Brett Favre Overrules Brad Childress in Benching Decision

Football Maniaxs@@FantasymaniaxsSenior Writer IDecember 21, 2009

By Derek Lofland.

The story coming out of the Minnesota Vikings' 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers last night is a third quarter conversation between QB Brett Favre and head coach Brad Childress.

Childress did not have a lot to say about the incident, but Favre had quite a bit to say.

"Yeah, there was a heated discussion, I guess you would call it. We were up 7-6 at the time. No secret, I was getting hit a little bit. I felt the pressure on a lot of plays. We had seven points. So I think everyone in the building was like, ‘They’re not moving the ball, they’re not getting points.’ Brad wanted to go in a different direction and I wanted to stay in the game.

"We were up 7-6. Yeah, it’s not 70-6, but we’re up 7-6. So I said, ‘I’m staying in the game, I’m playing.’ I don’t know if it was exactly to protect me, or we had seven points, I’m not sure. That’s his call. But we talked it out.

"We didn’t have time, I didn’t have time to sit there and say why or what. My response was, we’ve got to win this ballgame and I want to stay in and do whatever I can. Now, unfortunately, I didn’t do that, but that was my intention."


People that support Favre are going to say it is a lot to do about nothing. People that hate Favre are going to say he is putting himself over the team.

I am a Favre fan. He is my favorite player in the history of the NFL. I think that needs to be stated when I give my opinion on this situation.

Playing quarterback is different from any other position in professional sports. Quarterbacks receive way too much credit when they win, and they receive way too much blame when they lose. They have to balance the massive ego that it takes to play that position with keeping teammates upbeat and instilling confidence in them that they are important to the success of the team. They need to be able to take the criticism that comes their way while showing they have the confidence to lead a team under tough circumstances.

People can say that Favre put himself above the team when T Bryant McKinnie was benched, but Favre refused a benching for his own poor play...

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