More Dr. Favrenstein

And now, as you’re debating a comeback, isn’t that what you want? A town to idolize you?

I really enjoyed this open letter to Brett Favre, from Small-Market Scribblings. I disagree with the writer about our talent level. I believe going with Brett over Brodie Croyle would net the Chiefs another four or five wins, I really do. Brett’s dealt with playing behind some average offensive lines, and I doubt he’s ever been surround by a juggernaut group of skill players like Dwayne Bowe, Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez. And, once again, quarterback is easily the most important NFL position.

I hold tight to the belief that Favre could lead us somewhere in 2009, especially if the frugal front office actually decided to spend a little in free agency. As far as the sentiment that we’d be wasting two years, I hate to say this, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up wasting another year at least on Croyle. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt that I am given what I’ve seen so far. Favre would give us at least a shot at the postseason, maybe more down the road, while we really figure this quarterback situation out. Of course, I am not part of the ever-growing Croyle crowd, so some of you will obviously disagree. SMS agrees, though:

First off, forget being a backup. Our starter here, Brodie Croyle, yeah, I wouldn’t expect you to remember his name. He’s got as much chance of challenging you for a starting role as the Royals have of making a run for the pennant.

Looking back at the adulation and success Joe Montana had here in an eerily similar situation, I at least have to add the Chiefs to the list of long-shot possibilities for Old No. 4. I’m not really concerned about the offense we run either. After nearly two decades of being a signal caller, dude knows the game.

But while the rumors that we have some interest are apparently true, not everyone believes the Chiefs to be a good fit for Favre. All the numbers don’t back up the potential move either. From the New York Times:

Other rebuilding teams, like the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs, have a reported interest in Favre. Those teams should not expect him to reverse their fortunes. According to “Pro Football Prospectus 2008,” Favre was 1,437 yards better than a “replacement level” quarterback (a rookie or an off-the-rack backup) last season — about 90 yards a game: enough to provide an extra win or two, but not enough to turn the 3-13 Falcons or 4-12 Chiefs into winners. Bad teams often have bad offensive lines; given the choice, Favre may stay home rather than risk his health behind rickety protection.

I still believe Favre would be the difference between us going 9-7 and 5-11,  but obviously not everyone agrees. I also fully believe that he’d give us the chance to make a legitimate playoff run in 2009. While I still doubt he will end up wearing Red and Gold, I’d still love to see it. The Chiefs seem to be looking to bring in more revenue, which I’ll discuss in a future post, and I can’t think of a better way to do so. Maybe there is a chance?

Tags: Brett Favre Brodie Croyle Kansas City Chiefs

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