Column - Favre brings swagger to team
The days of cringing every time a Vikings' quarterback drops back to pass seem like a distant memory these days.
Brett Favre is off to the best start in his storied career. He has done exactly what I figured he would do when Minnesota wrestled him out of retirement - turn the Vikings' offense into a legitimate unit and make Minnesota one of the top three teams to beat in the NFC.
Anyone who thinks the Vikings would be 6-0 without Favre playing quarterback has not been watching. It is not just the bullet he threw across his body to Sidney Rice against the Packers or the game-winning dramatics against San Francisco. It is the swagger he brings to this team.
The Vikings' offense exudes confidence with him under center. Even when the defense looked like it couldn't have stopped Alexandria in the fourth quarter last Sunday, I got the feeling Favre would find a way to lead the offense down the field for the go-ahead score late in the game. That is something I never felt late in a game last season.
His numbers through the first six wins are exactly what the Vikings need from their quarterback - 12 touchdowns to two interceptions. Critics said he would not be able to rein in his gunslinger mentality on an offense that already had the best running back in the game. Through six games, he has proven that dead wrong.
Favre is on pace to throw for 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season. He will likely finish with more than five picks, but numbers anywhere close to that will have him in the MVP discussions.
The key is staying healthy. History says there is nothing to worry about there. Favre just doesn't miss games because of injury. But he has to avoid an injury that affects his play like the bicep tear he suffered last year with the Jets.
He is still a top five quarterback in the league when healthy. That should make all the people who hated him for waffling in his comeback forget that even happened.
Not that that should have ever been an issue in the first place. The only two people who had a right to be so angry at Favre were Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson. They were the only ones who were affected personally by the situation.
All the fans that were up in arms have hopefully gotten over it by now. Favre said it best in his introductory press conference when he said, "This is America. People do it all the time."
He's right. A lot of people are indecisive. If he had a hard time choosing between playing or staying home with his family in Mississippi, so be it. Most people are not fortunate enough to love their job so much that it would be a tough decision.
The fact is that he is in Minnesota and every Viking fan should be thrilled about that. This team is fun to watch again. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Hopefully it lasts into February.