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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Brett Favre walks off to locker room with injury

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field at the end of the first half 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)

Is this the end of Lord Favre?

During the first quarter of the Vikings’ game with the Bills in Minnesota on Sunday, Favre took a massive hit to his back from Buffalo linebacker Arthur Moats and had to come out of the game. Favre then sat down on the sidelines before walking to the locker room. Tarvaris Jackson entered the game and was immediately cheered by the Metrodome crowd. He threw a long completion to Sidney Rice down the sideline.

Favre held onto the ball too long and he paid for it, as Moats crushed him and caused the ball to be intercepted. Favre’s return is being called “questionable.”

Jackson just threw a pick-six, so maybe the crowd will cheer Favre back onto the field.

Update: Check that, Jackson just threw a touchdown to Rice. So stay out, Brett…

Brett Favre plays poorly, so of course there’s injury news to report

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reacts after throwing an interception during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on November 14, 2010. The Bears won 27-13.   UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

Whenever Brett Favre loses there always seems to be injury news that surfaces either directly following the game or a day after.

ESPN.com is reporting that Favre will contact Dr. James Andrews about the pain he’s having in his right shoulder. The fear, apparently, is that the pain stems from a 2008 surgery that Favre had to repair his biceps tendon. As usual, his playing status for this week is up in the air.

I’m not one to call for someone’s retirement. If Lord Favre wants to play until he’s 97 then he holds the right to do so. And if a team still thinks he can play at a starter’s level, then by all means – lace ‘em up, Brett.

But every week there’s a new injury to go along with his poor play on the field. I’m sure there was a report in some dark corner of the internet, but I don’t recall him suffering from anything last week when he rallied the Vikings from two touchdowns down late in the fourth quarter to beat the Cardinals in overtime. But sure enough, a day after he throws three picks in a lousy effort against the Bears, he’s getting an MRI on some part of his anatomy.

With all that has transpired this season (Jenn Sterger, injuries, losing), it might be a good time for Favre to start his retirement tour. I’ve enjoyed watching him play throughout the years, but he’s turned into one big punch line after another. Maybe it’s time to call it a day.

Of course, now that I write that, you know he’s going to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers this Sunday in Minnesota. Then the Brett Favre media cycle from hell will start again.

“He can still play this game! It’s amazing what he can do at his age! Look at him – he sure has fun out there, doesn’t he?”

Childress leaning towards sitting Brett?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field after the New York Jets won 29-20 at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Here’s a shock: there are conflicting reports coming out of Minnesota about Brett Favre.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says that head coach Brad Childress is leaning towards starting Tarvaris Jackson against the Patriots on Sunday. But ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Childress wants to start Favre (who is dealing with a bum ankle).

While I would normally side with the beat writer who covers the team on a weekly basis (that being Zulgad), I find it hard to believe that a man who has allowed Favre to get away with murder since arriving in Minnesota last year would sit Brett against his will. When push comes to shove, Childress will always submit to Favre so if Brett wants to play, he’s going to play.

That said, if Favre is too injured to play, I wouldn’t be surprised if he handed the ball off to Adrian Peterson on the first play of the game and then pulled himself out to protect his consecutive starts streak. Your majesty will probably hobble off the field and tell the media later that he intended on playing the full game, but re-injured the ankle on the first play.

Either way, the Vikings’ quarterback situation looks bleak for Sunday. If Favre plays, that ankle can’t be in too good of shape to make it through an entire game and there’s a reason Childress sold his soul to bring Brett to Minnesota two years ago. If Favre is too injured to play, will the Vikings keep him active as Jackson’s backup or will he be inactive? If he’s inactive, who would be Jackson’s backup – Bernard Berrian? (Remember that Sage Rosenfels was traded to the Giants earlier in the year.)

It should be an interesting scene in Foxboro come Sunday afternoon.

Winning should be at the forefront for Vikings, not Favre’s streak

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during 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)

Brett Favre isn’t ruling himself out for this Sunday’s game against the Patriots, but then again it isn’t his call to make, is it?

It has gotten to the point that it’s not “if” Lord Favre will play this Sunday and beyond, but “should” he play.

Brad Childress and the Vikings are in a delicate spot right now. At 2-4, they haven’t started off the season on a positive note but it’s not like they’re out of playoff contention. Far from it, in fact.

The Packers and Bears are currently atop the division at 4-3 but Green Bay is incredibly beat up and Chicago has too many issues to list. (Okay, I’ll list a few: Bad in-game management by their coaching staff, Jay Cutler’s love affair with the interception, red zone issues offensively and the O-line’s inability to pass protect.)

But as things currently stand, Minnesota isn’t going anywhere with the way Favre has played to date. He’s completing just 58.1% of his passes and his current touchdown-to-interception ratio is 7:10. He’s been bad when he’s healthy, but he’s been even worse since elbow and now ankle injuries have taken their toll.

He has two fractures in his left ankle. If it weren’t for his consecutive starts streak, nobody would be talking about whether or not he should play on Sunday. It would be obvious that Tarvaris Jackson would need to start and Brad Childress would be spending his time getting him prepared and not answering questions about Favre.

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