Minnesota Vikings: Leslie Frazier Needs To Teach Brett Favre Respect

Sonny ClarkCorrespondent INovember 23, 2010

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings watches as his team takes on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Reports are that Leslie Frazier, the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, plans to start Brett Favre on Sunday in Washington.

The book on Frazier is that he is a no-nonsense kind of coach, and he gets players to play for him. Will this move be enough to make Brett Favre happy?

Dare I say, who cares if Favre is happy? I mean really, who cares! Does he care about anyone besides himself? Obviously not.

I have been accused of being a Favre basher. Let me get this out there. Brett Farve is good for football. He is good for ratings. He makes the NFL as a whole much better, if—and let me just stress IF—he is not acting like a spoiled rotten little boy who gets mad when things don’t go his way.

Frankly, I’ve heard that Favre gives you the best chance to win. Really? Can’t Tarvaris Jackson get the chance to throw three interceptions in one game like Favre? I mean, maybe he will only throw one and they have a chance to win.

I wouldn’t say they have a better chance of winning with Favre starting. Not now. But since it is Brett Favre, future Hall of Fame guy, he gets the nod? Sooner or later you have to know when to hang them up.

Well, it is later.

This season is a new low for Favre in a career that was something that people could marvel at. It has been a flat-out embarrassment to his career and what he has accomplished over the years.

But maybe, JUST MAYBE, he can end his career without his last pass being an interception, unlike his previous tenures with other teams. Last pass in Atlanta, interception. Last pass with Green Bay, interception. Last pass as a Jet, interception. Last pass with the Vikings last season, interception.

His play on the field in 2010 has been real bad. "Real bad" is actually sugarcoating it for the future Hall of Famer. Maybe he deserves that kind of respect in words. But let’s be honest, if his play on the field was any other quarterback in the league, he would be benched by now. And rightfully so.

But this is Brett Favre. Now the new coach is Frazier. I hope that Frazier takes a stand and says the behavior of Brett Favre was unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

But he didn‘t.

In Monday’s press conference Frazier said, "There's no hesitation for me in that regard. Brett Favre will be our starting quarterback on Sunday."

A chance to make a statement about how the behavior of the few will not be tolerated, was lost here. He would have nothing to lose by benching Favre, either. Frazier basically just said it was OK for a big-name player to disrespect a coach, as long as you are Hall of Fame-bound.

Kevin Blackistone stated in his article:

“Frazier's decision was appropriate, however, because there is but one reason to pay attention to the Vikings for the rest of this season: Favre. Why, after this most miserable of campaigns for him? To see if he can manage to stay in one piece and upright long enough to make it to the 300 consecutive games-started mark.

It is selfish.

It is antithetical to the team game that is football.

It is, however, a record worth witnessing.”

The next question is will Roger Goodell have the stones to put him out, if the coach won’t. He won’t, though, because what is best for football is having Favre in the game to make it to 300.

In my opinion, I could care less about his records. I could care less that he only needs five for 300 consecutive starts.

The consequences of his actions, whether it be “Shlong Gate” or disrespecting coaches on the sidelines of a game, have to end at 295.