Coach Brad Childress said today on KFAN Radio’s “Power Trip Morning show” that he never set a deadline of this week for quarterback Brett Favre to decide whether he will play for the Vikings in 2009.
“Absolutely not,” there was no deadline, Childress said. “Maybe by [Favre's wife] Deanna or somebody like that, but certainly not from me. Not even close. Don’t know where that would have dropped out of the sky from.”
ESPN posted a story on its website Monday that a deadline had been set for Favre. On Tuesday evening, ESPN reported the Vikings have temporarily suspended their pursuit of Favre after he failed to report to this week’s organized team activities as mandated by Childress. “I don’t know how you guys in that industry go about your sourcing, ‘a source says that a source says,’ I don’t know, it’s questionable, very questionable,” Childress said.
Favre, according to an ESPN report Sunday, had surgery on the partially torn biceps in his throwing shoulder recently, making a deadline seem odd given that Favre will need time to decide if his arm responds to the procedure.
Childress would not say if the Vikings pursuit of Favre would resume at a later date — something that is expected to happen. “I don’t know, I’m not into predicting the future,” Childress said while discussing the matter on the Vikings’ flagship radio station. “We’ll just have to see what’s around the corner tomorrow.”
Childress and the Vikings have never denied having interest in Favre since the soon-to-be 40-year-old was released from the New York Jets reserve/retired list in April. “My opinion is that he was a great player,” Childress said. “He obviously had a setback last year. He was playing very well early. If in fact he’s had that surgery, I’m anxious to see just exactly what he’s got left in that cannon because had a pretty good arm as we know.”
As for how this might impact quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, Childress said: “I’m not worried about that. I talked with Sage and Tarvaris. They are competitors. Do they like any of the conversation? Absolutely not. But they know this. I’m charged with adding and subtracting players from this team to make us better. Every day when I walk in this office there’s not a day that I don’t try to look and see if we can get better at some position. And if this is going to make us better down the road and it’s got a chance to happen I’m going to take care of the Minnesota Vikings.”
Asked why the Vikings have not clarified more about this Favre situation, Childress said: “I really don’t clarify things that are incorrect because I literally could stand at a press conference all day long and clarify. It’s really not my job to comment on erroneous things. I don’t have time to do that. I can sit and laugh at it and wonder how responsible that is. I simply don’t have time to do that. I’m on my way driving into work here so I’m captured here but when I get done with this I’m done.”
One interesting point that came up during the course of the conversation is how Childress and Favre might coexist given that the Vikings coach is a stickler for detail and the quarterback likes to do things his way. “I think it’s more of, just like you talk about with a quarterback, can he manage a game?” Childress said. “I think it’s more about that. And then you letting him know your expectations and how we’re playing the game here and what we value here. Those are different virtually everywhere you go and every system you play in.”
Meanwhile, Childress confirmed that cornerback Antoine Winfield has continued to stay away from OTA workouts this week. Contract talks between the Vikings and Winfield broke down last month and the veteran has not attended any of the Vikings’ offseason practices.