Thursday's practice was the only one open to the media at Vikings headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., and head coach Brad Childress most likely knew the Brett Favre patrol would be out and about, waiting to jump on every word he said during interviews.
Childress did admit that he and the retired quarterback talked at some point last week, but would not elaborate on what they talked about. He was also asked if he plans on watching Favre throw the ball at any point in the near future.
"That’s down the road stuff," Childress said. "The guy is retired right now and you’d have to talk to him about that."
Is Favre a distraction to the team? Childress said he believes he is just another player the team looks at in order to possibly make the team better.
"All you’re ever looking for is every day when you check the waiver wire, wherever you’re looking, wherever there are players that can make this roster one person better," Childress said.
"We look at that every single day and everyone is a completely different situation."
Childress also said he has watched film on the three-time MVP quarterback, just like he does with every player the team could be interested in.
"Somewhere I saw him on tape, throughout the course of the year, and obviously I know how he was throwing it early and how he was throwing it late," he said. "Just like you evaluate all players that go to the waiver wire. How much film did we watch? I don’t know. Four or five games."
Childress was also asked again about current Vikings quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. He said that Favre is never a subject that is brought up between them.
"I really don’t talk to them about Favre," Childress said. "Those guys play football and I coach football and look at personnel, as I mentioned before. So they’d be out of their lane and I’d be out of my lane in sharing any of our business."
"Whether it be surgery, injury, talking about other players. We just don’t do that. It’s more of a coaching relationship."
Jackson also spoke to reporters, and said that this type of baggage comes with playing quarterback in the NFL.
"If you had to hear it year in and year out all the time, eventually you’re going to be tired of it," Jackson said. "But I guess it just comes with being the quarterback for the Vikings right now. It is what it is."
My personal favorite quote of the day from Childress came when he was asked if he thinks Favre could still be a great quarterback.
"[I] don’t know, [I] don’t know," Childress said. "Stay tuned."
The Vikings will wrap up organized team activities on Friday. The team was scheduled to practice on Monday and Tuesday, but Childress canceled those plans. That is not a surprise as he usually does not use all 14 sessions that the league allows.
So as the Favre situation picks up, follow Childress's advice and stay tuned.
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