Tag:Brad Childress
Posted on: August 19, 2010 12:26 pm
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Does Favre trust Childress?

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.B. Favre (US Presswire)

“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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Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:00 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 7:47 pm
 

Favre is in Minnesota, watch him drive

Posted by Will Brinson

So, Brett Favre is in Minnesota now. That whole "on a plane" "heading north" thing wasn't a hoax. Neither was the Flight Tracker.

This is REAL, PEOPLE. And you can watch it. No, seriously, you can watch it live on ABC 5 in the Twin Cities.

Let me warn you, though. If you tune into this, you will be a) bored by watching a black SUV drive down the highway slightly faster than OJ, b) angry that this guy keeps hijacking our lives every season, c) eventually even angrier that people pretended his retirement was somehow real, and d) eventually resigned that this will happen again next season with similar results.

Either way, if you're at an office and can't watch ESPN News (where Favre is also being tracked live), you can do so at that link. Or you could do the more entertaining thing and listen to what our own Pete Prisco has to say. We recommend the latter.



By the by, if this is somehow the most awesome hoax of all-time and Favre is just pulling a prank on everyone and about to drop his pants on the ground at the microphone before retiring, well, we'll be pretty thrilled.


UPDATE: The Vikings are expected to officially announce Favre's status for 2010 in a press conference Wednesday.
Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:54 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Report: Favre on plane, heading north, 'back in'

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre is reportedly on an airplane and headed to (presumably) Minnesota -- NFL Network's Scott Hanson reported on Twitter that Favre "is on a jet heading north."

We earlier mentioned the report that Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson (three of Favre's best friends on the Vikings) were in Minnesota visiting Favre and urging him to either a) return to the team or b) just make up his freaking mind about playing in 2011.

It would seem , at least based on Hanson's report, that the trio of ambassadors were successful in convincing Favre to return. (Or fly to Minnesota just to announce that he WON'T return, which given Favre's history, is totally within the realm of possibility.)

Either that or we have a very awkward and very public case of kidnapping on our hands.

It's worth noting too that Favre must really be getting old, because he's losing his touch on dragging out his press coverage -- a younger gunslinger would have let the story about the Vikings football-style intervention marinate in the press for a few hours before generating a new story.

Update (2:57): Bob Holtzman, who has likely been living in a tent at the Haittesburg airport for the past three months, reports that Favre "boarded a plane" about "40 minutes ago" ... that plane is indeed headed to Minneapolis.

Update (2:59): Jay Glazer tweets that Favre told the trio of visitors that he is "back in."

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Report: Longwell, Hutchinson, Allen visit Favre

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (2:50): Favre is reportedly on an airplane heading "north," which we presume means he's going to Minnesota.

In a story that's sure to crash the Star-Tribune 's website (again), "Access Vikings" writer and Brett Favre expert Judd Zulgad is reporting that Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell were all absent from Minnesota's practice today.

The reason? They're believed to be in Mississippi visiting Favre and urging him to come back to the team -- or at least give the Vikes the answer that Allen recently requested from the quarterback.

None of the trio has dealt with injuries thus far in training camp, so there's no plausible alibi on that end, and Zulgad's sources confirm that the three members of the Vikings weren't at the team's morning meetings either.

There's been a pungent air of desperation regarding Favre's return in Minnesota since he announced his re-retirement recently , but Brad Childress, the team and the front office have gone out of their way to make it clear that they're fine whatever he decides.

If they've really sent a entourage of Favre's closest friends down to his home in order to convince him to return, the thin veil of confidence in Tavaris Jackson has officially been lifted.

There's also the possibility that they just want an answer other than "maybe" -- in which case the Vikings can resume pretending that Jackson can help them contend for the division and make a run at the Super Bowl.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:43 pm
 

Childress: Vikes have 'no interest' in Garcia

Posted by Will Brinson

Brad Childress spoke with the media on Monday following Vikings practice and, as expected, noted that there was no new news regarding Brett Favre. Shocking, indeed.

Fortunately, Childress did have some concrete information for reporters , telling them that the Vikings won't be bringing in Jeff Garcia.

"Anybody can say anything now and get it in front of people," Childress said. “My answer is 'No.' No interest."

That's not too surprising, even if there was a report that the Vikes might pursue Garcia as an alternate token AARP member elderly quarterback to provide a safety net in the event that Favre bails and the Tavaris Jackson/Sage Rosenfels combo struggles.

Which means that we're in the same place we were last week: Childress really, really needs Favre to commit to the Vikings in 2010 to guarantee that the team doesn't start the season a few healthy steps behind the Packers.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 1:23 pm
 

Vikes use 'left squad' exemption for Harvin

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings have plenty to worry about -- read: Brett Favre and the deadline that Jared Allen imposed for the quarterback's return -- without the absence of star second-year wideout and general NFL handyman Percy Harvin.

But that doesn't mean they're free from the literal headaches around the former Gator; in fact, the team was forced to use a "left squad" exemption on Harvin, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune "Access Vikings" blog .

Harvin's status is a result of two unfortunate scenarios (the death of his grandmother and the recurrence of his migraine headaches) colliding -- as such, he's been absent from the Vikes since July 31.

In order to completely process this exemption status, the Vikings had to send Harvin a letter informing him that in five days they hold the right to place him on the "reserve/left squad list." If Minnesota followed through with that action, Harvin would not be eligible to play for the entire 2010 season.

Needless to say, they don't plan on doing that; Brad Childress told the Star-Tribune that sending the letter was a requirement to get the exemption and that the team is being "supportive" of Harvin. (Of course, they didn't plan on failing to get a pick in during the 2008 NFL Draft, and you saw what happened there.)

But, as the fellas at AV point out, the simple fact that the team is being forced to even send the letter and use the left squad exemption is a pretty firm indication that Harvin won't be in camp any time in the immediate future.

For a team that's already dealing with the possible loss of it's most important offensive player (Favre), Harvin's status is likely only beefing up the stress level in Minnesota.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Allen: 'In fairness for us' Favre needs to decide

Posted by Will Brinson

Jared Allen welcomed ESPN's Chris Mortensen into his own RV bus (spoiler: it's freaking awesome) on Thursday, in a segment that aired on Sportscenter . He also talked with Mort about Brett Favre and the looming in decision that will either give Tavaris Jackson a starting job or not.

"I do hope Brett comes back," Allen said. "But at this point, we're pushing towards the preseason, so a decision has to be made pretty quickly here. And just in fairness for us, for our team, for Tavaris, if Brett's gonna come back, we're done with camp, let's move forward. If not, we need a formal 'no' that way Tavaris has the opportunity to take this team over as his own, once that third preseason game comes. Because, as vets, that's kind of our earmark of 'we're ready to rock and roll."

Brad Childress' response was a little different, as he continued to not-so-directly point out that he would really, really like Favre to play.

"I stayed away from any artificial deadlines," said Brad Childress. "We're good with it if he plays. We're good with it if he doesn't play."

Childress, obviously, doesn't want to pressure Favre -- his job is a lot more dependent on No. 4 than Allen's is. But Allen makes a good point -- and presumably the other Vikings players are on board with his idea -- in that it's NOT fair for Favre to just sit back and wait and wait and wait some more before making a decision.

He can easily jump back into the offense and just do what he does -- Jackson's transition to a starting role is a much more difficult one, and he needs all the time he can to prepare.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:50 am
 

The curious case of Sidney Rice

S. Rice's hip has not allowed him to practice yet this season (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We told you the latest with Percy Harvin’s possible migraine headaches , but perhaps a bigger unknown is what’s going on with Vikings WR Sidney Rice’s hip.

The Minnesota Star-Tribune today calls the Rice issue “a curious case.”

People don’t doubt that Rice’s hip is injured, but you also have to remember that, after an extraordinary year (83 catches, 1,312 yards, eight TDs) and a big improvement on his first two seasons in the NFL, he’s making a $550,000 base salary this year. Perhaps that’s part of the reason Rice has yet to practice during training camp.

Here’s where the Star-Trib gets suspicious:

Rice and the Vikings have declined to reveal the exact nature of the problem - no one outside of the organization knew he was hurt until Rice's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted about it last month - and there appears to be no timetable for his return. In fact, coach Brad Childress said last week that Rice was "a ways away from returning."

The situation is so vague that it has led to a growing feeling that Rice isn't rushing back in part because of a contract … with no escalators. Rice is in the last season of his four-year rookie deal that averages less than $1 million per year.

Rice, who has been doing dry-land training and rehab as his teammates go through practices, only stopped long enough Monday to say that anything involving his contract is between the team and Rosenhaus.

Without Harvin and Rice in the lineup – if this scenario were to occur – the Vikings would go from one of the best WR corps in the league to having to use Jaymar Johnson (one catch last year) and Greg Lewis (eight catches) more than they’d like. Bernard Berrian obviously is one of the top receivers in the NFC North, but without Rice and Harvin around, opponents could shut him down with double-teams and force a relative unknown WR to try to beat them.

And we STILL don’t know anything about Brett Favre.

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