Posted by Andy Benoit
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports proposes a different theory for why Brett Favre waffled about returning this year. An unnamed Vikings player told Cole that the quarterback doesn’t have any faith in head coach Brad Childress.
“Brett thinks Childress has no clue about offense,” a Vikings player said.
Childress’ presence, not Favre’s ankle injury, was one of the biggest reasons Favre was hesitating about playing again, sources said. In early July, Favre had indicated to one player that he was likely to play. However, after Childress visited Favre on July 19, Favre’s desire to return declined.
“Brett just doesn’t trust him,” a player said.
Neither Favre nor Childress would address that topic Wednesday. Last season, the two butted heads over Favre’s audibling and Childress’s idea to bench him in the Carolina game. But Cole writes that the issues go beyond that:
One of the biggest problems in this situation is that Childress is allowed to run free within the organization. Because owner Zygi Wilf and team president Mark Wilf both live in New York, Childress doesn’t have to answer to anyone on a day-to-day basis. In the power structure between Childress, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski, Childress has the final say. He has taken that final say to mean that he can basically act as he pleases.
The heart of the conflict is Childress’ perceived lack of football savvy. Some players believe that most of the offensive coaching staff is made up of yes-men like (offensive coordinator Darrell) Bevell. Furthermore, Childress is the type who doesn’t take outside ideas very well.
“He has his way of doing things and that’s it,” a player said.
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