Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl as the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens and then was not retained because, he says, coach Brian Billick didn’t like his tendency to call audibles — even when those audibles worked.
Now Dilfer says he sees a similar dynamic developing in Minnesota. And he thinks it’s time for Vikings coach Brad Childress to acknowledge that quarterback Brett Favre has a better understanding of how to run an offense than Childress does.
“Let the guy who is the best in the world at what he does do what he does,” Dilfer told Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press. “Brad Childress can’t say that. Brett Favre can.”
Dilfer said his view that Favre has a better understanding of how to make the offense work than Childress does is based on “conversations with people within” the Vikings’ team facility. It’s fair to wonder whether one of those people was Favre himself, because Dilfer clearly has a glowing view of Favre’s abilities — and a less than glowing view of Childress.
“Give him the keys and say, ‘Hey, there’s a reason we sent the private jet, a reason why I picked you up, and you’ve won three MVPs,’” Dilfer said, adding that, “there is a mastery of the offensive game that some have and some don’t, and [Childress] doesn’t have it.”
Dilfer’s comments came before Childress said Favre has the freedom to change plays when he feels the need to. In Dilfer’s view, that shouldn’t even be a question, because Favre is better at calling plays than Childress is.