Cris Carter Also Has an Opinion on Fran Tarkenton/Brett Favre

Someone finally got around to asking loud-mouth former Viking Cris Carter‘s opinion on the Fran Tarkenton flap.  You’d expect Carter, whose mouth has gotten him in trouble more than once in his life, to have at least a little sympathy for Fran, who has been getting hammered by Viking fans who think he should shut his mouth about Brett Favre.  But Cris doesn’t seem all that sorry for Fran:

Well for one, as an athlete, there are other athletes out there I wouldn’t say I have the best relationship with based on maybe the commentary you offered on them. No athlete wants to be criticized. I don’t think at any time I ever had a desire to for any athlete to not be successful. I think that’s contrary to our fiber as athletes and sportsmen. To wish bad things to happen to other people, I’ll give you an example, someone like T.O. (Terrell Owens). T.O. and I aren’t friendly. We don’t talk, I’ve been very very critical of him. Now he’s left several teams, when he left San Francisco, I didn’t wish ill will on him in Philadelphia or when he left there ill will in Dallas. I just don’t believe in doing things like that. Number two, the Vikings, they are our team. Just like the Packers, they were his (Favre’s) team. I believe you acquire assets any way that you can get them. If you’re trying to improve the quarterback position, just because a guy played for the Green Bay Packers, if you’re trying to improve that position and you feel like a 60 year old quarterback can help you with a bad arm then you should go out and get him. As far as Brett Favre and what he took the Packers through, now I agree with Fran on that. That was ridiculous.

Carter also went way out on a limb by saying he thinks Brett Favre even injured is better than Tarvaris Jackson.  Cris likes taking those crazy positions, doesn’t he?  Next he’ll tell us that cancer is bad and pain hurts.

I’m personally tired of the whole Fran Tarkenton ordeal, which has served only to divide Viking fans, and make this off-season of hope into one of strife and bitterness.  Of course, it wouldn’t have gotten to this point if so many people weren’t so delusional about Favre.  It’s sad, to me, that so many are so willing to set themselves up for disappointment.  I prefer to take things as they come.  So, if the Vikes get Favre, great; if they don’t, I’m ready to enjoy the season with Sage Rosenfels or even T-Jack at QB.  Unrealistic expectations are just the precursors to frustration and misery.  I think Confucius said that.  Or possibly Dr. Phil.

Topics: Brett Favre, Cris Carter, Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, Sage Rosenfels, Tarvaris Jackson, Terrell Owens

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  • Mike

    Danzinski, you are the one being delusional.  The Vikings must get Favre because the team is too good to rely on T-Jack, who really pissed me off with his poor play last year especially early and late, and the unproven Rosenfels.  But once Favre is on the team, I am willing to let Chilly decide who should be the starting QB.  My problem with the Favre haters is that they appear to be trying to discourage the Vikings from even getting Favre. 

  • Joe

    Mike,

    T-Jack only played early and late.

  • Mike

    I mean
    Early = first 2 games,
    Middle = Detroit and AZ,
    Late = Atlanta, NY and playoffs against Philly

  • Mike

    I am willing to risk disappointment.  NFL.com Pat Kirwin says Favre will be a Viking and they need him, because their current QBs are incapable of big games and advancing in the playoffs:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11813119

  • fay

    Ihope Brett Favre does come to play for the Vikings he makes a team better and the NFL is better with him..Hope his health lets him come.He is always alot of fun to watch..The purple jersey will be great to have of #4 too.Go for it.Vikings need a Brett Favre to take them into the playoffs..

  • Spanky

    Fran should look at what he done in 4 super bowls!!! Keep your mouth shut Fran ya got no room to talk!!! you couldnt get it done but Farve sure did……

  • Dustin

    @ mike “Early = first 2 games” Except he didn’t play poorly it was the WR’s and TE dropping balls that was the problem. They needed to blame someone for the losses so they blamed T-Jack. He did throw one pick and most of the incomplete passes were because of WR’s having a case of the drops.

  • Mike

    @ Dustin.  While there is some truth to also blaming the WRs and TE, it was my opinion at the time, along with many others, that T-Jack deserved to be benched.

  • jeege

    Personally, I think its probably a done deal. I’m just waiting for the official word to drop that he will be our QB.

    Then, time will tell. Either he will take us farther than we’ve been in years or we will be looking for a new coach…either way, this roster has all the makings of a championship on paper.

    And do you know who we have to thank for that? Childress and the front office. They have been spectacular in their handling of everything but the quarterback position! I love rooting for the Vikes!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    hey spanky….go home and spank it for awhile, fran only lost 3 of the 4 superbowls the vikes were in. yhe first was the mighty joe kapp.

  • Jim

    Spanky, one more thing before you go do what Dave suggested.  Learn how to spell the man’s name please.  It’s only 5 letters long and he’s been in the league long enough that your average simpleton should know how to spell it by now.

  • Mike

    Don’t be too hard on Spanky.  He and Alfalfa are just little kids.