to say it. Despite Favre being a 40-year old QB, he is still the best option for Childress and that football team.

That is why this back and forth will continue. Yes, we can call it “special treatment,” but at the end of the day, Childress is paid to win. And, he needs Favre to do that in 2010. Detroit made major upgrades to their roster, Chicago and QB Jay Cutler will be better, and when we talk about the Packers, it isn’t hard to pick them as the favorites to win the NFC North.

The Vikings without Favre? A good football team that can play defense and run the ball. But, not a team that can challenge for a Super Bowl in 2010.

And, when Favre talks, we all listen. Just as we did this week when he spoke to Al Jones of the Sun Herald down in Biloxi, Mississippi. Does Brett have a tendency to put the spotlight on himself and to create his own controversy? Of course he does, and that is why comments that claim “he isn’t trying to stir the pot,” are entertaining from my point of view. He is a master at spinning his own press.

Can he still play? Probably, and after I doubted him when he signed with the Vikings last season, I have no reason to think that he won’t come back, produce and still win football games.

Minnesota is counting on that. Childress is counting on that. And, we should expect to see Favre roll into camp sometime in mid-to-late August, take the ball and run the first team offense—again. But, until that happens, we have to settle in and hear about the back and forth for a while.

Nothing new.

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