The #1 Bright Spot Of 2010

Posted by cjsiewert on January 7, 2011 – 3:22 pm

Over the course of the week we’ve taken a look back at the Top 5 bright spots of the 2010 season and what we can look forward to in 2011. I’ve posted what I felt have been the most exciting features of Vikings football during their 50th season, from #5 this past Monday and concluding with #1 today.

#1 on the list is QB Brett Favre’s legacy.

In case you missed them, here are the first 4 parts of the series.

#2 – E.J.’s resurgence
#3 – Veteran leaders control the defense
#4 – Adrian Peterson’s ball security
#5 – The impact of the 2010 rookie draft class

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52 Responses to “The #1 Bright Spot Of 2010”

  1. By Nebraska Viking on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hey mike… Update the coaching staff section, they done been canned! I like this Leslie guy already!!!

  2. By common sense on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    did anyone else laugh reading #1?

  3. By Chris on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Where is Percy on this list? If there was ANY solid point of this season it was his consistently good play. And Favre’s legacy? Maybe last year, all this year did was hurt it.

    Joke list.

  4. By Dave on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’d like to see you play behind that o-line and do better than favre did this year. What a joke!

    Skol Vikes!

  5. By Laugherty Daniels on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Harvin was good but not consistent. He missed 3 games and had 5 games with 32 or less yards.

  6. By rod on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    The bright spot this year was the plays of Chad Greenway we need more of this.

  7. By Bryan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with the pick. I took my nephew to a game this year so he could watch one of the best quarterbacks to play the game in person. SKOL!!!!!!

  8. By Chris on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply


    We’re talking about legacy here. Terrible decisions with the ball, multiple injuries, and season long media problems are good for a legacy. This is not about o-lines.

    And Percy was one player who went out every weekend and made plays happen. Almost 1,000 all purpose yards, 7 touchdowns, and on top of that 23.3 yards per return on kick returns. How is that not worth mention?

    Can’t wait to see what next season holds for us!

  9. By moorevikes on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    yes i did common sense.

  10. By paul on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    The #1 bright spot for 2010= Last game of the season..

  11. By yo on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Who cares about Favre’s legacy?

  12. By vikingjoe on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Lets start Joe Webbs legacy!!!

  13. By peterk on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    For all the fans out there who watch every game week in and week out it is easy to see that Percy plays his heart out every week.

  14. By Robins on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Brett would have been great again if he had an oline to protect him and give him time to throw the ball. I don’t know of any quarterback that would have taken the beatings he took and still didn’t yell at anyone about protecting him and still kept getting up and fighting for his team. What a warrior! He was incredible. He didn’t deserve the hits he got. Shame on the oline for ending his career like that for him. I hope you protect Webb better. Good luck Brett! You deserve a break! You gave us fans 20 magnificent years! Thanks for trying again for a Super Bowl! You will always be the best! It has been a blast to watch you. You have made me love Sundays for 20 years!

  15. By Pitbull on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Favre shall return.

  16. By mr smiff on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    @ Robins,
    So very true. I find it very shameful the way some people deliberately ignored that very glaring issue about the o-line and said he was washed up. Also very shameful was the classy way he handled himself throughout, only for those haters to call him egotistical and selfish. You know, I’ve seen Brady and P. Manning on the sidelines screaming and cursing out their o-line at the slightest sign of vulnerability, and the hypocritical media calls it leadership. So very sad a wonderful career has to end like that. So very sad indeed.

  17. By Just the Facts on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    @ Common Sense and MooreVikes
    Yes, I did laugh.

    Let’s look at some facts here. Farve’s legacy consists of 18 seasons with our arch rivals and then having the worst starting QB rating in the league this year, which obviously resulted in not helping us win a single game against a team with a winning record.

    The analogy would be like cooking a steak on the grill, eating it, and then going to the bathroom 24 hours later. The Packer fans got to enjoy the smell while the steak is on the grill and obviously enjoy eating it with A-1 steak sauce, but we as Vikings fans should celebrate by “the Favre legacy” by looking at the toilet, which is exactly where our season went this year.

  18. By Reece s. on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Favre should return to show all these haters the truth. Yeah, that means gurs like “just the facts”. With Favre, the vikes actually have a chance to do something. If the o line could protect him he could actually do something. If he came back and the o line improved he could be just as good as 2009 and they would be contenders again. Personally, I hope he comes back so all these viking fans that have thrown him to the wayside will go back to praising him. Then I’ll laugh at everyone.

  19. By animal26 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Whoever thinks Favre’s legacy doesn’t matter, never really respected what he has done for this organization. If favre never came to the vikings. We would be the Joke of the NFC north. I hope favre does come back, but for people to knock him for this year. He literally was put into a no win situation . No receivers until it was too late in the season. The vikings never improved the Offensive line and assumed they would be the same as they were in 09 (which had much room for improvement.) We improve our offensive line and have actual receivers that favre can throw too. He might actually come back for one more year and lead us to a championship. He still can play at a high level.

  20. By Tim on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply


  21. By Scotty on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, Cam Newton would be interesting but Joe Webb is VERY interesting and he’s already a Viking. Focus on and seriously develop Webb, draft offensive and defensive lineman in the first and second rounds this year, and try to improve our defensive secondary via the draft (in the 4th round? Maybe) or free agency. Point is, Frazier’s the man. It all starts with a coach who is calm, collected, knows precisely which direction he wants to head, how to get there, and who’s going to be with him the day the team accepts the Lombardi trophy – I think that’s LF. Cheers my fellow Vikes.

  22. By John Doe on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    1# bright spot of 2010 is Favre leaving for good, YES! I laughed when I read that, Petersons accomplishments for 2010 surely should had been noted higher than Favre’s dismal season, were talking about the bright spot of 2010, not the 2009 season, Favre should had not even been on that list.

  23. By Bryan on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    The #1 bright spot in 2011 would be to get a new stadium deal completed. WAKE UP STATE LEADERS!!!!!!

  24. By moorevikes on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    we’re talking about favre’s legacy here not his last two seasons. his legacy is what he did in greenbay. he had his best season and his worst with us, that’s it. as far as i’m concerned his constant retiring/unretiring, missing training camp, and off field issues have tarnished his legacy. however, you can’t deny what he did in greenbay and his love of the game.

  25. By jjj on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Despite how agonizing the season was – starting with the opening loss to the Saints – despite everything -if we had stoped the Saints from running out the clock,scored from the goal line against the Dolphins, Percy would have gotten his second foot down against the Packers, and winning against the Jets who we outplayed in the second half – we could easily be playing this weekend – probably with Joe Webb as quarterback – and the later is I believe one of the biggest bright spots of the season – I think the Vikings got lucky with Joe Webb and hope they put him in the number one rooster spot as their quarterback for the coming season.

  26. By Stephanie on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t get the #1 bright spot being Favre’s legacy. and I love Brett Favre. it just seems kind of odd with everything that went on this year off the field. but I will say that he fought hard every single week, regardless of the score or the beating he took. remember the Patriots game? he was in a boot earlier in the week and had broken bones in his ankle and heel. he played pretty good before he got knocked out at the end of the game. so I guess part of his legacy this season was his toughness and willingness to compete regardless of how bad things were around him. and the Monday night game of the Bears, it was pretty amazing to see him out there playing.

  27. By Stephanie on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    just a note to those who think Favre ruined the season…Tjack was clearly not the answer and Webb wouldn’t have faired much better. He’s a rookie and he played a good game against Philli, but didn’t look too great in the other two games he played. He probably would have been up and down all season, mostly because’s he’s raw and inexperienced…and the way the offensive line was playing it wouldn’t have mattered if any three of the QBs on the roster played the entire season. we were in all of the games in the first half of the season up until the final minutes, or atleast until part way through the fourth quarter. there were a lot of “almosts” the first half of the season against some tough opponents (Saints, Jets, Packers, Patriots, Chicago).

  28. By fmfan on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    There was no bright spot of 2010 for Favre. He should have never came back to play!

  29. By soldier1986 on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    well the fans begged him to come back. and he came back for you. so deal with it. back him up. favre didnt ruin this season. if u think that, you dont know football

  30. By Duane N on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I laughed. LOL Just the Facts.

    Quit blaming the O-line for everything. Nothing went right this year. Did Harvin, Peterson and Rice play 2 quarters together this year? AP stops fumbling so obviously picks tripled. Defense can’t catch the ball. Coaches somehow can’t make use of Favre’s arm strength. Roof collapses… on and on and…….

    Bottom line is Favre was paid 20 million this year and was not very good. Was the Cardinals game worth 20,000,000?

    I like Favre but also kinda hate him, can’t help it. Was not fun at all watching him struggle and get beat up. Was so obvious what was gonna happen in that 2nd Bears game. SLAM! Also gets really old watching him do anything to not get hit.

    Jackson played bad too but at least that’s kinda funny.

    Anyways, enough with the complaining and trying to get under the skin of Favre lovers.

    E.J. was awesome and Harvin should have made the list. So frustrating that he gets all those migraines.

  31. By Parody on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    The entire offseason attitude ruined the season. Far too many players stayed away from team activities, because everyone just thought that they would automatically be as good as they were in 2009. That includes #4, who never retired, but still chose to skip everything the team did in the offseason, plus training camp and a few weeks of preseason. Don’t get me wrong, he was far from the only one, but but as a respected leader in the locker room he should have been one of the guys that was at everything, just to set an example for the less mature on the team.

    In the end though, it all points back to management losing control of the team. They tell one guy he can take it easy and skip everything up through training camp, and it makes a lot of other guys feel that they don’t need to participate nearly as full throttle either. Let’s hope that Frazier has learned from this mistake and makes sure to keep the team together and improving.

  32. By Remember Met Stadium on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    If the Viking brass has an ounce of brains, they will talk to Farve about becoming the QB coach (yes “Farve” intentionally misspelled – always hated that Packer). He clearly is interested in coaching as attested to by his working with the kids at the high school in Mississippi. No idea how good he has worked with Webb in the past year, but his locker room presence would be a plus, his leadership beyond question.

  33. By Dave on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, I re-read your post again.. Put my foot in my mouth a bit.. Valid point you made.. My apologies..

  34. By vikings 4-7 on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Farve will have his hands full,( NO PUN INTENDED) with healing his actions of the past few years with his family. He is done with football for a while.

  35. By vikings 4-7 on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    This entire team other than adrian, sydney, and percy needs a good cleaning out. Stacked with way past there prime vets collecting paychecks in the last few years. Lito, pat, bryant, maddieu, ben, bret, bernard, etc. they all need to move on and bring in young talent. I disagree with people saying this team is still close to big things. We are further away than closer. We have traded positions with the Detroit lions in the division starting next year. Yes we are the worst team in this division now. Think about it.

  36. By mr smiff on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, Favre stayed away because he was leaning toward not coming back. He was leaning toward not coming back for 3 main reasons: Childress, his ankle, and his belief that the o-line wouldn’t protect him- WHICH THEY DIDN’T. He only came back because the team wanted him, he had bonded with the fans, and he loved the game so much. So, Favre didn’t just “skip” the OTA’s. His reasons was a little deeper than that.

  37. By mr smiff on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Duane M, I challenge you to name a current qb who would have done better given everything that has unfolded this year. Go ahead, name just one.

  38. By Old School on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Packers Win…MOVING ON IN THE PLAYOFFS………..


    BOTTOM LINE!!!!!

  39. By Robins on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    There isn’t a quarterback in the NFL that could have done well with our oline. Brett kept getting back up. A different quarterback would have stayed out. Brett fights hard for his team! He is a warrior.

  40. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Old School… I totally agree with you…it will be a few years b-4 we will be contenders again

  41. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    mr smiff, I agree with you… Brett didn’t want to come back.

  42. By soldier1986 on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    im embarrassed of some of these fans. you throw favre under the bus. and u dont care about his legacy at all just because he was a packer. lets all grow up shall we? you can curse him all u want, but nobody fights for his team more than brett favre. u dont see him screaming at his players like the crybaby manning and brady. and u still rip on him. to blame this season on favre, you didnt pay attention this year and u obvisously dont know football. lol webb is not our future. id rather take a real qb in the draft. u guys mad cuz he’s kicked our @ss for so many years? seriously. alot of you guys have no class or respect at all. without favre, we wouldnt have been the team we were last year. and he would have been the same this year if it wasnt for the line. yes our line was ranked the worst. they took out favre and jackson. and webb also had trouble. anyways, thanks favre for giving it one last shot. its been fun watching you all these years. you are the game of football.

  43. By Parody on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    @ Smiff – I really don’t care what the reason was, the fact of the matter is that the teammates saw that he was being allowed to avoid things in the offseason which caused many of them to slack off in the offseason as well. I’m not blaming Favre. He was injured, okay. But that’s not how the coaching staff treated it. It seemed clear since about mid-season 2009 that Favre was going to be given special treatment and allowed to skip the offseason, training camp and a few preseason games.

    I went to training camp this past year and it was evident that the entire team was slacking off more than I had ever seen in Mankato. They would line up, jog around for a couple of plays barely even playing touch-football and then pack it in and run off to the locker rooms. Some portion of that half-assèd attitude instilled by coaching carried over to the regular season and hurt us all year long.

  44. By mr smiff on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody- If that was the attitude in Mankato, then it made no sense for Favre to come rushing back. And whatever happened to personal responsibilty? Self motivation? If the players didn’t have that, where was the coaching staff to instill it in them? You can say the players were that way because they saw how Favre was treated. But I can make the argument that Favre got the same treatment like everybody else, only he didn’t waste his time going to Mankato. And yes, such poor preparation would be detrimental to a successful season. Frazier has his work cut out for him this offseason.

  45. By Parody on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Smiff, you are missing my point. The coaching staff was NOT there to instill the motivation and responsibility in the players. That is where the problem begins. How many jobs have you had where everybody worked their tail off without the motivation of the boss/manager? Yes, it would be ideal that since these men earn so much money that they all create their own motivation and self responsibility, but the truth of the matter is that there is no occupation where that is the case. There will be the few who find it within themselves to go above and beyond regardless, but the majority need the extra push. That is why an entity exists whose responsibilities include creating that extra push.

    Childress was not able to do this with many within his staff. That is my argument.

    And saying that training camp is a waste of time, for anyone, is ignorant. And if it truly is a waste of time, then the team is doing things extremely wrong and doesn’t have a chance to succeed in the upcomming season.

  46. By Old School on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Who writes these Blog’s anyway…..# 1 Spot…Brett’s Legacy?

    When I first read it I thought that it was a SPOOF!

    Even now that the horrible season is over we are still getting kicked in the….


    THANKS VIKINGS .COM, Because this season wasn’t bad enough!

  47. By DrPsych on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    You are all forgetting that as a Viking Brett hit his 500 Touchdown mark and 70,000 yards passing. These will be recorded in the Hall of Fame with the Vikings as the team. That part of his legacy is forever intertwined with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre also showed how a real football player plays, broken ankle, or not. It is very sad last year Vikings fans could not get enough of Favre and now they want to blame the sorry season on him. I suppose it’s his fault to the metrodome roof collapsed?
    No WR to rely on, no Sid Rice, no harvin, Favre was playing with no protection and no targets for the first half of the season. I admire that he didn’t go home and change his phone number. He won’t be back, and unless you want to be mistaken for a packer fan Favre hater (which many of you may be) let’s celebrate what Favre accomplished and how he lifted the team in the midst of one piece of badluck after another.

  48. By purplehaze on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    The debacle of a season ended, that, and Brett can ride off into the Mississippi sunset in his Wrangler jeans..

    All three phases of the vikes game need to be retooled and then we can bust it in 2011.

  49. By Remember Met Stadium on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Dont know if you’ll realize it, but the Vikings number 1 “need” is NOT a QB. We need a center number 1. We need a cover corner number 2. With Pat and likely Ray leaving the D line, we need someone there. Left tackle if McMountain cant get his act together. Right guard maybe. Then, and ONLY then should we be looking at a QB.

    Webb did fine. Bring in a used up vet to teach him (maybe – dare I say it – Farve. McNuggets, Hasselhof from Seattle. Someone to teach him. Play Webb number 1 next year. If he cant pass the grade, at least we have a year of a decent O line playing together then draft a QB in ’12 if needed.

  50. By GOLDVIKE on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply


  51. By Mzalendro on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    ALM I agree, Silver is OK but Gold would have been better. Great game. Somehow I don’t think they had kids in mind when they were taiklng about coffee. How about mushrooms? I usually take mine out of a can and put it on a pizza. How can that be dangerous? I’m with you when it comes to sandbags. Let’s all hope they sit in the warehouses and never have to be used.

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