Forgive me if I wonder what sort of weavils have scurried across the prairies of Minnesota and entered the brain of Brad Childress while he was sleeping, but is there any other way to explain why the former Eagles' offensive coordinator is meeting with Brett Favre this week?
Favre, the only man capable of going directly from NFLPA to AARP, is undecided once again. This guy must be a riot when he chooses between cereals in the morning.
"Ahm juss not sure if Rahce Krispies means as much to me and mah famlee as buhfor."
Favre, who will turn 40 in October, was given his unconditional release by the Jets after last season, which ended for Favre with a biceps injury and, for the Jets, with utter collapse.
He finished what should be his last season with a passer rating of 81 and an interception percentage of 4.2, which is, to use the technical rating term of NFL player evaluators, "freaking horrible."
Brett should go back to the swamp and fish for alligators or update the works of Will and Ariel Durant or whatever it is he will do with the rest of his life. He should not be playing football and that should also be the consensus opinion of the 32 NFL teams.
But the Vikings are going to talk to Favre, hear about his dreams and his ambitions to crack the elusive 5.0 inteception percentage. They are going to look into those steely eyes and see what is left. But you have to wonder why.
Will Donovan McNabb, whose 10-year career has produced numbers that can compared with those of Favre, be getting job interviews in seven years? It seems highly unlikely, even though McNabb is probably capable of playing that long.
There are other aging QBs out there. Kurt Warner will be 38 in June, but, unlike Favre, he's still operating at a high level. Jeff Garcia will be 39 this season, but he's slipping through the ranks.
What is it about Favre that makes him marketable despite moldering skills?
Simply put, people like him and he can sell tickets. He's still got that backwoods boy, gunslinger persona that plays well with the demographic of most NFL ticket-buying fans. It is a quick fix, a sugar high, but nothing more for a franchise. The Jets found that out and the Vikings, unless the weavils detach themselves from the brain of Brad Childresss, will find that out, too.