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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 3:58:22 PM(UTC)
"I'm sure I'll regret my decision down the road.''
--Brett Favre, to me, on July 28.
Down the road? That's a pretty short road. More like a driveway.
"I'm leaving an incredible opportunity on the table, and that opportunity is not coming back.''
--Favre, July 28.
Yes it is.
You would think I think this Brett Favre-to-Minnesota story is great, but I don't. I think it's wrong. I think it's a circus. And I think Minnesota coach Brad Childress is making a mistake.
If I were Childress, I'd have waited until Sage Rosenfels struggled -- if he struggled -- and then made the call to Favre. By doing it now, Childress loses Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson; how can they ever trust anything he says now? I'm sure both are furious, and Rosenfels, particularly, is crushed. And the way Favre talked to me three weeks ago, there's a chance he won't last the season and Childress will have to turn to one of his angry quarterbacks.
What Favre told me late last month he wasn't coming back because he felt totally beat after some hard summer workouts, how could he think he'd have enough stamina to make it through a season? He simply didn't think he'd be able to handle the physical rigors of the season. "I just didn't think my body would hold up the way it had in the past,'' he said.
The perfect scenario would have been for the Vikings to see if Rosenfels or Jackson played well enough through a piece-of-cake early schedule (at Cleveland, at Detroit, San Francisco), and if the position was an Achilles heel, then reach out to Favre to see if he was interested. By doing it now, Childress tells his team he doesn't trust Rosenfels or Jackson. That could come back to haunt him if Favre's body breaks down.
Childress has looked like a desperate man throughout this melodrama. He made it known internally that Favre had to do at least some work in the offseason program or the veteran mini-camp to be considered. Favre never showed. Then he had to come by the start of camp. Favre didn't come, opting for his third false retirement in 17 months. Now the Vikings let him come back after the team has gone through training camp. Favre's the wishy-washiest player in memory -- and the Vikings are his enablers. It's ridiculous.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 4:00:16 PM(UTC)
It makes me laugh.
Didn't "Chilly" say just a short time ago that he wouldn't take Favre now?
Yet what does he do?
His team HAS to just LOVE this. (sarcasm)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 4:01:51 PM(UTC)
But, then again.. Peter's probably just mad that he didn't see this coming (read: Favre or Chilly didn't run it by King first).
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 4:03:05 PM(UTC)
Check back to what i said.....i didn't think it was over. Not by a LOOOOOONG shot.
Good luck Formo......the circus is in YOUR town! LOLOL!!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 4:05:15 PM(UTC)
Nice! Now we get to show him up on November 1st! :)
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