Tag:Minnesota Vikings
Posted on: August 18, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 4:40 pm

Wait, Favre's ankle wasn't the true factor?

B. Favre returned to practice today in Minnesota (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The suddenly-unretired Brett Favre was midway through his first rambling answer in his first rambling news conference of the season, and I got confused. He said he visited Dr. James Andrews last Thursday to follow up on the ankle surgery he had earlier this offseason, and they discovered a new bone spur already had surfaced.

It’s not as big as the one extracted by Andrews in the surgery, but once again, Favre’s ankle might have been trying to tell Favre’s head that enough was enough. Favre’s heart decided not to listen.

“There is a little pain there with the scar tissue,” he said. “The fact is it’s something I have to deal with. There’s a little bit more range of motion on my ankle since the surgery, but not a lot. Every day walking is no problem. Walking is fine. Playing football, it’s probably not the healthiest thing to do for your joints.”

Here’s what confuses me. All along, I thought Favre claimed the ankle was what was delaying the decision on whether he’d return to the Vikings for his 20th year. But now that Favre knows his ankle still isn’t right –it’s worse than he must have hoped it would be – and he’s coming back anyway, why the hell did he put Minnesota through this mess? Just to miss training camp for a few weeks? Just so ESPN’s cameras could continue to flash his old videos as everyone in the football-speaking world continued to debate whether he would retire?

Just so he could continue to admire the billboards that sprung up around his hometown urging him to play another season, so three of his most important teammates could miss practice and fly to Mississippi to convince him to return?

If it didn’t matter how his ankle felt, what was the point of this entire exercise?

“It was really about the team,” said Favre, who practiced today and said he wants to play in Sunday’s preseason game. “Believe me, when I left New Orleans (after last year's NFC championship game) a big part of me was … I don’t want to say done … but the fact we lost that game ... it’s hard to make people understand. I played 19 years. The toll that it takes in that particular game, the mental toll is what’s hard to deal with.”

Ultimately, losing that game to the Saints – and being so close to going to the Super Bowl – is one of the major reasons he returned for one final season. That, and because he loves playing with his teammates.

Why, then, did he wait so damn long to tell them he’d return? Why did he supposedly send text messages to them telling them he was done? Did he really waffle that much, or did he just want the meal to simmer a little bit longer before serving?

“Me coming in brings in a lot of expectations and a lot of hoopla,” Favre said. “No one is deserving and worthy of all the attention. Heck, I’m not.”

His actions the past few offseasons speak of a man who doesn’t reflect that point of view.

Listen, I can appreciate Favre wanting to return – bum ankle or not. He still plays at a high level, and he said last year was the best he’d ever performed. I understand he loves his teammates and his football, and I get that he wants one more chance to win another Super Bowl.

He says he has nothing to prove, and of course, that’s true. He’ll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But why must he make such a spectacle?

Toward the end of the news conference, Favre basically said he would retire after this year.

“Twenty years, and this is the last year of my contract,” Favre said. “I’m sure a lot of people are like “Yes,” including my family.”

If I were his family, I wouldn’t hold my breath quite yet. I mean, who knows how his ankle will feel this time next year.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:24 am

How much more $ will Favre make this year?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We haven’t posted anything on Brett Favre in, oh, about 17 hours. Which is a blatant violation of the Facts & Rumors mission statement (the punishment, of course, is having to wear Wranglers out in public for two hours). So, that’s our bad. And to make up for it, here’s a new Favre post even though he hasn’t done anything new since Tuesday.

There’s been some talk about how much more money Favre will receive from the Vikings to play this season. Originally, that number was a $7 million raise from $13 million to $20 million. Now, says Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune , that number might be closer to a $16.5 million base (and another possibility for $3.5 million of incentives thrown into the mix to reach, you guessed it, $20 million).

Of course, Favre says it’s not about the money, and maybe that’s true for him. But it’s not for the rest of his teammates. Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com makes a good point when he writes there are plenty of other Vikings who want a pay increase as well.

(It’s) a team that has three starters entering the final years of their contracts: linebackers Chad Greenway and Ben Leber, along with defensive end Ray Edwards. No known discussions are underway with any of those players, nor do the Vikings appear close to deals with another trio of players who have made noise about a possible extension, including running back Adrian Peterson, receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

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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 14, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 7:35 pm

What to Watch For: Saturday Preseason Games

Saturday features a pretty good slate of preseason games, each with some interesting storylines. You can follow all the action on our NFL Scoreboard, but for now, let's take a quick walk through the schedule and let you know what we're looking for; hit us with what you're watching in the comments or on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • Miami v. Tampa Bay : Easily the biggest story here will be the performance of the Bucs' youngsters. While it's unlikely Tampa Bay will be contending for anything in 2010, how Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price perform during the season will probably determine the length that Raheem Morris keeps his job. For the Dolphins, seeing how Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne click will be interesting -- their being on the same page is paramount for the Fins success.
  • Pittsburgh v. Detroit : It's all about Ben Roethlisberger. (Will he start? Will he get booed?) At least for Pittsburgh, anyway. For Detroit, I'm focusing on how Jahvid Best runs and what kind of coverage Calvin Johnson sees with additional weapons on the offensive side of the ball, as well as how much disruption Ndamukong Suh can cause.
  • Arizona v. Houston : For the Cardinals, the passing game is going to be crucial -- how will Matt Leinart perform in his first opportunity to make an in-game impression following the Kurt Warner era? The Texans are set as far as the passing game goes, but the running game is a whole different issue: out of Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton, someone has to emerge who can carry the load.
  • Green Bay v. Cleveland : Yikes -- the Packers are fun and all, but this shouldn't be a thriller. I suppose it's worth checking out my man Jake Delhomme to see if he can make Cleveland relevant. Rookie Joe Haden will start too, and he gets quite the test against Aaron Rodgers. Andy and I discussed the man-crushing on Jermichael Finley Friday as well, so it'll be interesting to see if Rodgers looks his way first chance he gets. Bryan Bulaga's probably the only other potentially big surprise for the Pack.
  • St. Louis v. Minnesota : I, for one, am stoked to see how Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley compare. Also, Mardy Gilyard is stupid good on Madden '11 (I know, I know) but unfortunately, he's not supposed to play. For Minnesota, the focus is going to be on the quarterback position as well -- if Brett Favre doesn't come back, can Tavaris Jackson at least look good against what shouldn't be dangerous defense? (Or, alternately, can the Rams' D manage to make the Favre-less Vikes O look bad?)
  • San Diego v. Chicago : With Shawn Merriman now in camp, the biggest issue facing the Chargers is the absence of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil -- can Malcolm Floyd/Buster Davis and a patchwork group of left tackles fill the respective holes on the offense? For the Bears, Julius Peppers' performance will be interesting to watch, but more important will be the offensive line play and Jay Cutler's ability to adapt to Mike Martz' system.
  • Seattle v. Tennessee : I'll be scoping out Golden Tate's action, as I think he could be a difference maker this year. I also happen to love Justin Forsett for some reason -- Charlie Whitehurst will get some action to prove why he's such a highly paid backup. Vince Young's ability to perform at the same level he maintained during the second half is imperative for the Titans to succeed. Tonight we get to see if he can get off on the right foot.
So, what about you -- what are you looking for tonight?

(Ed. Note: Sorry, we published an un-saved version that didn't have the SD/CHI and SEA/TEN games on there. Our bad.)
Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:51 pm

Longwell critical of Cowboys kicker

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Longwell (US Presswire)
We have a rare case of a kicker speaking candidly and critically. Before you clinch your fist, you should know, it’s NOT Mike Vanderjagt. Not even close, in fact. This is a kicker most people actually like: Minnesota’s Ryan Longwell.

Surprisingly, Longwell’s candid comments were about another kicker: Dallas’s David Buehler (Buehler?...Buehler?....Buehler?....)

Buehler is transitioning from kickoff specialist to all-around kicker (i.e. he’s learning how to kick field goals). He is 6/7 in the preseason thus far, though in speaking with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Longwell talked about the youngster’s lone miss (which came in the Hall of Fame Game against Cincinnati). "He's got a huge kickoff leg, but he missed that field goal ... by 20 yards," Longwell said. "I'm not sure if you can be there if you're hitting balls like that."

Longwell isn’t shy about his high opinion of kickers – and, in truth, he makes some good points:

"In building a team, I think kicker would rank pretty high. It's one of the few positions in the world that's either an A or an F. There are no C's in kicking. Your successful teams always seem to have the consistent kickers. And the teams that are always a near miss are always teams that think they can sneak one by with a kicker who doesn't have the experience."

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