Tag:Minnesota Vikings
Posted on: August 22, 2010 9:31 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 9:35 pm

Favre thinks snitches best be quittin'

Posted by Will Brinson

Okay, Brett Favre is actually upset about "leaks" and not "snitches" but the point remain the same: the one guy who uses the media more than any human being on the planet to a) fight his personal war and b) saturate his yearning for attention is now complaining that members of his own team are leaking information about he and his coach not getting along.

So Favre held a couple of closed door meetings. And then he talked about them with Ed Werder. (Excuse me while I have my palm surgically removed from my forehead.)

"If something is being said in here -- by whoever, it's got to stop," Favre told Werder. "It's hard enough to win as it is. Success does crazy things. So we had a good meeting.

But don't worry -- whoever is snitching about Childress and Favre is really only making the team better. Provided things play out like the last time someone leaked information about Childress and Favre not enjoying each other.

"That article, like the schism thing, brought us together last year," Fave said. "It really did because it wasn't true. I don't know if someone out there is planting seeds or what but we wanted to nip it in the bud."

Ignoring for a moment the sheer inanity of Favre telling the press about a closed door meeting that he held less than a week after returning to the team because he got mad at a teammate because they talked to the press, it's worth noting that, according to PFT's Mike Florio , some folks think that the leak is Sage Rosenfels.

It is a logical choice, considering that Rosenfels likely hates his life more than when he was doing his helicopter impersonation in Houston -- at least there he had an opportunity to take snaps if Matt Schaub went down. Now, he's stuck as the third string (or second, depending on whether or not ESPN needs to manufacture news about Favre retiring to get him attention) on a football team that's in Minnesota.

Logically then (also helpful, via Florio's investigative work: Coles has covered/interviewed Rosenfels closely for a few years now), his leakiness is designed to eventually get him off the Vikings roster. But if that's true, and if I were him, I wouldn't even bother being anonymous.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:22 pm

Rehashing the Brett Favre-Javon Walker drama

Posted by Andy Benoit

Normally, there is little reason to care when a receiver like Javon Walker works out for a team. Once a star, Walker was an injury-riddled non-factor during his two years in Oakland and is now out of the league. Friday, the 32-year-old worked out for the Minnesota Vikings (so did 49ers castoff Brandon Jones). J. Walker (US Presswire)

So why do we care? Because this gives us a chance to rehash the Walker-Brett Favre drama from around a half-decade ago. You may recall, Walker had a 1,382-yard, 12-touchdown season for the Packers in 2004. He held out of minicamp in 2005, which drew the ire of Favre.

"If Javon wants to know what the quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way. When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you."

Walker decided to play that year but suffered a career-alerting knee injury in Week 1. Favre’s comments stung, and ultimately Walker forced his way out of town. ESPN’s Mike Sando republished an excerpt from an old story from Michael Smith on the matter:

Favre offended Walker when he spoke out against the receiver in his contract dispute, saying he should come to training camp and not hold out. (Walker heeded the advice.) Walker believes Favre's comments made living and working in Wisconsin difficult; Walker tells of one instance when he was in a hotel and an employee announced his presence on an Internet message board for "anyone who had something to say to Javon Walker." It also angered Walker that the team allowed its iconic quarterback to interfere publicly in a teammate's business with management. He held his tongue all year.

"There's an unwritten rule that players stick together," said Walker, still biting his tongue on Favre for the most part.

Now, Walker needs to play with Favre, as he has nowhere else to play. Will it happen? Probably not (Jones would be a much better signing). And if it does, Walker would likely be the No. 5 or 6 wideout anyway. But hey, at least we got a chance to relive one of the best quarterback-receiver drama stories in recent years, right?

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 1:29 pm

Harvin back at practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some good news on the Percy Harvin front.

According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , the Vikings WR was back at practice today, standing on the sideline and talking with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and trainer Eric Sugarman.

Even if it’s a while before he returns to practice, it’s just nice to see him out of the hospital.

Harvin, you’ll recall, collapsed during practice Thursday and was sent to the hospital after suffering a migraine headache attack.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 6:41 pm

Harvin said to be doing OK

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Not much of a Percy Harvin update, but we’ll take it where we can get it. Two updates, actually.

First, Vikings WR Bernard Berrian wrote on his Twitter feed , “Percy's doin fine everyone. Prayers still goin out though.”

Then, Vikings coach Brad Childress just released a statement. It reads: "Percy appreciates everyone’s concern. He is alert and resting comfortably, but will remain in the hospital overnight."

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 2:16 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 2:22 pm

Percy Harvin collapses during Viking practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

After being away from the Vikings for multiple weeks due to migraines after his grandmother's death, wide receiver Percy Harvin gave everyone a scare at practice Thursday. The second-year pro vomited and collapsed on the sideline before leaving in an amublance.

The Star Tribune offers details:

Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin collapsed at the team’s Winter Park facility Thursday while watching practice and was loaded into an ambulance.

Harvin, who has suffered from severe migraines, was not on the field for the start of practice. He was seen talking to head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman outside the locker room at Winter Park and then jogged onto the field to watch practice. A few minutes later, Harvin vomited and then fell to the ground.

Practice continued as the team’s medical staff tended to him. After about 10 minutes, a police car and ambulance from the Hennepin County Medical Center arrived and EMTs tended to Harvin as practice stopped and players watched.

According to CBS's Rapid Reports, Brad Childress said Harvin looked into the sun while catching punts before practice, which triggered a migraine. Harvin has said in the past that his migraines sometimes cause vomiting. We'll keep you posted on his status.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 12:26 pm

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 18, 2010 9:45 pm

Childress right in calling out Saints

Posted by Andy Benoit

Interested in hearing more on Brett Favre? Yeah, neither are we. But it’s August and this is an NFL blog. So our hands are pretty much tied.

This Favre bit actually isn’t bad. It has to do with comments made by Favre’s head coach. Brad Childress was asked Wednesday about the beating Favre took in the NFC Title Game. (You can read his response in the quote box below or just skip ahead to the good part).

“(Brett) knows there somewhere he's going to get knocked on his keister. That's going to happen. As long as we're doing it in the spirit of the rules, he's all good with it and I'm all good with it. In terms of not doing it that way, hey, everybody talks about hitting the quarterback. Let's just hit him the right way."
Childress was then asked if he thought the Saints unduly punished Favre in the NFC Championship. Childress said: "In my opinion, yeah."

That’s not bad fuel to the Week 1 fire, right? However, what mitigates the controversy here is that it’s hard to argue with Childress on this one. The Saints were called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for hits on Favre in that game, and the NFL admitted later that there should have been a third.

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