Favre is Talking the Talk: 1 of 4 For 4 Yards and No Fumbled Snaps

No NameContributor IAugust 22, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 21: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings gets tackled just after passing the football by linebacker Corey Mays #51 the Kansas City Chiefs at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on August 21, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Ever since talk of his 12th unretirement began several months ago, NFL fans have been told how Minnesota was a perfect fit for Favre because he knows the offense; he "knows the verbiage." Favre can talk that West Coast Offense talk. Well, what about "walking the walk?" Apparently this isn't important to Vikings fans who've been told by the Vikings' marketing heads that they are ready "4" some football, even though their team's QB clearly isn't. That much was made clear by the bar Favre placed conveniently at ground level before the game:

"I just didn't want to fumble the snap," Favre said. "Wanted to make sure I got the handoffs. If you complete passes, great. But I was nervous about that."

Ten million dollars seems like a lot to pay for a quarterback who worries about whether he can successfully take a snap. I wonder if Tavaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and J.D. Booty were as impressed as Vikings fans with Favre's ability to take a snap and hand off the football without fumbling. Surely that was the inspiration behind Jackson's more-Favrey-than-Favre performance.

But hey, no one went to the Metrodome last night to watch Favre hand off the ball. No, people went there to see Favre toss stumbling, no-look shovel passes and heave 50-yard bombs from his back foot. (Vikings fans are the only people who are still impressed by that sort of thing.) And Favre didn't disappoint.

Unless, of course Vikings fans were actually expecting him to complete those passes. Or more than one of them, anyway.