Brad Childress lost control of the reigns to the Minnesota Vikings' offense in August. And quite frankly, it's going to be pretty hard for him to regain control.
Looking back, the symbolic changing of control occurred the moment Brett Favre decided to join the franchise he had once arduously attempted to continuously beat during his days with Green Bay. Even before he decided to un-retire for the second time, you could foreshadow a power struggle. Favre said he didn't want to come out of retirement, but Childress couldn't let it go. Favre was an icon, a legend, and the man who could save the Vikings franchise, and Childress' job.
Childress was so desperate to have the legend on his team that he told the public he was "moving on" with pedestrian QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, but in private called Favre one last time, hoping to coax him into returning. And you've got to give Chilly credit, because it actually worked. Favre joined the Vikings, and Childress may have still been able to keep his symbolic position as the boss, if not for one fatal mistake.
The guy picked his new QB up and personally drove him to the practice field.
And just like that, he became the facilitator and Favre became the prima donna key-holder of the Minnesota Vikings franchise. He may not have realized it, but by personally picking Favre up, Childress pretty much told the legend QB, "You're my Daddy, my boss, my everything. What you say goes because you are now the key-holder to this franchise."
And not until just recently has Childress realized that he is not the boss anymore, and it is because of this sudden realization that this controversy has occurred.
During the Vikings' embarrassing 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Childress attempted to pull Favre from the game, under the pretense that he was getting hit too much by defensive end Julius Peppers. Favre described the conversation that ensued as a "heated discussion." But do you honestly believe that this was the only reason Childress wanted Favre out of the game?
Don't believe for a second that Childress was only trying to protect Favre from hurt and injury. Favre has taken the same amount of punishment in several games this year, most notably against the Steelers in Week 8. Did Chilly pull Favre out of that game? Of course not; Childress knows deep down that Favre gives this team the best chance to win.
Whatever Childress says, this has nothing to do with protecting Favre; this is about power and control of the Minnesota Vikings. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press , Childress has tried to pull Favre from two other games this year, including in Week 9 against Green Bay. Why? Because Favre audibled out of a run into a pass; an audible, incidentally, that resulted in a touchdown. In the end, offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell had to convince Childress out of benching Favre. The Pioneer Press also reported that Childress laid into Favre with an "expletive-laden" barrage hours after loss to the Panthers.
It's obvious. Childress has begun to realize that he doesn't have full control of this team anymore, and is trying to steal back the keys to the franchise.
But, in all truth, it's a little too late for that. Favre is in firm control of this offense. What he says goes. And it's ridiculous for Childress to try and take power away from the man who has resurrected a team's mentioning in Super Bowl talks.
Favre has the power, and as long as he's playing for the Vikings, he's never giving it back.