Brett Favre Vs. Brad Childress: 10 Reasons The QB and Coach Hate Each Other
Brett Favre and Brad Childress don't really like each other right now.
Favre doesn't like being called out in the postgame press conference, and Childress doesn't like it when a quarterback as experienced as Favre just throws interceptions a rookie defensive back could see coming a mile away.
Favre's play definitely has been not up to his usual standards, but Childress had to realize when you have Favre as your quarterback, you're going to have interceptions since Favre holds the NFL record for most interceptions in a career.
So here's a little more in-depth look at why these two aren't getting along right now.
10. Favre's Ego
Brett Favre's ego seems to know no bounds in recent years and since Childress needs to maintain order on that team, the fact Favre keeps hijacking the storylines going into the game, especially with off-field issues, has got to constantly rankle the head coach.
9. Childress Demands Accountability
Childress demands accountability for poor play and Favre doesn't feel he has to answer to anybody, as was evidenced by Favre's demeanor when he was called out in the postgame press conference on Sunday.
If the two can't have a good player/coach relationship, Favre is going to be the one who isn't on the field come gametime.
8. Favre's Waffling Over Returning
Childress isn't stupid, but there had to be some kind of expectation that Favre was going to return this season, or there wouldn't have been the mad scramble at the end of preseason to get Favre in camp.
The fact Favre waffled until almost the first week of the regular season had to have caused some hard feelings with Childress, who was not able to properly prepare his team for the regular season with the quarterback question hanging over his head.
7. The Locker Room Atmosphere
Favre obviously is being treated differently than the rest of the Minnesota Vikings players and that affects the locker room atmosphere.
With all the losing, it has to get back to Childress how the rest of the team feels about a guy who seems to come and go as he pleases despite not performing up to expectations this year.
6. Tarvaris Jackson
Childress has another quarterback, the supposed successor to Favre, in Tarvaris Jackson.
Even with Favre's mistakes, and now his injured ankle, Jackson has remained on the sidelines.
While Jackson's perceived flaws were the main reason Childress went out and got Favre, how much is Jackson's benching really helping the Vikings so far this year?
5. Favre's Ankle
Favre had offseason surgery on his left ankle, which was injured last night.
Favre is doing everything he can to make sure the ankle is not an issue, but if Favre keeps waving off the trainers, there's not much Childress can say without starting a huge argument on the sidelines.
The last thing Childress needs is for the simmering feud between the two to bubble over on national television.
4. Changing Plays
Favre often changes the playcall at the line, which is his right as a veteran quarterback reading the defense.
However, when those changes result in negative yardage, or a turnover, there's going to be problems.
Percy Harvin was wide open on one play and Favre instead threw right into coverage and got a pick.
When you look at the tape, you have to think Childress began having blood pressure issues.
3. Play Calling
There's this guy on the Minnesota Vikings, you might have heard of him. His name is Adrian Peterson.
Favre likes the offense to feature his arm, and when it features someone else, Favre gets a little jumpy.
Not that Favre is opposed to Peterson taking some of the burden off of his shoulders, but Favre wants Favre to be the star of the offense.
2. Childress Publicly Declaring He Thought About Benching Favre
With a Super Bowl ring and countless NFL records, Favre probably didn't respond well to being publicly called out by Childress, especially the notion Childress thought about benching Favre.
Favre says a lot of the right things in the press conferences, but his actions on the field say everything. He's in charge, don't even think of putting someone else in.
1. Favre Forces Throws
Favre forces the ball where it shouldn't be going, and he does it a lot. Favre didn't become the NFL-leading interception thrower by chance.
Favre doesn't just throw a bad pass, he sometimes gets tunnel vision, and throws it right into the arms of a waiting defender.
With Percy Harvin wide open during Sunday night's game against the Packers and Favre deciding to throw it into coverage, this becomes a classic case of a player not wanting to admit he was wrong versus a coach who has to do everything he can to win a game and is constantly thwarted by the one guy he shouldn't have to worry about.