Amid all the speculation about Brett Favre ending his retirement and going to Minnesota, I interviewed Vikings DT Kevin Williams on my Sirius NFL Radio show about the possibility of the veteran quarterback becoming his teammate.
And with all due respect to the Vikings’ current QBs, Williams believes Favre might help the team win.
“He’s a great guy,” Williams said. “I think he just had a tough end to the season last year, but he started out so well, I think he definitely still can play. If he came back to our team and (is) going to help us, we’d definitely want to take him.”
So, Williams likes Favre, but what do Vikings fans think? Judging by their comments on my show, the reaction is mixed.
One caller, Hans, said, “Favre’s a talent, and if he can get us to a Super Bowl, I’m for it.” But Vinnie Sementelli, a Vikings fan from Connecticut, asked, “Are we getting the good Favre or the bad Favre?”
Vikings fans weren’t the only people to chime in about Favre. Eddie, who lives in New York, believes Favre used the Jets last season and said he has no use for him.
Still, the Vikings might have a use for Favre. One NFL defensive coordinator who faced Favre last season and the Vikings with Tarvaris Jackson the previous year believes there’s no doubt Favre would be an upgrade if he’s healthy. The coordinator shares my opinion, however, that Favre can’t play 16 games anymore, but would be effective in 12 to 13 games with 20 to 25 passes per game.
Earlier this week, I broke down the pros and cons of the Vikings adding Favre. If Favre is healthy enough, understands where his contract needs to be and buys into the role he must play, then why not sign him? Jackson didn’t earn the right to keep his job, and Sage Rosenfels is a journeyman backup who might play a critical role spelling Favre.
– Pat Kirwan