So, the question I would ask after that would be this...who's fault would it be? Would it be Brett Favre's for coming back at age 41 knowing damn well he should have stayed on that farm back in Mississippi? Would Brad Childress get the blame for playing into Favre's retirement game that he creates for himself ever year knowing that maybe, just maybe, he might be too old and beat up this time to play an entire season? Or perhaps Zygi Wilf, the owner of the Vikings, for giving Favre even more money to come back and not retire? All valid questions, in my mind. Honestly, I think it's everybody's fault if the Vikings aren't successful this year. Favre, Chilly, Wilf, Favre's teammates, the fans, and especially the media for creating this monster we all know as Brett Favre. They all put this man above every player in the National Football League because of the noise that Favre generates with the whole retirement-unretirement garbage that he pulls to get out of having to participate in mini-camp and training camp. Whatever Favre says, does, doesn't say, or doesn't do, makes headlines. For the media, it's pretty simple really, glorify the simplest Favre action or comment because people are so interested in what Favre says or does and make money off of it. Brilliant.
Probably if not one of, than the single most demoralizing thing that could ever happen to Favre and the Vikings would be to not only lose to the lousy Lions at home, but to lose BIG to the lousy Lions at home. That would almost completely eliminate any chance of them repeating last year's magical season and any hopes of a playoff berth.
Thing is though, this time around, Favre doesn't have his safety nets in place for when he falls flat on his ass. The offensive line isn't doing a very good job of keeping him upright and his top two receivers are injured. Without A.P to help, he would really be in a world of hurt. It's getting to the point though, if you watch Favre play, you almost have to wonder what's going through his mind. He seems very unsure of himself, very apprehensive of the available talent at the wide receiver position. He had thrown 4 interceptions in 2 games, just 3 less than what he threw all of last season. When he did his weekly conferences regarding the losses, he humbly put the blame on not having the available talent to throw to. Of course not directly, but in Favre's typical subtle way, he did. He stated that "
We just have to go with the guys we got." and "I can't come up here and make excuses, but we need to play better as an offense." Which in Favre's mind means "My receivers suck, but I can't dog them in public because that's all I got and have to go through with playing with these practice squad players." It's not going to be any different if they lose on Sunday either. He will go to the podium with is typical somber attitude after a loss, and say the same crap. "I wish we had Rice and Harvin, but we don't so we just have to get better with the guys I got to throw to." It's almost too predictable with Favre. Direct any fault to something or somebody else so he walks away smelling like a rose. Brilliant.
If they start the season 0-3, they will then have to play 3 playoff teams and two of which are on the road. How confident will Favre be then after starting 0-3, losing to the team he beat the most his entire career at home where they haven't won since 1997, and going into the next 3 games winless without his 2 best receivers? Hmmm...probably about as confident as a 4th grader taking on a high school kid in a boxing match. No contest it would seem like. I'm not a Favre hater like most are around my neck of the woods, but I believe a loss to the Lions would tail spin this team right into the cellar of the NFC North. You can't get beat by the Detroit Lions when you're Brett Favre, especially at home. If they do lose though, this might be one fight that "The Ironman" won't get up from. It would be too devastating for any team to win much more with a 41 year old, interception throwing, ego-maniac who just diverts the blame from himself and directs it elsewhere. Favre might've really did it this time, his ego wouldn't allow him to retire without another Superbowl ring so he came back after another offseason surgery claiming he was ready to play when he surely may not have been, play's poorly and directs the blame on his injuries and his lack of talent in the receiver corps. Brilliant.
Let's hope this really is the last year for Favre. I'm sick of the same offseason fiasco and the perennial retirement hoopla and so are the rest of the Lions fans. This might be the year where rethinking staying home and not coming to play for the Vikings, would be the Favre's best choice. "The Ironman", it appears, just may be starting to rust.