What Does This Post Have In Common With Brett Favre’s Next Start For Minnesota?

The answer — they’re simply the latest in a long number of them.  Yep — that’s it.  This column in the 200th since I started my blog, and Favre’s next start is going to be the 296th in a row for the future Hall of Famer.  So what does that mean — or better yet, what should it mean?

Absolutely nothing.

Someone should explain that to new Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier (as well as to a number of NFL analysts out there).  I say that because, like this blog, the NFL should be — and usually is — a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately affair.  And what Favre has done lately has been, in a word, abysmal.

The best chance for Minnesota to win would be for this pair to keep driving right on out of town -- together

I wrote yesterday about the possibility that Frazier might make the ballsy call to put his own stamp on the Vikings now and establish himself as the polar opposite of fired coach Brad Childress by benching a clearly washed-up Brett Favre.  However, in what was essentially his first move as the top man, Frazier was emphatic in throwing his weight behind Favre as his quarterback, a move that a number of  “analysts” have been supportive of.  Really?  I can’t imagine the people that say Favre gives the Vikings the best chance to win have actually, you know, been watching Minnesota and Favre play this year to come up with that reasoning.

In the end, does anyone actually believe that simply canning Childress while not addressing the elephant in the room in Favre’s crappy performance is going to solve the Vikings’ problems?  Especially when Favre has been the biggest problem in Minnesota this year?  And we’re not even talking about the problems that occur with the team dynamics when your starting quarterback is undermining the head coach behind the scenes — a fair assessment of what’s happened with the Vikings in 2010.  We’re simply talking about the performance of a quarterback who has a rating that leaves him ranked 32nd in the NFL — behind such stellar performers like Derek Anderson and Alex Smith.  Ye Gods.

We’re talking about a quarterback who’s leading the NFL in interceptions thrown (with 17), and anyone who’s watched Favre throw one crucial pick after another all year knows how they’ve killed the vikings all year.  Look no further than his terrible decision in the pass that was picked off in the red zone in the last two minutes of the first half of Sunday’s blowout loss to the Packers, a turnover that was likely the turning point that led from what might still have been a close game into an all-out rout.

As I stated yesterday, backup Tavaris Jackson is no Peyton Manning waiting for his chance — but there’s not really a lot he has to do to be better than Favre, does he?  If Farve wasn’t in the starting lineup, it might be easier for the Vikings to get away from the Farve-centric attack they’ve used for most of the season and actually start utilizing their biggest weapon, Adrian Peterson, more.  But Frazier’s immediate deference to the legend in his locker room as his unquestioned starter not only makes me think that he hasn’t been paying attention to Favre as the quarterback has driven a stake through the Vikings’ chances, it also makes me believe that we’re going to see more of the same the rest of the season — plenty of turnovers, plenty of losses, and plenty of excuses from people who have the evidence right in front of them for where the biggest problems lie, but who fail to take heed of them.

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