The window on the Minnesota Vikings’ season, and the final chapter of Brett Favre’s career, has yet to be shut. Not … quite … yet.
But it’s worth considering whether a 3-7 record, a bleak shot at the NFC playoffs and a banged-up Favre would prompt a change at quarterback by Vikings coach Brad Childress. That scenario could become reality by the end of the week, leaving us to consider at what point — if there is one — the Vikings could decide to see what they have in former starter-turned backup Tarvaris Jackson.
Stands to reason. If Favre .. ahem … stands by his word that this season is indeed his last, then it’s presumable to believe Sunday’s game — against the Packers — could be Favre’s last if the Vikings lose. Analyst Mike Mayock believes the above is a distinct possibility.
“I think you’re looking at Brett’s last stand,” Mayock told fans during his weekly chat. “If the Vikings can win, they continue to hope for a playoff spot. If they lose, I think you’re looking at Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, because they have to find out if he’s the quarterback for the future.”
Surely very few, including Favre, imagined it all ending like this. At some point, the Vikings will have to move on and soon the question at hand could become more about “when,” and less about “if.” It only goes to show that NFL magic like last season doesn’t repeat itself just because all the pieces are in the same places.
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