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Brett Favre: Inductee to The Hall Of Shame

When I look at the picture above, I think to myself, “Yeah Brett, what the Hell are you doing to the NFL and it’s fans?”  The answer is simple: Ticking them off.

As I searched for pictures of Brett Favre in a Packers jersey, it reminded me much of what he actually has become in Green Bay: An afterthought.  Aaron Rodgers is the present and future, and although Brett brought a Lombardi trophy back to Wisconsin, I believe he’ll never get his respect back.

Recent ESPN fetishes for Favre have showed that he wants to play again in 2009, not for the Jets, nor the Pack, but for the Vikings?  Any Kraft cheese helmet wearing fan’s jaw dropped at this abomination of a report.  Sure it was in the works last year, and it has been a possibility this entire offseason, but for it to manifest in to truth would be unfathomable, like Phil Mickelson actually sinking a meaningful putt or Dane Cook actually telling a joke he wrote.

Fans are telling Brett to do what Rosie O’Donnell should’ve done years ago, which would be to let it go and quit already.  Where’s Donald Trump when you need him?

As a general fan of football, I would be OK with Barry Sanders, Daryle Lamonica, or Jack Kemp making a comeback and coming out of retirement, but Brett, we’ve seen it before, and you’re done.  Going to the enemy will further sully your career and make you more hated than the $5.00 footlong commercials.

Sure, Brett still loves the game.  At soon to be 40-years-old, who wouldn’t love playing America’s favorite game?  It’s been done before, Brett, so please, ride off into the sunset rather than add to your career interception records.

If he comes back, expect another mediocre season and pure hatred in Lambeau, and an induction in to the, “Hall of Shame”.

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Why the Brett Favre Addition Legitimizes the Vikings

After glancing at the above headline, one may be inclined to ask how a 39 year old quarterback could legitimize an NFL team, especially considering that same 39 year old quarterback failed legitimize another team the prior year.

Well folks, there really is no comparing The Jets and The Vikings here.

When Brett Favre went to the New York Jets, he joined the team in mid-August after training camp had already gotten underway. While in camp, he had to learn an entirely new system of plays and signals.

For a guy who had 17 seasons already under his belt, learning a new system isn’t that big of a deal, football is football. Even at that though, Favre struggled at the outset of the season while getting accustomed to his new surroundings and system.

In Minnesota, Favre won’t have to worry about any of that.

Word on the street is Favre will be signed before August, and the west coast offense Brad Childress runs is near identical to the one Favre used for over a decade in Green Bay. Childress is a student of Andy Reid, who was a student of Mike Holmgren.

Needless to say, Favre’s transition may be a bit easier.

Even with Favre stumbling out of the gates, The Jets started 8-3 and handed unbeaten Tennessee their first loss of the season. After that, The Jets stumbled to a 9-7 finish and Favre looked like he no longer belonged in The NFL.

But, (and this is a big but) the Jets don’t have Adrian Peterson.

The Jets attempted to ride Favre down the stretch in 2008, but should Favre begin to stumble in Minnesota, Peterson is more than capable of carrying that team down the stretch.

The Vikings already have one of the league’s best defenses, best offensive lines, and best running backs. It isn’t so much a matter of Favre being a stellar player that pushes Minnesota over the top, it’s the simple fact that the Vikings have everything in place except a quarterback.

Throw Favre into the mix with a stellar line, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian, and you have a recipe for a stellar offense.

All Favre needs to do is throw check-downs and bombs, he won’t be asked to do much, just distribute the ball and get out of the way.

Lastly, Favre now has revenge in his sights. It is Ted Thompson who Favre wants to spite, and if he keeps that in the back of his mind he will be motivated.

Should be an interesting 2009.

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Building The Perfect NFL Player: Running Back

By Ryan of The Sportmeisters

During one of our recent Happy Hour podcasts, a guest mentioned in the chat about having a coach that was a combination of task master and players coach. Well, that got me to thinking, what about putting together the perfect NFL player? Over the next two weeks, I’m going to break down every NFL position (QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, CB, S) and, taking current NFL Rosters only, will build the perfect NFL player. Today’s look will be at building the perfect Running Back.

Head: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson’s stats could fill in for almost any part of this list, but it’s the vision he possesses that is his greatest quality. In college at the University of Oklahoma, Peterson used that vision to amass three straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons, and was notable for some long runs, including a career-long 84-yard scamper his freshman season, and a 53-yard touchdown run while a junior. Despite injuries, he has a knack for finding the holes set by his line and getting through it quickly, all while looking at the next level. That has contributed to a 5.6 yard per carry average as a rookie, and a 4.8 yard-per-carry average the following season. As a rookie, he had six games where he rushed for at least 20 yards on a carry, including three rushes of over fifty yards. He built on that during his sophomore campaign, with 12 games with a carry of over 20 yards. His speed does contribute to getting him the distance, but it’s his ability to see the second level with the Linebackers and Secondary, and have them looking silly by the time he gets past them.

Hands: LaDanian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

Another back whose body parts could fill in anywhere on this list, the NFL single season rushing touchdown leader has perfect hands that you always want touching the rock. As a threat in the backfield and as a receiving option, Tomlinson gives opponents fits thanks to his durability. Teams now regularly look for Running Backs who can contribute in both aspects, and that is a testament to the style of back Tomlinson is. While as a runner, he’s hit 1,000 yards every season, he’s also caught the ball at least fifty times a season, culminating in a career high 100 catches in the 2003 season, another NFL record. He also became the second player in NFL history to record 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a season (2006), which he shares with retired NFL Superstar Tiki Barber. It’s not just the ability to catch that makes him such a threat, but when Tomlinson has the ball, he doesn’t let go. Five of his seasons have seen him with three or fewer fumbles, including zero fumbles in 2007. Tomlinson is a mold unlike any other, but his hands help give him that dual threat capability.

Body: Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants

An NFL team is best when it has two different backs. A shifty, small, speed guy, and a big bruising back. What happens when the big bruising back is also a speedy guy? You get Brandon Jacobs. The “Earth” in the New York Giants “Earth, Wind, and Fire” rushing attack, the 6’4’’, 264 pound bruiser also runs the 40 in a respectable 4.5, giving him an extra addition. He started as the second banana, the bruiser to Tiki Barber’s speed in New York, before taking over the bulk of the duties in 2006. Since then, he’s only powered himself forward to two straight 1,000 yard seasons. That’s partly thanks to a five yard per carry rushing average each year, mainly because it takes two or three guys to knock him down, which usually allows Jacobs to hit the second level before teams pile on top of him. His size and his power helped earn him the nickname “The Juggernaut” and the perfect NFL body to punish defenses with.

Legs: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

They say speed kills, and Chris Johnson kills teams with his speed, which is why his legs are perfect in building an NFL player. Fourth in the nation with a 10.66 100m in college, Johnson epitomizes the speed NFL teams love to have complement the bruiser back (see above). At the NFL combine, Johnson ran a blazing 4.24 in the 40 yard dash, which stands today as the fastest ever for a running back. He parlayed that speed into a first round pick with the Tennessee Titans, and is still running hard. In his rookie campaign, Johnson rushed for 1,228 yards, including four games in which he had a carry over twenty yards. His 81.9 yards per game was tops among all rookies in 2008. With the speed Johnson carries, he’ll be keeping defenses in his dust for years to come.

Intangibles: Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys

Any of the running backs mentioned above would meet this need, but Barber stands out among them all. Despite being platooned in a running back by committee in Dallas, where he has yet to reach 1,000 yards in a season, Barber epitomizes a running back mantra in getting the “extra yard”. He holds the NFL record with seven broken tackles in one play, and led the NFL with 28 broken tackles during the 2008 season. When it comes to needing one yard, any of the players we’ve spoken about can get that yard, but few get the one yard, and then some, like Marion the Barbarian.

There are a number of running backs, all who fit different needs. Whether it’s a speed guy, a power back, someone with great hands, or a “Wildcat” option, finding the perfect running back requires a combination of a lot of different techniques. From Brandon Jacobs’s body to Chris Johnson’s speed, Adrian Peterson’s vision to LaDanian Tomlinson’s hands, put together by the determination of Marion Barber, this is a running back that will win games for any team.

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Can Brett Favre Lead Vikings to Postseason Success?

Three consecutive AP MVP Awards, seven division championships, and a Super Bowl Trophy—those are only some of Brett Favre’s accomplishments in his 18-year Hall of Fame career.

He holds eight NFL records:

Most career touchdown passes (464)

Most career passing yards (65,127)

Most career pass completions (5,720)

Most career pass attempts (9,280)

Most career interceptions thrown (310)

Most consecutive starts among NFL starting quarterbacks (269 regular season starts and 291 total starts, including playoffs)

Most career victories as a starting quarterback (169)

His last few seasons in Green Bay, before his first retirement and then comeback with the New York Jets, were an indication that Favre’s level of play was diminishing.

In 2005, he had 20 touchdowns to 29 interceptions.

In 2006, he had 18 touchdowns to 18 interceptions.

During those two years, talk of Brett Favre’s retirement increased. Many critics argued that Favre was slowly weakening his legendary status by continuing to play

2007 was a whole different story. Favre threw 28 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and led the Cheeseheads to the NFC Championship.

It all slipped away in the blink of an eye when Giants cornerback Corey Webster intercepted a bad pass from Favre deep in Green Bay territory.

The Giants won and advanced to the Super Bowl, where they would defeat the New England Patriots.

Favre must have relived that moment over and over. He retired and then chose to come back. The only problem was that the Packers were already building their offense around former first-round pick Aaron Rodgers.

The drama ensued as there was a back-and-forth dialogue between Favre and the Packers until he was eventually traded to the Jets.

Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 record by Week 12, but his shoulder started to trouble him, and the Jets lost four out of their last five games as Favre came up short once again.

Then, he retired again…and now he’s looking to make another comeback. It is being reported by a Minneapolis television station that Favre has already signed a deal with the Vikings.

The anticipation to another comeback is over.

He’s playing again, and for the Packers’ arch-nemesis, Minnesota.

You can bet Favre wants revenge. It will be somewhat sweet for him because he knows Minnesota’s offensive scheme to an extent.

Given that Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was Favre’s quarterbacks coach in Green Bay from 2003-2005, Favre should be comfortable in the Vikings’ offense.

Here’s the question though: Can he not only win, but also get another team besides the Packers to a Super Bowl berth? Or can he get past the first round of the playoffs?

Favre’s shoulder must be feeling good, since the health of his shoulder was said to be the basis for his decision. He has a playoff-ready team with the Vikings.

He’ll have All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson to take hand-offs to take the pressure off him and vice versa.

He will also have a good set of receivers to throw to in Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, and newcomer Percy Harvin (who can outrun just about anyone).

That’s a potential All-Star offense to go along with the best defensive line in football. Favre is in a great position to make the playoffs.

The Vikings and Brad Childress are going all in here, much like Eric Mangini and the Jets last year.

If the Vikings come up short, you can bet there will be a similar outcome for Childress.

 

Circle your calenders for Oct. 5 this year. On Monday Night Football, the Vikings and Brett Favre host the rival Green Bay Packers in what should be one of the most anticipated and viewed games of all time.

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