According to ESPNEWS and Yahoo.com, several Vikings’ players have told sources that Brett Favre waivered so much about his latest comeback because he “doesn’t trust Childress” and because Favre thinks that the coach “doesn’t know anything about offense.”
The back story on Brett Favre and his return to the Minnesota Vikings — and you knew there would be a back story — is that Vikings players are losing respect for their coach, Brad Childress.
To no one’s surprise, Favre is one of these players.
“Brett thinks Childress has no clue about offense,” a Vikings player told Yahoo’s Jason Cole.
Multiple players echoed that, according to Cole’s report, and the issue was a bigger factor in Favre’s decision to play this fall than his gimpy ankle.
“Brett just doesn’t trust him,” a player said.
In early July, Favre indicated to a teammate that he was likely to play, but, after a Childress visit to Favre’s home in Hattiesburg, Miss., on July 19, Favre began to reconsider. After a visit from teammates Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell earlier this week, Favre decided to return for his second season with Childress in Minnesota.
Is anyone surprised?
I mean, a standup guy like Brett Favre, recently marred by the flap over him texting a picture of his penis to former Jets’ sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, trying to get his head coach fired after just announcing his comeback this week?
Sounds about right for super hick, Brett Favre, the one time vicodin addicted good old boy who blasts country music in the locker room, who allows his cotract negotiations to be handled by a guy named “Bus” (Favre agent Bus Cook), and who we recently learned is a pervert and could-be sex offender.
Favre pulled this whole routine, basically to the letter, when he was here with the Jets, and frankly, I think any Jets fan would readily tell you they were very happy to part ways with him. The first stage of Favre makes you happy, because you wouldn’t have him if he wasn’t an upgrade. But when things start going wrong, he takes on more responsibility–he’s notorious for changing play calls at the line of scrimmage, but then looks to blame others, like his coaches. I could see why he didn’t like Mangini–Mangini was against making the move to acquire him. But for Favre to expect us to believe that he would have been fine with ceding his starting role to Kellen Clemens when his arm was hurting in 08, but that Mangini essentially ordered him to play is ridiculous. Favre has started a million consecutive games. That’s because he wants to play. Favre took painkillers so that he could play.
Then, even as Favre threw pick after pick that killed the Jets down the stretch in 08, the Jets’ management, desperate for a marquis quarterback, fired Mangini in the hopes of retaining Favre, despite the 3 ring circus he leads. Here was the Jets’ reasoning with regard to Mangini: we either have to give him a new contract because he’d be a lame duck otherwise, or fire him, and since he lost the last 5 games and started 7-3 and failed to make the playoffs, firing him makes more sense.
By then, a lot of players had come out in opposition to Mangini, and we heard whispers that Woody Johnson himself was miffed at how little emotion Mangini showed on the sideline and in meetings. While Mangini left a lot to be desired, he was the most successful coach in Jets’ history, believe it or not. Also, we hear that he was downright verbally abusive to players, which doesn’t sound like a guy who never becomes animated. Ryan seems to be a better fit for the Jets, and it is very nice to have the number one defense, which Ryan and Pettine have engineered. But firing Mangini was also going to make them more attractive to Favre, they were hoping, when faced with having a weak Kellen Clemens as your alternative.
Childress brought Favre in, and he will have to live, and probably will die with a guy who conducts his own separate training camp at a high school in Hattiesburg.