Whether or not quarterback Brett Favre retires, it won’t come as a shock to Vikings head coach Brad Childress.
“It wouldn’t surprise me one way or another,” said Childress less than an hour ago at the Vikings’ training camp facilities in Mankato, Minn. “We’re day-to-day right here.”
Earlier this morning, reports surfaced that Favre started telling people within the Vikings organization as early as Monday night that the future Hall of Fame quarterback was stepping away from the game. Neither Favre nor the Vikings have yet to publicly confirm the quarterback’s retirement.
“It’s a hard thing,” said Childress.
“There’s a reason why he’s been doing it for 20 years.”
Last season was Favre’s first in a Minnesota uniform and, quite arguably, his best in the National Football League. As a Viking, Favre posted career bests in completion percentage (68.4 percent), fewest interceptions thrown as a starter (7) and passer rating (107.2).
In his final game of the season last year, a 31-28 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Conference Championship, Favre suffered a left ankle injury that’s troubled him since even though he had surgery on it in May. Despite the injured ankle, Favre trained over the offseason in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. with area high school players.
“He could still move it around pretty good,” said Vikings coach Childress on his assessment of Favre’s play after meeting with him in Hattiesburg.
Asked if he has tried to sway the 40-year-old Favre back onto the playing field for a 20th season in the league, Childress said “I’m not pressing him, no.”
If Favre in deed does retire, he leaves Minnesota in what could be a difficult situation at quarterback. Currently on the roster are veterans Sage Rosenfels, Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Joe Webb. While it’s believed that Webb could be the team’s quarterback of the future, the two veterans that could serve as the bridge to that future have little starting experience. Rosenfels has started 12 times in nine seasons, with none of those starts having been for the Vikings, while Jackson’s started 19 times in four seasons in Minnesota. Despite all this, Coach Childress says he isn’t worried.
“The personality of this football team…hasn’t even been formed yet.”
With or without Favre at the helm, the Vikings open up their season September 9 against the team that last saw Favre in action first hand, the New Orleans Saints.
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