Brett Favre Calls the Shots

Aaron LiebmanAnalyst IDecember 23, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 06:  Head coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings reacts as he walks the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 30-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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We shouldn’t be surprised to learn that Brett Favre has been changing plays and giving orders for the Minnesota Vikings. After all, what kind of impression of leadership is left on a team when the head coach picks up the star player from the airport? I would be surprised if head coach Brad Childress ISN’T picking up his dry cleaning and delivering his lunch.


Childress really has no choice in the matter. He recently got a contract extension because of Brett Favre’s play. Going into this season he was already on the hot seat, despite a divisional title last season. At the very least, Childress should give a commission to Favre.


But what happens when Favre retires (again)? What veteran will Childress coax back into the NFL? Does he have John Elway on speed dial?


If I were him, I would definitely start planning on whom to take over for next season so he doesn’t have to wait until after the first preseason game to get his man.


It seems obvious that Childress just names the lineup and Favre does the rest. When Favre leaves and Childress has to return to coaching the team, Vikings management will regret that extension.


But sometimes this kind of thing just happens. I’ve now realized that the reason Eli Manning gets called for so many delay of game penalties is he’s forced to change up offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s horrible play calling.


And much has been made about Colts head coach Jim Caldwell having the best start of any rookie head coach in history. Well, those other coaches didn’t have Peyton Manning and an already established team in place.


But Favre and Childress seem different. Perhaps only Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have a bigger codependent relationship. But I doubt Bill Belichick ever taxied Brady from the airport.