Brett Favre made the trip to Detroit after passing his first post-concussion neurological test. Before he could potentially play, he had to pass that test. He still has a series of tests to pass before he can be cleared to play, but Favre has amazing recuperative powers and fans should know by now that nothing is out of the realm of possibility where Favre is concerned. As a result, he is potentially able to play Sunday. While reports claim that he still remains doubtful, the fact of the matter is that he wasn't expected to play against Chicago – he became the first player in recent memory to go from being listed as out the morning of a game to starting later that same day. It didn't turn out well, but it made history.
With Favre remaining adamant that he is done (some would argue that his 2010 numbers would dictate that designation has already happened), today's game would be the last of his career and Favre likely wants to end what he started – making his 299th regular-season start and setting a standard of games started that may never be touched, much less by another quarterback.
The decision whether Favre starts or Joe Webb gets a chance to follow up his impressive debut at Philadelphia Tuesday night will rest on the shoulders of Frazier. The other decision may come as soon as Monday, as the Vikings are reported to be in conversations of making Frazier the Vikings' permanent head coach and getting rid of the "interim" designation on his status.
There have already been four head coaching firings in-season this year in the NFL and at least that many more will likely be official today or tomorrow. There is going to be a dearth of job openings that require filling and, given the competition, the Vikings would be well-advised to get themselves out of the market sooner than later. Hiring of assistant coaches on playoff teams can't be done until they're eliminated – teams on a bye the first week of the playoffs can meet with teams, but it tips their hand if such visits are made.
If the feelings of the players are factored in, the Wilf family would be advised to hire Frazier full-time. With so many Vikings scheduled to become free agents at the end of the year, if Zygi Wilf wants to keep the band together, the best chance of re-signing the numerous free agents they have (at least those they want to keep) would be to lock up Frazier and make their pitch that continuity is in their best interests.
The wild card in all of this is whether or not Wilf wants to have a big-name coach or front office man take over the football operations. If his man-love for Bill Parcells would allow him to back away from the control of the organization – the Big Tuna wants carte blanche – the team may pass on Frazier. That doesn't look likely to happen.
Frazier has a decision of his own to make today. The Vikings have a decision to make on the guy making the first decision. Both will have an impact on today's game and beyond. For most of the country, there isn't any drama or interest in the Vikings-Lions game. But, for the Vikings as an organization, today may be a historic day in the history of the franchise – both where it has been and where it is going.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.