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It's time to move fowardPosted Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at 8:29 AM
Following Sunday's humiliating 31-3 loss to arch-rival Green Bay, the Minnesota Vikings' 2010 season effectively ended.
No playoffs this year. It just wasn't in the cards.
On Monday, Vikings' ownership effectively called an end to the season, announcing the firing of head coach Brad Childress.
Childress ended his tenure with a 39-35 record.
Leslie Frazier was announced as the interim head coach.
Frazier now has six games to prove to ownership he can coach this team. Perhaps he should make an incredible bold move.
That bold move some fans may be hoping for, myself included, was squashed immediately Monday afternoon.
Frazier, during a press conference, was asked about the Brett Favre situation.
The question: Would he remain the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season?
The answer: Yes.
After the loss to the Packers, Favre was asked what his thoughts were on this season.
He said he would "re-evaluate" his status.
I was hoping Frazier would sit down with the grizzled veteran and say one of the following: Retire gracefully or you're going to be placed on injured reserve.
For the Vikings, now is the time to move foward.
Currently, Favre ranks 32nd in the NFL in passer rating.
Only one time in his 20-year career has Favre lost more than eight games and that came in 2005, when the Packers finished 4-12.
Speaking of the Packers, how fitting is it that Favre's legendary status regarding historic quarterbacks was destroyed by Aaron Rodgers, the man who replaced him?
I have been a loyal Minnesota Viking fan for as long as I can remember.
But this should be it.
Either let Favre go or bench him.
His consecutive starting streak means nothing anymore. The future of the Vikings means everything.
It seems simple to me.
As of right now, the Vikings have to decide if Tarvaris Jackson or Joe Webb are the future or not.
Unfortunately, Favre is not part of that future. But there are other players who are.
If it turns out that neither Jackson nor Webb are the answer, it's back to square one, looking for the main piece to make all of them fit.
By staying with Favre, the organization is still clinging on to this season, which is realistically over.
It's time to call it a day and let Favre ride off in the sunset.
I realize Favre is a Hall of Famer. He earned the right to be considered one of the best to play the position.
Favre even perhaps had his greatest season as a quarterback in the league last year. It was, indeed, a magical season. That's what makes this season so difficult to swallow.
Entering the 2010 year, everyone believed Favre was coming back and the Vikings were the team to beat in the NFC.
Whether too many things are weighing on his shoulders or not, it's simply time to cut ties.
It would be an unfortunate thing to happen, letting go of an icon.
But that may be what this team has to do.
Frazier needed to begin the evaluation process of these other two quarterbacks.
And nothing would speak louder than saying to Favre: The streak is over.
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