Don’t let the title mislead you. If Brett Favre is healthy enough to start and play come game day – even with the Vikings playoff hopes virtually erased by way of a crippling 31-3 loss to the Packers at home on Sunday – he’ll do just that, as he’s done 295 consecutive times over his 20-year career.
But given the fact that the Vikings are now 3-7 and 4 games behind the NFC North leading Packers and Chicago Bears with 6 to play, is it time to give backup QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb a look in select situations?
Even with the 2010 season not panning out the way Favre and the Vikings would have liked, I don’t see #4 giving anything but his best effort if he continues to play. There is most certainly a pride aspect to finishing what he came here to do in the first place, and Favre has given little, if any, notion towards a lack of effort in any scenario over his 2 decades in the league.
But if the Vikings are faced with any number of situations that may award Jackson or Webb a glimpse of playing time – whether it’s an insurmountable scoring lead/deficit or just to spell Favre for a series – I don’t see anything negative happening as a result.
A significant attribute that both Jackson and Webb hold over Favre is their mobility. This could give opposing defenses a new aspect to account for when determining their game plan.
Another situation to factor in is the 2011 season. Favre has mentioned numerous times that this is indeed his last season, which would force the Vikings to replace their 41-year old QB. And with the QB position in question for next season, it could be beneficial for the organization to see what it already has in-house with Jackson and Webb.
I realize that fans may not be fond of the idea of Jackson as the Vikings QB in 2011 because of his pedestrian performances in seasons past, but the last point I will raise is that we have yet to see what he can do after nearly 2 seasons of watching and learning from a future Hall of Fame QB. We’ve all seen what that has done for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay after his 3 seasons on the bench behind Favre, and in the best situation that might translate to Jackson with his tutelage from Favre over the past 2 seasons.
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