Will Ferrell has been the funniest actor of my generation, hands down. He’s had a couple of duds (Bewitched, Stranger than Fiction, Land of the Lost), but for the most part, he’s cranked out instant classics that provide an endless amount of lines that everyone loves to quote. In my opinion, one of his most underrated roles was as Mugatu in Zoolander. He wasn’t the lead, but he killed it every scene, and one of my favorite lines of the movie came out of his mouth. I realize that a lot of you might gloss over almost all of the hyperlinks I put in my posts, but you really should click on that one, because it’s basically integral to the premise of this post, so I’ll give you one more chance. Do you see the frustration that Mugatu had? That’s how I’ve felt for the past 13 months as 99.9% of Vikings fans were all under some sort of Brett Favre spell (a quick shout out to my brother, who has always been a Favre-hater like myself, and didn’t sell out to support that jerk). They were hypnotized by his Wrangler jeans and past success way back in the 1990’s to think that he was that same guy. While I definitely was wrong about his ability to throw the ball effectively in the regular season, I was still right about the fact that this guy is a choke artist in the postseason. Game manager?!? Super Bowl caliber quarterback?!? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!!! What made me want to tear my hair out even more was after Favre choked in the NFC Championship Game, almost all of the Viking fans still wouldn’t blame him and would make excuse after excuse for the guy just like the Packer fans used to. I suppose they didn’t want to admit that those Packer fans who told them that Favre was washed up were right.
Well after these first two weeks, the evidence is overwhelming that Favre is the wrong quarterback for this team. It’s safe to say that I was right all along, and now the majority of Viking fans finally agree with me that the old man stinks. Just like Denny Green once insisted that the Bears were who he thought they were, I will now say, “Brett Favre is who I thought he was!” The precedence is there for him to be benched according to Brad Childress’ wacky rules for coaching a pro football team, but I’m sure Chili won’t stick to that. Why would he want to be credible or consistent when he’s already gotten down on his knees and begged Favre to play for him? Let’s look at what my favorite current NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson got benched for two years ago when his team started 0-2, and then the numbers that Favre produced in his 0-2 start, for which I’m sure he won’t be benched.
2008 Tarvaris Jackson
Game 1 @ Green Bay: 16 of 35, 178 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int, Passer Rating: 59.0, led his team to 19 points in loss
Game 2 vs. Indianapolis: 14 of 24, 130 yds, 0 TD, 0 Int, Passer Rating: 73.3, led his team to 15 points in loss
2010 Brett Favre
Game 1 @ New Orleans: 15 of 27, 171 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int, Passer Rating: 71.7, led his team to 9 points in loss
Game 2 vs. Miami: 22 of 36, 225 yds, 0 TD, 3 Int, Passer Rating: 44.3, led his team to 10 points in loss, also gave opponent 7 points by fumbling ball in end zone
So even though Brett’s numbers aren’t way worse, they’re still worse than T-Jack’s stats, and Tarvaris was quarterbacking a team that had gone 8-8 the year before, while Brett was leading a team that had gone 12-4 the year before. Combine all of this with the fact that Favre won’t be back next year (his contract is up, and since he’s playing poorly I’m assuming that our front office won’t be that dumb yet again, but I guess that could be a flawed way of thinking) and Tarvaris still has plenty of years left to possibly be our QB of the future, there’s not a single good argument for why Jackson shouldn’t be our quarterback of the present. If you’re still not convinced let’s take a look at this list:
Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, Kyle Orton, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Chad Henne, Dennis Dixon, Seneca Wallace, Derek Anderson, Shaun Hill, Sam Bradford, Jason Campbell, Jake Delhomme, Alex Smith, and Trent Edwards are just the most notably bad quarterbacks that all have higher passer ratings than Brett Favre this season. Brett’s putrid 56.1 is only higher than 3 other quarterbacks in the entire league.
My good friend David once used the analogy that the Vikings’ offense was a Ferrari, and so why wouldn’t you want an experienced, skilled driver at the wheel? Well, I think that analogy has now turned to the point that we’re having to take the keys away from the crotchety, senile, old man who no longer can safely operate the vehicle, even if our offense more closely resembles a Ford Taurus than a Ferrari right now. And before you whine one more time about Tarvaris not being a legitimate NFL quarterback, just look at his career stats and relax. Remember that he has improved every single year he’s been in the league. Let’s once and for all give Tarvaris command of his team, and if he takes us to the playoffs and performs like he did in his first try, then I’ll apologize and finally admit that we have to go in a new direction. But until then, I’ll be waiting for your apologies for insisting that Favre was the answer. Don’t try and argue that last year was still a great year and it was all thanks to Favre because I don’t want to hear about it. We didn’t win the Super Bowl, so it was a failure, and therefore we wasted a season in which we could have learned for certain if Tarvaris could be good or not, and instead that year is going to be pushed two years back until next season. Ugh. It must be those damn crazy pills getting to me, I’m starting to sound like a broken record.