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Brad Childress 'not aware' of Favre retiring

Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:47 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 1:19 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

More specifically, when Brad Childress took the podium at Vikings training camp, he discussed Brett Favre's REPORTED (can't stress that enough) retirement . Childress was clearly aware of the reports circulating today, even if he said otherwise and had no technical knowledge of Favre's decision.

"I'm not aware of any of those reports, obviously," the Vikings coach said. "I've been out here for the last three hours or so. But if or when the case is he does something one way or the other, I'm sure he'll communicate with me, I'm sure of that."

Clearly, Favre didn't communicate directly to Childress (although Minnesota's coach did say that he had "talked to [Favre] in the last 24 hours"), given the news that the reports from the media stemmed from teammates, but Childress seemed surprised at the notion that Favre would use other channels.

"Brett and I communicate ... So I don't suppose he'd call Jared Allen and have Jared pass the word to me -- that's not going to happen. I'll talk to him one way or the other."

Childress acknowledged, however, that it was entirely possible Favre could decide to hang up his cleats, since, after all, he is aging.

"He's a 40 year old man. He's just got to come to grips with it. He, his wife, kids, a lot of meetings with himself. He talks to people, he talks to teammates, so everyone of those are influences, but the guy who looks you back in the mirror is the one you have to answer to."

A key point that the media will focus on (and this is me doing it) is that Childress doesn't think Favre's potential retirement would be detrimental to the team, or, more specifically, the quarterback situation.

"I feel great about it. We got four, five good days of work here. People want to know "What's plan B?" Well, it's those guys and they've done a nice job in camp."

That's obviously a stretch -- the Vikings would take a substantial hit if they were forced to use Tavaris Jackson as the starter for Week 1. But even if Jackson starts the season opener against the Saints, Childress didn't rule out the possibility of Favre joining the team after their bye in Week 4.

"Those are kind of "if-then" hypotheses ... We're day-to-day right here."

Overall, Childress handled the slew of fully-Favre-related questions well (or as well as anyone could given the circumstances). At one point, he even joked, "I feel like this is Watergate. Have I done something wrong? Am I  own trial?"

That elicited plenty of laughter from media in the room, but the reality is, it's not entirely all that humorous -- Childress' job is wholly dependent on his team's performance. And while with or without Favre, the Vikings will still be a good football team, it's obvious that they won't be the same if he retires.

Although, as Childress pointed out, that's never a sure thing until you "hear it from the horse's mouth."

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:23 pm

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:49 pm

Brad Childress 'not aware' of Favre retiring

 TO will be in ClevelandTO is in Cleveland now? You better let the Bengals know that.

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:17 pm

Brad Childress 'not aware' of Favre retiring

And that is a clear indicator that Bret Favre is NOT about the team, but all about himself.  If he comes back after their bye week it will be because they aren't performing well and he envisions himself as their savior, which he would more than likely be.  However, at what cost.  Would you want to play on a team with someone that is that full of himself.  If Bret cared about the organization he would make a clear decision and not allow this rumor-mill circus happen.  At this point, he is more a disctractor than TO will be in Cleveland.

Time to move on "old man".  You have done what you need to remain an immortal in the history of football and a shoe in for a first time selection to the HoF.  Let the Vikings suceed or fail on their own.  IOW, be a man about this.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:14 pm

Brad Childress, about to cry?

"I don't belive it.  I want to hear it from the horses (asss) myself.  How can this be?  My whole career is riding on this."  --Brad Childress

Pay him more money, and tell him he never has to practice, or dress with the other players.  That might do it.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:05 pm

Brad Childress 'not aware' of Favre retiring

CHILDRESS TO STAR IN NEW MOTION PICTURE. Brad Childress has inked a deal to star in "Major Dad the movie". When asked about his relative inexperience in regards to acting Childress replied, " I've dealt with more drama over the last 12 months than Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino have in their entire careers."

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:27 pm

Brad Childress 'not aware' of Favre retiring

He'll be back, just a little more drama before.  I suspect he'll join us about week 5.

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