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Childress accepts criticism for "begging" Favre to play

B. Childress1.jpgWe heard plenty from Brett Favre during Sunday night’s preseason game between the Vikings and the 49ers.  Peter King of SI.com got a few words after the game from coach Brad Childress, and they appear in King’s latest edition of Monday Morning Quarterback.

Criticized for the perception that he begged Brett to play again and the subject of a much-discussed report that Favre believes Childress “has no clue” about offense, Childress says he had one motivation:  to win.

“There are no sacrosanct rules in this business,” Childress told King.  “You do what you have to
do to win, and I’ve got no problem with that.  You can’t get a hit if
you don’t swing the bat
.”

As to that much-publicized Hattiesburg hunt, with Childress sending three players to Mississippi to track, tag, and bag, the elusive albino lion, King thinks that Favre was going to show up on his own in due course, but that Ryan Longwell, Steve Hutchinson, and Jared Allen were allowed to miss meetings and practice with the goal of accelerating the process.

“The hardest thing we had to do, the hardest thing by far, was getting
him down that long driveway in Hattiesburg,” Childress said.  “Once we
got him to go down that long driveway, we had him.  He was in.”

That’s the most palatable explanation, far better than the notion that it was staged for dramatic effect or that Favre never would have mustered on his own the desire to return, and that he needed to be cajoled into playing by the simultaneous application of three sets of lips to his rear end. 

As we said three weeks ago when Favre launched his power play aimed at getting more money and/or buying more time, he likely believed he could waltz into the locker room on the afternoon of September 9, trade his ratty old hat for a helmet and his flip-flops for cleats and go out and play.  More realistically, we thought he’d show up on Friday, September 3, six days before the regular-season opener.  And the Vikings would have welcomed him with open arms if he’d waited that long.

But even if Childress has “no clue” about offense, he knows a thing or two about what makes Favre tick, and Childress played it perfectly.

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26 Responses to “Childress accepts criticism for "begging" Favre to play”
  1. ohgoodie says: Aug 23, 2010 7:23 AM

    Anyone that’s heard Chilly speak would know that he’s not a dim bulb. He’s a little unorthodox with his vernacular, which makes him misunderstood by the mouth breathers in Minnesota and especially Wisconsin.
    I agree with Florio, he orchestrated Favre’s “hasty” return very well. Favre was always coming, it was just of matter of when. Favre got off to a very slow start last year because of arriving so late and they couldn’t afford for him to show up any later given their tough schedule this year.
    Nice work Chilly.

  2. xgbx says: Aug 23, 2010 7:29 AM

    “…and his flip-flops for cleats…”
    Wrong. I think we all know that he prefers crocs.

  3. anton_chigur says: Aug 23, 2010 7:44 AM

    What Chilly knows about BF is that he like for Chilly to use grape jelly…

  4. perm says: Aug 23, 2010 8:19 AM

    I hope posting this many times about Favre coming back is fresh in your memory when their season comes to a flaming, crashing and burning end through something Favre does.

  5. Ambrose says: Aug 23, 2010 8:47 AM

    Win or lose, good or bad, the Vikings will deserve everything that happens to them and their players this year. But you gotta give ‘em credit for doing what they think has to be done, as illogical as it may appear to everybody else.

  6. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Aug 23, 2010 8:53 AM

    “You want to call me whore? OK-I accept that. You have to do what you have to do. Don’t put your value system on me. ”
    Brad Childress

  7. Butt Fart says: Aug 23, 2010 9:02 AM

    Did he pass the conditioning test?

  8. BRUTUS9448 says: Aug 23, 2010 9:05 AM

    I doubt they get into the playoffs this year.

  9. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 23, 2010 9:08 AM

    So basically Childress has sold his soul to the (non-existant) devil. He’ll eventually have to settle the score.

  10. Jag4Life says: Aug 23, 2010 9:29 AM

    It’s one thing to give Farve a timeline and another to beg, plead and salavate for him to return. Farve has got to be the most self-centered athlete of all time.

  11. seals says: Aug 23, 2010 9:40 AM

    Did you see T Jack play last night???? He had to beg Favre not tto see his hand picked personally nutured tavaris lead his team.
    mouth breather, mn

  12. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Aug 23, 2010 9:50 AM

    Just putting all your eggs in one basket. How much more punishment can he physically take?

  13. BigBear123 says: Aug 23, 2010 9:51 AM

    When Favre is gone next year the legacy will remain. Childress already set his standards low, just have to see who takes advantage of it next year.

  14. Krow says: Aug 23, 2010 10:06 AM

    What a butt kissing little worm. Ugh… how low can you crawl?

  15. Richm2257 says: Aug 23, 2010 10:14 AM

    The less we hear from Brad Childress right about now, the better off all of us will be, especially HIM.
    You have been publicly emasculated worse then Jim Zorn ever was, you have publicly and humiliatingly bowed to Brett Favre the Drama Queen, and you need to quietly take your headset and just STFU now.
    No one takes you seriously anymore.

  16. mattgso says: Aug 23, 2010 10:47 AM

    In May, Childress should have said “We don’t want favre in camp until after the 2nd preseason game. We want him to rehab train in MS so he’s mentally and physically ready. As the head coach, I feel that’s what is the best interest of the team.”
    And then favre would have likely shown up for camp, day 1.

  17. purpleguy says: Aug 23, 2010 10:59 AM

    Trash Klink all you want for his conservative offense or his wierd behavior in the first couple years, as it’s all deserved. However, his win total, play calling and behavior have all improved pretty frigging significantly since then. More important, there was a great newspaper article in Sunday’s Strib showing Klink’s roster development over the last 4 years, and the increase in quality and depth of that roster is huge. So let all the cheesers trash Klink and praise McLardy even if he’s failed to beat him out for the last two NFCN titles. But hey McCarthy sure can fire janitors and develop an O-line with two geriatric OTs with the best of them.

  18. connie says: Aug 23, 2010 11:01 AM

    Last night watching the game was a little over board. All the ass kissing for Favre. First had to mute the tv then shut it off. How long do they have to talk about this cry baby. Did you hear his interview almost was crying Why can’t he talk like a man. Because you have to be a man to talk like one..Please put him on the ground.
    That was a nice site.

  19. Vee says: Aug 23, 2010 11:08 AM

    Last year, the NFL did everything they could to get old father time into the superbowl, b/c they desperately wanted a Farve – Manning matchup. Even before the season began, the NFC North had a cupcake of schedule and made sure the Vikes didn’t play outdoors in bad weather late in the year. Conspiracy? Probably.
    But he had his chance before the Saints beat the crap out of him and he threw the game away with yet ANOTHER terrible pic in the closing moments of the NFCCG in the Superdome.
    Now this year, the NFC North has to play the NFC east, and won’t protect Farve so much. That alone is worth another 2 – 3 losses. Add another year older at his age and it’s another 1-2 losses, plus team discenssion & injuries should account for 1 -2 more losses. Next thing you know, the Vikes will be lucky to have a winning season.

  20. Pervy *Harvin says: Aug 23, 2010 11:22 AM

    …in related news ” Thompson accepts criticism for “tea bagging” Rodgers Nightly”
    I’ll take Chilly any day over your sodomy infested franchise cheesers….

  21. kmart0319 says: Aug 23, 2010 11:33 AM

    The Vikings were Favre’s bitch when he was in GB and they’re his bitch now.

  22. karlieanne says: Aug 23, 2010 12:03 PM

    Hollerrrr.
    ohgoodie says:
    August 23, 2010 7:23 AM
    Anyone that’s heard Chilly speak would know that he’s not a dim bulb. He’s a little unorthodox with his vernacular, which makes him misunderstood by the mouth breathers in Minnesota and especially Wisconsin.
    I agree with Florio, he orchestrated Favre’s “hasty” return very well. Favre was always coming, it was just of matter of when. Favre got off to a very slow start last year because of arriving so late and they couldn’t afford for him to show up any later given their tough schedule this year.
    Nice work Chilly.

  23. Pervy *Harvin says: Aug 23, 2010 12:10 PM

    @ Supersuckoff- Did you and mattgso finally find a gay marriage state to unite your love?

  24. robert ethen says: Aug 23, 2010 12:39 PM

    If all the lips that feed off the presence of Brett Favre in the game were made to kiss his butt, the lineup would stretch from Hattiesburg to West Virginia, with a few loops out to the Pacific Coast and up through the central and northern states.

  25. Supersuckers says: Aug 23, 2010 12:46 PM

    Whig says,
    ” so I finally find a gay marriage state to unite”
    ——
    i dont doubt it

  26. Purple People Eater says: Aug 24, 2010 2:32 PM

    Childress is a stupid Ned Flanders of a coach. He cant inspire men, get real. The best this guy could do is make anyone who looks like an accountant think he could coach in the NFL also. This year is NOT going to work out for him like last year. There is no powder puff schedule this time out. He is the WORST coach in the entire history of this team, bar none. He needs to be gone!

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