If Brett Favre retires again, the Minnesota Vikings shouldn’t pursue him down to Mississippi this time. Favre announced plans to retire at the end of the 2010 NFL season, and has stated that he won’t be coming back for the 2011 season. This might not be that much of a surprise, especially with how badly he has been playing for the Vikings this season. It’s also not very surprising for another reason; this is what Favre does at the end of every NFL season now, and it was expected that he would make this announcement once again. That he made it in November might actually be considered a surprise, though.
According to ESPN, Favre was asked in an interview that will air on the NFL Network whether he will be playing football in 2011. His answer was pretty succinct, giving the interviewer the basic answer of “no” to that question. This echoes what he apparently said way back in August, when he revealed that he would reach his goal of playing in the NFL for 20 seasons, and that it would then be time to hang up the cleats. This is now his 20th NFL season, he is in the final year of his contract with the Minnesota Vikings, and now it seems that his excitement for the game is wearing thin.
Maybe this is the frustration that comes with losing, but Favre hasn’t tipped his hand like this to the press over the past few years. Typically he holds off on answering questions until the end of the season, but when the Vikings started out the 2010 NFL season at 2-5, it was clear that there was something going wrong in Minnesota. Last week, the Vikings came back to beat the Arizona Cardinals near the end of the game, and Favre ended up setting a career-high for passing yards in a game with 446. With that happening, the question was bound to come up again, and, for once, Favre didn’t waffle at his decision.
The Vikings haven’t been eliminated from playoff contention yet, and their win last week was extremely important when it comes to the NFC North standings. Right now, Minnesota has a 3-5 record at the halfway point of the season, and they have key games against Chicago and Green Bay coming up in their schedule. Those are the two teams just ahead of them in the standings, but they also have to start winning games on the road. Minnesota is 0-4 this season on the road, and has a road game against Chicago on Sunday. If they have any hope at making the NFC Playoffs, they have to win this game and create a winning streak to build some momentum.