Brett Favre is back. Blah, blah, blah. You’ve all heard enough about No. 4 by now. But I’ve got a different angle for you.Yes, it involves our Chiefs.
The Chiefs will get the first crack at Favre during Friday night’s Chiefs-Vikings game. The twice-retired/twice-unretired gunslinger is expected to get the start for the preseason exhibition. He’s even lobbying for the start, apparently chomping at the bit to get back on the field. The game will be aired on the NFL Network. The sports media coverage will be insane.
Chiefs, please kill two birds with one stone and put this has-been on his ass. By doing so you will let the NFL know that the Chiefs are once again a serious team with an actual pass rush. More importantly, you can potentially save millions of NFL fans from the NFL’s version of The Truman Show.
Now, I am not saying they should do anything dirty (really dirty, anyway). I’m not condoning intentionally injuring a future Hall of Famer (well, except for his pride). What I’m saying is that this is our chance to show the NFL that the Herm era is over, and while serving that notice we can also make old man Favre second guess whether or not he really has another comeback in him. Don’t take it easy on him — hit him like it’s Week 17 and he’s Phillip Rivers.
While I hope we get to Favre — both for our sake and the sake of the football world, er, the football world minus Minnesota, John Madden, peter King and the few remaining Favre fiends — this is a good thing no matter what. With this being Favre’s first game back, both the crowd and media coverage will resemble that of a big regular season game. The game could really help the new Chiefs, and specifically Matt Cassel and the offensive line, prepare for the regular season. The first quarter will especially be as real of regular season simulation as the preseason can ever offer.
Firmly planting Favre on his “I don’t wanna play, wait, I do wanna play” ass time and time again would get the league’s attention. But I would at least like to see our Chiefs play well with all eyes on Friday night’s game. If the Chiefs start showing progress, I might be able to live with Farvefest 2009. Maybe. But let’s interrupt that programming if we can. By hitting him clean, of course (wink wink).