The only surprise is that some radio station didn’t get Fran Tarkenton on the horn sooner to discuss Brett Favre’s recent playoff exit.
“[The Vikings] were the better team. Their offense turned the ball over five
times, the Viking offense. But still if [Favre] didn’t make that stupid
play at the end of the game they would have won the game.”
Um, really? At best, Favre would have set up a long field goal if he chose to run. If he threw an incomplete pass, the Vikings were out of kicker Ryan Longwell’s range. Favre made a huge mistake in a game full of them by his offensive teammates.
Tarkenton had some legitimate gripes, going over Favre’s interceptions in key spots late in his career. “I have never seen any quarterback much
less, well he is going to be a Hall of Fame quarterback, make plays
like that at a critical time,” Tarkenton said.
Perhaps the most potent criticism was about Favre’s reputation. He said other quarterbacks were tough, but keep it quiet.
“We all get hit but he is flapping around and jumping around and he is
getting hit and he talks in the soft voice. I would rather it be about
the team and not Brett Favre. I get the idea that it is more about
Brett Favre than the team. A quarterback is to make his teammates
better but he is not about that.” (Sidney Rice would beg to differ.)
Tarkenton concluded his appearance by saying, “[Favre is] one of the greats of all-time. I am just not a great Brett Favre fan.”