So after skipping all of OTA's and most of training camp Brett Favre made it official. He would become apart of the Minnesota Vikings at the ripe age of 39 and start preparing to for his 18th season in the NFL. In my NFC North Preview & Predictions I thought the Vikings would finish in 3rd, mostly because of poor quarterback play. I still stand by that prediction as I think Favre isn't going to put them over the top. Sure he makes them better, but if his season averages tell us anything, it's not by much.
Over the last decade Favre has been a very inconsistent player at best:
Favre - 4929 ATT 3061 CMP 62.1 CMP% 34242 YARDS 229 TD 169 INT
548 ATT 340 CMP 62.1 CMP% 3805 YARDS 25 TD 19 INT
Those are his decade totals and his season averages. While they aren't terrible there's nothing there that's all that impressive either. You really don't know what to expect with Brett.
During this time he's been to the playoffs five times: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007. His playoff record over that span is an underwhelming 3-5. A lot of the blame for those playoff losses can be attributed to Favre as well.
Favre - 275 ATT 168 CMP 61.1 CMP% 1885 YARDS 13 TD 16 INT
34 ATT 21 CMP 61.7 CMP% 236 YARDS 1.5 TD 2 INT
He's had a rough go in playoff games. Anyone remember the SIX INT debacle on the road in St. Louis? Or how about the 4th and 26 game, where Favre threw one of the worst INT's in playoff history? If he gets the Vikings to the playoffs is there any reason to think they'll play more than one game, and what if it's on the road in bad conditions?
Once thought of as one of, if not the best cold weather QB, it seems that has gone out the window. As the weather gets colder Favre has not been at his best. One doesn't have to look much further than the Jets December collapse (I know he was injured, but there's no excuse for playing that bad), and the NFC Championship game vs. the New York Giants.
Favre has also had his fair share of struggles as a dome QB over the years. His numbers inside a dome were mediocre last season (15 TD & 16 INT), and is just another cause for concern.
I can't deny that he makes Minnesota a better team, but just by how much is still to be seen. He's coming into a familiar west coast style offense, and will have one of the best running backs in the league to help take pressure off him. The receivers are still a question as we've recently heard they've struggled catching the ol' Favre fastball.
Everything about the Favre signing reeks of desperation on the part of Brad Childress. His teams have slowly improved since his arrival in 2006, but they've always seemed to underachieve too (with bad QB play being the underlying theme). Last season was the first time they've made the playoffs under Childress and it was short lived, as they lost at home to Philadelphia in the Wild Card round. He must feel that if he wants to keep a hold of his job awhile longer they're gonna need to build off that.
This is the signing that everyone expected, and now that it's happened will it transform a playoff caliber team into a SB contender? Will Favre be able to stay healthy for an entire season even after turning 40 later this year? Can the Vikings overcome the distractions that come with Favre and defend their NFC North crown?
There's just so many questions and very few answers. All I know is that it's going to make for an amazing season, and two very memorable games against GB and their ticked off fan base. Let's get this season started already!