Favre Returning?

By: Ryan Mason Email
By: Ryan Mason Email

Brett Favre is hands down one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. With 506 career touchdowns and 71, 838 career passing yards the future Hall of Famer made his mark in the history of the NFL. Not only did the retired quarterback wow with touchdowns and throwing yards, but also holds the current NFL record for consecutive starts without missing a game at 297 games (18 and a half seasons).

A resilient leader, a commanding field officiator, and one of the toughest guys to ever play the game, No. 4 still commands the praise of NFL fans across nation. During his tenure, who wouldn’t want Favre leading their offense? Well apparently someone still wants the 44 year old retired NFL quarterback to lead their franchise.

Due to the season ending knee injury to the St. Louis Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford, Head Coach Jeff Fischer and the Ram organization have found themselves in desperate need of a field general. Apparently desperate enough to where they’re reaching out to retired veteran QBs over the age of 40.

Two thoughts come to mind in the Rams making a move in signing Favre: one that would be awesome. In my personal opinion I believe that Favre was one of the most exciting quarterbacks to watch play the game of football. Favre somehow found not just ways to win, but also found ways to stay on the field. The famed Packer would tell you that were plenty of games that he should of missed to due to the severity of certain injuries, but that never stopped him.

Anytime the NFL had the joy of doing a segment of “Mic’d Up” featuring Brett Favre, fans got to see a different side of Favre as he somehow seemed to make everyone on the sideline crack up even if they were down by 30 points. Favre had a way of making the best situations not just on the field, but in the locker-room as well. My whole point is simply stating that watching Favre play the game of football again would be a joy.

But my second thought is why in the world would the Rams reach out to Favre when there is a plethora of younger quarterbacks ready to roll at a phone calls notice? Vince Young can’t stop tweeting at organizations to give him a spot, so why not give the former Longhorn a chance? Why not go after backup veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Tennessee Titans? What about the Patriots Ryan Mallet? What about Cowboys backup Kyle Orton? Heck, what about Tim Tebow?

Regardless whom the Rams decide to chase, they need to act fast as their season doesn’t seem to be waiting to resume until they find a QB worthy of starting. Fischer and Co. feel the pressure to act fast, but that pressure doesn’t need to yield impulsive decision. Selecting a QB to lead your offense is a decision that needs to be viewed as an investment. Some investments involve little risk, little reward, while some contain high risk, high reward. Did the Rams seriously think that a banged up 44 year old veteran QB wouldn’t be a high risk?

Instead of taking high gambles, the Rams should place their bets in the odds of a quarterback who has the potential of sticking around for more than five months. However, high risk-high reward may be the exact thing they need to kick start the remainder of the regular season because where there’s a high risk you most certainly can reap a high reward.

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