Tag:Brad Childress
Posted on: September 9, 2010 3:45 pm

Payton's comments about Favre add to intrigue

Posted by Andy Benoit

Larry Holder provided an excellent Saints-Vikings preview to CBSSports.com earlier today . Holder focused primarily on the war of words between players and coaches regarding how the Saints went after Brett Favre in the NFC Championship. This was a hot issue earlier in the offseason when Darren Sharper and Visanthe Shiancoe exchanged jabs via Twitter. The issue recently gained more steam when Vikings coach Brad Childress reached into Phil Jackson’s bag of tricks and decided to publicly gripe about the officiating before the game was even played.

Now, you can add another battle to this war of words. Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times Picayune wrote a story Thursday, revealing what Saints head coach Sean Payton said to his players about Favre before facing Favre in the NFC Championship:

"When you get older in life, you tend to get very careful, and a little more fearful," Payton said, according to players and staffers who were there. "You start thinking about your own mortality. If it rains outside you might not go to the store, especially at night. You figure you'll just wait it out. You might have somewhere to go and you tell yourself I don't want to go there. You don't want to get in a wreck.

"If you keep hitting him (on Sunday) he'll make a mistake. If we keep putting pressure on him (Sunday night) he'll start being careful, he'll start doing anything he can to avoid getting hit and he'll make a mistake. I promise you, if we hit him for four quarters, he'll turn into that old man who's scared of the rain."

It should be noted that Favre and Payton are friends (they spoke a few days after that epic NFC Title Game).

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:03 pm

Favre shows up on season's first injury report

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL released its first injury report of the season today (all together now: YEEEEEEEEEEEAAH !) and while there's not a ton of surprising news, per se, there is something that we should get used to seeing -- "Brett Favre (ankle)."

Favre was listed despite having full participation in practice and given his state of health, it's unlikely he won't be on that list most every week that he plays (which would, given his track record, seem like about 16 times, not counting the postseason).

Also listed for the Vikings are Toby Gerhart (knee), Cedric Griffin (knee), Jamarca Sanford (ankle) and John Sullivan (calf), who all had limited participation in practice, and Chris Cook (knee) and Jimmy Kennedy (knee) who didn't practice.

The Saints included Marques Colston (kidney), Jimmy Graham (ankle) and Pierson Prioleau (knee) as those who had full participation, Tracy Porter (knee), Zach Strief (knee) and Jonathan Vilma (groin) as limited and Stanley Arnoux (ankle) and Chris Ivory (knee) as those that didn't practice.

So, yeah, the point being is that Favre's listed, but he's probably fine and we know that football is truly here when Favre is listed on an injury report.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 11:15 am

Hot Routes 9.6.10: Shaking off the Revis hangover

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I hope you were awake late last night to catch the Darrelle Revis saga unfold. I was heading to bed about 12:45 a.m. when I happened to check Twitter one last time. And then all hell broke less. Just because you probably were asleep, here’s what Clark Judge wrote about why the Jets organization was at fault here and here’s what I tapped out about how the organization now truly is a Super Bowl contender.

- This video might get lost in the shuffle today, but credit former Cowboys star and Hall of Famer Dan Hampton for creating some kick-ass analogies. Unfortunately, they’re entirely inappropriate. In doing analysis for Pro Football Weekly’s TV show, he said the Cowboys “think they’re Clint Eastwood. They’re more the Brokeback variety, if you know what I’m talking about.” Then, he said the Vikings “need to go down and hit (New Orleans) harder than Katrina.” All you can say is “Wow.” And “ugh.”

- Buccaneers starting QB Josh Freeman’s sprained thumb has progressed to the point where he can take snaps from center Jeff Faine. He reported no pain while taking the full-speed snap. That’s obviously great news for the Bucs.

- Vikings coach Brad Childress is a little tired of talking about the Vikings backup QB situation. He referred to the constant questioning as discussing, in great detail, Twins catcher Joe Mauer’s backup. It’s not at all the same thing, but whatever.

- Vikings receiver (and migraine sufferer) Percy Harvin declared Sunday that he’s ready to play some football. He also expressed confidence in the plan he’s on that will help him deal with those debilitating migraines.

- The Dallas Morning News asks if 13-year veteran Keith Brooking still has it. Apparently, he does. Said Brooking: "I still have it. Sometimes it takes a little more effort to bring it to the surface, but I feel really good."

- Tramaine Brock entered 49ers camp as a safety after earning a signing bonus of $250. Until one day he looked at the Internet and - discovered San Francisco had him listed as cornerback. The rookie free agent longshot made the 53-man squad this weekend (as a cornerback, of course) – not bad for a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Bellhaven (Bellhaven?!?) standout.

- One last one: Pro Football Talk writes FB Tony Richardson, cut by the Jets on Sunday, could be back with the team as early as today.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:59 am

Hot Routes 8.31.10: No retractions here

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lawyers for Chargers WR Vincent Jackson are demanding a retraction from the San Diego Union-Tribune after publishing a story in which it claimed Jackson was receiving financial support from his agents while he’s not in training camp. Pro Football Talk has the story. I’ll refrain from saying anything more, because I certainly don’t want to receive any kind of correspondence from Jackson’s lawyers.

- Buccaneers starting QB Josh Freeman had the cast from his thumb removed , and Tampa Bay says he’s right on schedule to return for the season opener. When your backups are Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter, that’s a pretty good piece of news.

- Browns rookie RB Montario Hardesty finally will make his preseason debut Thursday, and to say his teammates are interested in seeing how he produces is a bit of an understatement. Though Jerome Harrison downplays it in this story, I’m sure he’s more interested than just about anybody.

- Former Bengals LB Rashad Jeanty, who was released by Cincinnati on Monday after failing a physical, is known as a good dude in the locker room and a great teammate. But man, his agents are pissed with the team’s training staff. This does not make Cincinnati’s trainers look very good, especially coming on the heels of the Antonio Bryant disaster.

- Before I read this story, I didn’t give credence to the thought that Vikings backup QB Tarvaris Jackson’s No. 2 job might be in jeopardy to Sage Rosenfels. Apparently, coach Brad Childress agrees. He says nothing most likely will change on his depth chart at the QB spot.

- Raiders QB Jason Campbell participated in Oakland’s walk-through on Monday and he performed the same drills as all other quarterbacks. Campbell suffered a “stinger” and a wrist injury during last Saturday’s game against San Francisco.

- Former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is officially a member of the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.” I don’t think he’ll be the odds-on favorite to win the competition, though. After all, Jennifer Grey from “Dirty Dancing” also is competing.

-Packets OLB Brad Jones likely only will play in one preseason game because the shoulder he injured Aug. 19 still is giving him problems. But despite the fact he’s been fitted with a shoulder harness, he says he feels great about where he stands. In fact, he said his new piece of equipment makes him look a little like Robocop. And as we all know, Robocop was pretty badass.

- It’s a big day for former Ohio State star RB Maurice Clarett, as he’s signed with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks . The NFL dream lives on. Not bad for a guy who spent more than three years in prison.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:16 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 5:20 pm

Sidney Rice: New MRI showed 'significant changes'

Posted by Will Brinson

Much ado has been made about Sidney Rice's hip injury: it will sideline him for half the season , it caused the Vikings to trade for Greg Camarillo, and it has generated plenty of speculation -- from media members and head coach Brad Childress -- as to whether or not Rice could have had surgery sooner in order to be ready for 2010.

Two particularly damning theories are that a) no one wanted Brett Favre to hear about the severity of the hip problem and b) Rice didn't want to return until he got more money from the Vikings. On Wednesday, Rice opened up the proverbial horse's mouth and got his blog on .

"Like a week and a half ago I went back to see the doctor for another MRI and he said it showed significant changes," Rice wrote on SidneyRice.18.com "It was something he thought would be a serious problem if I didn’t get it taken care of right then, a problem that could shorten my career."

Rice adds that he "talked to a couple of my teammates ... and our trainers" and everyone was on board that it was better for Rice to be able to finish the season healthy, as opposed to risk further injury. It's fairly safe to say that he also spoke with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about risking his career without a new contract.

Interestingly, Rice also addressed the contract situation, writing that "People are going to say what they want to say about my contract or whatever, I'm not really worried about that at this point. My main focus is getting back on the field" and playing like he did last year.

Look, the timing of Rice's surgery, regardless of what he writes on his website, is awkward. It's nightmarish for the team, a disaster for Brad Childress and while relatively amusing, probably pretty frustrating for Brett Favre.

But if in fact Rice's timeline is correct/accurate/etc, and if in fact he learned last week that playing this year, sans surgery, could result in potentially career-ending injury, there's zero question that his decision to undergo surgery this week was the right one.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 7:30 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 7:53 pm

Is Childress displeased with Sidney Rice?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Interesting quote from Brad Childress. The Vikings head coach is making it clear that the decision to have Sidney RB. Childress (US Presswire)ice go under the knife was made solely by…Sidney Rice.

"I can't feel what he's feeling," Childress said, according to the Star Tribune. "In the end, it's up to him whether he wanted to have that procedure or whether he could press through. [Reporters] saw him run out here the other day and move around [during rehabilitation]. Obviously he felt it was more of a nag to where he couldn't slough it up. He wanted to remedy it by having a procedure."

To be fair, Childress said this in response to being asked if Rice’s surgery was a business decision (the fourth-year pro is reportedly unhappy with his contract). Childress said, “I don’t know that I’d term it that way.”

More from Childress:

Asked if he was satisfied with how this played out, Childress said: “No, I’d really be satisfied if he was out here running around on the football field. But that’s not the reality of it. Conservative approach. You can second guess it and say, ‘Geez, he could be back and [have had it] done.’ We’ve got a decent hip guy in Dr. [Chris] Larson, who consulted with the Tennessee Titans team physician and consulted with Dr. [Marc] Philippon [who is one of the leading hip surgeons in the country] . You lay all those options out there and it’s not like I’m trying to sell him one way or the other. The athlete knows what he has to have done.”

Obviously, Childress isn't throwing Rice under the bus. But you don't hear the coach saying that the team fully understands and supports the receiver's decision, either.

UPDATE: Childress hasn't rule out putting rice on IR, according to Pro Football Talk.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:37 am

Favre plays one series; result: Meh

B. Favre reacts after taking a sack from P. Willis on Sunday (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With all the talk about Brett Favre and Vikings coach Brad Childress – and how selfish Favre is and how much money he’s making and blah, blah, blah – we overlooked one thing Sunday night. How did he actually play in his first action of 2010?

Against the 49ers, Favre started and played one series and took four snaps. He hit Adrian Peterson on a swing pass for a 13-yard gain but then lost 10 yards when San Francisco LB Patrick Willis crushed him for a sack on a block missed by Peterson.

Here’s what Favre said after his brief appearance (via the Minneapolis Star Tribune ):
"I don’t know if we accomplished a whole lot," Favre said. "Like last year when I came in against Kansas City, I didn’t expect a whole lot. I really wanted to call plays in a game environment. I completed the first pass, a swing pass, which can be the hardest throw in football. Got hit a little bit, which I could have done without. Had to get it out of the way sometime."

Favre said he wishes he could have had another series.

"I would have liked to but I understand the situation," he said. "San Francisco is a very good football team. Probably the worst I felt all year physically overall was against these guys last year. We were fortunate to win on the last play. They’re a very physical active football team. Their scheme puts a lot of one-on-one blocking on our offensive line so I knew it would be that type of game. Really just kind of get in and get your feet wet."

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:23 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 11:31 pm

Is Favre just a built-up training camp holdout?

Serious apologies in advance for having to post something else on Brett Favre but, hey, he did return to the NFL today. Oh, yes, and he took four snaps, threw one pass and got tattooed by Patrick Willis. Link to that video below.

Anywho, NBC aired an interview with Favre and Al Michaels at halftime of Sunday's game and there were some interesting tidbits, including the fact that Favre was scared .

"In all honest, Al, there was a big part of me, there was some fear -- a fear of failure," Favre said.

Michaels then asked him why it takes him "so long" to make him his mind.

True that, Brett. True that. But he's still not really answering the question, unless he's actually admitting that he was always coming back and he's just skipping training camp. Which, um, actually makes sense. Perhaps even more interesting was his response to Michaels' question about the Vikings re-doing Favre's contract.

"They re-did your contract," Michaels began. "Some people would say, 'You know what he was doing, he was looking for a better deal.'"

"I knew that would be some people's assumption," Favre said. "It was tempting. But I've always made a lot of money. I knew I didn't need it."

Pause for a second on the fact that, no, that conversation doesn't make any sense in terms of flow. Michaels followed up by asking, "Did it move you any closer?"

"Honestly, no," Favre said. "It all came back to being obligated to the guys and that was really the strongest pull. I'm no fool -- it's a lot of money. But that in itself was not the biggest factor."

So, yeah, the quick reaction to this conversation is that a) Favre hates training camp and b) Favre loves money. That's totally cool. In fact, I bet 99% of NFL players feel that way, if not higher. Most of them just don't disguise those feelings through the annoying guise of retirement indecision. Although, my goodness, if that's the case, he's pulling off the most impressively disguised training camp holdout of all-time.

Seriously, think about it: if money was a huge issue in him coming back to Minnesota, he basically just refused to come to training camp until he got a new contract. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT DARRELLE REVIS IS DOING. And, of course, anyone else that wants to get paid.

Yet we don't look at it that way, because we're so convinced that Favre actually wants the attention that his daily re/de-tirement provides. Perhaps thinking that way is giving him too much credit for his ability to manipulate everyone involved with the situation, but if that's the case, well, bravo, Brett. Bravo.

Oh yeah, Michaels then asked Favre what he thought about constantly being "lampooned."

"If I'm gonna play, I better play like I did last year," Favre said. "If you don't execute on a consistent basis, they're gonna throw daggers at you."

Or they'll just hope that Patrick Willis does stuff like he did to the Vikings' quarterback  during Favre's first series back. Ah, good times .

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