Early Thursday morning news broke that the St. Louis Rams, who are now extremely desperate for a quarterback, called Brett Favre for some help. The Rams wanted to see if the 44-year old grandfather would once again come out of retirement and give the NFL a shot, they were wrong.
Ya, they called f-ing Brett Favre.
Favre is currently working as a volunteer offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the undefeated Oak Grove Warriors, a high school team in Mississippi. He admits he spends his spare time, not working out, but by mowing the lawn.
Sounds like he’s ready to suit up and play, right St. Louis?
Favre hasn’t played since 2010 for the Minnesota Vikings and officially retired after suffering a concussion and being replaced by Joe Webb.
After the Rams news broke, many NFL analysts would suggest that the Rams calling Favre indicates that there is a significant problem at the quarterback position in the NFL. And I agree.
The Vikings still have not found a permanent replacement since Favre left in 2010, the Cleveland Browns have had about 20 different starting quarterbacks since 1999 and teams like the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Buccaneers continue to be an absolute mystery. Some teams just can’t seem to get it right.
The NFL has a long list of problems right now but is the lack of quality starting quarterbacks their biggest?
If you don’t have an above average quarterback in todays’ game, you don’t stand a chance.
The Vikings have the best running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson but due to the teams lack of production at quarterback, the Vikings continue to get embarrassed. Quarterback Josh Freeman threw 53 pass attempts on Monday night against the Giants and completed just 20 of those passes in the Vikings loss.
Recognizing that there is a problem is the first step toward a solution.
As a YaHoo Sports writer Dan Wetzel put it, “Maybe the NFL can take the work getting done by the Manning Passing Academy and the Elite 11 camps and take it to the next level. Maybe it can embrace the high school talent camps run by Rivals.com, Under Armor and others by either partnering or doing its own. Maybe it should return to running a developmental league, like it used to with NFL Europe, which might identify and refine some promising talent.”
I can’t tell you what the solution to the NFL’s growing quarterback problem is. I can tell you that Brett Favre is definitely not the answer.
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