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Favre’s Arrival Doesn’t Alter Expectations

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 24, 2009 – 11:27 am

Although the presence of 6 Pro Bowlers, one of the league’s most dynamic rookies and a 10-6 record last year to go along with a division title already gave the Vikings high-profile status as they entered the 2009 season, there’s no denying that the addition of QB Brett Favre last week has increased the club’s profile moving forward.

Many times, an increase in profile lends itself to an increase in expectations. And, generally speaking, that was the feeling conveyed this past week from a variety of sources…except the Vikings locker room.

“Our goals haven’t changed,” Vikings 6-time Pro Bowl G Steve Hutchinson said earlier this week. “We want to build on what we did last year.”

Hutchinson was sincere in saying the team’s goals haven’t changed, even with the addition of a Hall of Fame signal caller. Don’t get me wrong, I am in the camp that says the addition of Favre makes the Vikings a better team. But I also submit, along with Hutchinson, that the Vikings goals for this season have not changed. With or without Favre, the Vikings were in a position to strive for another division championship and hold the ultimate goal of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi has said he has great expectations for this team, and he expressed that opinion as a seal of approval to this point rather than an ultimatum to his club.

“I have great expectations,” Wilf said during training camp. “Again, we fought hard last year, came back many times when people doubted us and we did it with different combinations with different guys injured. To have those guys come back healthy for the most part and be able to start off the season as division champs, we look forward to holding on to that and doing better things.”


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12 Responses to “Favre’s Arrival Doesn’t Alter Expectations”

  1. By rap99 on Aug 24, 2009 | Reply

    my expectations have changed, for the first time in how many years we have a legit starting QB. i’m tired of watching this team, that is built to win now,struggle because of inept play at the QB position. i don’t care that TJ looked good in pre-season against 2nd/3rd stringers, he looked good in pre-season last year and sucked when the season started. favre is a one or two year fix, we still need a long term solution. GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 24, 2009 | Reply

    The 1 or 2 year fix is exactly what we needed. 3 years down the road is a whole other story. Who knows what the quality of the rest of the team will be like then? It would be great to have a franchise QB on the roster, but as of the signing of Favre it is something that can be put on the back burner until the off-season.

  3. By dejavu on Aug 24, 2009 | Reply

    This scenario reminds me when Jordan came back in ’95 to win 3 championships… Just like the ’95 Bulls, all the components are here for the Vikings… All we needed was that added inspiration to win the big one – Favre. The table has been set, time for the main course!!! GO VIKES!

  4. By 6Kings on Aug 24, 2009 | Reply

    This is going to be one incredible offense to watch this year. There are too many weapons for any defense to zero in on any one player. Sure they will key on AD, but with any type of accuracy, which we will find out very early on, Favre will be that needed ingredient to take the heat off AD. I cant wait to see what plays we will have if Harvin lines up at QB. And then there is the defense…this teams expectations have got to be in the stratosphere.

  5. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 24, 2009 | Reply

    Relax and be patient dejavu, we have 2 more spicy apetizers from Texas to enjoy first. Then comes the main course! And, if these kids have been good, they’ll get desert ;-)

  6. By John Crawford on Aug 24, 2009 | Reply

    Now that Brett Favre is in a state with a higher literacy rate, we can start pronouncing his last name correctly!

  7. By Will Wall on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    LOL, I always made an effort to – but the media and the rest of the sports fans won’t have the integrity to go for it. Needless to say, I doubt many people in this country has the ability (intelligence?) to pronounce FAVRE even when they hear the proper French accentuation of it. I think the better thing to do would be to simply start spelling his first name “correctly.” Since the ‘r’ is being pronounced as if it is before the ‘v’ in his last name, then logically it should have the same format in his first name with the letter just before the ‘r’ being pronounced right after it. Therefore, Brett Favre becomes Bertt Favre. Still pronounced BRET FARV, but at least then we have a consistant rule!

  8. By purple08 on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    please don’t compare favre to jordan… there is no comparison. jordan is arguably the greatest of all time. favre has only 1 superbowl ring and also holds the record for most int’s. can you say media hype? puhleeeze!!

  9. By John Crawford on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    Well, I agree with the rest of the country, but at least the Minnesota media could make a concerted effort to get the word(name)out properly in the light that he is starting there with a clean slate and would offer the opportunity to separate and elevate the state over the moron Packer fans and the irresponsible Wisconsin media in this and similar regards. Don’t get me wrong, I love Wisconsin as a great place to golf, fish, camp, concerts, etc. But only because the sales taxes are lower and they have cheaper rates on these venues than in Illinois where I live and work. Maybe, that fact ties-in with the fact that they are more laid back and less worried about how to pronounce someone from Kiln, Mississippi’s name? He did serve his purpose there and sold multi-millions of tickets and gear for the Packers as he now will, and is, in Minny, regardless of how his name is pronounced, he and the Vikings will get their money. Just don’t call him late for dinner!!! Ha Ha Ha!!!!!! All the way to the Bank…..Anyways GO VIKES!!!! I loath the Bears and the fudge Packers!!!!! Jarod Allen, please splatter Jay Cutler as often as possible and plant Aaron Rogers into the frozen tundra early and often. If the Vikes win the Suoerbowl, it will be because of the defense, not the offense. I believe the defense will score more T.D’s than the offense will. Mark my words!!! But, please remember proper spelling and pronunciation is not optional?!?! Have a fun season regardless of the outcome in February.

  10. By purple08 on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    defense score more than offense? doubt it. as good as the D is… i will still take that bet.

  11. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    I’ll take that bet too. Ours is not a turn-over defense. I’d expect them to get their fair share, but they are built with a “bend don’t break” philosophy. They are encouraged to make the tackle, or swat the ball down rather than trying to force the fumble or moving in for the INT.

    There is nothing more exciting than a Defensive TD though. I can still remember watching K-Dub race 77 yards down the sideline following a fumble recovery. Just makes you giddy thinking about the upcomming season with Pat, Kevin and Jared on the line, EJ back and healthy and Greenway coming off of a great season.

  12. By michael on Aug 29, 2009 | Reply

    i think we trade bobby wade and sydney rice to the broncos for brandon marshall.put bernard on one side and brandon on the other side with harvin in the slot sometime or where ever thats scary.we also have two explosive young player in reynard,and johnson.that gives us more speed .thats really super……champs.no doudt! with better ol, te,fb play were their!

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