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Dilfer thinks Childress hasn't mastered the game

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.

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  1. Lunatic Fringe says: Dec 30, 2009 2:29 PM

    How is it that every drunken fan in Minnesota can figure this out and it takes Chilly another 6 weeks to? Zygmunt I hope you have an out on Chilly’s contract extension!

  2. CapsLockKey says: Dec 30, 2009 2:30 PM

    Nice to hear a HOFer who played the position like Dilfer’s opinion on the subject. I wonder what Brad Johnson has to say on the matter as well.

  3. filthylucre says: Dec 30, 2009 2:31 PM

    Dilfer was a mediocre QB (at best) who is best known for earning his ring by riding the coattails of his defense. He should just keep his mouth shut and enjoy his infamy as such. His words carry very little weight.

  4. ShimSham says: Dec 30, 2009 2:32 PM

    Let us appeal to the opinion of the offensive genius, Trent Dilfer.

  5. garylandon41 says: Dec 30, 2009 2:34 PM

    Wasn’t Childress an assistant college coach at Wisconsin when Favre was earning MVP awards in this offense? Childress was a running backs coach and offensive coordinator until 98 or so.
    Who should know it better?

  6. mooremi9 says: Dec 30, 2009 2:35 PM

    I thought the bald race was supposed to stick together. They have enough problems as it is.
    Thats not nice of Dilfer to say that about his fellow kind.

  7. Bob S. says: Dec 30, 2009 2:35 PM

    Dilfer was a terrible untalented QB wherever he was hPainter could have QBd that Super Bowl team of the Ravens.

  8. Chuck Woodson says: Dec 30, 2009 2:35 PM

    Yea ok… let Favre audible away from feeding the 2nd best running back in the league behind Chris Johnson. Lets not forget that the Queens won the division last year without Favre. Favre needs to be a game manager and follow directions- something he has yet to prove he can do in his career. Good luck with that. Favre transcends the NFL period. In fact… NFL now stands for “National Favre League”.

  9. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 30, 2009 2:36 PM

    Trent Dilfer didn’t “win” anything. He just was on the right team at the right time, and the result was a ring.
    He had the worst stats by a Superbowl winning QB ever, until Roethlisberger played worse in a game he shouldn’t have won. Dilfer is a career backup if there ever was one, and he has no right to tell ANYONE, even the all-time dumbass Childress, that they haven’t mastered the game.

  10. Jpgedds says: Dec 30, 2009 2:36 PM

    trent dilfer is a tool and uses his job at ESPN to criticize people because he was just a mediocre quaterback with no real skill….his super bowl championship was because of the raven’s defense

  11. Seeryer says: Dec 30, 2009 2:36 PM

    Dilfer is right. And the football pundits hate him for it. Doesn’t he know that no pundit shall speak good of Favre? How can anyone that loves the NFL not love Brett Favre. There is not a player in the history of the league that has given more on the field for so long than #4 has. So when you say you don’t like Favre you might as well say you don’t like professional football. They are one in the same IMO. Favre is a much bigger boy than Brad Childress. Favre is a much bigger boy than any coach in the NFL.

  12. bluenoser says: Dec 30, 2009 2:37 PM

    QhoReno is the best in the world at managing a game so the defense can win it?

  13. Hauschild says: Dec 30, 2009 2:37 PM

    This is a no-brainer, but NFL head coaches don’t get to be head coaches by doing the right thing.
    It’s a helluva thing; pride.

  14. Chris says: Dec 30, 2009 2:38 PM

    Really Trent really….
    I will be the first to say that Childress is too rigid and does not make good in-game adjustments, but these comments are straight disrespectful.
    For Trent to make a statement that Childress hasn’t mastered the game implies that Trent has….. If he had mastered the game maybe Baltimore wouldn’t have considered him a crutch the yr they won the SB!

  15. irishgary says: Dec 30, 2009 2:38 PM

    “Let the guy who is the best in the world at what he does do what he does,”
    all time leader in interceptions??????

  16. R.Babe says: Dec 30, 2009 2:39 PM

    Trent Dilfer is the worst analyst out there. He’s incredibly smug and opinionated, and nearly always wrong. Quite a feat for an NFL quarterback with a Super Bowl ring. His “analysis” on ESPN has solidified in my mind what some people have long suspected: He’s a hack, with little understanding of game dynamics. He’s fortunate to have that ring, since he did so little to earn it himself. Baltimore could have won that ring with Florio at quarterback.

  17. Desides says: Dec 30, 2009 2:40 PM

    “In Dilfer’s view, that shouldn’t even be a question, because Favre is better at calling plays than Childress is.”
    A fact that Favre’s career interception total clearly attests to.

  18. Vanilla Gorilla says: Dec 30, 2009 2:43 PM

    Regardless of what kind of person or QB Trent Dilfer is (because frankly, that doesn’t mean dick in terms of his opinion of Favre and Childress and their abilities), he is 100% right about this. Childress is widely despised throughout Minnesota and has made it obvious that he doesn’t have a solid grasp on what he’s doing in terms of calling plays.
    There was a prime example in the CHI game when the Vikings were at the goalline and Childress sent a goalline crew out to run a draw up the middle. Favre waved them back, but Childress sent them anyway. The play was stuffed behind the line for a loss. On the following play, Favre got the scheme he wanted and threw a TD strike to Shiancoe. Jaws and Gruden acknowledged this and said let him do his thing.
    It’s obvious that when Childress calls the plays, the team struggles to move the ball. When Favre is allowed to make adjustments on the fly and use his experience, the Vikings can almost move the ball at will.

  19. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Dec 30, 2009 2:44 PM

    CapsLock has the post of the week IMO.
    Nice to hear a HOFer who played the position like Dilfer’s opinion on the subject. I wonder what Brad Johnson has to say on the matter as well.
    made me laugh out loud

  20. C-TownDawg24 says: Dec 30, 2009 2:45 PM

    it seriously puts a big ass smile on my face to hear all you guys dogg on trent dilfer. i feel the exact same way about that douche tool. the ravens went 6 straight games that year without giving up a touchdown. any quarterback would’ve won a super bowl on that team. i want to punch that idiot right in the mouth.

  21. AD4MVP says: Dec 30, 2009 2:49 PM

    This made me laugh my ass off…
    “Think whatever you want about Trent Dilfer. But when I was playing, I was one of the best in the world. (Coaches) can’t figure that out. They don’t get it. ”
    Are you serious Trent? You were one of the bset in the world? You are living in lala land my friend.

  22. shinsnake says: Dec 30, 2009 2:50 PM

    Doesn’t even Peyton Manning get help from his offensive coordinator? I know he can change anything he wants, but does he really just go out there by himself and come up with the gameplans and the schemes? Plus, the mastery of an offense is not exactly the words I would use to describe Brett “I’ll throw it anywhere” Favre. Sure, he’s been better this year, but I’m guessing that’s because Chilly has reined him in versus letting him have autonomous control over the offense. I think I have to go against Dilfer on this one.

  23. mooremi9 says: Dec 30, 2009 2:52 PM

    Oh, but Elvis Grbac was the answer? Does he have a ring? I think not.
    Not anyone could have won with that team obviously.
    Trent Dilfer is a Superbowl champion. Only 42 other QB’s can say that.

  24. BigSlick says: Dec 30, 2009 2:53 PM

    Whether some of you think Trent Dilfer is far from being an individual that has the accolades to make this comment…isnt it true!?

  25. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 30, 2009 2:57 PM

    Yes, good idea to follow the advice of a guy who was booted for doing the very thing he is condoning.
    The fact remains, Favre good or not, he is not the coach. Childress is. You don’t have to respect the people, but you have to respect “rank”.

  26. DoWorkSon says: Dec 30, 2009 2:58 PM

    The best part of the article is when Dilfer said, “i was the best in world at what I did, and favre is too”.

  27. cbrianwatkins says: Dec 30, 2009 3:25 PM

    irishgary says:
    December 30, 2009 2:38 PM
    “Let the guy who is the best in the world at what he does do what he does,”
    all time leader in interceptions??????
    ———————————————
    care to list all the other categories that Lord Favre is the all time leader in?
    What you’re attempting to point out is similiar to that sport called baseball, many of the HR leaders are also the strikeout leaders

  28. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Dec 30, 2009 3:26 PM

    But what you gotta do is say, “Hey, you gotta do something like saying, “Hey, why not do this, and say, “Hey, we have a shot here is we just say, “Hey, We got to give the guys to the keys of the car, and say, “Hey, I like what he be doing, and bringing to the table stuff like that.”, and let them drive away.”, and give the guy his fair shot.”, and let him do his thing.”, and you might be successful.” and let him bring to the table what he can.

  29. Ambrose says: Dec 30, 2009 3:28 PM

    ‘Hey, there’s a reason we sent the private jet, a reason why I picked you up.”
    It’s because the Vikings are “all-in”, meaning….do whatever it takes to win ASAP and make us all look good and let us keep our jobs. It’s now or never. Next year and longterm don’t mean anything to us. We are desperate.
    That was the message. And now they don’t undertstand why Brett wants the reins?
    Now or never. Brett did not like the fact that he couldn’t call his own shots in GB (player personnel decisions, play calling, training camp attendence, etc.), so he orchestrated his way out. He found a team that was desperate enough to let him do “his thing.” So let him do it….and let him demonstrate firsthand why the Packers (Ted) did the right thing in keeping Aaron over Brett (Ted) and have put the future of the team (Ted) in the best position of any other team in the North Division (Ted.)

  30. Fred Cox says: Dec 30, 2009 3:35 PM

    Trent Dilfer is the illegitimate son that Mrs. Hasselbeck conveniently forgot to tell her other sons, Matt and Tim, about. Bald, brash and smugness runs in the family.

  31. dvh1000 says: Dec 30, 2009 3:39 PM

    Jesus, Dilfer! Are you a ra-tard! C’mon, don’t attempt to pretend you know what you are talking about. You sucked in Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Seattle, Cleveland, and San Fran. They let you go, because you sucked at calling audibles, and throwing. Stop pretending to be Steve Young. You’re not that smart. I wish Steve Young would tell you to shut the hell up. The only thing the two of you have in common, is you were both drafted by Tampa, and ended your careers in San Fran. You are such a douche bag, Dilfer!

  32. cy farnsworth says: Dec 30, 2009 3:52 PM

    after the monday night game dilfer was trying to argue that the vikings should turn the offense over completely to favre. his justification:
    “there are only 3 situations in the nfl where you should run the ball. short yardage, red zone, and running out the clock.”
    forgive me if i don’t take dilfer particularly seriously.

  33. sammm says: Dec 30, 2009 3:53 PM

    Favray is the best in the world at running an offense? Dilfer is an idiot who runs his mouth too much.

  34. mixman34 says: Dec 30, 2009 4:22 PM

    Can you argue with the guy? Childress is a dufus and now we’re stuck with him for years and years and….

  35. Tazzard says: Dec 30, 2009 4:26 PM

    Klink is an idiot. To bad they extended his contract before the season played out.

  36. coachhart says: Dec 30, 2009 4:35 PM

    I am glad someone came out and said this, I happen to think very highly of Dilfer. It came clear to me that Favre knows more about the offense than chilly when Favre tried to keep the big package off the field for the run and it was stuffed, the very next play Favre threw a TD out of the spread. If Favre gets it why doesn’t Chilly? Lost a lot of respect for Chilly after that.

  37. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 30, 2009 4:38 PM

    cbrianwatkins says:
    December 30, 2009 3:25 PM
    What you’re attempting to point out is similiar to that sport called baseball, many of the HR leaders are also the strikeout leaders
    ——————————
    Yes, by necessity the guys who attempted the most passes and had the most passing TDs generally speaking also had the most passes intercepted.
    However, only half of the top 10 QBs on the list of career passing TDs are also in the top 10 on the list of career INTs.
    They are:
    Favre – 1st TDs, 1st INTs
    Marino – 2nd TDs, 8th INTs
    Tarkenton – 4th TDs, 5th INTs
    Unitas – 7th on both lists
    Testaverde – 8th TDs, 4th INTs
    The others on the top 10 career passing TD list are Manning, Elway, Moon, Montana and Krieg.
    Manning and Montana put up pretty amazing career TD/INT ratios: both near 2:1. Phillip Rivers is-at this point-on pace to beat both of them in that regard (2.33 TD/INT). As is Drew Brees (2.35 TDs/INT). And Aaron Rodgers is on a ridiculous pace of 2.76 TDs/INT. But this is only Rodgers’ second season as a starter and it’s way too early to draw anything from that.

  38. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 30, 2009 4:43 PM

    coachhart says:
    December 30, 2009 4:35 PM
    I am glad someone came out and said this, I happen to think very highly of Dilfer. It came clear to me that Favre knows more about the offense than chilly when Favre tried to keep the big package off the field for the run and it was stuffed, the very next play Favre threw a TD out of the spread. If Favre gets it why doesn’t Chilly? Lost a lot of respect for Chilly after that.
    ——————————
    Yes, we should all look at one play to determine who knows more.

  39. Fan of Football says: Dec 30, 2009 4:52 PM

    I think all the hate thrown toawrds Trent because he dared say something nice about Brett just shows how irrational, foaming at the mouth crazy, these Favre haters are. Anything they say you can pretty much just discredit immediately.

  40. bigrig says: Dec 30, 2009 5:05 PM

    How many years was Favre in the league before he found out what a nickel defense was?
    He doesn’t read defenses, he simply looks for an open guy and fires it. He is playing sandlot football in the NFL.
    This style of play will eventually bring about a pick that gets you beat when playing against disciplined defenses in the playoffs. Brett’s record speaks for itself.
    Bradshaw, Montana, Aikman, Brady, all were on great teams,but they also worked within the framework of what the coaching staff was trying to implement.
    This is a team game, and when one guy thinks he is bigger than the team, it won’t end happily for the fans.

  41. slothism says: Dec 30, 2009 5:49 PM

    you know – when brett was calling the plays in green bay during mike sherman’s head coaching days – brett won 4 consecutive superbowls and was the league offensive and defensive mvp and coach of the year as well.
    let brett do it. he knows best. really.

  42. JimmySmith says: Dec 30, 2009 7:43 PM

    A Pop Warner coach might be better at calling plays than Kol Klink so that can hardly be the standard.
    Dilfer isn’t wrong in calling Childress an idiot, he is just wasting his time because all the Viking fans are just as stupid. Look, they are locks to make it to the Superbowl, or so they been telling us all season.

  43. beddar than you says: Dec 30, 2009 7:43 PM

    # Fan of Football says: December 30, 2009 4:52 PM
    I think all the hate thrown toawrds Trent because he dared say something nice about Brett just shows how irrational, foaming at the mouth crazy, these Favre haters are. Anything they say you can pretty much just discredit immediately.
    Here goes Deanna again… always bringing it back full circle to show how great Brent must be.
    Has Scott, I mean Majik, commented on this new development yet?

  44. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 30, 2009 7:53 PM

    bigrig says: How many years was Favre in the league before he found out what a nickel defense was?
    He doesn’t read defenses, he simply looks for an open guy and fires it. He is playing sandlot football in the NFL.
    ————————————————–
    Wrong !! Guys like Culpepper played sandlot ball,chuck and jump. Look at the tight spots Favre hits and throws before the guy even gets there. You just lost football cred on that one son.

  45. buck_u_pack_haterz says: Dec 30, 2009 7:58 PM

    beddar than you says: Here goes Deanna again… always bringing it back full circle to show how great Brent must be.
    ——————————————————
    Seriously beddar you leave some of the best comments on here! But isnt it sad that these biqueens fans who cursed brent’s existence for 16 yrs are now defending him like they know him! BIQUEENS FANS: YOU SOLD YOUR SOUL and you will deal with the fallout, what you thought brent would get u a superbowl, a new stadium, and on and on and on. I know some queens fans have not been happy about brent being there and never wanted him there(how can it feel good to win with another man’s whore?) but i sure as shit have not seen them post any comments. But enjoy brent for the next year or two and us PACKER fans will enjoy our own mvp/pro bowler for the 10

  46. Mark0226 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:47 PM

    I said this weeks ago when the whole “heated discussion” occurred on the sidelines. Just give Favre free reign like they do for Peyton Manning. Forget the traditional organizational chart and work together as a team to come up with the best strategy, then point Favre in the right direction and let him go.

  47. Favre On HGH says: Dec 30, 2009 9:26 PM

    Schism, aisle 9.

  48. ShawshankReception says: Dec 30, 2009 9:50 PM

    It seems that John Madden may have some competition for the position of President of the Brett Favre fan club.

  49. beddar than you says: Dec 30, 2009 10:49 PM

    I don’t get how you Viking fans sit here and say that Dilfer isn’t entitled to his opinion on Favre because of his lack of credentials (in your own opinion).
    Sidenote: Let me know when having a Super Bowl ring is considered a lack of credentials. That ring says ‘Baltimore Ravens’, not ‘Ray Lewis, Sam Adams, Michael McCrary, Tony Siragusa, Rob Burnett, Adalius Thomas, and Rod Woodson’.
    If that were the case, the Giants’ rings should just say, ‘Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, Jerry Reese’s entire draft class, Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, Plaxico Burress, and David Tyree’.
    Having said that, I sit here all the time and rip the shit out of whatever player I feel like hating on for that few minutes, and I’ve never taken a snap in the NFL. So how does that make us different than Dilfer?

  50. purple_pain_train_69 says: Dec 31, 2009 12:40 AM

    The worst quarterback in the nfl knows more about football than anyone on this sight so dont be hatin

  51. mnmaverick says: Dec 31, 2009 2:10 AM

    Trent is right.
    Chilly isn’t even qualified to be a head coach. While Favre is a three-time MVP, 11-Time Pro Bowler, and has a Super Bowl ring.

  52. bluestree says: Dec 31, 2009 9:39 AM

    When Chilly picked up Farve at the airportm he gave him the keys to the franchise. Now he has his extension and he wants them back. I don’t think Farve will be back next year.

  53. Tompadre says: Dec 31, 2009 10:16 AM

    Favre’s Int % of 3.2 is right in line with other HOF QB’s of recent vintage. Elway – 3.1, Marino – 3.0, Aikman – 3.0 & Moon – 3.4. A couple of other successful seasoned veterans like Manning – 2.8 & Warner – 3.1 are in the same ballpark. He has more interceptions because he’s thrown the ball more, that’s one of the reasons why he has more TDs than anyone as well.
    The reason the Vikings brought Favre in is because he gave the team the best chance to win. His experience, not the least of which, being a key to his value. Now Childress is upset he’s using it?
    I have to agree with bluestree, now I doubt Favre will be back in 2010, where I thought he might be if he got thru the year healthy.
    By the way all you GB fans claiming you’ll have Rodgers for the next decade – this is the NFL, you can’t count on longevity because injuries have a way of changing the scenery. You know, like your claims that Peterson’s career will be cut short.

  54. sand0 says: Dec 31, 2009 7:43 PM

    Cute. When things go good it is all because of Favre. When things go bad it is all because of Chilly. Dilfer is a genius.
    I think I can apply this logic to make any player or coach in the NFL to look bad.
    Seriously, this is just stupid. The Vikings were dominating most of the season and just about every home game using Chilly’s terrible play calling. They have a few bad games and now it is because Chilly isn’t letting Favre do the plays he likes?
    What a joke. Favre’s ego doesn’t need any more massaging. Bottom line is the Vikes suck in grass games compared to turf games for whatever reason. Their line play, offensively and defensively, was atrocious in the 3 recent road losses. Brett and Chilly don’t control that.

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