Read here from Greg Bedard at jsonline for the full transcript. Interesting. I’m still pretty comfortable with my last post – I think a deal is essentially done and some details are just being ironed out. Bedard appears to have picked up on a Favre slip during the interview. Read here (Bedard’s boldface):
“Well, once again, it is like the terminology with the offense, it makes a lot of sense because the pieces are in place. They do have a great running back. They have a great running game. If I go there, I mean there’s no guarantees. We all know that. I went through that last year with New York. I would like to think that, I think every player should think that he is a difference maker. I think you have to believe that. But in that situation, knowing what is expected of you, knowing your team, knowing as long as we can run the ball, and complete passes when needed, we should be pretty good.”
I’d say this use of “we” coupled with his rather detailed rationale for playing for the Vikes (because of their offense), gives away the fact that the depth of discussions has gone well beyond the very limited discussion Favre describes when he says: “have talked with the Vikings. Nothing other than, ‘Are you interested?’ Vice versa”. I don’t believe Favre here. I think he’s talked in depth with Childress and more so with Darrell Bevell and in the process, they easily persuaded him to join the Vikes. I also wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually learn that Ryan Longwell has been a factor, a quieter factor, but still a factor.
The fact that Favre went ahead with the surgery seemed to strike me more after reading this interview than after I learned he had the surgery a few weeks ago. I know this is quite an obvious point and I know many others said the same thing once news broke that he had the surgery. But reading his words from this interview made me realize for some reason that for a guy who would prefer to simply show up game day and not do anything else (train in the offseason, participate in OTAs, have surgeries, rehab himself), it’s not a small decision to have surgery at almost 40 years old to prolong an NFL career. In Favre’s case in particular, this simply HAS to mean that the guy had decided to commit himself to return to the game PRIOR to having the surgery – or else he wouldn’t have gone ahead with the surgery. Period. And, I’d even go so far as saying the Vikes/Favre aren’t going to be picky if Favre’s arm is only 80% of what it was. I still think the real reason for any delay is due to the Vikes running into the other facet of the Brett Favre Experience that gives everyone a headache: Bus Cook.