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Whitlock offers bold Favre prediction

At some point this year, the Vikings may have to decide whether to bench Brett Favre.  Jason Whitlock of FOXSports.com has offered up an intriguing alternative.

At some point this year, Favre may have to decide whether to bench himself.

Whitlock predicts that, once the Vikings no longer have a shot at the postseason, Favre will put himself on injured reserve, blaming the ankle injury he already has set up as the excuse for eventual failure.

“Favre doesn’t like training camp,” Whitlock writes.  “How do you think he feels about November games devoid of playoff implications?”

The death blow could come if the Vikings lose to the Lions on Sunday, which Whitlock seems to think will happen.  Even though the Vikings would still mathematically be alive for a playoff berth, Favre would have to suffer the potential indignity of three losses to his two former teams, starting with the Jets on October 11 before a national audience on Monday Night Football.

Favre stepping aside after a loss to the Lions would give the Vikings two weeks to re-tool with Tarvaris Jackson, trying to turn a lost season into maybe a sixth seed in the postseason — and a one-and-out playoff run.

Regardless of when it happens, we tend to agree with Whitlock.  Favre won’t want to play meaningless games.  And he won’t want to stand on the sidelines while another quarterback takes the snaps.  He’ll instead slink away, dragging sacks containing millions of dollars and hoping that his brief return in 2010 won’t supersede the memories of an unforgettable 2009.

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  1. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 21, 2010 1:24 PM

    They should have just started Sage and left Brett at home, trades Tavaris and drafted a young QB.

  2. robert ethen says: Sep 21, 2010 1:26 PM

    Ooops, looks like you followed a bad link, Florio. Favre will play out the season, the Vikings will make the playoffs, and Flintlock will be returned to his glass case at the museum.

  3. DRex says: Sep 21, 2010 1:26 PM

    Just no…
    A dumb article and dumb comments all the way around.
    They aren’t losing to Detroit, and even if they did the season wouldn’t be over.
    And Favre is not going to bench himself.

  4. jimthefin says: Sep 21, 2010 1:29 PM

    So you and Whitlock are psychics now?
    What number am I thinking of right now?
    Wrong, it was 7

  5. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 21, 2010 1:31 PM

    failure
    blow
    sacks
    tool
    meaningless
    slink
    indignity
    alternative
    blaming
    excuse
    Florio, on your next BiQueefs story, save yourself some time and effort just post the key words–we all get the idea.

  6. JaggedMark says: Sep 21, 2010 1:32 PM

    The Lions ARE tied for the league lead in quarterback sacks, with 10. And that’s despite having played against Michael Vick once.
    So buckle up Brett, you’re going to get hit HARD!

  7. lebowski says: Sep 21, 2010 1:33 PM

    Poor Brett.

  8. danielcp0303 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:33 PM

    They probably won’t lose to the Lions, but I can definately see Favre putting himself on IR if the Vikings are out of the playoff picture in November or December. He’ll blame it all on his “injury”.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2010 1:37 PM

    Favre will force the issue. He hits the panic button and starts throwing more picks. He forces the issue. This is going to be a frustrating season for the Vikings and thier fans.

  10. zangy says: Sep 21, 2010 1:37 PM

    How are you so sure they won’t lose to Detroit? I’ve stated this already somewhere else. Detroits rookie RB has scored more TDs than Minnesota’s entire offense so far this season. The strength of Detroits defense (front seven) matches up against the strength of the Minnesota’s offense (the running game). This game is in Detroit, Minnesota is reeling from consecutive losses. The Vikings losing to Detroit would surprise me less then the loss to Miami did.

  11. bad asset says: Sep 21, 2010 1:38 PM

    That was the dullest story ever written. Typical Whitlock-style insight. Now you know why they finally kicked him out of Kansas City.

  12. froggy says: Sep 21, 2010 1:38 PM

    I predict Jason Whitlock will have Type 2 diabetes or require an angioplasty in 5-10 years.

  13. 1072 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:39 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with Whitlock… Favre is a phony.

  14. jj jones says: Sep 21, 2010 1:40 PM

    Whitlock has a tough decision himself tonight.
    Golden Corral or Chinese Buffet.

  15. FinFan68 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:41 PM

    Detroit is a better team but without stafford, they will not beat the vikings. Next year they will challenge for the division, this year they will lose some close games. I don’t think Favre is capable of taking himself out of the game voluntarily. The more logical prediction is that his 41 yr old body finally gets broken due to inept pass protection. Same thing can be said for Rodgers. This division could get very interesting around mid season

  16. gobearsgo says: Sep 21, 2010 1:41 PM

    Favre won’t stop throwing until he hits 500 TDs. After that, all bets are off.

  17. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2010 1:44 PM

    T-Jack can do all the things that Favre got all that extra cash for.

  18. antalicus says: Sep 21, 2010 1:45 PM

    If they have no chance just put Joe Webb in for the rest of the year. At least then it will be entertaining even if they lose.

  19. winslow says: Sep 21, 2010 1:46 PM

    Whitlock couldn’t predict the direction of tomorrow’s sunrise. He is the journalistic equivalent of head lice.

  20. Afternmath17 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:46 PM

    Zangy, the game is in MIN. Tough call either way.

  21. Patsfan1776 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:48 PM

    Will the team forfeit games in November when half the team is down on the farm begging Lord Favre to come back?

  22. footballrulz says: Sep 21, 2010 1:48 PM

    Won’t take long for this to hit the top 10

  23. Other Bears says: Sep 21, 2010 1:49 PM

    Hey jimthefin – I guessed 7.

  24. MotorCityKitties says: Sep 21, 2010 1:49 PM

    Cheers to all you idiotic Viking fans that think a 40 year old QB can substitute traning camp for a few throwing sessions with Mississippi high school kids. I can’t wait to see Suh run right through that old diva.

  25. robert ethen says: Sep 21, 2010 1:51 PM

    Flintlock is hoping a spot opens up for Ed George. But this ain’t Kansas.

  26. KC_Vols says: Sep 21, 2010 1:53 PM

    I really expected to open this link and read that Witlock predicts that his boy Jeff George will be signed and starting for the Vikings by October.

  27. lebowski says: Sep 21, 2010 1:53 PM

    Detroit can beat any team in this division, none of them are dominant by any means. They need their QB back, though.

  28. sasquash69 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:53 PM

    Yeah its all Bretts fault. There line couldn’t open a hole, they got a bunch of stiff wrs, and there coach is a jackass. Lets be real here before we bury Favre

  29. Nyjets31 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:56 PM

    The Guys arm fell off for the Jets the last 5 games of the 08 season with the biceps tear ,and he wouldn’t bench himself then ,even as he watched his play drag the team from what looked like a divison title to not even making the playoffs ….not that it matters now ,cause the way they are blocking he will get killed by Lions passs rush or and what im waiting for at the Jets in week 5 on monday night ,he leaves laying down ……

  30. kingaling says: Sep 21, 2010 1:56 PM

    If the Vikings do fall out of playoff contention the Vikings management should make Brett play through the entire season. Let the old man take hit after hit in meaningless games and earn the money they are paying him, then we won’t have another is he coming back or not off season. For what it’s worth I don’t see the Vikings losing to Detroit on Sunday

  31. Spungy says: Sep 21, 2010 1:58 PM

    If they lose to the Lions they should play for first draft pick. Not that Chilly cares, because he would be the first to go.

  32. MVPnis says: Sep 21, 2010 2:00 PM

    Farve will quit before the end of this year

  33. halestorm74 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:02 PM

    We have looked like crap through two games and we still blew chances to win especially to Miami. Two redzone picks and one goal line stand. We correct the little mistakes and we are gonna win a lot of games. It is now a 14 game season

  34. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2010 2:03 PM

    The Vikings are 0-2 thier fans are still acting like its all cool. Your next 5 games aren’t going to be any easier.

  35. SJ Apollo says: Sep 21, 2010 2:03 PM

    Remember when Vikings fans claimed that losing to the champs on the road by 5-points was a moral victory and then mocked the Packers for almost losing to the Eagles.
    Let’s think like a Vikings fan.
    The Vikings barely lost to the Dolphins. The Dolphins barely beat the Bills. The Bills got crushed by the Packers who barely beat the Eagles who barely beat the Lions. So we know that the Dolphins are barely better than the Vikings and Bills. The Bills are vastly inferior to the Packers. If the Packers are barely better than the Eagles who were barely better than the Lions, then the Lions should still be easily good enough to beat the Vikings.
    Of course, for all of the Viking fans that said the Packers victories were against nobodies, I trust that should Minnesota be victorious on Sunday, they will be on here talking about how it doesn’t really count to beat the Lions.
    I think Minnesota wins on Sunday, but if they don’t, does anybody really think they’ll win any of their next four?

  36. magnoliachief says: Sep 21, 2010 2:04 PM

    Whitless is bafoon. Thought I was done hearing from him when he left the Star.

  37. Sacram3ntal says: Sep 21, 2010 2:04 PM

    Nah. I’m not a fan of the Vikes by any stretch, but their backs are completely against the wall here. They’ll win this one convincingly, and then struggle big time coming out of the bye.

  38. Hauschild says: Sep 21, 2010 2:08 PM

    A ridiculous premise from a goober of an author.
    The Vikings aren’t even in bad shape – they’ve had a chance to win both games they lost, and both opponents were good teams.
    It’ll be interesting to watch all these “goobers” step over their Moms to climb back aboard the Favre bandwagon by season’s end.
    All I ask of men that get paid to do things like cover NFL teams is to understand – completely – the NFL.

  39. Gregjennings85 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:11 PM

    jimthefin: Is it 7?
    JUDAS will be the first one to say, as he did many a time with the Packers:
    “Did my ankle affect this game? Sure. Am I using it as an excuse? Of course not. Look, you got to give credit to the Dolphins – They out-played us this week, and the deserve the win. People may say, “Brett, but you have injections in your ankle and are banged up.” – That’s no excuse, and I refuse to use it as such. Sure, I could be back home on the tractor right now, but these guys came and got me, and I told all the National media that I had unfinished business. Does that mean that I am free from blame? Of course not. Could it mean that our team is not firing on all cylinders? It might. Am I going to say that publicly? Of course not. Did I just do exactly that? You’d better believe it. Listen, I have worn Wranglers since I was a young man, long before I turned pro. Do they make me a better QB? It’s hard to say. Could I say that right now? Sure. They make me a better QB. This is bigger than all of us, myself included. Oh yeah: Y’all head to Sears right away, hear? They got some great deals right now, even for people like me that have a tough time making up their minds.”
    Brett Favre:
    Real. Self-Interviewing. Diva.

  40. Ruvell100 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:12 PM

    “People are so quick to jump on this End of the World bandwagon. It’s sickening.
    ————–
    Isn’t this what Minnesota fans do? How are the Dallas Stars doing in the “State of Hockey?”

  41. Florioslovechild says: Sep 21, 2010 2:13 PM

    This is only proof that Florio has turned PFT into nothing but a RUMOR site, based on the theorys and speculation of others.

  42. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Sep 21, 2010 2:15 PM

    As a Packer fan I should get a good laugh out of this but Jabba the Hutt (aka Whitlock) has about as much relevancy as a the Macarena. Did he suggest Jeff George take Lord Favre’s place too?
    Take your Fox money and get some gastric bypass surgery before you keel over of a heart attack french fry boy. On second thought-forget I just said that.

  43. purpleguy says: Sep 21, 2010 2:15 PM

    Whitlock has been the biggest Favre homer around the last couple years, so this is a pretty big switch for him. I have a hard time seeing Lord Favre bagging on the season if the Vikes tank. It’s gonna be a tough next six weeks, and if the team can take the hit and get to the easier portion of the schedule, there remains the chance that all the gleeful Viking bashers will crawl back into their holes by season’s end. At least we’ve got the Twinkies to ease the pain the next couple weeks.

  44. Dan says: Sep 21, 2010 2:18 PM

    Jason Whitlock is not a credible source. Favre won’t retire during intra-season for the simple reason he wants to keep his iron man starting streak alive and the Vikes have no one else (Tavaris Jackson is taking up a wasted roster space). As for the off-season, he will retire for good if the Vikes don’t make the playoffs. The owners and the dumb coach Chilly Willy have only themselves to blame. They could have had McNabb on a silver plate. But no, they pinned their hopes on Lord Favre. The Vikings 2010-2011 season ended when Donovan landed in Washington.

  45. purpleporter says: Sep 21, 2010 2:19 PM

    Interesting take… I wonder if this idiot Jason would say the same thing if we had Sage as the backup??
    Um, Noooo, because he only supports black quarterbacks. He is one, big racist.
    Isn’t Whitlock also the one who thought VY should have been picked as MVP in Dec 2009?

  46. Charles Wood says: Sep 21, 2010 2:25 PM

    The Viking ship is taking on water. :)~ I TOLD YOU SO!

  47. Old School says: Sep 21, 2010 2:27 PM

    BrINT would never bench himself. He will start lobbying his cheuffer to bench the O line and receivers.
    IR will not be voluntary, but will come with the suddeness of a sack because he can no longer step out of the way.

  48. fromagedunord says: Sep 21, 2010 2:31 PM

    …spinning a fairytale about Brett Favre as an ogre slinking off in the dead of night with Wilf’s crown jewels… I get this vision of this hunchback in a tattered jersey growling and stumbling under the weight of bags of his ill gotten booty as he staggers home to the enchanted land of Mississippi. Is this a sports site or a blog for the Brothers Grimm?
    Brother Brett, dispatch your nemeses one by one until you meet with the team from the mythical region of cheese and lakes. Behold their cry… “Release the Kraken!” Your fate shall be sealed.

  49. Michael says: Sep 21, 2010 2:31 PM

    No way Favre IR’s himself, he can’t pad his stats from there…

  50. scottdots says: Sep 21, 2010 2:33 PM

    OMG! Reading this article is worse than reading a bathroom wall. A major waste of time!

  51. petro says: Sep 21, 2010 2:33 PM

    I don’t think they’re losing to Detroit but I can see Favre pulling himself and blaming the ankle.

  52. nick says: Sep 21, 2010 2:35 PM

    Favre should not be playing this year. I know millions talk BUT he lost the game last year.
    say what you want , he threw the interception and watch the rest of the game from the ground and watched the playoff’s and Superbowl from home counting his millions.
    Please Brett go home you had your day
    ITS OVER
    nick

  53. David says: Sep 21, 2010 2:36 PM

    Favre is a joke and for the Viking fans that have
    bought into his crap lets see what happens when you play the Jets, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, Chicago, Green Bay again and then Washington. I’m thinking 1-6 when it’s over!

  54. Chiefs2010 says: Sep 21, 2010 2:38 PM

    Whitlock ate Precious

  55. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 21, 2010 2:43 PM

    How, exactly, do you “re-tool” with Tavaris Jackson?
    It’s a little like re-arming yourself with a bagful of rubber bands after your rifle jams.
    They may as well promote Gerhart to QB, line him up with Peterson right beside him, and play like it’s 1933.

  56. sven_ftw says: Sep 21, 2010 2:49 PM

    if the move is to give up on the season, start joe webb over t-joke. at least we’d get some highlights, and see if we have a shot at something other than wiping the depth chart clean at qb at the end of the year.

  57. SpartaChris says: Sep 21, 2010 2:51 PM

    karlieanne says:
    September 21, 2010 1:41 PM
    Wow.
    First, let’s remember that even though we’ve played like shit for two games we somehow still had chances to win both of them. Losing to the super bowl champs by 5 points is nothing to scoff at.

    Yeah, that game was only close on paper. The Saints dropped a TD pass, and missed two FG’s. That alone should have added another 6-10 points to their score, bringing your loss deficit to anywhere from 11-15 points.
    Second, wasn’t it 2008 where we started 0-2 and went on the win the division? It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
    While this is true, it’s a different season with a different schedule and different circumstances. The Schedule is much harder this season. The Packers, Bears and Lions are also MUCH better than they were in 2008. While starting 0-2 doesn’t mean you’re done, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by thinking this season plays out like it did in 2008.

  58. Charles Wood says: Sep 21, 2010 2:52 PM

    …and just think… YOU ALL ASKED FOR THIS! The players, coaches, fans- YOU ALL BEGGED FOR THIS!!
    It’s a classic case of “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” AND “What goes around comes around.” all wrapped into one.
    The Queefs are 0-2 and it’s like Christmas in September!

  59. That's Mr Rodgers to you says: Sep 21, 2010 2:54 PM

    Brett has always been fun to watch, mainly because he has always played with heart. I remember watching the raiders game after his father died and wanting to cry for him. Yeah I said it so what? I remember thinking about how tough it must have been to show up at that game with the weight of his personal loss on his shoulders. I will never forget the courage on display that Monday night. Any man or boy who has experienced that loss knows exactly what I am talking about. We grow up believing Dad is superman! Not because it’s true but rather because we want to believe it’s true. At that very moment when you know he is gone two things become very real for you. Dad was indeed only human and going home again will never be the same.
    After watching his games and interviews this year I don’t believe Brett’s heart is in the game anymore. Brett for the first time in his career is starting to look human as well. Far worse I believe Brett for the first time is starting to believe himself that he is only human. It is for that reason it would not surprise me at all if he were to retire before the season is half over.
    Sadly Brett left his heart behind in Green Bay.
    Where it belonged!

  60. awdlmd says: Sep 21, 2010 2:55 PM

    “Favre will put himself on injured reserve”
    Suh might beat him to it.

  61. CsanBoySmith says: Sep 21, 2010 2:57 PM

    Ummm,it’s very possible for the Lions to beat the Vikings….in fact, I remember last year when the Lions were BEATING the Vikings before the Refs gift wrapped a phantom PI call to set up the Longwell FG with no time left.
    And to think, all MIN fans do is whine about the ref’s but so soon forget how lucky they were in that game.
    Compound the fact that the Lions are a boat load better on Defense this year, have an explosive RB and WR that will give a Vikings D fits and it’s not that hard to believe the Vikes will start out 0-3, then 0-4, 0-5 and eventually 0-6

  62. redscare says: Sep 21, 2010 2:57 PM

    Who are you keyboard jockeys to question a man who’s started 286 consecutive NFL games (310 including playoff games) and won a Super Bowl?
    Really, you guys like to make such sport of someone else’s career decisions, but when any of you morons try half as hard in your professions as this guy has, and succeed at such a level for such a long time, then come and talk about it.
    It does seem like last season was the one big chance for Favre and the Vikes, but the season is still very young, and even if they fail, so long as they give it all they’ve got, that’s good.

  63. Canned Gravy says: Sep 21, 2010 2:59 PM

    I predicted this long before Whitlocl…when I saw their schedule.
    Vikes fans somehow seem to forget last year’s soft ass schedule, so you knew this would be a bigger test.
    I don’t see the Vikes losing to Detroit. I do see a Vikes win with Favre getting hammered alot. Then all the talk of the Vikings rebounding after the bye week, followed by the Jets D putting Favre on the new Meadowlands carpet a few dozen times, with him going off for good in ALOT of pain.
    Cheer up Vikes….Harvin was a QB in high school, and Favre knows his high school talent.

  64. Deb says: Sep 21, 2010 3:02 PM

    After two close games to non-divisional opponents when both top receivers were injured Whitlock has decided the Vikes now have no chance to make the playoffs??? What an idiot!
    My Steelers lost the first two games of the 1989 season to division rivals by a combined score of 92-10–and we still made the playoffs and won our first playoff game in OT. That was with Bubby Brister as our QB, not a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Give me a break.

  65. msnyder275 says: Sep 21, 2010 3:07 PM

    “We correct the little mistakes and we are gonna win a lot of games. It is now a 14 game season”
    How do two turnovers and a goal-line stand qualify as “little”??

  66. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Sep 21, 2010 3:09 PM

    Well I tend to agree with the prediction…
    I don’t see him wanting to go play a wild card game and by some chance they win having to travel to NEW ORLEANS… AGAIN. I don’t think he can get up mentally for that game.
    What the Vikes need to do is move on and start planning for the future and that isn’t with Farve.

  67. robert ethen says: Sep 21, 2010 3:12 PM

    Random, unpredictable, and wildly inaccurate discharges such as this have earned the ponderous, front end muzzle overloading Flintlock, the nickname “Old Blunderbuss”.

  68. notoriousbri says: Sep 21, 2010 3:13 PM

    i have never seen Jason Whitlock and Notorious B.I.G. in the same place at the same time. They both have the same…breath…words…breath… speech problem… hmmm maybe they are the same person… I think Whitlock would be better rapping than speculating..
    Its easy to predict the Vikings bad season, Favre injury and age, brutal Schedule, Injuries to the defense backs and S Rice.. so… predicting 9 and 7 at best is no stretch even before game one.. Jason Cole from Yahoo and Jason Whitlock can both blow each other thinking they are edgy with their predictions

  69. huegtoad says: Sep 21, 2010 3:16 PM

    what the vikings need is a harmless party on a boat, it caused an 8 game losing streak the last time they did it, maybe this time it will work in the opposite way

  70. trippen says: Sep 21, 2010 3:27 PM

    Florio for someone who constantly rails against Farve at every chance you get, you sure know how to keep him in the news and make a buck off him for your blog

  71. CincyAllDaWay says: Sep 21, 2010 3:27 PM

    When will the Vikings organization and fan base ever see the light. Farve doesn’t give a damn about the organization, the team, or the fans! It all about him, it always has been!!! If things continue to go down the drain in Minnesota he’ll do just what they’re saying. He’s already got an out with the ankle. Hell he didn’t even want to play this year. They had to send the Fellowship of the Ring to go and get him! He’s not gonna let himself get hurt if the team is losing. He’ll go down like a two dollar tire and blame the ankle! Watch and see!!!

  72. tjstyles says: Sep 21, 2010 3:38 PM

    Zangy, while anything can happen, I have to disagree with your analysis. The Lions are getting much better each year, and I snatched up Best in my Fantasy League because I think he can run. But, just because he has gotten a few touchdowns, that does not mean he is going to do well against the Vikings. He has less than 100 yards over two games, and the Vikings defense is still good against the run (they have slid a bit, but still 10th this season). Also, the Vikings secondary is underrated, and they should be able to get a couple of takeaways against Hill. There should be a lot of pressure, as the Lions’ Offensive Line is still the weak link of their offense, and Minnesota’s front 7 is phenomenal. The Minnesota Vikings held the Saints to 14 points. I don’t see the Lions scoring 30 in this game.
    The Vikings passing game is looking really bad. It looked bad the first two games of last year, too. Granted, we don’t have Rice this season, but we did get Camarillo, who should be a good go-to-guy to move the chains once he gets in sync with Favre. Between him and Shaincoe, the Vikings should be able to inch up the field in the passing game. Granted, there’s not much of a deep threat, especially if Harvin is out, but if Favre goes back to the careful game manager he was through the middle of last season, we can have a passing game that can get first downs. More importantly, AP came back last game. Childress got rid of the Full Back and AP lit the field on fire like he did in his rookie season. The Lions have given up 263 yards to the Eagles and the Bears…what do you think AP will do to them? Trust me, nobody is going to be confusing Best with AP this game.
    This game, I think, will come down to the lapses in defense. If the Vikings let Calvin Johnson get big gains, even on only two or three plays, the Lions could quickly put the Vikings in a hole. If AP gets a nice hole and breaks a long run, the Vikings could quickly take over the game. But, I do believe that both sides of the ball favor the Vikings on paper.

  73. mrlaloosh says: Sep 21, 2010 3:39 PM

    Farve needs 15 straight starts to reack 300. He hasw 2 so far. He’ll drag himself out there every week until he gets that. Week 16 he’ll retire for good.
    The Vikings are going nowhere with Farve & Chilly. Maybe he promised Chilly a little “ta-ta” at the end of the season.

  74. Wizahdry says: Sep 21, 2010 3:45 PM

    Vikes are not going to bench the 20 million dollar man especially after 3 weeks.

  75. Jack Acid says: Sep 21, 2010 3:45 PM

    Favre’s failure is no surprise to any fan with a lick of common sense. His return at the very start of preseason had disaster written all over it.
    Vikings will be paying for it for years, since after this year, they have no answer at QB.

  76. cusoman says: Sep 21, 2010 3:54 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    September 21, 2010 2:03 PM
    The Vikings are 0-2 thier fans are still acting like its all cool. Your next 5 games aren’t going to be any easier.
    ——-
    Boy. Vikings fans just can’t win. If we start to criticize our team, we’re “jumping off the bandwagon”. If we have hope and faith in our team, we’re “stupid” or we “don’t know anything about football” or we’re “crazy”. You guys need to make up your damn minds.

  77. ManBearPig51 says: Sep 21, 2010 3:58 PM

    Did you just say if Favre can’t get it done, they’ll re-tool for a playoff run with Tavaris? I get it, Favre is not what he used to be, however anyone that thinks they have a better shot with T Jack shouldn’t be writing articles about the NFL. If the Vikings do make the move to T Jack, Chilly should bench himself or go on injured reserve (can a coach do that?)

  78. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 21, 2010 3:59 PM

    Favre blows.

  79. Jeff0621 says: Sep 21, 2010 4:01 PM

    der – any fan could come up w/ this speculation.
    Obvious.

  80. JimmySmith says: Sep 21, 2010 4:04 PM

    I don’t think Jason truly understands Favre. His ego is such that he will never step aside for anything. That is what makes this season so special, like a turd circling the bowl, there is no doubt which direction the Vikings are heading, they will simply pick up speed on their way to their final destination.
    Here is the best part, you get Childress back in 2011. So the process can repeat itself with a different QB at the helm.

  81. Calistin says: Sep 21, 2010 4:10 PM

    I’m starting to think all this trash talk is setting the stage for a statement game from Favre.
    People have been saying this crap for the last 5 years after every bad Favre game.
    Better coaching, o-line play, and WR that can catch and he’ll be fine.
    Get off his jock already.

  82. #1skinsfan says: Sep 21, 2010 4:19 PM

    Haven’t heard anyone mention that Farve has no one to throw to….and who writes off a team after 2 games….Whitless, if you don’t have anything intelligent to say, don’t waste our time.

  83. Sterling says: Sep 21, 2010 4:26 PM

    You forget how much the consecutive-game record means to Favre. Don’t ever underestimate that. He doesn’t want Manning to catch him.

  84. In & Out Burger says: Sep 21, 2010 4:27 PM

    @Deb
    While I usually find your posts even handed, I think you are letting your soft spot for Favre impact your opinion.
    The only question you need to ask is: at any point during Favre’s career, has he shown that he can start out a season with poor play, and improve as the year goes on? If you think he can do that, than you have nothing to worry about. If you think Favre has not shown that he can improve as the season goes on, than it might be time to get a little worried in Minnesota. Detroit nearly beat the Bears, but who knows what that is worth. They nearly beat the Eagles, but the Eagles defense looks awful this year. Against the Vikings, I suspect a close game, and I think Brett will have to make a play at the end to win it. It could be the defining moment of the season.

  85. Art Van Delay's brother says: Sep 21, 2010 4:38 PM

    I don’t know if the Vikings and Brett Favre will rebound and fulfill the preseason expectations, but it is way too early to make the dire predictions being kicked about by sports talking heads. I’m no Favre fan but if my Steelers can win with a 4th string quarterback; I’m sure the Vikings defense can shut down Detriot and chalk up a win.
    Columnists be they sports or otherwise know that a even handed, measured response to an event gets less readers than a contraversial one. Jason Whitlock is a good writer but he pulls this crap often and PFT does it every day.

  86. bukkakelarry says: Sep 21, 2010 4:56 PM

    Whitlock is an egotistical moron.

  87. Occam says: Sep 21, 2010 5:42 PM

    “Regardless of when it happens, we tend to agree with Whitlock. ”
    Such is the problem with lawyers-turned-bloggers. You have niether understanding nor insight as to why people are athletes.

  88. Deb says: Sep 21, 2010 5:44 PM

    @ In & Out ….
    Hey, you never answered my question the other day. Did I used to know you by another school-related name?
    I don’t like everything Favre does, but I like how he plays the game. But this isn’t about football or Favre. Whitlock’s playing the old media game of heroes and goats. Build up a guy beyond reason because it’s a good story. Then tear him down because it’s a good story. They shoved Favre down everyone’s throat last year when that was a team effort. Now they’re blaming him this year for coaching and injury problems beyond his control. They don’t care whether he wins or loses or has a heart attack and drops dead on the field. In fact, they’d love that. It’s a better story.
    It’s too soon to write any team’s obituary. Whitlock’s just scapegoating Favre because the story has legs. That’s all he cares about. It never enters their minds that these heroes and goats are real people. Or worse, they couldn’t care less.

  89. Gregjennings85 says: Sep 21, 2010 5:47 PM

    Calistin says:
    “I’m starting to think all this trash talk is setting the stage for a statement game from Favre.
    People have been saying this crap for the last 5 years after every bad Favre game.
    Better coaching, o-line play, and WR that can catch and he’ll be fine.
    Get off his jock already.”
    _________________________________
    Oh, man: You sound like every Packers fan from JUDAS’ past. We all sang that same tune; must be the coaching, must be the oline, must be the receivers.
    The thing is – He makes coaches’ job so much harder, by talking to the press about everything, he has been a WR-killer for years – often throwing them into trouble as opposed to letting them make a play with their legs after the catch (he’d rather be the one to get the glory – would much prefer 30 dig routes down the field), and as for his oline – for years here we’d be screaming at the TV: “Don’t blindly run into he rush!”
    The fact of the matter is: he was great when kept in check (early in the Holmgren years, and last year, when he was hyped as not being enough of a ‘team’ guy – he put a little act on, and still is to this day, about how he loves the guys in the lockerroom – ALL B.S.), but he will never be great again, because his head is too big, and he’s too much of a diva to put in work like training camp. I forget, when was the last time Peyton Manning missed training camp?
    _________________________________
    Sterling says:
    “You forget how much the consecutive-game record means to Favre. Don’t ever underestimate that. He doesn’t want Manning to catch him.”
    _________________________________
    That means so much to him, as do all of his records. Whatever he says, believe the opposite.
    When he said: “The money, the records, they mean nothing to me.”, he said it all, in my mind.
    He plays for the money, for the fame, and for the history. When it came down to executing in the clutch, all he could think about last year was HIM being the one to make the play. Instead, the Vikings were sent home…again.
    See GB – 2007, etc., etc., etc.

  90. raideralex99 says: Sep 21, 2010 5:52 PM

    Wow … it’s a long season and how soon they forget.
    It was not until the 3rd game of the season (last year) that Favre started lighting it up infact Favre only had 265 passing yards against the last place Browns and Lions combined. This year he has 396 yards against two playoff teams without a WR … the only difference is the Vikings are 0-2 instead of 2-0.
    The way the NFC looks right now with the Cowboys, Vikings, 49ers all 0-2 (pre-season favorites to many the playoffs) … a 9-7 team should make the playoffs … RELAX Jason!
    Why doesn’t Whitlock do an article on why so many black QB fail in the NFL?

  91. Ridge_Runner says: Sep 21, 2010 6:00 PM

    The reality of the situation is what Green Bay got so used to seeing with Favre at the helm. If he gets off to a good start, he’ll rally the team around him and “have fun like a kid out there”. However, if the frustration of the Vikes last two games gets the better of him, he’ll start forcing plays that shouldn’t be forced and the Kittens will run away with a win.
    Unfortunately, with his current receiving corps, I would bet on the latter rather than the former. But maybe all is not lost… I’m pretty sure Taco Wallace is still available. Welcome to 2005, Vikings fans.

  92. ACS2 says: Sep 21, 2010 6:03 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    September 21, 2010 1:44 PM
    T-Jack can do all the things that Favre got all that extra cash for.
    ————-
    Sit at home and refuse to report to training camp?

  93. Scooby says: Sep 21, 2010 6:20 PM

    As a Packer fan / Viking hater, even I wouldn’t make the bold prediction that the Vikings won’t turn things around. I’d love to see them miss the playoffs, but they’ve got talent just like last year. The only difference is Sidney Rice is sidelined for minimum 6 weeks, and Favre is out of sync with his WRs due to not wanting to practice during training camp/preseason. The first half of the regular season is his training camp/preseason. He’ll definitely find his sync again, but never the way he did last year.
    Favre will never take himself out of the game. He’ll just stop showing up for practices during the week and try to coast the rest of the season if things don’t start getting better. Vikings are too stupid to realize Sage was better, and T-Jack would be no worse than Favre…. for a much cheaper price.

  94. thirdandgoal says: Sep 21, 2010 6:30 PM

    There’s quite a few 0-2 teams in the same boat as Minn. I think it’s a little early to bury any team. It’s only mid-Sept, folks. Calm down see where everybody is about Halloween time.

  95. thirdandgoal says: Sep 21, 2010 6:30 PM

    There’s quite a few 0-2 teams in the same boat as Minn. I think it’s a little early to bury any team. It’s only mid-Sept, folks. Calm down see where everybody is about Halloween time.

  96. mikemcsaint says: Sep 21, 2010 7:40 PM

    Viking fans!! Oh they are hilarious!! and most of them seem to absolutely nothing about football.

  97. mikemcsaint says: Sep 21, 2010 8:34 PM

    laughing so hard I forgot the “know”

  98. th56 says: Sep 21, 2010 8:52 PM

    Favre’s not the problem. Watch the games and grow a brain.

  99. DSC says: Sep 21, 2010 8:57 PM

    thirdandgoal says:
    September 21, 2010 6:30 PM
    There’s quite a few 0-2 teams in the same boat as Minn. I think it’s a little early to bury any team. It’s only mid-Sept, folks. Calm down see where everybody is about Halloween time.
    _____________________
    Agreed, very early….but how can anyone say that lions won’t beat the vikes? the game could easily go either way. Same goes for the bears/packers game. It’s a divisional game and no team seams to be hitting their stride yet, all but minnesota have showed some potential but you know the queens wont play like this all year. Should be a great week of games in the north.
    Go Pack and Go Lions!

  100. wranglerman says: Sep 21, 2010 9:10 PM

    donovan mcnabb made a career out of throwing to nobody wr’s….maybe he could have led this ball club to a 2-0 record, poor oline? pretty sure he’s got some good feet….

  101. SSgtLMJ says: Sep 21, 2010 10:18 PM

    Damn those pesky, evil Saints…they gave us the gift that just keeps on givin…rotten dirty Saints, they’re just too rough…TWO DAT!

  102. DSC says: Sep 21, 2010 11:22 PM

    A few QBs with a higher QB rating than bert faver…
    Alex Smith
    Sam Bradford
    Trent Edwards
    Senece Wallace
    Shaun Hill
    Jason Campbell
    Derek Anderson
    Yet he’s gonna lead the vikes to a super bowl!!!

  103. shaggytoodle says: Sep 22, 2010 12:27 AM

    September 21, 2010 6:03 PM
    shaggytoodle says:
    September 21, 2010 1:44 PM
    T-Jack can do all the things that Favre got all that extra cash for.
    ————-
    Sit at home and refuse to report to training camp?
    ___________
    Handing it to AP, and throwing it to the other team is what I was referencing.
    ______________
    Boy. Vikings fans just can’t win. If we start to criticize our team, we’re “jumping off the bandwagon”. If we have hope and faith in our team, we’re “stupid” or we “don’t know anything about football” or we’re “crazy”. You guys need to make up your damn minds.
    __________________________
    I think you guys should be very frustated the way your team handled this off season. I would just like all the peeps that are talking about going 14-2 or 13-3 need to remember its not madden and you can’t hit reset right now as much as you’d like.

  104. raideralex99 says: Sep 22, 2010 1:02 AM

    wranglerman says:
    September 21, 2010 9:10 PM
    donovan mcnabb made a career out of throwing to nobody wr’s….maybe he could have led this ball club to a 2-0 record, poor oline? pretty sure he’s got some good feet….
    _________________________________________
    OMG if you want to bash Favre please don’t use McNabb as a statistic … you look like a MORON.

  105. Mason222 says: Sep 22, 2010 1:48 AM

    0-2 Cowboys win SiperBowl 94
    0-6 Chargers go to AFC Championship
    Raiders win SuperBowl Wild Card
    Grocery Bagger wins MVP in SuperBowl
    It all comes down to 2 Games against the Pack and Bears. Its about getting to the Tournament.
    11-5 Viking Season. Show nothing important until the 5 playoff Team Stretch after the Bye. Vikes will be 6-3 after 9 games and Peaking. We Lost to Miami for not taking an automatic 3 in the 1st quarter and New Orleans for holding back AP in tghe 3rd Quarter. When we get Blown out with no mistakes then Panic until then it’s all about the Tournament. Juggernaut

  106. slegeir says: Sep 22, 2010 10:19 AM

    We all saw Brent hobbling in before the game. And you think he’s going to last the season. Funny!

  107. NW24 says: Sep 22, 2010 12:55 PM

    Suh, Vanden Bosch, Williams, Avril or McBride will put some big hits on Farve. They got to Vick 6 times officially (sacks), but put many more hits on Vick as he was running and throwing the ball. Farve is not a mobile quarter back, he is going to get lit up. True the Vikings should win this game on paper, but good luck keeping Farve from getting hit by a team that is bad defensively overall, but is first place in sacks. This game will be closer than people think. The Lions are underrated and have upside. The Vikings are on their way down this year, they will go 8-8 tops.

  108. DSC says: Sep 22, 2010 1:12 PM

    # th56 says: September 21, 2010 8:52 PM
    Favre’s not the problem. Watch the games and grow a brain.
    ________________________________
    had to laugh at this post, thanks for the laugh and i sympathize with your stupidity th56.
    Mason, 11-5 this year for the vikes? am i reading that right?
    will you be here all year?

  109. MACK DADDY says: Sep 22, 2010 2:21 PM

    Favre is a coward. He’ll quit before the seaon is over.

  110. CaptainMarvel says: Sep 22, 2010 6:25 PM

    One of the dumbest articles I’ve ever read.

  111. Vike Nasty says: Sep 22, 2010 9:31 PM

    Wow, I honestly never even considered that. Scary

  112. Allied Biscuit says: Sep 23, 2010 9:14 AM

    Favre is now going to be throwing to: Greg Camarillo, Greg Lewis, and Hank Baskett.

    but he will get his $20 mil

  113. gus308 says: Sep 23, 2010 9:42 AM

    How can anyone call Favre a quitter
    When has Brett ever quit. He plays a position where very few people make it through an entire season and he holds the record for the longest string of games started by a player. No one else is even close.
    He has contemplated retirement a few times but once he commited to playing he shows up every week, injured or not and plays as hard as he can.
    The Guy is tough as nails and he is not the reason the Vikings are 0-2. A couple of balls bounce the other way and they would be 2-0

  114. shaggytoodle says: Sep 23, 2010 3:30 PM

    He has contemplated retirement a few times but once he commited to playing he shows up every week, injured or not and plays as hard as he can.
    The Guy is tough as nails and he is not the reason the Vikings are 0-2. A couple of balls bounce the other way and they would be 2-0
    _______________________________
    Yeah once he takes a few weeks off while EVERYONE ELSE is getting ready for the season in training camp. I will cheer Favre once hes done being the Vikings QB I have always and will continue to boo whomever plays for them, just because he has a career year last year and able to ease on into the season with Cle, and Det. Why in the hell wouldn’t you want to leave EVERYTHING out there? Its your last season why half ass it? A couple of balls bounce there way and they are 2-0 possible, and if the dog wouldn’t have stopped to take a crap he would have caught the rabbit. Even if they were 2-0 I would have a hard time believing in a team that average 9.5 points a game, part of its Favres fault he should have been there working like everyone else. He shows up late and gets a raise.

  115. DSC says: Sep 23, 2010 6:01 PM

    well said shaggy….i think you made gus go home with his tail between his legs….

  116. dirty ernie says: Sep 23, 2010 8:12 PM

    The Vikes will break out against the Lions, win all the rest of their games, kick fanny in the playoffs and win the Superbowl.
    I really need to stop sniffin that glue.

  117. DSC says: Sep 24, 2010 1:11 AM

    dirty, can you convince these other glue sniffers to stop too, you could be their sponsor….the vikes will win 9 games or so but this glue is making them crazy…i hope youre not their pusher!

  118. sadviking says: Sep 24, 2010 11:02 AM

    I don’t know…in my opinion, if the Vikings are out of the playoff picture, I would WANT Favre out of there. For Favre – why put yourself in a position to get hurt when there’s nothing to gain? He’s certainly not going to play another year (hmm…). For the Vikings, why play a guy who you won’t have next year, when you could get some MUCH needed experience for the guys you probably will have. I don’t see this as a negative thing, even if it did happen.

  119. DSC says: Sep 24, 2010 1:04 PM

    Sad Viking, most of the viking fans i know would agree with you, might be your best bet at losing childress, favre will be gone, and your vikes will be much better next year or two depending on the lockout. i just wonder if you shouldve kept sage.

  120. BigMikey says: Sep 24, 2010 8:05 PM

    It’s week two, people. Week freaking two. I know what’s going on here, Whitlock and Mr. Florio are scared to death that Farva will once again put together one of those storybook, Hallmark moment seasons, and they’ll be secretly rooting for him, while having to maintain the fascade of hate. Hahahahaha. It’s all a fascade. This is going to be great to see. Hahahahaha……..

  121. Mrsteve says: Sep 24, 2010 9:50 PM

    AP could have scored the winning TD. He had a huge running lane opened by Hutch but he decided to cut back. Sometime he is a special kind of stupid ALL DAY. Farve even has to remind him slow down & follow your blockers. It’s pretty sad for his 4th yr.
    When the Vikings are 9-3 all this Farve is too old crap will go away.

  122. Alleged_Free says: Sep 25, 2010 2:23 AM

    zangy says:September 21, 2010 1:37 PMHow are you so
    sure they won’t lose
    to Detroit? I’ve
    stated this already
    somewhere else.
    Detroits rookie RB
    has scored more TDs
    than Minnesota’s
    entire offense so
    far this season. The
    strength of Detroits
    defense (front
    seven) matches up
    against the strength
    of the Minnesota’s
    offense (the running
    game). This game is
    in Detroit,
    Minnesota is reeling
    from consecutive
    losses. The Vikings
    losing to Detroit
    would surprise me
    less then the loss
    to Miami did.
    ________________________________________________
    I hate when stupid people talk. When people that have no business saying 1 word flap their gums. Mentioning the Lions rb should be the last thing u should start your point with. The lions o line is terrible. So is their qb. This rookie will run for less than 40 yards. Write that down. Quote that. The vikings will bring heat all day on hill and the lions will turn to that running game and it will go nowhere.
    2nd comment you make that wins u the “asshole idiot of the day award”, is this game is NOT in detroit. Its in minnesota. Where detroit hasn’t won since 1997. As a matter of fact, the Lions have 2 wins period, in the last 21 meetings. That’s 2 since 1999. Nothing will change this time either. The vikes easily win this game by 20 points.

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