Tight end Mark Chmura was more specific. "[I]t all starts with Brett -- Brett's not as good as he was. . . . They have Adrian Peterson, but I think Chester Taylor is a guy. . . . Our quarterback was 10 times better, our receivers were better, our special teams were much better.
"I mean, you're talking about the No. 1 defense in the league at that time, maybe one of the best defenses ever to play the game. . . . When we played back then, teams feared us. I don't know if teams fear the Minnesota Vikings today."
Chmura's talking about the 1996 Packers, and he's obviously comparing that team to the 2009 Vikings. I couldn't have any less interest in the argument about which team is better, but I would nevertheless like to thank Mr. Chmura for his "I don't know if teams fear the Minnesota Vikings today" quote. He just did Brad Childress a great service.
There's your bulletin board material, Chilly. Put that one all over the locker room this week.
Of course, one would expect that Chmura to speak highly of the 1996 Packers -- I mean, c'mon, playing on that team might have even been more exciting than spending time with teenagers at a post-prom party. But if the Vikings take exception to these comments, they'd have every right to do so. Brett's not the quarterback he once was, but he's having a lot of fun and there's still plenty of life left in that arm. To say that the 1996 Favre is 10 times better than the 2009 Favre is a ridiculous exaggeration. He's slowed down, but not nearly that much.
Teams don't fear the Vikings? Gimme a break. Tell that to #28.