Superdome noise forces Favre to make a change

The New Orleans Saints have said all week that they’re hoping their fans will create a noisy atmosphere at the Superdome against the Minnesota Vikings. But even before the game, noise at the Superdome has already affected the Vikings in one respect.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will wear a list of plays on his wrist today, something he hasn’t done all season. Presumably the Vikings are concerned that the dome will get so loud that Favre won’t be able to hear the coaches on the speakers inside his helmet, and so they’ll have to signal in a number by hand from the sidelines, and Favre will have to look at the corresponding number on his wrist band.

One Vikings assistant joked that the 40-year-old Favre may need reading glasses to see the wristband. It’s also worth noting that Favre doesn’t always run the plays that Vikings coach Brad Childress wants him to run anyway. But all joking aside, the Vikings are seriously concerned about crowd noise.

“These games, they’re tough anyway, but they’re really tough on the road because of the noise, ” Favre said last week. “Not only are you playing the Saints, but you’re playing the fans, and all of those things work against you.”

19 responses to “Superdome noise forces Favre to make a change

  1. That’s where having a vet like Favre should work in the Vikes’ favor. This ain’t the old man’s first rodeo. Didn’t he play QB before they had speakers in their helmets?

  2. Prediction:
    Favre throws for 300 yards – 3 touchdowns and pits Darren Sharper Nasty Boys style late in the 3rd quarter…


  3. I don’t see why anyone thinks the crowd noise in the Superdome will really matter.
    Minnesota also plays in one of the loudest venues in the country. Minnesota’s D has to play through it all the time and Farve has experience with the silent count in loud venues.
    Is it tougher, yeah. Will it be a gamebreaker, I highly doubt it. It’s not like Farve is some rookie who hasn’t had to deal with rowdy crowds before.
    I, for one, would be more concerned about how the level of noise affects Brees because these fans are going to be much louder than regular season so I wouldn’t be surprised if the noise affects Brees and the New Orleans D-line more than it affects Minnesota.

  4. Failure Excuse Number: 35678789 for what caused the Purple Pussies to lose the game.
    Adapt and overcome or stay home.

  5. Sing to the tune of Phil Collins’ “Invisible Touch.”
    She seems to have a cinnamon flavored butt plug
    She reaches in and grabs a hold of your heart

  6. “Deb says: January 24, 2010 1:28 PM
    That’s where having a vet like Favre should work in the Vikes’ favor. This ain’t the old man’s first rodeo”
    Uhhhh, yeah, could’ve said the same thing in 2007 when he tanked against the Giants and threw the worst possible pass he could have.

  7. The crowd noise isn’t going to be the reason the Saints win this game, if they win. The reason will be the “lack” of crowd noise to benefit the Vike’s pass rush and the fact that 3/4th of the starting D-line, their best cover corner and starting MLB are hurt and going against the best offense in the league.

  8. “Favre doesn’t always run the plays that Vikings coach Brad Childress wants him to run anyway.
    Why should he?

  9. Maybe Brett’s hearing aid battery died and they just couldnt find a replacement. Hand signals all day for the old man.

  10. @csaber2007 …
    First, let me clarify that I’m not a Vikes fan. Every bit of my pro-football heart belongs to the defending SB champs in Pittsburgh (and the rest belongs to the reigning NCAA champs in Bama). And I have nothing against the Saints. But I like Favre and I’d like to see him win it.
    As for 2007 … he seems to be getting better with age 🙂

  11. “csaber2007 says:
    Uhhhh, yeah, could’ve said the same thing in 2007 when he tanked against the Giants and threw the worst possible pass he could have.”
    Because the Pecker O-line couldn’t make lanes for a Pecker RB to gain anything…
    Oh wait…the Vikings HAVE an O-line AND running backs…

  12. simon says: January 24, 2010 2:28 PM
    “csaber2007 says:
    Uhhhh, yeah, could’ve said the same thing in 2007 when he tanked against the Giants and threw the worst possible pass he could have.”
    Because the Pecker O-line couldn’t make lanes for a Pecker RB to gain anything…
    Oh wait…the Vikings HAVE an O-line AND running backs…
    ———————–
    This could be the most absurd statement I’ve ever read. What are you talking about??? What is Peterson’s average yards per carry the past 11 games, 3.4??? How many times was Brett Favre sacked in 2007? 19. How many times was he sacked this year? 38. There were 4 other WR’s more open than the one he threw it to. Favre threw 2 INT’s on two horrendous decisions. That was the difference.

  13. Fans at the Metrodome are smart enough to save their noise for the Vikings defense. The offense never needs to shush the crowd.

  14. I can’t believe that football players or anyone else for that reason want crowd noise to be the major factor in any game. At least not crowd noise during play calling. Whatever happened to “may the best team win,” or at least the team that plays the best that day.
    Yes, it can affect the home team, too, but the crowd will be more respectful of the home team and quiet down when needed. Plus, the home team can signal for the crowd to quiet and they will comply, but can you imagine the visiting team asking the crowd to quiet down?!
    I think both of these teams deserve to win and hope it is won like it should be, with talent, big plays, and testosterone!!! Not by a “wuss” factor of crowd noise.

  15. @ Captiosus:
    You are aware that the fans won’t be screaming and yelling when Brees is on the field right? They will be loud when the Saints are on defense, and if anything it will help their D-Line, because they will have to move on the snap of the ball instead of the sound of Favre’s voice. Idk how you could possibly say being at home could be a disadvantage.

  16. @CAM …
    I used to feel the same way, but then I realized that’s part of fighting to get home-team advantage. And professionals shouldn’t let it throw them. Great QBs don’t. Half of New Englands 16 2007 wins were on the road. Pittsburgh ran the table in 05 playing all away games. The Jets just beat the Bengals and the Chargers on the road. To a determined team, it’s just another obstacle to overcome. And there’s no way around it. How are you going to make 70,000 fans shut up when they’re cheering on their defense? You can’t. It’s like anything else. If you don’t want to play an away playoff game, then you’d better win more games in the regular season.

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