Brett Favre, who supposedly contacted the Seahawks about replacing Matt Hasselbeck, could be replacing Kevin Kolb as Michael Vick’s back-up because Philadelphia is reportedly interested. What could possibly go wrong?
1. If Vick were to struggle, like he did last year when he was injured and played himself out of the MVP race, Favre might have a developed contingency in the locker room that could divide things. There is a history of the Eagles not controlling their locker room. Of all of T.O.’s burned bridges, I thought maybe Philadelphia was the one where T.O. got a somewhat raw deal. Where T.O.’s exit from Dallas in many ways was excusable as it turned out that the Cowboy did not need him (Phillips and Romo won their first playoff game without him), I believe some of the tension between T.O. and McNabb was Donovan’s fault and the Eagles really did need him. Good coaching staffs and/or leaders – not to say Brian Dawkins wasn’t showing leadership to some extent – are able to snuff out in-fighting without suspending and cutting players.
2. If Favre plays in the playoffs, would he seriously be better than Mike Kafka? His last two playoffs have pretty much ended with stupid, costly interceptions.
3. Favre will have second thoughts before the season.
4. Favre will have second thoughts during the season. He hasn’t been a back-up since the beginning of the 1992 season.
5. Favre could actually retire during the season, leaving the Eagles in a bad situation. It’s likely that they want Favre as a veteran back-up to replace Kevin Kolb, given the dangerous nature of Vick’s play. If he retires, say week 3, the media may focus on whether or not it’s for good this time. The real story would be that the Eagles won’t have an experienced back-up as they try to win the most competitive division in the NFL.
6. Even worse, Favre could end up playing without his heart really being in it. This is what happened last year, with him giving the most that he felt he could yet him regretting his decision, which can’t make for the right mindset for a quarterback nor did it inspire his teammates. Favre might not be able to help it when he loses (some of?) his desire, but that’s not a position he should put the Eagles in.