Favre to talk to Childress this week


Check out this ESPN video with John Clayton discussing the latest news that Favre is apparently going to meet with Brad Childress this week. Concerning. One interesting thing Clayton said is that apparently when Favre retired from the Jets he told someone there that if he ever played again, the only team he’d play for would be Minnesota. Tony Dungy somehow told Chris Mortensen that if the Favre/Childress meeting actually takes place, chances are better than 50/50 Favre sports an incredibly ugly purple uniform this year. I’m not liking where this is going.

If Favre comes back, I’ll say it again, I won’t be too excited to play the Vikings. I think they would be very good. I heard a ton of people on Homer’s show (ESPN Radio Milwaukee) going on and on about how bad he’ll be and how we’ll finally get to be on the receiving end of his errant passes. I do hope that happens, but I doubt it. For 2009, assuming he will be healthy again by the beginning of the season, I think it’s more likely that Favre will make the Vikings better. Even though I still don’t think Tarvaris is that bad, the Vikes, like the Bears have not had much confidence in the QB position for a while now. Like the Bears acquiring Cutler, the Vikes acquiring Favre could have a massive impact on the team’s self-esteem.

From an Xs and Os standpoint, apparently the offense of Childress and Bevell is very similar to Mike Sherman’s offense with pieces of Mike Holmgren’s offense sprinkled in there too. So, it won’t be totally starting over for Favre at all. I think it’s also possible that Favre may not feel the need to press and make stupid throws as much because of the damage his superstar RB Adrian Peterson does on most plays. If this were 2008, I could have said “at least he doesn’t have anyone to throw to” but this year, I really believe Percy Harvin could cause fits for teams and TE Visanthe Shiancoe came on last year and proved he may have been worth the huge contract he signed a few years ago. Even though Favre did chunk it toward the end last year for the Jets (of course, so did the rest of the team – especially the running game folks), the Jets had a winning season after having a 4-12 record. Favre wins and he always has (1 losing season in all his years)  – so from the perspective of a Packer fan who just wants his team to win, I don’t want Favre going to Minnesota because it could very well interfere with the my plan for the Packes to make the playoffs. (And yes, it’s possible Favre could steer the Vikes to the playoffs only to choke badly due to diminished mental strength, but that won’t give me any satisfaction if the Pack doesn’t get to the playoffs.)

30 Responses to “Favre to talk to Childress this week”

  1. Jono Says:

    I was looking forward to the day we can all forget about Brett behaving like a child and just remember the good stuff. If he plays in Minnesota, that day moves out by 10 years, at least.

  2. goodeggblogger Says:

    Brett still has a good arm. Unfortunately, he lacks class.

  3. Ace Says:

    Vikes at Lambeau. One of the highest rated nfl tv games of all time. Sad!

  4. PackerBelle Says:

    “For 2009, assuming he will be healthy again by the beginning of the season, I think it’s more likely that Favre will make the Vikings better.”

    I actually think that is a big assumption. The Jets doctors thought he would need surgery to repair his torn bicep in order to play. He hasn’t done that, nor does it seem like he wants to. And that injury seemed to significantly affect his play last season.

    However, he could be scary if healthy. I really wish he would grow up and just stay retired.

  5. awhayes Says:

    Packerbelle – you’re right, that is a big assumption if Favre doesn’t have the surgery – then he may have further issues. But from what I understand, any kind of surgery would still have him back by mid-summer, so it doesn’t seem like it would be a procedure that would set him back too much. And, my guess is that his health will be a major factor in working out a deal with the Vikes – I would be surprised if they let him let it “heal itself”.

  6. Ron La Canne Says:

    Favre had one losing season at GB. Yes! Don’t you think other players and especially the defense also played a role in that outcome? It is now and was always the GB PACKERS, not the GB FAVRES. I totally reject the idea that one person makes a team.

  7. awhayes Says:

    Ron – understand your point, and I agree, a team wins as a team and there are lots of factors that contribute to a team’s success. And of course, Favre was not the only reason Packer teams won when he was here. (I’d also point out the irony in the fact that while Favre may usually have a winning record, he’s been acting like a total loser.) Still though, I don’t think it’s a small thing when a particular player tends to be part of teams that win more frequently than not – especially at the QB position. Like Brady and Manning, the teams Favre are on tend to win and it’s simply this tendency that concerns me.

  8. DaveK Says:

    Andy, you think Tarvaris gets released if Favre signs there? They are not going to keep four QB’s on the roster. They just gave up a 4th round pick and around $4-$5 million a year for Sage. Does that leave Tarvaris the odd man out or do they give up on Booty in year two?

  9. 56coop Says:

    A QB is one big missing piece in the Vikes team. A healthy Favre will be very dangerous. One thing I will say is the NFC North should be very exciting this year, much more so if Favre goes to the Vikes. If that happens I hope Capers & his modified 3-4/4-3 really gets together and as higster suggested earlier the pass rush gets very, very effective. It might be kind of poetic if Favre were to be “forced” to retire because of injuries sustained against the Packers. I honestly do not wish that on the guy but it would be one hell of a story line. I Wonder if Childress will require Favre to have surgery before signing? I am really curious though–Favre gave us 16 pretty exciting years of football. IF he does sign with the Vikes what does everyone here think. Retire his jersey, let him retire as a Packer (if he wants to) or not? My thinking is after it’s all said & done and he does ask to retire as a Packer then fine, retire it & put him on the wall. If he carries this apparent grudge so far as to not even want to retire as a Packer, then no–don’t do it.

    This whole thing really sucks—-I hope Aaron has the season of his life this year.

  10. awhayes Says:

    Good points 56 coop – my guess is that if Favre went to the Vikes, so many fans would turn on Favre that retiring his number may end up being too unpopular a move by the team.

    DaveK, great question. What do you think will happen? Not sure what they’d do. If I had to guess though, I could see Tarvaris being the odd man out in part because cap-wise, I think the Vikes wouldn’t want to keep T-Jack, Sage and Favre all on the roster. And at this point in their careers, I’d think Sage would be more accepting of a back-up role. I think Tarvaris would likely be bothered by the signing of Favre and perhaps ask for a trade or to be released. (I could see a team like Seattle being interested in him considering Jim Mora has already done quality work with a talented athlete/QB in Michael Vick).

  11. DaveK Says:

    I think Jackson and Sage would both have real issues about being #3 on the depth chart so they probably need to get rid of one of them. I don’t see them tossing Sage after the deal and draft pick they just gave up to get him. Probably be Favre, Sage, and Booty. That might be the best thing that ever happened to Jackson.

  12. Doug in Sandpoint Says:

    I would be so over this if it weren’t for the Favre shrine in my 13 year old’s bedroom. The whole thing reminds me that ultimately we are rooting for laundry…the uniforms matter, but the guys in them don’t. This is sad and contributes to my cynicism. That being said, I can’t wait for November 1 when we blitz him on every play and leave him dragging his sorry old butt off the frozen tundra at halftime only to catch site of the Packer faithful re-retiring #15. Give #4 to any practice squad player who wants it.

  13. Alpha Cat Says:

    It sounds like Favre is hellbent on going from the most beloved sports figure in Wisconsin history to the most hated.

  14. Cindy V Says:

    From what I’ve been reading it’s all about Brett’s hatred of Ted Thompson and his wanting to “stick it” to the Packers. I can only hope that retiring, un-retiring, then retiring and un-retiring makes him the laughingstock of the NFL.

  15. goodeggblogger Says:

    Is it possible that Brett’s whole self-worth is wrapped up in being a football player? I wonder if John Madden has the “itch” to un-retire too. Maybe it’s the thing to do these days.

    Not only has the Pack moved on, but the whole NFL has moved on. Most don’t care anymore.

    Go Aaron Rodgers……

  16. 56Coop Says:

    Re: the surgery:

    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that free agent Brett Favre is willing to undergo a “minor” procedure on his torn right biceps tendon that would allow him to play football this season.

    Favre is reportedly “anxious” to sign with Minnesota and prepared to get the arm fixed. Surgeons would cut the tendon and the rehab period “would be quick.” Favre and Brad Childress will continue their meetings today in Hattiesburg. We’re expecting a resolution by early next week at the latest. May. 7 – 8:53 am et

    I’m sure everyone has heard that Brett’s agent says he knows of no scheduled meeting between Him & Childress. Does anyone suppose Childress has the ability to see that this might just not be worth it? Nah—-

  17. PackerBelle Says:

    Do Favre and Cook think they are fooling anyone anymore? Seriously, Favre told Dilfer ‘NO’ he wasn’t considering a come-back and Cook doesn’t know anything about a meeting with Childress (when the whole world knows about it). Do they think we are that stupid?

  18. Ron La Canne Says:

    Sorry to say it Belle, yes they do. They got away with it before, why not try it again.

    As far as I’m concerned sign with the Queens and retire with the Queens. That will make him look like the Jackass he really is. I’m no TT fan, but on this issue he was right, very right.

  19. PackerBelle Says:

    I have to eat some crow here – Childress was seen at training camp in MN today.


    So it appears the meeting reports (at least of a meeting last night) were false.

    I still don’t trust Favre or Cook. Not after last year.

  20. bucky Says:

    I still think Favre is not coming back. Chilly is playing this up because he likes poking the Packers and their fans, while Favre (and his posse) like the attention. But at the end of the day, he’s not going to play football for the Vikings or anyone else.

    That’s my prediction, and I’ll stick with it until I change it.

  21. Ron La Canne Says:

    Not your fault Belle, maybe now we’ll give the Spots Media the disrespect they deserve. Rumor as fact has become a way of life for them. (See any Bob Mc Ginn article for verification)

  22. PackerBelle Says:

    I know Ron. I’m willing to admit when I was wrong but it won’t keep me from viewing the truthfulness of Favre, Cook and likely Childress very skeptically.

    And now according to Yahoo sports he is staying retired.

    All I can say is, I’ll believe it when opening day hits and he’s sitting at home in MS.

  23. Cindy V Says:

    We know better than to trust the media. And after last year, we know better than to trust Brett. The guy’s word just doesn’t mean anything. Childress may not have met with Favre today. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been talking. That doesn’t mean they won’t hook up next week. Like Packerbelle says, we’ll just have to wait until September for sure.

  24. DaveK Says:


    Anyone think Levi Jones would make a good RT for the Packers this year? I honestly have no idea. 35 years old. Injured last year but a few things I have read still say he can play. He was cut when they drafted Andre Smith. Seattle is looking at him I guess. My hunch is that he is over the hill but maybe someone on here would have a more informed opinion.

    Other notes:

    The Bears are interested in Amani Toomer and possible Joe Horn. I wonder who else they will find in the bottom of that barrell?

    Jason Hunter got cut. Can’t play DE or OLB in the 3-4. Heck, he couldn’t play DE in the 4-3.

    Anything else to stop us from talking about Favre?

  25. campbell Says:

    Jeez, get a grip everybody.

    You all sound so angry and nasty. This is football and nothing else. Favre isn’t going to the Vikings and you have the brilliant, charismatic Rodgers as your QB.

    What more do you need?

  26. PackerBelle Says:

    “What more do you need?”

    Favre to stop creating drama so we can focus on the upcoming season rather than having to see someone who was the face of our franchise act like a spoiled child who didn’t get his way.

  27. Campbell Says:

    Why can’t you just ignore him? I’m sorry, I don’t understand this continued obsession with Favre. He’s not a Packer and it doesn’t say much for this present Packer team that most of the postings here are about an old guy with a bad arm who MIGHT come back.

  28. 56Coop Says:

    Campbell–It’s just a few frustrated fans venting our frustration. Just ignore us.

    As far as postings being all about Favre go back & look at the posts in the days prior to the draft. I think you’ll find that the majority of the folks here are football savvy, die hard Packer fans that like to discuss all things Packers–which at the moment happens to include an old guy with a bad arm that at least today it appears, is not coming back.

  29. Joe Says:

    “This is football and nothing else.” You should be banned from posting for this comment. (just kidding). But, I think you meant, “this is Packer football and that is why it is so important to talk about every aspect of everything that does and might occur that is in anyway related to the Packers.”

  30. PackerBelle Says:

    “Why can’t you just ignore him?”

    Not when you live in MN and he’s thinking about coming here. I can’t even check local news online or on TV without running into it.

    There is also the fact that for a lot of us Favre was an important guy. He’s a big reason I’m a football fan and he and Rodgers are the only starting Packer QBs I remember. To have him basically wanting to screw over the Packers is frustrating.

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