Mike Florio (Take ‘em or leave ‘em) over at SportingNews.com wrote an interesting article recently about 10 potential ripple effects that the signing of Brett Favre would have upon the NFL. Some of these are fun speculation (Favre can’t go back to Wisconsin ever again, the underlying stories in Week 1 become more interesting, etc.) but a couple of his takes could have long lasting effects on Viking fans.
Florio feels that in signing Brett Favre, Brad Childress moves from a coaching hot seat to a magma bar stool with a wobbly leg. The signing of Favre would seem to indicate that Childress understands the need for him to produce a winning team as he enters into the fourth year of a five year contract in 2009. So far, he’s had one failed playoff appearance and a single winning season with a self proclaimed roster that, when he became coach, he said was the easiest situation to work with. Apparently not so.
Signing Favre ends up putting additional pressure on Childress to produce a winner. So far, owner Zygi Wilf hasn’t made mention about a contract extension, and as fans remember from when Tice was let go, Wilf is not afraid to cut cords with coaches when a change is needed. Childress needs to produce wins now, and it appears that he feels the signing of Favre will help him in his quest of creating a successful football team.
In relation, Florio also points out that the signing of Favre could increase Adrian Peterson’s career longevity. He was second in the league last year with 363 carry attempts, which is a lot to ask of a running back. In recent years, carries above 350 have gone on to bring a runner down the following year (Think Shaun Alexander 2005 – 2006) and with Childress feeling enough pressure to win as is, without Favre on the roster Peterson may see equal or increased carries in Childress’ attempts to grind towards a deep playoff run.
With Favre in tow however, Peterson’s production and effectiveness could actually increase with less carries as defenses will have to respect the Hall of Fame quarterback. Peterson has never had a quarterback threat like this in his professional career, and frankly neither has Childress in his coaching career, so both of them may be able to explore other options offensively that will take some focus off of Peterson.
Extending Peterson’s career would obviously be good news for Viking fans, as once Favre retires (Surprise! Again), Peterson will be fresher and able to continue being the offensive work horse while another quarterback acclimates himself to the team and roster. Hopefully, he won’t turn into Barry Sanders Junior.
Florio goes on to explore reactionary moves that NFC North rivals will make (Plaxico to Bears, Greg Jennings gets paid?) and does provide some other interesting fodder. So if you have time, check the article out and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.