Brad Childress‘ much-anticipated media session Thursday shed little light on the situation (is that even the right word anymore?) between the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre.
Other than the fact that Childress called the retired Favre last week, we don’t know much more than we did 24 hours ago. It was just yesterday that the coach denied a published report that the Vikings had given Favre a deadline to decide whether or not to come out of retirement.
After watching the press conference and reading back over the transcript, it has become more apparent that Childress’s question-dodging skills have become even sharper this offseason. Perhaps it’s a byproduct of the Favre situation/saga/drama/storyline, but Childress is ducking and weaving with the best of them right now, and it’s only June. It’s a slick combination of wordplay and humor with a dash of inuendo. Kudos to Childress.
As Belichick-ian as Childress’ performance was, it was equally as impressive that he didn’t use “It is what it is” even one time.
Childress answered 24 questions during Thursday’s session, 23 of which were Favre-related. We’re still wondering which reporter was able to sneak in the questions about Percy Harvin.
Here’s a look at the Favre-related portion of the Childress transcript:
Q: How has the Brett Favre saga affected the players?
A: Well, first of all, that is your word, ‘saga.’ I think they are focused on what we do out here. I don’t think they waste a lot of time or energy considering that. These are active guys. This is their profession. They are trying to make this football team. They bowl in the afternoons. I can’t speak to what’s in their brains, but I guess I don’t notice anything — just a bunch of guys hungry to make a football team.
Q: Well, what about the uncertainty?
A: I don’t know. I hate to speculate. You would probably have to talk to each guy individually.
Q: Where does it sit as far as you’re concerned?
A: I don’t think anything has changed. I think the guy is still retired. I don’t think that’s changed at all.
Q: Would you like to see him here?
A: I don’t get into that hypothetical-type of stuff.
Q: You stated you want to see Favre throw on the radio. Is that where you are at as far as something you need to do before you move forward?
A: I am not that anxious. I am not going to loose any sleep or anything. I don’t need mood elevators or anything like that. But you always would want to see that, yeah.
Q: Is the plan for you to see him throw sometime?
A: Again, that is down-the-road stuff. The guy is retired right now, and you would have to talk to him about that.
Q: Given how important the quarterback position is, would you allow this to extend to the week before training camp? Or is that something that you need clarity on before then?
A: Again, it is hard to speculate. Like I said the other day: deadlines? No. But I’m not going to speculate on that.
Q: Is there a chance that he was under the impression that there was a deadline?
A: You would have to talk to him about that. I know what ‘seems’ means. Seems is different for everybody.
Q: How much communications have you had with Brett?
A: I talked to him, like I said the last time I was up here, several weeks ago. Then I talked to him once last week, and that’s it.
Q: What did he say about his surgery?
A: I don’t ever talk about medical issues standing here on camera. Never.
Q: Do you plan on talking to him again soon?
A: Well, I am married so it’s not like it’s a romance or anything like that.
Q: How would you evaluate the extra hype that would surround the team all year if he came here?
A: I would just bridge back to kind of what I talked about yesterday. All you are ever looking for, everyday when you check the waiver wire — wherever you are looking — wherever there are players you can make this roster one person better. We look at that every single day, and every one is a completely different situation.
Q: When you talked last week, did you call him or did he call you?
A: I think I called him.
Q: Do you keep your current quarterbacks up to speed on what’s going on?
A: I really don’t. Those guys play football, and I coach football and look at personnel, as I mentioned before. So they would be out of their lane and I would be out of my lane in sharing any of our business, whether it be surgery, injury, talking about other players. We just don’t do that. It is more of just a coaching relationship. So, as I mentioned yesterday, I could go non-stop standing up here and never get anything done, but I have to do this.
Q: Why did you call him?
A: To talk to him.
Q: Just out of the blue?
A: I can’t remember what the weather was.
Q: How much film of him did you watch of him last year to see how he looked before he had the arm injury?
A: I am just trying to recollect who the crossover games were we had. I am trying to think what division they played. Somewhere, I saw him on tape throughout the course of the year. Obviously, I know how he was throwing it early and how he was throwing it late. Just like you evaluate all players that go to the waiver wire, how much film do we watch? I don’t know, four or five games.
Q: What about since the season ended?
A: Like I said, my recollection of the crossover things, where I was either looking for ideas or seeing what they were doing or saw a good gadget play. I can’t remember exactly who they played, what division they played. The crossovers, I can’t remember.
Q: Does the final decision have to be yours or his as far as if you think his arm is good enough?
A: Well, he is retired right now, so obviously, he would have to say whether he was retired or unretired. That would have to come from him.
Q: Was one of the crossover games the Jets-Arizona games?
A: Typically, when you go back, if you are talking about in reference to when we played the Cardinals, because we played them late, you usually go back three or four games. You don’t want to coach against ghosts. I remember which game you are talking about, when that player got injured, but specifically, I have looked at so much tape that I can’t remember if that is one that I did or didn’t look at.
Q: That was probably Favre’s best game of the season.
A: If you say so. I got a lot of numbers and tape spinning around in my head.
Q: What about when you said on the radio yesterday that he had a cannon for an arm?
A: Yeah, that is certainly my recollection of him when we played against Green Bay. He sawed us up a couple of times.
Q: Do you think Favre could still be a great quarterback?
A: I don’t know. I don’t know. Stay tuned.