Sunday, September 20, 2009

So Much For My Analysis

The first person who gets to beat me up tonight is me.

I believe it was an asshat who looks a lot like me who posted this:
One cannot build a team around Favre or simply bring him into an existing system. He is too difficult, at this stage of his career, to coach. I don't believe in "chemistry" on a team, but I do believe in systems and I don't see where he integrates well with any system anywhere. You have to be disorganized, pathetic, and without essential personnel to want him, and if that describes the Minnesota Vikings, then they are welcome to the soap opera that is Brett Favre.

I think I also called him a washed up diva who will ruin a team.

Pardon me while I look at the numbers:
Favre set another mark with his 271st straight start in the regular season, then threw two touchdown passes to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 27-13 on Sunday.

"Every game I play in at this point, I'm pretty grateful," he said. "I know how difficult it is."

Favre is doing it by sublimating his usual tendencies for the good of his team. He is keeping the ball out of the hands of opposing cornerbacks and safeties. He has a conservative quarterback rating of 95.3 right now, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

This is how he is doing it:

Short passes? Running the ball? Spreading it around? That's how you get to be 2 and 0 right now. Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Donovan McNabb aren't even 2-0, but Bret Favre is 2-0 and that's what matters.

So, pardon me while I bow to his excellent start for the season, and say, with great emphasis on this, that I was emphatically wrong to suggest that he was washed up. Clearly, he has decided to keep playing football, and, so far, he's playing it a very high level and he's winning by putting his team first.

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