St. Louis Rams Calling Brett Favre Is a Move of Desperation

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterOctober 24, 2013


Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? 

When franchise quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Carolina Panthers, the St. Louis Rams were in complete shock.

They only had one other quarterback (Kellen Clemens) on their active roster, so head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead knew they had to move fast before Monday night’s game versus the Seattle Seahawks.

They fielded calls around the league to inquire about particular quarterbacks and their availability. According to Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports, one of the first calls they made was to the New Orleans Saints about practice-squad signal-caller Ryan Griffin.

However, the Saints blocked the move by adding Griffin to their active roster and guaranteeing him four game checks.

This, in turn, left the Rams scrambling to find adequate help at a hapless position. As we know, they went on to to eventually sign veteran quarterback Brady Quinn and second-year undrafted free agent Austin Davis. 

Davis has been with the team before, so he knows offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s scheme. Quinn is nothing more than a body at this point. Both signings were viewed as uninspiring, but in all fairness to St. Louis, there’s not a whole lot of talent available on the open market. 

That's exactly why the Rams took a bold stab in the dark when they called Brett Favre’s agent, Bus Cook. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team wanted to know if the 44-year-old was willing to come out of retirement and return for one final ride.

Fisher, for his part, was not willing to neither confirm nor deny the situation Thursday afternoon:

"During the process I didn't disclose any information and I feel no need to disclose information after the process," Fisher said. "That's how we are. That's consistent with our policy and our philosophy."

Asked if that was a denial, Fisher said: "It's I don't talk about the process."

Sure, Favre led the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs in 2009, but that was a long time ago. If St. Louis really thought calling the retired quarterback was its best chance of salvaging the 2013 season, the Rams are as desperate as it gets.

However, being desperate is not always a bad thing; sometimes it’s the only thing a team has going for it. Fisher and Snead have no one to blame but themselves for this fiasco. Since the Rams’ new regime took over in 2012, it hasn’t drafted a viable No. 2 quarterback in two drafts. 

Based on Bradford’s injury woes that date all the way back to his collegiate days at Oklahoma, the organization should have at least drafted a developmental quarterback at some point.

Yes, the franchise is all in on Bradfordwe are all aware of that. However, that doesn’t mean the Rams shouldn’t have safeguarded the team from a situation like this. 

You have to think Fisher and Snead won’t make the same mistake in 2014. They have nine draft picks next year, which can only mean one thing: One of those nine players selected will be a quarterback.

With two first-round picks, St. Louis could very well pick one on Day 1 of the draft. There are a lot of different scenarios that could unfold between now and May, though.

The only things we do know are that Brett Favre will not be playing quarterback for the Rams and Jeff Fisher’s club will struggle to win ballgames from here on out this season.