Childress Tried Benching Favre In Panthers Game

Nam HuynhContributor IDecember 21, 2009

Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre said during the post-game conference that coach Brad Childress tried to bench him during the third quarter when the Vikings were up 7-6.

“I was getting hit a little bit….. I felt the pressure on a lot of plays,” Favre said. “Brad wanted to go in a different direction and I wanted to stay in the game.”

Favre ultimately declined to come out of the game because he felt like he could win the game. Though it’s not clear if the decision to pull Favre was because of his play or if it was to protect  the 40-year-old, Favre didn’t know himself.

“I don’t know if it’s exactly to protect me, because we had seven points,” Favre said. “I’m not sure.”

Childress did bench left tackle Bryant McKinnie in favor of reserve lineman Artis Hicks, although the switch didn’t do much for stopping defensive end Julius Peppers and his pass rush.

Nam Huynh writes for Minnesota Sports Zone. (

Childress Tried Benching Favre In Panthers’ Game