Wednesday, December 29, 2010
FavreWatch: Swan song or fade to black?
By Kevin Seifert
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brett Favre hasn't practiced with the Minnesota Vikings in 26 days, felled by multiple injuries that now include a concussion. Wednesday, the NFL fined him $50,000 for a lack of cooperation with its investigation into possible violations of NFL policy. So how will Favre spend what he has said will be the final four days of his NFL career?
Apparently, the options include making one final start -- Sunday against the Detroit Lions in the Vikings' 2010 season finale.
Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier, in fact, said Wednesday that Favre will start if he can pass a post-concussion impact test as early as Thursday.
It makes all the sense in the world for Favre to fade quietly and inconspicuously into retirement, and there is no doubt the Vikings would like to see more of rookie Joe Webb. But Frazier, who is awaiting word on his long-term future with the team, would prefer to take his chances with Favre if that option avails itself.
"It's really not a hard decision for me," Frazier said. "Brett is a terrific player. We feel very comfortable when he's on the field that we have a great chance to win. So you always want to put the guy out there who is going to give you the best chance to win. If Brett is healthy, I think our entire team feels very confident that we have a great chance to win when he's the starting quarterback.
"And nothing against Joe -- Joe's going to be a terrific player in our league. But if Brett is able to go, he'd be our starting quarterback."
It's possible that Frazier is simply offering Favre the public benefit of the doubt when he knows the chances of him playing are minimal. But just two weeks ago, Frazier set the precedent for initiating a game-day swap. So we have to be on guard here. For old time's sake, if nothing else, it looks like we're headed to one final exciting conclusion of FavreWatch. Stay tuned.