Brad Childress keeps reiterating the fact that he's giving legendary quarterback Brett Favre all the time in the world he needs to make a decision on his playing future.
That is, if it takes until the draft, that's great. If it takes until the second preseason game, who cares? The Vikings will still let him play.
Joe Montana came out a week ago and stated that Favre has probably already made up his mind, but won't "decide" until after training camp because he doesn't want to go through the long, tiring offseason workout.
I don't think it's a matter of if, but rather a matter of when Favre will come back to play the game his heart desires. He will in all likelihood be playing again for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.
That being said, is it right for the team to give a single player the right to completely skip training camp and show up just before the preseason begins?
The 100 percent fool-proof answer is...who knows.
If you're a veteran player like Steve Hutchinson or Antoine Winfield, you're not going to be too happy about the decision to hold the team hostage until after training camp breaks.
If you're a fan of the game, you may think it's wrong, but you're fine with the idea.
In training camp, there's always a risk of injury. When you're a 40-year-old quarterback, that risk increases dramatically.
Favre knows the game better than anyone. Heck, he probably knows more than all the coaches on the Vikings staff put together (minus Leslie Frazier, who's a mad genius). If he was allowed to run the offense, it would be nearly unstoppable.
So does Favre really need to go through the pain and agony of training camp? I don't think so.
Favre proved last season that he can play at an elite level without even sniffing the training camp air. He came into Minnesota and put up one of the best seasons of his career.
However, I said I don't think he NEEDS to go through training camp. I never said it was right. There should be no exception to the rule regardless of who the player is.
I'm fine if he wants to skip training camp, but there should be some sort of penalty.
Favre has all the money in the world and a $13 million salary this upcoming season. Would a fine really hurt him? Would it be right to suspend Favre for a game or two for missing training camp? I wouldn't go that far.
Players are not above the rules regardless of who they are. They should still punish Favre in some way. If other veteran players need to go through training camp, than Favre should have to as well.
The only problem is finding a solution that will make most players, coaches, and fans happy. And to that, I'm not sure there is a solution.
All I know is, Brad Childress is doing the right thing in letting Favre take the time he needs. He has been pressured into making decisions early and has made the wrong decision several times.
Favre is 40 years old for crying out loud. Regardless of whether he comes back or not, the Vikings will approach the offseason in the same way. They'll probably draft a quarterback of the future and go through their daily rituals.
Brad Childress has done few things right in the fan's eyes, but letting Favre decide on his own is probably the best thing he can do.