Favre Puts Vikings, Childress in All-In or Bust Situation

CK KorhonenCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18: Brett Favre talks with the media after his first practice with the Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

With the un-retirement of Brett Favre and subsequent signing with the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Brad Childress has put all of his chips on the table with the odds stacked against him.

Betting on the soon-to-be 40 year-old Favre putting the Vikings over the top for the 2009 season, Childress is gambling with his job security and the future of his quarterback position.

Childress stood behind his 2006 draft pick Tavaris Jackson for the last three years. Now the always-in-development Jackson looks like he will be trade bait with the arrival of Favre. Most NFL sources say the Vikings won't do better than a 5th round pick at best for him.

Minnesota traded for Sage Rosenfels in the off season with the promise of him competing for the starting job. Now it is all but assured he will hold the clipboard for Favre.

As for third stringer John David Booty, the team likes him and will most likely keep him over Jackson. If the Vikings were to keep four quarterbacks, Booty would be put on the practice squad where he will most likely be snatched up by another team almost immediately.

And what does this do for the credibility of Childress within the locker room? Just a few short weeks ago Childress proclaimed  he had "shut the door" on the Favre situation and was "going to go with the three guys we have." Apparently when Childress closes one door he is willing to tear down a whole wall to make room for Favre and evict Jackson in the process.

Will any of those signal callers want to stay with a coach who can't make up his mind and stick with the convictions of his decisions? Will Childress even be there after this season if the Favre gamble fails?

Childress and most fans in Minnesota think they are getting the three-time MVP in Favre. At the very least they are getting a slight upgrade at the QB position. In reality, they are getting an aging veteran playing primarily with a vendetta against his old team, the Green Bay Packers.

If Childress looks like a hypocrite for changing his views about bringing in Favre, he is being outdone in that category by Favre himself.

Even if you give Favre the benefit of the doubt for his on-again, off-again retirements, and empathise with his having trouble staying away from the game he loves, you still have to deal with his own contradictions.

Favre stated he would only come back if he was healthy and could commit 100 percent. Yet he has already admitted he has a tear in his rotator cuff. That seems far from being healthy for a 39-year-old who relies on his arm to be successful.

And if Favre truly was 100 percent committed, he would have shown up for all of training camp. He is already alienating himself from the team waltzing into camp with three weeks left. Favre plays by his own rules despite what is best for others and everyone else has to deal with it.

And what kind of chemistry does he expect to develop with his new receivers by the time the season starts? Even after a full season playing for the New York Jets, many of Favre's his formers teammates said they never built a real rapport with Favre and he kept himself apart from his teammates off the field.

The biggest negative of bringing in Favre this late is his conditioning. What most people don't realize is during his great 2007 season, he spent the entire offseason working with a personal trainer. He was on a strict diet and a rigid exercise program and went into training camp in the best shape he had been in in several years. It was also the first season Favre fully bought into Mike McCarthy's offense and the results were a runner-up MVP season.

Last year Favre came into Jets camp late and out of shape and it showed down the stretch as he led the Jets out of playoff contention with a 1-4 record in the final weeks of the season. Favre later claimed his poor performance was because of a bicep injury.

Favre is entering camp after having surgery on his bicep. He has a torn rotator cuff and mostly worked out in the off season by throwing footballs to high school students. And again, he will turn 40 at the beginning of the season.

Another possible issue will be Favre's ego. He is already showing he is going to do things his way. Childress will want to run a tight ship. If Favre wants to do things how he sees fit, will it cause a rift between player and coach?

When Favre starts showing his age, or injuries cause him to be a detriment to the team, will Childress have the guts to pull or even not start a legend with a record games started streak? That kind of scenario and conflict would make sports journalists and pundits drool over the stories it would produce.

All the signs point to a huge letdown by Favre and the Vikings during the season.

There will be some hope early on as the Vikings have a fairly easy schedule at the beginning of the season, going on the road to Cleveland and Detroit, then home against the San Francisco 49ers. Favre should look good against those defenses early on. But once the Vikings start playing quality teams, and the season wears on, Favre's true age and conditioning will start to show. And it won't be pretty.

So while Childress is betting like he is holding pocket aces bringing in Favre to run his offense, in reality he is only holding one worn out "4" card and the deck is stacked against him.