We do not need to look toward the future and wait until Super Bowl Sunday to determine whether or not the signing of Brett Favre was a good move by the Minnesota Vikings last week.
Instead, let's look back to the past. Both Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels have never given a head coach reason to believe they can be a consistent starter in the NFL.
What Brad Childress did was acknowledge that this is a make-or-break year for him with the Vikings and went out and got the best quarterback available. Call Favre selfish, call him a prima donna, but at the same time, recognize that he is a first-ballot hall of famer. In a profession where a coach wins or gets fired, the latter of the three is the most important determining factor.
Childress took a lot of heat during his first two seasons in Minnesota. Now it is time to acknowledge that he has built a team that is capable of winning big right now. Their defense is good enough to keep them in every game. Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the game. The missing ingredient was a quarterback who could be trusted to not fold during an important drive in January. History says Childress has found that in Favre.
I know about Favre's gunslinger mentality and his tendency to throw into triple coverage. The fact that one of his many NFL records is for the most interceptions thrown in a career is proof that he takes unnecessary chances at times. But he doesn't fold under pressure. At the end of the day, I would want a player like that leading my team in the playoffs.
Minnesota's other two options at quarterback do not exude confidence in tight situations. Jackson hasn't done much to prove that he can step up on a must-score drive in the fourth quarter. A 15-for-35 performance against the Eagles in the playoffs last year solidified the fact that Childress could not trust his future with this team on the right arm of Jackson.
Rosenfels has been a perennial backup in his eight-year career. Both have been given opportunities that they were not able to take advantage of.
For that reason, no one should feel sorry for either Rosenfels or Jackson. It was Childress' job to put the best team possible on the field. He did that. He also positioned himself for what could be a contract extension at the end of the season. Who would you rather stake your livelihood to? Favre, Jackson or Rosenfels?
Every player in the NFL should know by now that this is not a game - it's a business. Minnesota made a great business move by signing Favre no matter what happens. Interest in this team will likely reach 1998 levels. Entertaining teams make money for their owners and the 2009 Vikings are one of the more exciting teams in recent Minnesota history.
All this has to factor into the decision to bring Favre in. Even at 40 years old, his resume speaks for itself. He offers the Vikings the best chance to win in the playoffs and to sell out the Metrodome every week. With or without a Super Bowl, that makes it the right decision.