It’s Wednesday, and I’m still seeing articles and blog posts on how Brett Favre saved Brad Childress’ job on Sunday. I can understand that Favre was the centerpiece of a fantastic comeback, but he didn’t save a damn thing. As usual, the majority of the media is in love with “The Old Dongslinger”, as Jason Whitlock likes to call him.
Brett Favre is the main reason that Childress could be fired.
Yes, Chilly made the Randy Moss move without consulting owner Zygi Wilf. No, this isn’t the move that could cost him his employment with the Vikings.
Childress hitching his wagon to a lazy, non-committal quarterback who craves the spotlight will be his downfall.
When Favre is playing well, his egotism gets overlooked. And apparently it also gets overlooked when he’s being outplayed by Troy Smith and Colt McCoy.
Favre has thrown for 1896 yards, 9 TDs, 13 INTs and a 75.7 qb rating in 9 games. He has topped a 90 rating in only 2 of those 9 games. That’s pitiful for a future hall of famer. Maybe he should have committed himself in the offseason and shown up for camp. There’s a reason they call it preparing for the season.
For those that understand and follow the stats from Football Outsiders, Favre’s DYAR (total value in yards vs replacement player) is -51 and he’s ranked as the 34th best QB in the league. His DVOA (a per play stat) is -14.0% for a rank of 33rd. In both cases, Favre is measuring up worse than a lot of backup QBs.
At the same time, Mike Shanahan is benching a quarterback with a 1971-7-8-76.0 stat line. Mike made a stupid decision with utterly terrible timing, but he isn’t wrong to want more from his quarterback. In Washington, McNabb’s performance has been questioned. In Minnesota, Favre is still being worshipped.
Childress will get fired because he’s leaning on a junk-texting turnover machine, rather than handing the ball off to one of the best running backs in the league.
Adrian Peterson already has more carries than any other back in the league, but they may need to use him and Toby Gerhart more often in order to take the heat off Favre. There’s no way Favre should be throwing as many passes as Tom Brady at this point.
Favre’s big comeback on Sunday may have been like hitting a big hand when you’re down to your last chips, but he’s the reason the Vikings were short-stacked in the first place.
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