Usually we err on the side of brevity in our blog posts, but we felt it was worth passing along to you (nearly) the entire transcript of Brad Childress’ news conference with reporters on Tuesday.
We say “nearly” because 16 of the 17 questions Childress fielded (according to the team’s official transcript) from the assembled media were Favre-related. Somehow, one reporter managed to sneak in a question regarding goal-line offense before the landslide of Favre questions began.
Here’s the Q&A Childress had with reporters:
Q: Have players been informed by Brett Favre via text message that he’s not going to return?
A: It’s fluid. We text back and forth all of the time. I’m not aware of that. Somebody told me that when we were coming off the field. Our players, as teammates, those guys text back and forth all the time. I am not aware of any of those reports; obviously I have been out here for the last three hours or so. If and when the case is he does something one way or the other, I am sure that he’ll (Favre) communicate that to me.
Q: Have you talked in the last 24 hours?
A: I have talked to him in the last 24 hours.
Q: What have you been talking about?
A: The same thing I’ve been telling you all along. Who’s doing good. How’s Percy? It’s a constant situation as you can imagine with 50 guys that he knew last year on this football team. Those guys go back and forth Jared Allen , or Steve Hutchinson or Ben Leber or Jim Kleinsasser. I can’t keep abreast all of those things. I wouldn’t portray it anyway because I’m not getting the text and I’m not sending the text.
Q: Are you both still worried about the ankle situation?
A: It’s his third surgery on this ankle. For me to portray it any way would be wrong. He would have to tell you how that feels. I’m sure it doesn’t feel like he was 18 again.
Q: If he (Favre) said he was retiring, who would he tell first?
A: I don’t know. Typically Rob Brzezinski (VP of Football Operations) and Bus Cook (Favre’s agent) communicate. Brett and I communicate. He (Favre) communicates with Darrell Bevell (Offensive Coordinator) and a myriad of other people. I wouldn’t suppose that he would call Jared Allen and have Jared pass the word to me. That’s not going to happen. I’ll talk to him one way or the other, whenever he comes to that conclusion.
Q: With your conversations recently would it surprise you if you had an email or text message waiting for you informing you he (Favre) was retiring?
A: I am sure we would talk over the telephone, but I said this a couple weeks ago, it wouldn’t surprise me one way other the other, whether he elects to play or whether he elects to retire. I think all of us can live with it either way. The big thing is that he is at peace with it. He’s a competitive guy; he’s been doing it for 20 years, and at this time a year it’s like a circadian rhythm. Your pulse kind of quickens, there’s football in the air and if you have been doing it for 20 years of your life and now stepping away from it, it’s a hard thing. If you are trying to get that motor revving again, there’s a reason and it’s because you have been doing it for 20 years. It’s a hard thing to get going. I’ve mentioned before that he’s got to feel like he can jump all in. He’s not a half-baked guy.
Q: Have you had any recent communication with him that it is going to go one way or the other?
A: I haven’t had to degrade that for him. He’s a 40-year-old man. He’s just got to come to grips with it. A lot of conversations. He and his wife, kids. A lot of meetings with himself. He talks to people. He talks to his teammates. Every one of those are influences. That guy that looks you back in the mirror is probably the biggest influence.
Q: How do you feel about your quarterback situation as it stands right now?
A: I feel great about it. We have four, five days of good work here. People say, “What is plan B?” Those guys that are taking reps are the guys. They have done a nice job here in the five days we have been in camp.
Q: Is there any timeline for Brett Favre’s decision? Have you pressed a timeline at all?
A: I don’t know that. I’m not pressing him.
Q: Physically do you feel good about what you see and where he is at? Is that a big factor?
A: Yeah, physically from what I have seen. Last time I saw him throw the ball he could snap it pretty good. If you’ve coached and seen a couple clips and thrown it, I don’t care if it’s to kids at the high school, he can still move it around pretty well.
Q: How do you guard against a letdown?
A: It is going to come to this, it is not going to be the Wednesday before we go down and play New Orleans on Thursday night. Every year it has its own chemistry. Whether he’s in, if he is in, we move forward, if we don’t, we’ve only been at camp for four days. The personality of this football team and what this team is made up of and who we rely on, who the playmakers are, hasn’t even been formed here yet. That is a great thing about training camp. You start to build some of that and then get to play four preseason games. You start to hammer out throughout the year. We won’t know who we are geared here for a couple three, four weeks and then we will have to fight all the adversity the season brings.
Q: Is there a potential he may need more time? Would you be willing to start with Tarvaris Jackson and have Brett Favre come in week four, or is that out of the question?
A: Those are all kind of, if, then, hypotheses. Right now, all I know is we have a film study at 12:30 p.m. and a 2:45 p.m. center-quarterback exchange. We are day-to-day right here. When that beat starts going with the season you just keep moving. You ask was it fluid? Everything is fluid, whether your tackle is up or somebody passes away and leaves the squad for a while or somebody sprains an ankle. This is a very fluid situation.
Q: How do you prevent this from being detrimental to the team and what you are trying to accomplish?
A: Here is the thing, it is not going to be detrimental within our team group. Everybody on the outside can bat it around however you want to. It’s not going to be detrimental because we talk. Our team talks; we know we are in a forming stage right now, with older folks, veterans, with guys that are just trying to make an impact. It is not detrimental because all those guys have enough things to worry about themselves and moving forward. I don’t see it being detrimental at all.
Q: Is there a disappointment because of your draft strategy and how Brett Favre may have affected that?
A: Not really. That is something for everyone else to bat around. We have good players we drafted. We evaluate everyone, including those quarterbacks and we took the guys we wanted.
Q: Have situations like this become somewhat normal to the guys?
A: Like I said, those guys are worried about getting lunch, lying down, taking a nap, getting hydrated and getting back out here. It is pretty simple during training camp.
Q: Are you as good or better without Brett Favre?
A: Don’t know yet. We will find out