Fran Tarkenton Takes Another Shot at Brett Favre

If you thought Fran Tarkenton would stay quiet about Brett Favre‘s Super Bowl dream-ruining interception against the Saints…you thought wrong.

Fran doesn’t know how to stay quiet, especially when some radio station like 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia invites him to come on the air (via Sports Radio Interviews).  As you might have already guessed, Fran’s remarks about Favre’s failure are a bit on the negative side:

Well before that [interception] I think the Vikings were clearly the best team. They held this New Orleans offense to under 300 yards. They made Drew Brees look ordinary. He didn’t even throw for 200 yards. The guys have been throwing for 400, 500 yards. They were the better team. Their offense turned the ball over five times, the Viking offense. But still if he didn’t make that stupid play at the end of the game they would have won the game. Now you are in Philadelphia, remember a few years ago when Green Bay played you guys for the, I think it was a championship game…I think you guys went to overtime. I mean he throws the ball straight up in the air, freefalls. Do you remember that? I have never seen any quarterback much less, well he is going to be a Hall of Fame quarterback, make plays like that at a critical time. He has done the same thing in the Giants game. He plays at home, has the better team and plays against Eli. He was a young kid right? And he throws the pick… and then he does what he did the other night which was just shameful because great quarterbacks, and he is a great quarterback, they don’t do that. You don’t see Peyton Manning do that.

I was initially inclined to not hammer Favre too bad for that pick, but as the days have worn on, I have gotten more down on him and his bad decision-making (though not as far down as Fran who evidently wants him flogged).  I now think it would be a mistake to bring Favre back next year, not just because I’m tired of the drama, but because he will be 41 and, despite his seeming age-defying physical gifts, there is eventually going to come a point when his body takes one shot too many, and I would rather he be in someone else’s uniform when that moment happens.

I’m all for making a run at Donovan McNabb, and if you can’t get him…um, I don’t know, Daunte Culpepper?

Not Tim Tebow though, or Michael Vick.  For the love of heaven, not Michael Vick.

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  • Mike

    Here we go again, Danzinski with the Franophile rants disparaging Favre even after a year with a 107 QB rating. Unbelievable!

    Danzinski says “There is eventually going to come a point when his body takes one shot too many.” What crappy excuse! Barring injury, it is more likely he will decline more gradually, not over one year!

    Remember Fran needed a year to get acclimated with the team and then the Vikings went to the Super Bowl three out of the next four years.

    Danzinski would rather have Daunte Culpepper? He got beat out by Mark Stafford! Why not Jeff George?

    Fran claims “if he didn’t make that stupid play at the end of the game they would have won the game.” No Fran, Chilly’s bone head “12 men in the huddle” penalty took them out of field goal range and forced Favre to pass (especially after 2 straight runs had produced no yardage).


    The more i read your blog, the more i feel you have no credentials or idea what you are talking about.

  • Mike


    GO EAT SOME SHIT! FAVRE IS ONE OF THE BEST! It was CHILLI’s call, afterwords, and you can just go eat some green SHIT!

    And Fran, I’m sorry. I’ve lost some respect for you, you old, worthless quarterback. If I am reminded correctly, you couldn’t moreorless win us any super bowls. So shut the hell up!

  • bob

    fran, you are an old jealous man. favra is the best thing that’s ever happened around here in years, we just have to hope and pray he comes back

  • Padraig Larkin

    Fran Tarkenton’s Line in three Super Bowls

    1973 18-28 182 Yards, No TD, 1 pick, QB Rating 67.9
    1975 11-26 102 Yards, No TD, 3 Picks, QB rating 14.1
    1976 17-35, 205 yards, 1 TD, 2 picks, QB rating 52.7

    Fran, learn to shut up. You have no right to judge anyone’s play in big games.

  • Mike

    I am Mike in comment #1. I have similar views but would not use the word sh– like Mike in comment #3.

  • Dee

    Hey all

    Don’t think it appropriate to be slamming
    Brett on this one-he did what he could to get
    the job done.

    Hope Mr Favre comes back to finish what was
    started-would be nice to see our Vikes finally get their ring…

    As for Mr Tarkenton-please don’t demean your
    years of great play by slamming another player-especially of Favre’s caliber. It’s
    not necessary,and it makes you look bad.If
    you truly are in the Minnesota corner, how
    about picking up a phone and giving him your
    concerns in person? THAT would be the best way
    to help ‘get er done’.

  • Mike

    Dee, don’t be naive. Fran couldn’t get attention, including sell his book, if he acted rationally and just called Brett.

  • Packerz1

    Here is a statistic all you Favre fans become painfully aware of this year.

    Seven times in his career, Brett has had the ball on a final drive of a playoff game with the ability to tie or take the lead. Here are the results.

    Detroit 93′ – won on bomb to Sterling
    Dallas 95′ – threw pick to L.Brown down by 4 pts in closing minutes/lost by 11
    Denver 97′ – incomplete on 4th down with under a minute left-td would have tied the game/lost by 7
    San. Fran. 98′ – go ahead td to Freeman with 2:00 left/lost on T.O. catch
    Philadelphia 03′ – throws up a “punt” to Dawkins in OT/lost by 3
    New York 07′ – throws pick to Webster in OT/lost by 3
    New Orleans 09′ – throws pick preventing a FG attempt by a kicker that had not missed from 50+ yards in two years

    Of those 7 times, Brett took his team to score only twice. Which means (if you cannot do math) that 70% of the time Favre has the ball in a final drive to win a playoff game, he will FAIL to score.

    A great quarterback doesn’t need excuses to win, or fans to explain away his failures. When you need him most — 70% of the time he will let you down. Welcome to what used to be the heartbreak of a Packer fan. Fran’s comments are totally justified by the statistics.

    And what is even better, it’s one Viking HOF QB ripping on another Viking HOF QB — how sweet it is!

  • SH28

    Favre is second to Elway all-time for fourth quarter wins.

  • Debbie Perez

    SHut up, Fran. Let the actual quarterbacks who WON superbowls criticize Favre if they wish, but not you.

  • jerrysmith

    Yes Fran Before you critize Go back and watch the Super bowl in New Orleans when you ran for your life I’m sure you won’t be critizing any more. Your glass house might have a crack in the window

  • vikingincalifornia

    I love Fran to death he will always be the greatest Viking OB of all time .. But it appears that he become senile … Does Sir Francis not remember that he lost 3 straight Superbowls in a Vikings uniform .. Does he not rememember that he left the Vikings and played for the Giants .. Does that make him a traitor.. a hypocrite…. or just a bitter old man… Please Fran… Hold on to your dignity and keep your mouth closed … Please stop living in a glass house and trowing stones …

  • Mike 89

    you saw Peyton Manning do it in the Super Bowl Fran-

    threw the game away on one stupid pass-

    is he out of the Hall-Of-Fame too?

    do us a favor and shut your ass-