Biggs: Mangini doesn't doubt Favre can start 16 games

The Minnesota Vikings take a 6-1 record into Lambeau Field on Sunday for Favrepalooza II, The Return of Brett.

They’re looking to bounce back following their loss at Pittsburgh and Favre has a second chance to face his former team in a month. It was at the middle of last season that Favre and his other ex-team, the New York Jets, hit stride. The Jets were 4-3 through seven games and had a five-game winning streak that took them to 8-3 before the wheels fell off along with Favre’s right shoulder.

So Favre’s old coach Eric Mangini was asked this week if Favre can keep it up for the remainder of the season. Many blame Favre’s deteriorating play for the demise of the Jets and eventual firing of Mangini.

“I don't know what the history of performance of that position at that age is,’’ Mangini said. “I just know that Brett is different than a lot of guys I have been around. He’s a special player and I don’t underestimate Brett’s ability to do anything.’’

Is it unrealistic to think Favre can continue his iron man streak and start all 16 regular-season games for Minnesota?

“For any quarterback, they get hit a lot and they deal with a lot of different things over the course of the season, but I know that with Brett he’s extremely tough and extremely competitive,’’ Mangini said. “Last season, things didn’t go the way we wanted to at the end, but he remained as competitive as ever and did the best job he could.’’

Mangini, however, refused to blame Favre’s performance (and injury) for the team’s collapse. Perhaps that is because he refused to acknowledge on the injury report that last season Favre was actually injured.

“I think as a team we had a lot of opportunities to win those games,’’ he said. “I don’t pin it on one guy. We all could have done something that was better.”

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