On Monday I suggested that the Vikings should bench Brett Favre based off of his poor performance, injury status, and off the field concerns.
Apparently Favre himself might agree with one of those reasons to bench him.
“You’re not going to make every throw but I would have made some of those throws,” said Favre on Wednesday. ”From that standpoint, I don’t want to play just to play.”
“I’ve been fortunate to not have arm issues in 20 years,” said Favre. “I had the biceps a couple of years ago but as far as just nagging. Pitches get it all the time, as a quarterback it’s a lot like a receiver or a running back, you get nagging issues or your legs or whatever that poses a problem. I had tendinitis [in 2000] and I was out all of camp.
“Prior to that if you had told me tendinitis would keep me out I would have laughed at you because I always looked at it as, ‘That’s kind of a wimpy injury. It was painful. Very painful and for people who have had it lifting things is a problem. So throwing 50-yard bombs is even tougher. We’ve been treating it, it’s been there for several weeks. It hasn’t gotten any worse but it really hasn’t gotten better.”
“It would probably seem maybe a little more logical that 20 years and having played through a lot of things that you would say, ‘OK’ … ” Favre said. “I don’t know for sure in answering that question, but I would think they would, Brad [Childress] and Darrell [Bevell] and those guys, would trust in me that if I felt like one or two throws a game [you can’t make that is one thing] but if I feel like there’s more than that on a consistent basis where, ‘Boy, he makes that throw,’ I should be able to address that with them and I believe I would.”
I highly doubt that Favre will end his consecutive start streak by sitting out of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, but the threat is there that he conceivably could sit or perhaps play only a part of the game on Sunday.
This means that Brad Childress will probably be milking this for all it is worth between now and then, trying his best to get the Cowboys to split their focus and try to prepare for two quarterbacks.