Should the Vikings bench Favre?

Is it unthinkable that Vikings coach Brad Childress could bench Brett Favre?

Childress wasn’t happy with Favre’s decision-making in Sunday night’s 28-24 loss to the Packers, and admitted he considered pulling the quarterback amid three second-half interceptions. Favre re-injured his gimpy left ankle, and for the second straight week stood at a podium and wondered if he could continue extending his NFL-record streak to 292 consecutive games.

NFL Network analysts Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin agree it’s not the right move … for now.

“They need to think about benching Favre, because he’s not the guy we saw a year ago,” Sanders said. “Right now Brett is under a lot of scrutiny because of his off-field endeavors. He’s under scrutiny because this team isn’t [winning]. Would I bench Favre? No, not right now. I would give him a couple of more games.”

Added Irvin, “It would be hard to bench him, because what message do you send to the team, after sending guys down to go and pick him up? Are you saying you’ve given up on the season and you want to start working toward the future?

“But when I see Brett at a press conference talking about that he doesn’t know about playing next week, when my team is in a hole, I want him talking to the rest of my team during that press conference talking about ‘I don’t know what I need to do, but I’m going to get it done, and I will be on the field next week to give it all I have.’ That’s the message you need to send to the locker room.”

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