|Comparing Brett Favre and Frank Tarkenton is easier said than done.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
As you might recall, I put out a call Thursday for some longtime fans to help us on a comparison between the playing styles of Fran Tarkenton and Brett Favre. The quick and certain answer from some loyal readers: There is none.
Here is how Richard of Astana put it:
Their styles were very different. Tarkenton was known first and foremost for his scrambling, taking off ... back-and-forth behind the line of scrimmage to avoid sacks. He was short, and never talked of as having a gun for an arm, like Favre. They're both from the south. Personality wise, Tarkenton was all about proving that a small guy like him could succeed, and post-career he's been motivated and successful in business, which doesn't fit with our assumed expectations about Favre, who figures to (someday) disappear to Mississippi, chilling out and mending fences.
Victor of New York wrote:
Favre in NO way "out-Tarkentoned" Fran. Fran's escapability and ability to extend a play were almost magical. You really should watch some older film before saying this. Their styles don't compare in the slightest. I don't think Fran has any grudge against Favre for being a "better" version of him. Totally different, and totally different eras.
I suspect there is some Vikings-Packers emotions at work here, but I nonetheless accept that their styles were dissimilar. I thought Mike of Dumfries, Va., had a particularly strong analysis:
While I think both Favre and Tarkenton "were" great QB's in their prime, there aren't many similarities in their style. I only saw Tarkenton play the last 6-7 years of his career. I do recall watching him in two Super Bowls. Of course, knowing that, I did get to see all of Favre's career and saw him in person a few times, too. When comparing size and agility, Tarkenton was all of 5'10 and could scramble like no other QB I have ever seen. It was maddening watching him run and run and run. I was as exhausted as the defenders were and I was watching on TV. Favre on the other hand is what 6'3" and his ability to take a hit is well known.
Unlike Tarkenton, Favre may be able to shift, slide and elude some defenders, but he "was" by no means a scrambler like Tarkenton. Favre had the stronger arm from what I recall of Tarkenton, but that didn't mean her was a better passer than Tarkenton. Overall, while Favre was a gambler and threw a lot of interceptions and he couldn't scramble or elude would be tacklers like Tarkenton, plus he lost games he could have or should have won, Favre nonetheless has a Super Bowl win, something Tarkenton can't say he was able to do even though he had great defenses year in and year out in Minnesota.