Last night I heard the trio of talking heads on NFL Network talking about how the Viking’s bye week couldn’t come at a better time because the team can treat it as a belated training camp to get Brett Favre on the same page as his offensive line and pass catchers.
Apparently, that won’t be the case.
The players had a meeting on Monday morning but will have time off until next Monday, when practice will begin as normal.
The rest will be welcomed for injured players like Percy Harvin, Brett Favre, Chris Cook, John Sullivan, Cedric Griffin and so on. And it isn’t like no work will take place during the week off.
Brett Favre says he plans to stick around and watch film until Friday. Brad Childress says that coaches will do a thorough self evaluation.
“We’ll do a fair amount [of self-scouting] but we’ve only played three games,” Childress said. “That’s not a lot of body of evidence right now. We kind of are who we are. We’ll see if we have any tendencies in some of those charitable spots, short-yardage, goal-line, that type of stuff.”
“For us it comes at just a good time with guys that that are a little bit more beat up than we’d like to see them right here this early” he said. “It allows some freshness to occur both mentally and physically. When I look at it, where it hits for us to have been practicing football from Aug. 1 to really the end of September here, we get a break after two months of this.
”Yeah we’ve got a 13-game stretch to finish the regular season. That will allow us to be able to get into a routine and hopefully build momentum as we go. It has been kind of stop and start with the way the schedule is. On a Thursday, the Sunday-Sunday, stop. So we’re really not going to know who we are as a football team I don’t think here for another eight-10 weeks.”
I’m not sure how much of the offensive starters can claim they’ve been practicing football for two months, but a rest should at least provide time to gather themselves and rest up.