The deadline imposed by the Vikings on Brett Favre has officially come and gone with no word from either side. Is this a surprise to anyone ? If Brad Childress thought he could make Favre “Blink” on this one then he is either naive or just plain dumb. Neither is true.
So, where are we now ? Well, from my perspective, we are right back where we started. Make no mistake about who is in charge. Favre will decide on if and/or when he will play for the Minnesota Vikings. Be it this week, or three days before training camp officially opens…….and the Vikings will welcome him with open arms.
What choice does Childress have ? A team loaded with talent at every position except quarterback simply cannot refuse a chance to snare a player of Favre’s status. Childress has been rendered impotent in this drama.
The line Childress attempted to draw in the sand was an obvious ploy to illicit the illusion of being in charge. It was his desperate ploy to save face . Who could blame him ? None of this is surprising. What is surprising is the way that Favre continues to allow him to dangle. This is not an attractive component in the Mississippi mans character.
So now that Favre has called his bluff, Childress has little choice but to continue as if it doesn’t matter. With little or no reaction at all. No announcements, no pretense and business as usual. The team must move on and prepare itself as if Favre will not be taking snaps under center.. Sound familiar ?
Childress knows that his ability to lead depends in part on the perception that he is in charge. That he makes the decisions and is thus beyond reproach in this realm. Favre’s conduct, whether intended or not, seriously jeopardizes said perception.
I believe that Brad Childress is a man of character. He has taken over a team fresh from the “Love Boat” scandal and restored pride and dignity to a franchise in need of direction. Like anyone else, I have my own questions concerning play calling, talent evaluation, delegation of duties etc. But I don’t question the mans commitment to ethics and merit.
The Sporting News ranks Brad Childress as a respectable 11th best coach out of 32 and had the following to say about him: “ The team has gotten better every year under his watch in Minnesota, and last season he got the Vikings to the playoffs without a strong quarterback.”
This whole fiasco makes me wonder if Favre cares about anything but Favre. His massive ego has done much to tarnish his legacy. Ask Green Bay GM Ted Thompson who has been much maligned by Favre. Ask his former coach Mke McCarthy who is among those “Thrown under the bus” by the future hall-of-famer. Ask Sage Rosenfels, Tarvaris Jackson or John David Booty who’s NFL futures are entwined with whatever he finally decides.
So, for now we sit and wait. We speculate and twist along with Brad Childress in the wind on every update. As articles like this present today’s news as ……No news at all.