Brad Childress Calls KFAN Sports Radio, Says There Was No Brett Favre Deadline
Vikings head coach Brad Childress finally came out with something to say about the Brett Favre situation on Wednesday morning, when he himself called into the "Power Trip Morning Show" on KFAN Sports Radio in Minneapolis.
The most interesting comment? There was no deadline for Favre, as ESPN.com had reported on Monday.
"Absolutely not, there was no deadline," Childress said. "Maybe by [Favre’s wife] Deanna or somebody like that, but certainly not from me. Not even close. Don’t know where that would have dropped out of the sky from."
"I don’t know how you guys in that industry go about your sourcing, 'a source says that a source says,' I don’t know, it’s questionable, very questionable."
When asked about the organization resuming their pursuit of the retired quarterback after the report came out Tuesday night that they "suspended" their pursuit, Childress wouldn't give anything away.
"I don’t know, I’m not into predicting the future," Childress said. "We’ll just have to see what’s around the corner tomorrow."
What we do know is that Childress has always been a fan of Favre and the way the three-time NFL MVP has played the game.
"My opinion is that he was a great player," Childress said. "He obviously had a setback last year. He was playing very well early. If in fact he’s had that surgery, I’m anxious to see just exactly what he’s got left in that cannon because he had a pretty good arm as we know."
When the show's hosts asked about the quarterbacks currently on the roster and how they were going about their work with all the speculation surrounding them, Childress said they control what they can and get better in any way they can.
"I’m not worried about that. I talked with Sage and Tarvaris. They are competitors. Do they like any of the conversation? Absolutely not. But they know this. I’m charged with adding and subtracting players from this team to make us better," Childress said.
"Every day when I walk in this office there’s not a day that I don’t try to look and see if we can get better at some position. And if this is going to make us better down the road and it’s got a chance to happen I’m going to take care of the Minnesota Vikings."
Childress was also questioned as to why he and the Vikings organization have not clarified more about the situation to the media and the fans.
"I really don’t clarify things that are incorrect because I literally could stand at a press conference all day long and clarify," he said. "It’s really not my job to comment on erroneous things.
"I don’t have time to do that. I can sit and laugh at it and wonder how responsible that is. I simply don’t have time to do that. I’m on my way driving into work here so I’m captured here, but when I get done with this I’m done."
Childress was also questioned as to whether it would be hard coaching Favre due to his significant attention to detail and the future Hall of Famer wanting to do things his way much of the time.
"I think it’s more of, just like you talk about with a quarterback, can he manage a game?" Childress said. "I think it’s more about that. And then you letting him know your expectations and how we’re playing the game here and what we value here.
"Those are different virtually everywhere you go and every system you play in."
The Vikings will continue their organized team activities on Wednesday. The week's practices will conclude on Friday.
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