What we all (or many of us) wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall this week when Brad Childress and Brett Favre sit down to discuss the possibility that Favre will play for the Vikings in 2009. (Best guess is the meeting either happens in Hattiesburg or at Childress’ place in Florida.) Perhaps the most interesting part of that meeting will be when Childress tells Favre that if the veteran QB really wants to wear purple this franchise is going to expect Favre to take part in all offseason minicamps and training camp.
According to an ESPN report, that is what the Vikings would want. While that sounds like a heck of an idea, the guess here is Favre is going to tell Childress that he will take part in maybe the mandatory minicamp and then he will see him at training camp.
To say Favre isn’t a fan of the offseason workout programs, would be an understatement. Remember, when Favre started playing in the NFL in the early 1990s the offseason was much more of an offseason. Favre liked going home to Mississippi and never became a fan of spending long hours during the spring and summer at the Packers’ facility. In later years he did up his training, but he didn’t do it in Green Bay.
I don’t believe this is going to be a dealbreaker but I do believe that if Favre does join the Vikings there will be an agreement worked out in which Favre will spend a decent portion of May, June and early July (the offseason program is finished by that point) training at his home.
It also wouldn’t surprise me if Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell ends up spending plenty of time in the Hattiesburg area helping tutor and train his old friend and new quarterback.