Why on earth would the Vikings continue to play Favre?

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings sits ont the bench between offensive series against the Washington Redskins at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Following the Vikings’ 38-14 win over the Bills on Sunday, interim coach Leslie Frazier told the media that Brett Favre (despite being replaced by Tarvaris Jackson in the first quarter after suffering a shoulder injury) would remain Minnesota’s starting quarterback if healthy.

My only question is: Why? If you’re the Vikings, why would you play Brett Favre for the rest of the season? If you’re Leslie Frazier and you’re trying to earn a full-time coaching job, why would you play Favre?

Look, you know Lord Favre is going to say that he’s healthy enough to play next week. The guy hasn’t missed a start in his entire career. If his arm was hanging out of the socket and he only had one foot left, he would play. So you know he’s going to force Frazier to make a decision about who to start next week.

But Favre hasn’t been the same since he threw that interception in the NFC Championship Game last year. He’s been downright brutal at times and he’s a walking mess in terms of injuries. In other words, stick a fork in him because he’s done.

If Favre was even an average quarterback at this point and signed through next season, I could see continuing to play him. But not at this point. He has zero future in Minnesota and who’s to say that Jackson doesn’t give the Vikings their best chance to win right now anyway? He threw three interceptions on Sunday, but he also completed 15-of-22 passes for two touchdowns and compiled an 85.0 QB rating. That’s not bad for a quarterback who never plays. Plus, he may be on the roster next year – Favre won’t.

If Frazier is hoping to rattle off four in a row to finish the year 9-7 and sneak into the playoffs, then he needs a reality check. Especially if he believes Favre is the man to accomplish that unrealistic feat.

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Will Brett Favre quit on the rest of the season?

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 31: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings stands on the sideline in the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Following the Vikings’ embarrassing 31-3 loss to the Packers on Sunday, Brett Favre dodged questions about whether or not he’s committed to playing out the rest of the season.

“I would never have expected to be in this situation,” Favre said. “Mathematically I think there is still some hope. I hate to use Jim Mora’s comments about playoffs. I can’t even think about that. I know there is still a slim chance, but come on. We’ve got to play a lot better than we played today and last week.

“I came back for a Super Bowl, you’re right. Also [there is] a chance that that doesn’t happen, probably a better chance that we don’t. And there’s a way better chance that you won’t play as well as last year. … But this is a little surprising. Again, I’m just going to go home and … I don’t want to say ‘think’ about this game. Just re-evaluate tomorrow.”

Favre isn’t going to retire. He may want to because he’s not going to win a Super Bowl, but he’s not going to go out as a quitter. He’s all about image and if he walks away now, the last thing everyone will write about him is how he abandoned his teammates when he knew there was no shot of winning a title. He and the Vikings may get their asses kicked the rest of the year, but that’s a better outcome to him than having the media call him out for the selfish player he is.

The Vikings should almost hope for him to retire. Not only is he a disaster on the field but every week he plays is one that Tarvaris Jackson won’t. Favre isn’t coming back next season and the team needs to evaluate Jackson. Lord Favre will never stand for a benching, but that would be the smart thing for Minnesota to do at this point. Why play a half-motivated Favre when they need to see what Jackson brings to the table? At 3-7 the rest of the season isn’t about winning for the Vikings – it’s about figuring out who will be around next year.

Leave it to Favre to send mixed messages about his future. This will be an interesting situation to follow over the next couple of days.

It’s time for Vikings to bench Brett Favre

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

It’s time, Minnesota.

Bench Brett Favre. At 3-7, there’s really no reason to keep playing him and he’s shown time and time again that he’s only about himself. Bench him and move on.

Favre isn’t coming back in 2011 and why would the Vikings want him to? It’s time to see what they have in Tarvaris Jackson because he may be around past this year. Favre won’t.

Favre’s effort in the Vikings’ 31-3 loss to the Packers on Sunday was pathetic. His final stat line (17-of-38 for 208 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT) would be fine if he were a rookie, but he’s a veteran with plenty of motivation to beat his former team and maybe get his team back on track in the second half. Instead, he was highly inaccurate, he missed open receivers and he was shown refusing to talk with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on the sidelines. Grow up, Brett.

Brad Childress won’t (nor shouldn’t) be back next year. But he needs to play Jackson. It doesn’t matter that Favre is a proud veteran because he’s brutal right now. If he weren’t a legend he may have been benched weeks ago. Jackson may not be the answer but it’s hard to argue that Favre gives the Vikings their best chance to win now. And seeing as how he won’t be a part of their future, it’s time to move on.

Hey, the Vikings took their shot last year and they came up a little short. They went back to the well this year and now realize that it’s bone dry. So regroup. They still have Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Jared Allen. They’re not in complete disarray but they need a quarterback. Can Jackson be their man? How will they know if Favre continues to start?

The season is over. If Favre doesn’t want to go to the bench, then cut him. It’s time to look towards the future.

Childress considered removing Favre from Packer game

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24: Brett Favre  of the Green Bay Packers reacts as Desmond Bishop  of the Green Bay Packers celebrates his interception for a touchdown at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)

When you throw three interceptions that aid in the demise of your team, your head coach isn’t going to be very happy with you.

Brad Childress somewhat called out Brett Favre following the Vikings’ 28-24 loss on Sunday night to the Packers, a loss in which Lord Favre threw three interceptions and Minnesota had three touchdowns overturned by replay. Childress even admitted that he had considered removing Favre at one point.

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:

“It still goes back to taking care of the football,” he said. “You can’t throw it to them. You’ve got to play within the confines of our system. Sometimes it’s OK to punt the football and you can’t give seven points going the other way. Not in a game like this. Not with a high-powered team.”

Childress said he considered removing Favre but he did not say if he had told Favre. “[I] was going to give him that next series and he took us and moved us down the field,” Childress said.

Childress has every right to complain about the play of his quarterback when his quarterback throws three interceptions that lead to a loss for his team. But this is vintage Brett Favre – he was throwing interceptions 10 years ago and he’s throwing interceptions now. When he’s under duress, he will force the issue, which leads to mistakes. Childress knows (or should know, anyway) exactly what he’s getting with Favre every time the QB takes the field.

My question is, if the guy is too hurt to play then why leave him in there? Favre has been battling an elbow injury for the past few weeks and now his surgically repaired ankle is bothering him again. Childress needs to make a decision: does he want Favre at 75% (or whatever) or Taravaris Jackson at 100%? There’s no question that Favre gives the Vikings their best chance to win when he’s healthy, but he’s not healthy. He’s never healthy actually, but he appears to be even more banged up than ever right now.

The point is to win. If Favre isn’t going to help the Vikings do that because he’s too hurt, then Childress needs to put the big boy pants on and get the 40-year-old out of there.

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