Once Upon A Time …
Last year, Brett Favre played lights out – a career year – in quarterbacking the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game. This year, Brad Childress begged Favre to come back (according to reports just Google it or trust me), perhaps thinking that this was the year the Vikings would finally break through and lose the Super Bowl again to break their tie with Buffalo as the losingest team in Super Bowl history.
Well, that’s not gonna happen, because Brett Favre stinks this year. Now that you’ve fired Childress, maybe Minnesota will finally figure out what anyone who’s watched football since 1997 knows: Brett Favre will end your season with an interception.
Last year, he only threw 7 all season. Still, he heaved up an interception in New Orleans to end the season. Just as he has done against Miami, Seattle, the NY Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles. And maybe more. That’s just off the top of my head. In fact, Brett Favre Interceptions That End Seasons even have their own facebook page, right here.
This year, the story is even worse. My favorite statistic of all is: wins. If you win, I could care less about the other numbers. So first off: he ain’t winning. I don’t understand why that’s not enough to make a change at quarterback, but, OK. That’s the coach’s call.
Only wait, in the case of Favre, it apparently isn’t. Childress was shown the door earlier this week. And remember how Eric Mangini was shown the door after the Jets collapse in 2008? Coach – and team – killer. Imagine the mess that would have ensued in NY had Favre taken the Jets to the AFC Championship that year.
By The Numbers
Let’s take a look at Favre’s QB Rating. It stinks. I mean, really stinks. Name a quarterback who isn’t Matt Moore, and Favre’s rating is worse. 32nd. His rating through 10 games is 69.8. This puts him below such luminaries as Alex Smith and Derek Anderson. The man is a full 10 points behind Shaun Hill. Don’t believe me? Here are the QB Ratings at NFL.com.
He has thrown more interceptions (17) than anyone else in the league. He has lost 5 fumbles. He’s given the Other Team the ball 22 times. Let me write that out: Twenty-Two times.
Might As Well Have Forfeited Two Games
Forget time of possession. Let’s just talk number of possessions. Surprisingly, I found it difficult to find an authoritative article on the matter. But buried here in this Advanced NFL Stats article, the author figures the average is 11.5, so I’ll run with that.
That means that Favre basically has given away nearly 2 full games worth of possessions.
What To Do?
I’ve no clue. If the Vikings don’t like Tarvaris Jackson, why is he on the roster? I had to go do some investigating to find out that the other quarterback on the roster is one Joe Webb, a 6th round draft pick. Coincidentally, I discovered that no less than Fran Tarkenton suggested publicly that Joe Webb should be starting. Might as well, I think.
I sure don’t think there’s any point in paying Brett Favre $1 million per game to finish 5-11. He’s done, has no part in the future, and I can’t imagine he’s worth a damn in the locker room.
Cut him and let him join Randy Moss in Tennessee. They seem to be having some Quarterback Problems, too.