With less than two weeks of preseason action left, the two hottest topics in the NFL are: the comeback of Michael Vick, and Bret Favre signing with the Minnesota Vikings. With over half of training camp left, Bret Favre signs with his former team’s divisional rival, the Green Bay Packers. Many "experts" are calling Favre the savior for the franchise, and how he will lead this team to the promise land. Now with reports coming from the Vikings camp that the team is split. This could spell c-a-t-a-s-t-r-o-p-h-y for the season. Michael Vick appeared earlier today in a hearing. Hold on… he did not do anything stupid or illegal. He applied for bankruptcy, and got 20 million dollars to pay back his debt. Then made it in time (the hearing was in Virginia) for the preseason game in Philadelphia for his first live game in over two years. Let’s start with Bret Favre. Let’s look at the timeline of since his departure from Green Green Bay. He retires in the spring. He is teary eyed and was very emotional. Three months (give or take) later he signs with the New York Jets, in time for training camp. Many questions were made after a few years of waiting till the last moment to decide whether or not to rejoin the team for that season. Again, Favre waited and the Packers wanted no more of the "Favre drama". They were willing to pay him twenty million dollars to not play. Favre did not want the money. He wanted to play. So he found a team that wanted him. He was an immediate impact player for them. Through the first eight games, Favre looked like the savior, or the second coming of Joe Namith. But, in the NFL, there are sixteen games. Favre injured his throwing shoulder that would require surgery in the off season. Still, Favre played whether or not it was best for the team or not. Favre’s numbers really dipped after this point. The Jets early on, beat teams they, on paper, were not better than. Then, they lost to teams that had no business beating them. Favre threw more interceptions than touchdowns, and reports that Favre was on his own island in the locker room. He rarely spoke in the locker room. He was non-existent. The Jets ended up missing the playoffs, and Favre retired yet again. This spring, the Minnesota Vikings had an interest in Favre. Brad Childress and Favre were together in Green Bay. Childress reached out to Favre. Favre thought about it and decided against it. This was right before training camp started. Then three days before the second preseason game, Favre flies into Vikings camp and signs a two year 25 million dollar contract. Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels were competing for the starting job. They had been there all through the offseason and OTA’s and training camp. Favre, who has openly admitted in the past that he doesn’t like practice, also stated that he knows the offense because it is the same as what he ran in Green Bay. What it looks like, is that Favre didn’t want to practice. So the deal and plan was made for Favre to come in late and play. Jackson was promised to start the second preseason game. Once Favre signed three days before the game, Favre got the start. So with three days of practice Favre went out with his "teammates", and went one of four for four yards. Jackson took over after the second series and went 12-15 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Reports have come out about the division in the locker room. How would there not be? If a guy came in halfway through training camp and started right away without practicing, there would be lots of problems. Favre said he isn’t here to make friends but to win. But before you can do that you have to win over your locker room. Childress has divided his team. You have the best running back and offensive line in the NFL, not to mention a top defense in the league as well. The Vikings have created a huge problem in their locker room. There was no need to go out and get a big mane player. Just a guy to hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson and to throw the ball 25 times a game. But instead, they have one of the biggest "schisms" in the NFL.
Michael Vick had his first action in nearly three years. Vick still had the zip on his throws. He still doesn’t have his feet under him. The biggest mistake will be to take Donovan McNabb away from the field, or from his quarterback position. Vick needs to re-learn how to play. He is learning in a great place with no pressure to play. Vick will want to play, but there is no guarantee that he will even be allowed to play this season. If he does, you can’t force Vick in the game. The other night there was too much running on and off the field. You have to have a formation or package to play him. It was a very unorganized. But none of it mattered because it was a test run. It was a dress rehearsal. Once they are on stage under the lime light, it has to be organized, and keeping the offense flowing is a must. I doubt Michael Vick will get his second year option. By the end of the season Vick will be looking for a new team, a team looking for a starting quarterback.