MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress said in an interview with NFL.com on Wednesday that he thought the team’s locker room was stable enough to withstand the addition of Randy Moss. He admits he was wrong.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress recently paid a visit to Brett Favre at his Mississippi home.
But the coach says he still does not know if the quarterback will return for another season with the Vikings. Childress told KFAN radio in the Minneapolis area: “I don’t know if he’s going to play next year and I don’t know if he knows if he’s going to play next year.”
Brett Favre says he still isn’t sure what he’s doing next season, but he may have given some indication after visiting with the Southern Miss baseball team.
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback told the Golden Eagles on Thursday morning that if they can make it back to the College World Series for the second straight year, he will return for one more season in the NFL.
Brett Favre hinted he’ll decide about next season sooner rather than later, though with him that’s famously been subject to change.
Even if the Minnesota Vikings must switch quarterbacks again, though, they’re willing to wait for Favre’s word.
In one corner was Brett Favre, the 40-year-old quarterback who has helped the Minnesota Vikings to their best start in years by injecting some big-play ability into the passing offense this season.
In the other corner was Brad Childress, the fourth-year head coach who would prefer it if Favre simply follow the game plan and run the plays that are called rather than freelance, as he is wont to do on occasion.
Serving as the referee in this little tussle is offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a man uniquely qualified to handle any disputes that arise between this particular pairing of coach and quarterback.
When Brad Childress stepped to the podium to introduce Brett Favre three weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings coach surpassed even his well-known standard for understatement.
“I feel like we added a decent piece to the puzzle here,” Childress said when Favre signed on Aug. 18.
A decent piece?
Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress is not saying who will serve as the primary backup to quarterback Brett Favre for the season opener.
Childress was asked Monday if Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels will be the second stringer on Sunday at Cleveland. The coach says he will not reveal that until just before kickoff, “but at least you know who the starter is here.”
Brett Favre’s non-traditional arrival in Minnesota is not stopping Vikings coach Brad Childress from taking a traditional approach to the team’s preseason finale against Dallas.
The 39-year-old quarterback will not play against the Cowboys on Friday night.
“I don’t see the upside,” Childress said on Wednesday.
Brad Childress wants his quarterbacks to play a certain way. Make the safe pass, keep an even keel, and follow the scheme how it’s coached.
Now, here’s Brett Favre, whose bionic career has been built on a bold, brash, boyish approach to throwing the football. Yes, Childress and Favre have known each other for years. They’re each well-versed in the Vikings’ version of the West Coast offense, too.
Speaking to The Associated Press in Mississippi, Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, said he believes the soon-to-be-40-year-old made the right decision. Asked about Favre’s insinuation he could be persuaded to play come midseason, Cook said he hadn’t discussed that with his friend and client.
When it comes to Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress knows not to take anything for granted.
A week before training camp opens, Childress is still waiting to hear if Favre will join the Vikings as their quarterback. With Favre still working out in Mississippi and reports coming daily on his intended announcement date, the health of his arm and even his state of mind, Childress said he really doesn’t know what Favre will decide to do.
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