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Hoping -- not asking -- if Favre is coming back

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Brett Favre should be the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 if he wants the job, but it's silly to start asking him now if he does.

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Favre led the team to a 12-4 regular season record, led them in a drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys, and nearly led them to victory despite an alarming six fumbles (three lost) in the NFC Championship game.

Many were unsure about Favre. Could a 40-year-old with an injured arm be better than then-starter Tarvaris Jackson? Would he fit in with the other players in the Vikings locker room.

The answer, of course, was a resounding yes on both counts.

There is no way on Earth the Vikings would have been within a breath of the Super Bowl with Jackson or Sage Rosenfels at the helm. Even though he came in primarily to hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson, it wasn't long before Favre was the heart and soul -- and the star -- of the 2009 Vikings.

The games were exciting. The TV ratings were through the roof. The tickets sold out quickly. This was the Vikings team the fans have been looking for. But remove Favre from this team, and you're likely to be back to a team a couple of games over .500, a wild-card team that is destined to lose in the first round of the playoffs.

Yes, we'll take a 41-year-old Brett Favre over any of the other available options. But will he want to come back?

It's a question we shouldn't even be asking him just hours after getting pounded into the SuperDome turf, over and over. We know Favre agonizes over this decision each year, and could change his mind. So let's not even ask him for a few months.

No, the team doesn't need to know before the draft, because if a good quarterback is available, the Vikings should draft him either way. No, the team doesn't need to have him attend training camp. We've seen he can do just fine without it.

Let's give the man some breathing room and stop asking him every five minutes if he's going to retire or play again. After a couple of months of healing up back in Mississippi, he'll know if his body and mind are ready for another NFL season. And if his answer is yes, we should welcome him back.

But enough with badgering him now. We know the answer we get might change anyway, so let's just give him space to make up his mind. After his incredible season, he's earned that.

The Pioneer Journal editorial represents the voice of the newspaper's editorial board. Today's editorial was written by Steve Schulz, editor and publisher.

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