LaVar Arrington has a blog and isn’t afraid to use it – to bash guys way older than him who are actually still able to play.
Not to suggest that Arrington’s attack on Brett Favre was motivated by bitterness. On the contrary, I’m sure LaVar was only trying to give his objective assessment of Mr. Favre and the Vikings‘ current rather shaky situation, regardless of his own possibly jealous feelings about Favre still being in the league while he spends his days blogging.
Sure he was.
Anyway, here’s some of what LaVar posted in his blog about Favre and the general state of the Vikings. First LaVar went with the deal about the offense struggling because Favre missed camp – fair enough, and probably accurate – but then he went deeper, accusing Favre’s drama-queen tendencies of undermining the entire organization:
And after an 0-2 start, I’m wondering whether the Vikings still think it was wise for them to beg Favre not to retire? Was it worthwhile to offer him more money and send their best players and coaches to visit him during training camp to plead with him to play? Please.
This could turn out to be the worst off-season decision of the year. Honestly, what do you believe these Viking players are thinking? I’ll tell you. They are wondering the same thing they wondered last year: How the heck does an NFL franchise allow so much indecision? How does an NFL franchise allow a single player to dictate what happens and what doesn’t? And here’s the most detrimental thought of all: Teammates now say to themselves, ‘if he can get away with it, then why shouldn’t I be able to do the same’?
The Vikings do not have a clear direction at this point, and although they were a pass away from playing in the Super Bowl last season, this team seems disjointed and dangerously close to a meltdown. And we all know the reason why. Sad, but true, we all know that Brett Favre’s shenanigans are the main reason why.
Actually LaVar, we all don’t know anything. You have an opinion…but even you don’t know for sure what is actually ailing the Vikings. And yet you claim that what you think you see must be obvious not only to yourself but the rest of humanity as well?
Well I’m sorry LaVar, but I myself lack your ability to not only peer into the minds of Viking players but also the minds of every living soul on the earth. What I see, humble being that I am, is a team that is struggling to get its offense together, partly because the quarterback has been off his game, and partly because a few of the guys who helped him last year – and maybe didn’t receive enough credit – are either gone to other teams or injured.
I’m not sure how any of this proves that Favre’s “shenanigans” have undermined team discipline to the point where the whole thing is about to fall apart. Yes, that was a concern some of us had at various points over the past couple of years, but honestly, I don’t worry about that at all anymore. If this off-season proved anything, it’s that the players are behind Favre, possibly to a fault.
Now, if Favre continues sucking like he did yesterday, then yes, guys will probably lose their faith in him. But right now? I’m guessing most guys in the Vikings’ locker room are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, without him, they wouldn’t have gotten even within hailing distance of the Super Bowl.
Unlike LaVar Arrington, I’m going to wait a few weeks before I decide that Brett Favre and his decision-making issues have sent the Vikings’ organization into a death spiral.