There seems to be a growing notion around Philadelphia that Brett Favre would make for a good back-up to Michael Vick in 2011. This, of course, would be only if the Eagles trade Kevin Kolb as expected once the lockout is over.
Garry Cobb of gcobb.com wrote an article today speculating on the possibility. He apparently got the idea after hearing a few radio personalities discuss the idea on 610 WIP. I’ve also heard a few Eagles fans around the Bleacher Report community talk about it as well.
Brett Favre to Philly as Vick’s back-up? Seriously? Brett Fah-ver-ah? Hey, I have his rookie year leather helmet, maybe he can sign it.
But in all seriousness, I understand why this idea might be growing on some folks. Andy Reid was his QB coach in Green Bay for a few years and he knows the west coast offense like no other (he and Bill Walsh chiseled diagrams on their cave wall).
Once Kolb is gone, the Eagles will be in need of a veteran back-up for a year while Mike Kafka gets more time to develop into a decent #2 option. Adding Favre does make sense in this regard.
If he is, in fact, itching to return for yet another season of football, I’m sure he will only be considered for a back-up position on any team. With his age and banged-up body, that would be all he can handle.
His injuries from last year are believed to be healed, although that is more of an assumption on my part. The past two years he has dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries as well as suffering a concussion towards the end of last season.
Gil Brandt, a former executive with Dallas, recently speculated that he thinks Favre would be interested in returning for another year. Favre himself has not stated any such thing. As a matter of fact, there is another article last month on SunHerald.com that quotes him answering the question if he would want to play again and here is what he said:
“I don’t want to put my body through that anymore,” he said. “I’ve been beat up enough.”