It seems like a long time ago that I got into that heated argument with Steve Davis on his WBAL radio show about Brett Favre and whether the Ravens should make a play for him to solidify the quarterback situation. Davis, probably playing the devil's advocate, made the point that the Ravens might be able to squeeze a couple additional victories out of the 2008 season with a future Hall of Famer at QB ... perhaps even turning the team into a borderline playoff contender.
Of course, it didn't take much to win that argument. The Ravens had already turned the page on their rent-a-quarterback days and were committed to developing Joe Flacco and Troy Smith as their quarterback combo of the future. Bringing Favre into the picture would have forced Cam Cameron to scrap months of work designing the offense and created nothing but uncertainty moving forward.
Nevertheless, there were plenty of callers and e-mailers on Steve's side. Brett is a very popular guy and he certainly would have been a dynamic addition to the Ravens' offense, but it's pretty obvious now that the Ravens did the right thing by staying on the sidelines.
If you watched last night's game between the Jets and the San Diego Chargers, you saw Brett at both his best and worst. He made some real big plays and he made some real bad ones as the Jets got torched at Qualcomm Stadium. I'm not a mind-reader, but whenever the MNF cameras caught Jets coach Eric Mangini on the sidelines, he looked like he was wondering how he got into this mess.
It was bad enough that during the Westwood One halftime show, commentator Jim Gray told former NFL quarterback Phil Sims that he felt "sad" watching Favre struggle to replicate his past glory.
The Ravens, meanwhile, are pretty happy with the way things are developing. Nobody is anointing Joe Flacco as the next great NFL quarterback, but he has made a good account of himself and settled into the starting role. He's probably going to get knocked around a little on Monday night in Pittsburgh, but that's part of the process that could turn him into something special.
Would the Ravens be 2-0 with Favre at quarterback? Maybe. But the fact that they are 2-0 with Flacco is proof that they made the right decision by sticking with him when Kyle Boller went down with an injury and Smith got sick. I was right, too, but I'll keep that to myself the next time I'm on with Davis Thursday night. He's got to be pretty tired of losing arguments to me by now.
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