Time to talk football again with Favre

Can we move on now and talk real football with Brett Favre and the Vikings? I can agree as much as the next guy that the Minnesota QB handled this offseason and training camp unprofessionally, but that is just an opinion, really. In fact, we can all sit here and bitch about No. 4 coming back, but the bottom line is that it looks like the Vikings have their QB for the 2010 season once it becomes official.

We should have predicted this latest “return,” and even with reports of text messages and high school practice fields, it now comes down to the impact Favre has on the field in Minnesota.

Brett FavreICONLooks like Favre is back, again.

Let’s be honest here. Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are nice QBs — but they aren’t going to win a Super Bowl for the Vikings. Even with a top-tier defense in Minnesota and the running game of Adrian Peterson, you need a QB who can make all of the throws in January. Someone to challenge secondaries and throw over the top of Cover 2 safeties down the field. That wins in the NFL.

And, Favre still gives the Vikings those opportunities. Thirty-three TDs and only 7 INTs in ’09. Does he still have enough left to do it again? We get to find out. Brad Childress and the Vikings think so, because they wouldn’t have begged him back otherwise. This franchise has allowed this game of back and forth to continue since the end of the season for a reason. They know Brett is the best option at the quarterback position (a position they did not address through the draft), and I can’t really argue against that when it comes to actual football on the field. The guy can still sling the ball and make things happen on Sundays. Plus, it is hard not to notice how much he aided in the development of WRs Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice last year.

What’s next? Get Favre on the practice field (along with the injured Rice) and start working. Brett needs to see some minutes over the final three weeks of the preseason schedule, take some hits and try to get some sort of timing down with the WRs. Understanding the offense under Childress isn’t an issue, but every player — veteran or rookie — needs time to polish his own game in August. Technique, footwork and basic fundamentals of the game. As talented as Favre is, he isn’t immune to that as a football player. No one is at any level of the game.

Where does this put the Vikings in the NFC and the NFC North? Have to call them contenders and have to look at them as one of the favorites (along with Green Bay) to win the division. That is the type of impact he has on Minnesota.

But, my favorite thing about Favre getting off of a plane in Minnesota this afternoon? No more reports, tracking flights and visits to Dr. Andrews. From a former player’s perspective, let’s just play football — like the rest of the league — and prepare for the regular season. Playbooks, schemes, matchups and Vikings-Packers at Lambeau.

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