- 12/15/2010, 10:09AM ET
Mitch Cumstien said 12/15, 10:09 AM
Now that Favre's consecutive game streak is over, Is his career also over?
It is likely that Brett Favre will start again before the season, although certainly possible that he doesn???t (Frazier auditions future QB of the Vikes T Jax).
The question is, Is this Brett Favre's last season, and last RETIREMENT?
It is hard to believe that next year could see a Favreless NFL for the first time in 20 years, but it is a distinct possibility.
I say Yes It is over for Favre's career.
I will not debate the process that gets us to his ultimate decision (will he? wont he? all summer long), but I say when it is all said and done Bret Favre Ends his career prior to the 2011 NFL season.
Bret Favre is the ultimate competitor, and this I believe this, more than anything else, is why he has come out of retirement 3 times in 3 years. Last year was undoubtedly the most difficult. Dealing with multiple injuries, and the daily pains that any 40 year old man (not a QB in the NFL for 20 years) feels, Bret finally decided to come back and keep the Streak alive.
Now that the streak is over, there is nothing else for Bret Favre to return to.
It is over.
GL and MTC
baron. said 12/15, 02:09 PM
Brett Favre is.
Retirement has been a topic for Favre since the beginning of the 2002 season, but here he still is 8 years later. We can't take anything Favre says at face value NOW.
He's been adamant to fans, media, and teammates that he was going to retire several times and while it has happened it never happened for long. Favre always seemed pretty sure of these decisions at the time ("I'm happy about my decision and I haven't once said 'I wonder if I made the wrong decision.' I know it's the right one." April '08), but in the end he would always get the itch.
Right now, he might be feeling his age, but what happens a couple months from now when the injuries start to heal and the itch to play comes? What happens when a QB for a SB contender goes down and they come callin' for Brett? What if there's a lockout shortened season and he gets EVEN MORE TIME to think it over?
There's just too many scenarios and too much time for a guy like Favre.
The only way I'll be convinced that it's truly done is when the 2011 season closes and Favre has does his greatest trick yet...disappearing.
Mitch Cumstien said 12/16, 09:31 AM
Yes Bret Favre is unpredictable as you say, however Favre has finally come across something that he never has before, being injured enough to miss a game. If this isn't an indication of his age, than I don't know what is.
Even when Favre was not injured, he simply has lost a step. If you watched the game against the giants, you saw in Favre's face, defeat. He knows it's over.
If there is anybody in the world whose ego would allow him to come back and be on the field knowing that he cannot give his best to the team, it's Favre.
The biggest reason he will not be back? Brad Childress. With Chilly and his Bret Favre bromance gone, a new head coach (Frazier?) will want go in the direction of a new franchise QB. If the season ended today the Vikings would have the 10th pick. Expect that pick to be a QB in this order (depending on availability) Mallett, Locker, or possibly trading down for Newton late in the first round. This draft class is chocked full of QB prospects, and the Vikings cannot afford to continue with either Favre or Jackson.
The good news for a rookie QB in Min? A.P. The Vikings will go back to a power O while they groom their QB.
out of room MMTC
baron. said 12/16, 10:18 AM
If the season ended today the Vikings would have the 10th pick.
And why wouldn't they want to groom that young QB behind a 1st ballot HOF'er?
This team was built to win NOW. Having Favre there isn't going to hurt those chances considering they don't have any better options at QB.
The biggest reason he will not be back? Brad Childress.
I actually think that's a good reason he would contemplate coming back. It seemed like he and Chilly were never quite on the same page and didn't see eye to eye. It was more of a one sided bromance. Chilly needed Favre > Favre needed Chilly.
Favre has finally come across something that he never has before, being injured enough to miss a game.
Favre mentioned several times in his presser after the Giants game that it was a "relief" to have the streak finally come to an end. It takes the pressure off him and allows him to just play. No more answering questions about will he, won't he week to week. Just play.
Even when Favre was not injured, he simply has lost a step.
This has been said since FOR A LOOOOOONG TIME...and he's put together 2 MVP type seasons over the past 4 years.
Mitch Cumstien said 12/17, 09:26 AM
This season is heading in the direction of Bret Favress worst statistical season, and only his second losing season. Why? Bret Favre is 41 years old, and wrought with injuries. This is the first season in 20 years where an injury has sidelined Favre.
Who do I see at the helm for MIN next year? Either a rookie as stated in the previous argument, a free agent sign such as, Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton, or Michael Vick (although I find it hard to believe that PHI will let him go), or a trade with a team that looks to be going in a different direction at QB (Carson Palmer).
Who will not be leading the Vikings next year? Bret Favre or Tavaris Jackson.
How will it all end for Bret Favre?
In ceremonial fashion, Bret Favre takes the final snap for the Minnesota Vikings (who are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs) and walks of the field, helmet raised in hand, with thousands of flashes going off. A brief, emotional, press conference, where Favre thanks the fans and the MIN organization for allowing him to play the game he loves. A summer full of, will he? won't he?, and ultimately the 2011 season starting without him.
Thank you and great TD.
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