Few around NFL Network believe that Brett Favre, although he didn’t practice, won’t be starting Sunday for the Vikings against the Patriots.
But playing a game of what-if with Kurt Warner and Trent Green on “NFL Total Access” on Wednesday, Rich Eisen wondered out loud (because it is television) if a scenario exists in which an injured Favre could lose his job because Tarvaris Jackson plays well over the next several weeks.
Stranger things have happened, right? Is it possible the Vikings could be better off without Favre?
“In a normal situation, I would say, ‘No way,’ with Favre, but I think there are a couple of factors,” Warner said. “First you see coach (Brad) Childress and the relationship, and you start wondering if something is deteriorating there. Favre has not played that well this year. Now Jackson comes in and you win. You see the trend all around the league. Who gives us the best chance to win? …
“If somebody is winning, you stick with that. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility if this happens, and Jackson plays well, that he becomes the starting quarterback, at least for a while, if he can show that he can be successful with this football team.”
Added Green: “It’s unthinkable to think we’re talking about this with Favre. But it’s accurate. It’s something that should be discussed. Brad Childress, I think, is on the hot seat. … This team is built to win now. If Jackson is playing well, and it’s a couple of weeks before (Favre) can return and play, I think you have to go that direction because (Childress) is trying to save his job.”
It’s difficult to imagine such a scenario taking place without the injury to Favre. But given the current circumstances, his injury and the Jackson’s play going forward could give this discussion some merit.