As Brett Favre Watch continues in both Minnesota and, to a lesser extent, Mississippi, Vikings coach Brad Childress addressed the situation publicly on Thursday, declining the opportunity to say the possibility of the future Hall of Famer donning Purple and Gold was a dead issue.
Childress did confirm for the first time that he has spoken with Favre via the phone — although it was “several” weeks ago — but wouldn’t say whether he had reviewed Favre’s medical records. Childress also acknowledged the Vikings are continuing to investigate Favre — a fact team president Mark Wilf confirmed last week — but little else came from the line of questioning with reporters.
“It was worth a conversation and as far as I know he is still retired,” Childress said. “It’s nothing that I am focused on, because I don’t think anything has changed and I am really focused on the guys that are here on this football team, both old and young. I am not spending any time on that.”
One topic that briefly surfaced on Thursday was how long the Vikings — or Favre, for that matter — would be willing to wait before making a final decision. As OTAs turn into minicamps, and minicamps turn into training camp, and training camp turns to preseason, is there a point of no return for the Vikings? Childress sidestepped the issue, and was also asked why he isn’t willing to label the issue “dead” when given the opportunity.
“Because I think you just take every situation as it comes along,” Childress said. “I mean for me to stand here and say something is not going to happen – I don’t know. I just don’t know. It’s all hypothetical. I just think we have gotten to the point where we hypothetically ask a question, but we have to have an answer to it.
“So, again it is not something that I am entertaining and I am more focused on the guys that are part of this football team – old and young, in the building or out on the grass. That’s what I put all my energy into right now.”