by Ed Yourdon
Brett Favre is a proven winner and leader at the quarterback position, his statistics and 17 years in the NFL speaks for itself. The season he had last year for the New York Jets proves he can still perform at a high level. The team Brett Favre wants to play for this year is the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings was good enough to make the playoffs last year despite not having a great quarterback. If the Vikings add Brett Favre to the team, it would make them one of the top teams in the NFL.
Brett Favre is a three time Associated Press MVP (1995-97). He is a sure hall of famer and his numbers thru the years proves it. He holds virtually every NFL career passing record, touchdown passes (464), wins (169), completions (5720), attempts (9280), and yards (65127). Brett also has the longest consecutive game stretch for a Quarterback (253).
Last year Brett Favre proved that his skills did not diminished. He had the the New York Jets looking like super bowl contenders for about 3/4 of the season. After eleven games the team was 8-3 and coming of big wins against the Patriots and Titans. Brett was throwing the football well and looked like his old self during this period of the season. People want to remember that he faded toward the end of the season, but they should remember how good he played for most of it. His statistics for last year was 522 attempts, 343 completions, 22 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, 3472 passing yards, 9 wins and was voted to the Pro Bowl, not bad for any quarterback playing in the NFL at any age.
The Minnesota Vikings despite all their problems at quarterback (going from Jackson to Frerotte back to Jackson) still had a successful season last year.
The team managed to win the NFC north division with a 10-6 record, and hosted a playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagels. The team has one of the best defensive units in the NFC, and on Offense it has one of the best lines and running back (Adrian Peterson) in the NFL. The only thing the club lacks is a quarterback.
If the Vikings sign Brett Favre they would get a leader at the quarterback position that basically already knows their system. Last year with the Jets Favre had to learn an entirely new system of plays and signals. He struggled at first with learning and getting accustomed to the new system. If he signs with the Vikings he shouldn’t have this problem, because the Vikings run a similar system that he used while playing in Green Bay.
In fact the offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell worked with Favre from 2000 to 2005, he was the offensive assistant (2000-2002) and quarterback coach (2003-2005) for the Greenbay Packers. Favre should fit in right away working with his old quarterback coach. Another key reason why signing Favre would make them better, is the fact that he will not have to carry the offense by himself. He will have help on this team he can hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson or throw it to his receivers Bernard Berrian and rookie Percy Harvin.
In conclusion I believe that Brett Favre is still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. His performance last year proved he can still play at a high level. I feel that after watching the success of the Vikings last year, Brett Favre would be the missing piece to the puzzle. If he signs with Minnesota, the Vikings could possibly be representing the NFC in the next super bowl.