Lost in all of the “Favre Watch” hype are the basic facts of Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress’ twofold plan.
Part 1: Have a seasoned, championship-caliber quarterback get the ball to franchise running back Adrian Peterson.
Part 2: Create a paradox for opponents, because the only way to consistently stop Peterson is to put eight defenders in the box.
Consequently, that means giving a three-time NFL MVP single coverage on one side of the field. Therefore, teams will have to engage in a chess match of when to go with seven or eight defenders in the box close to the line of scrimmage. Childress now has the ability to run the ball from more three-receiver sets because teams must respect Brett Favre’s ability.
There are some who want to make this conversation about the ego of Favre. There are some who say Favre is too old, and they will point to last year as proof. Lest we forget, Favre is on the verge of breaking Jim Marshall‘s NFL record for consecutive games started by a non-kicker (Marshall’s record is 282; Favre is at 271). Don’t let that overshadow the impact Favre’s presence will have on the field.