Brian Billick, a former Ravens coach and Vikings offensive coordinator, was chatting with NFL fans when news of QB Brett Favre‘s decision to stay retired was announced. Billick was stunned by the news, having first heard about it from a fan’s question.
Billick said Favre’s decision had to be a shock for the Vikings, and he wasn’t too optimistic about Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson leading the team in the future.
“The quarterback situation in Minnesota is going to be one of the most interesting storylines to watch early in the season,” Billick said. “By bringing in Sage Rosenfels, they have a question about the abilities of Tarvaris Jackson.
“While Rosenfels has shown signs, he has yet to do it on a consistent basis. With a top running back and top run defense in the league, they don’t need much from the quarterback. But I don’t think Jackson or Rosenfels is going to be the answer.”
But what about Jeff George, who had success under Billick in Minnesota and is trying to make a comeback at age 41?
“It’s been a while since Jeff George has been on the scene,” Billick said. “Probably as gifted a quarterback and arm that this league has seen. His track record and lack of overall production would make it problematic for him to come back.”
Billick answered a number of other questions involving subjects not related to Favre, including his takes on Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan and becoming the next John Madden.