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Content To Wait

Brad Childress said all the things regarding the Favre situation that Favre wished Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson had said after 2007.

“I don’t have an expectation,” Childress said in regards to Favre’s retirement status. “I know he had a great experience here. I know it too well to know that emotions are a little bit raw right now. We’re still too close to it. He’s earned his time to be able to step away from it and talk to his family and figure out what he wants to do. But I don’t have a strong expectation one way or the other. It would not surprise me one way or the other.”

In other words, whatever happens… happens.

And why not?  Given that there are no free agent options that would be an upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson, and given that picking at #30 means no instant starter will be available, there is no harm in letting Favre take whatever time he needs.

“I think you can plan both ways,” Childress said. “It’s not a deal where I need to put a gun to his head and say, ‘I need to know in a week, two weeks, two months.’”

That’s exactly right.  Unless the Vikings plan on making a blockbuster trade, they are not going to land somebody at quarterback that would make the Vikings refuse his return, should he decide to.

“No question and eventually you would like to be able to do that,” Childress said. “But by the same token you don’t want a round peg in a square hole. And I am too far away from it right now to tell you what the quarterback class this year looks like. I know we’re picking down there at 30th [in first round]. We’ll just see what’s there and I’m sure that we will ably man that position one way or the other.”

Again, Childress probably knows the Vikings have run out of real options at quarterback.  He says there are “two plans” for dealing with Favre’s decision, but both those plans are essentially the same thing.  If Favre retires, then Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson will battle for the starting spot while a late-round rookie watches and learns.  If Favre does not retire, then Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson battle for the #2 spot while a late round rookie watches and learns.

I don’t see how much differently this could go down.  The Vikings are backed into a corner with VERY limited options at quarterback. 

I have long loathed this regime for their decision to not pursue Drew Brees after trading away Daunte Culpepper.  Brees was a free agent at the time.  I felt better knowing that had they acquired Brees, they probably wouldn’t have been in a position to draft Adrian Peterson.  After Sunday’s game, I’m starting to revert back to my “what could have been” thinking when it comes to the lack of interest in Brees.  But I digress.

On the plus side, with no options comes a certain feeling of freedom.  By that I mean Brett Favre will not be holding this franchise “hostage” if he takes a while to decide.  There is probably not going to be a salary cap in 2010, so his $13 million is not a concern in that respect.  And with the Vikings having no real options outside of Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson, Favre deciding to come back in August again would simply be a bonus.

Tarvaris Jackson may not be a bad option though.  I’m always hearing that Brad Childress deserved his contract extension because he has improved this team by two wins each season since coming on board.  Here is Tarvaris Jackson’s quarterback rating in each of those same seasons:

2006:  62.5

2007:  70.8

2008:  95.4

2009:  113.4

2010:  Contract extension?

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5 Responses to “Content To Wait”

  1. PJDiaries says:

    It’s more like:

    2006: 62.5
    2007: 70.8
    2008: 95.4
    2009: 113.4
    2010: ?????????????
    2010: Profit!

  2. Lost Viking says:

    Don’t assume T-Jax is the second QB. His backup QB status may have only been based on his mobility and contract status.

    Neither is a poor option. Viking would still have a better than NFC average QB situation. There are some benefits to moving on at that position such as:
    . Salary cap
    . Mobility
    . Ending schism between HC and QB
    . Less prone to injury

    Favre was the tonic this Offense needed in 2010. Still you have to re-assess for 2011

  3. olderthandirt says:

    I am content to wait too. Brett deserves a much needed rest, and all the time in the world to reassess his thoughts. I actually think he will be coming back. Deanna may have something to say about it though. She looked to be in as much pain as hubby was during the game. I am sure she doesn’t want a cripple for the last half of their lifetime together. Next years schedule is a tough one, and he likely will be hit quite often again, if we don’t solve our problems of protecting the quarterback. No wonder Tavaris is bailing so soon all the time when he’s in the game.

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  5. Purple Charlie says:

    I remember wanting the staff to go after Brees also and was bummed they didn’t,But it is water under the bridge, Just like the team leaving points on the field because of mistakes… It’s Wednesday, Time for me to lose the Heartache and move on, I hope Brett takes his time and as Dirt said I’m content to wait too…

    One way or another
    GO VIKINGS 2010!!!

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