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Fran Tarkenton

Tarkenton really told the truth about Favre and I agree with everything except where Tarkenton says he wants Favre to fail. I don't want Favre to fail. Tarkenton said this:
I think he has been a great flamboyant quarterback, but he has made more stupid plays than any great quarterback that I've ever seen," Tarkenton said.

Then, in trying to disparage Favre for the way he played in the NFC title-game loss to the Giants after the 2007 season, he brought down Manning, too. "He blew that game against the Giants," Tarkenton said. "He's playing against Eli Manning. I love Eli Manning, but he's still not a great quarterback. He's not Peyton yet, or Tom Brady. He's just a guy. And (the Packers) are playing at home, and they're in a tight situation, they went to overtime and (Favre) throws the interception that allows (the Giants) to come back and win the game."

Tarkenton said Favre has "done that and driven his coaches crazy all of his career."

Tarkenton is right that Eli Manning is just a guy and he's right about Favre throwing the ball up hoping something will happen and he's done that his entire career. It makes me feel good to hear someone tell the truth about Favre, however, I want Favre to play until he really wants to retire and I don't want him to fail but I want him to be judged just like Vince Young,Jay Cutler,Chad Pennington and others are judged. I mentioned those guys because each one of them has faced some criticism about their play on the field. Jay Cutler has been called a crybaby and Vince Young has been called inaccurate and Chad Pennington has been called a noodle-armed qb. Eli is still a liability because they had enough talent last year to beat the Eagles but for the qb position. I say go Fran,go.
Originally posted by Fhysical:
Don't disagree with Tarkenton but I grew up watching the Vikings as a kid (Minnesota kid) and what I remember is that Fran held the record for most interceptions for awhile. His comeback was you had to throw the ball alot to have that many interceptions.

And.....don't get me started on the scrambling he did. At times it appeared he was 40 back of the line of scrimmage.
Originally posted by nvninerfan1:
Don't disagree with Tarkenton but I grew up watching the Vikings as a kid (Minnesota kid) and what I remember is that Fran held the record for most interceptions for awhile. His comeback was you had to throw the ball alot to have that many interceptions.

And.....don't get me started on the scrambling he did. At times it appeared he was 40 back of the line of scrimmage.

I was about to say the same thing. Pot calling the kettle black here as he drove his coaches crazier than anyone and set scrambling QBs back a long way, simply because they were too unpredictable.

That said, it's fun watching old clips of him. He drove defenses crazy.
Just seeing the Tarkenton name reminds me of the 70's Vikings when they had an outside stadium. Imagine the home field advantage in Dec. They should of stuck with an outside stadium instead of a dome.
So I guess Fran is not a Fan.
You forget the quarterbacks in Tarkenton's era threw alot of interceptions because the rules were different back then. Favre simply makes alot of stupid throws.
Originally posted by nvninerfan1:
Don't disagree with Tarkenton but I grew up watching the Vikings as a kid (Minnesota kid) and what I remember is that Fran held the record for most interceptions for awhile. His comeback was you had to throw the ball alot to have that many interceptions.

And.....don't get me started on the scrambling he did. At times it appeared he was 40 back of the line of scrimmage.
You have to remember that qb's in Tarkenton's era had a lot more to deal with from defenses as defensive ends could use headslaps and receivers could be bumped all the way down the field so Tarkenton scrambled to keep the play alive and himself alive. Qb's from Tarkenton's era were Sonny Jurgensen, Namath, and Griese and if you look at the qb rating none of those guys would be a star today and Namath would be ridiculed severely. Favre has been a great player but he needs to be criticized so that he can play as a great player consistently like he did early in his career.

Originally posted by geturembedder:
Originally posted by nvninerfan1:
Don't disagree with Tarkenton but I grew up watching the Vikings as a kid (Minnesota kid) and what I remember is that Fran held the record for most interceptions for awhile. His comeback was you had to throw the ball alot to have that many interceptions.

And.....don't get me started on the scrambling he did. At times it appeared he was 40 back of the line of scrimmage.

I was about to say the same thing. Pot calling the kettle black here as he drove his coaches crazier than anyone and set scrambling QBs back a long way, simply because they were too unpredictable.

That said, it's fun watching old clips of him. He drove defenses crazy.
Wow. Wonder how he feels now?
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I saw Tarkenton riding an elephant in an infomercial a few decades ago, after that I no longer have any respect for him and could care less what he has to say.
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