Brett Favre is now boot-less, and many everyone (including Vikings OC Darrell Bevell) believes he will make his 292nd consecutive start Sunday against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
But what happens then? If Favre does start (we think he will) will he be mobile enough to move in the pocket and make the necessary throws? Will his ankle and heel injuries deteriorate during the course of the game? And, most importantly, how long of a leash will coach Brad Childress have if Favre proves to be ineffective?
We have a variety of opinions from Jay Glazer, Trent Green and Rod Woodson on the topic of the day.
“If he’s having problems with the pressure, if he’s having problems getting away from the rush, that’s when the change will happen,” Green said. “If it’s purely based off performance, that won’t happen. This will be an injury-based decision.”
Added Glazer: “The problem right now is that guys in the locker who used to be, ‘Brett can pretty much do no wrong,’ are now [saying], ‘Can we just have someone out there who won’t throw three interceptions?’ Whether it’s Favre, whether it’s Tarvaris Jackson, I think the issue right now is more so forgetting about the streak … whoever gives you the best chance to win. Forget about the streak already.”
Woodson is standing by his stance from two weeks ago, in that Jackson is a better option than a less-than-healthy Favre.
“The streak is all about Favre,” said Woodson. “But who gives this team the best chance to win right now? Even with a healthy Favre, he’s not playing well right now. Does Jackson give you a better opportunity in being more mobile and making plays last longer? Will he have some of those same big plays? Probably not. But I think he’s a better overall quarterback right now, because he’s healthy.”
The biggest downside is we still have three days to wait to find out how all of this will go down.
— Frank Tadych