Many people may think that the whole Brett Favre, Brad Childress fiasco is just another power trip of the prima-donna quarterback. My argument is in the defense of Brett Favre and his willingness to audible out of the plays Darrell Bevell and Brad Childress are calling. The past three season under Brad Childress were almost unbearable to watch.
With Tavaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte taking the majority of the snaps, the Vikings offense was boring, mediocre, and just plain awful. Adrian Peterson was like a breath of fresh air in Minnesota when he arrived. The Vikings finally had their offensive playmaker post-Randy Moss. He definitely awakened the running game but that did not help the passing game.
The following are the statistics of the Vikings offense prior to the arrival of Favre:
Points Scored: 282 (17.62 per game)
Passing Stats: 195 yards per game—13 total touchdowns (23rd in the NFL)
Points Scored: 379 (22.81 per game)
Passing Stats: 172 yards per game—12 total touchdowns (28th in the NFL)
Points Scored: 379 (23.68 per game)
Passing Stats: 185 yards per game—22 total touchdowns (25th in the NFL)
Now the numbers on the surface don't look too bad when it comes to points scored the last two seasons. Most of that has to do with the development of Adrian Peterson and the running game. He carried the ball 601 times in his first two seasons. His yards per carry have dropped each season. 5.6 his rookie year, 4.8 his second season, and he is at 4.4 through 15 games this season.
Brett Favre has audibled out of many runs into passing plays and that was what the tussle was revolving around last Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings offensive passing statistics through 15 games have surpassed the totals of the last three seasons coached under Childress. Brett Favre has thrown more passing touchdowns through 15 games than the entire team did through Childress' first two seasons in Minnesota (25 was the total). Astonishing, maybe. What changed? The Vikings signed Brett Favre.
Brett Favre has thrown 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Only 1.5 percent of his passes have been picked off this season. If he has audibled at the line of scrimmage it's because the two play callers haven't got a clue what they need to be running, or he is making an adjustment to the defense he is facing.
Brett Favre has been in the league for nearly 20 years and has faced just about every defense known to man. If anybody knows when they need to audible out of a play or formation it's him. Favre's positive influence on the offense is undeniable and Childress should feel pretty stupid for trying to get Favre to sit down in a one-point football game. It was absolutely asinine of him to go and criticize what he was doing on the field. If he felt they were in the wrong play, they most likely were.
The majority of the fault in the game against Carolina should go to the offensive line and particularly, Bryant McKinnie. Brett Favre has an ego and if you do not notice it you're oblivious to why he came back and played.
I've heard he is a stat man and really loves the numbers he's put up over his career. His goal is probably to win the Super Bowl, but he likes to play football because he's still good at it. He wanted to prove to everyone that told him his career was over that he could still put up MVP type numbers and he has.
There are definitely underlying factors when it comes to his motives for playing with Minnesota, and I'm sure Brad Childress was aware of all of them before he pestered him to play for the Vikings. It's just really sad that a quarterback who has put up insane numbers for his age and led the Vikings to an 11-3 record would consider being benched.
Brad Childress should be embarrassed. Whether or not Favre is audibling out of plays that would be successful, he has turned your "kick-ass" offense into exactly that. Childress' silly ego and lack of faith in what he is changing the play to will eventually cost this team their chance at a Super Bowl. He needs to sit back and let Favre do what he was doing because prior to all the problems Favre had this team 11-1 and primed for a serious playoff run.
Coach approval ratings were posted on ESPN.com the last two seasons and I remember specifically that Brad Childress had the lowest rating in the league at one point. Vikings fans wanted Chilly out of town and because of his lucky playoff berth and eventual home loss to the Eagles in the Wild Card round he saved his job. The great start earned him a contract extension and all was great in Minnesota. Three weeks later panic has set in and everyone is doubting the coach and now the quarterback. I beg you Vikings fans, blame it on Childress.