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Report: Childress is leaning toward Tarvaris

With Vikings quarterback Brett Favre having a self-described “broke foot,” coach Brad Childress reportedly is pondering breaking Brett’s streak of 291 straight starts.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Childress is leaning toward going with Tarvaris Jackson instead of Favre.

Per the Star-Tribune, NFL Network reported on Thursday night that Favre has “confided” in some close to him that Childress won’t let Favre play.

We’ve got a theory on the situation, which we developed last night while writing up this week’s Friday 10-pack.  So we’ll defer to the 10-pack, which will be up by 8:30 a.m. ET or so.

Meanwhile, Favre reportedly was fitted with a size 15 shoe, which would allow him to wear some type of protection on his foot and still play.  (He usually wears a 14, and we already know what some of the reader comments will be.)

Favre hasn’t ruled out practicing on Friday.  I wouldn’t put anything past me to be honest with you,” Favre said.  (And we already know what some of the reader comments will be.)

Jackson, who has taken the first-team reps in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, isn’t convinced that Brett won’t play.  But Jackson nevertheless wants to be ready.

“By Brett being older — even though he’s started 291 games straight –
you kind of want to make sure you’re ready just in case,” Jackson said.  “He’s said it before, your body is going to give [out] some time.  I’m
just going to make sure I’m prepared and ready.”

Jackson will have to be prepared and ready right up until game time, because he likely won’t know for sure that he’s playing until then, at the earliest.  And he likely won’t believe it until he’s on the field.  On Sunday night, after Brett did the John Wayne hobble and sat down on the bench with an ankle injury that would have kept 99.9 percent of quarterbacks from returning on the next drive, NBC cameras showed Jackson already sitting on the bench, with a ball cap on his head.

Jackson didn’t get up to warm up or get loose.  His decision to stay put meant that he knew that there was no way Favre wouldn’t keep playing.  And those same thoughts likely will remain in Jackson’s mind until Sunday.

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62 Responses to “Report: Childress is leaning toward Tarvaris”
  1. tv says: Oct 29, 2010 7:24 AM

    Now that we have had the 30th article about one of the two NFL teams that don’t matter (the other being the CowJones’), we can move on with our day.

  2. Pitbullcopper77 says: Oct 29, 2010 7:25 AM

    size 14 shoe? yeah right…

  3. jas7n says: Oct 29, 2010 7:32 AM

    nice post sir. excellent even. stick to this and skip the TMZ, conspiracy, random-Florio stuff.

  4. The Real Shuxion says: Oct 29, 2010 7:34 AM

    Just as likely: Guys don’t care about breast size.

  5. Panda_Claus says: Oct 29, 2010 7:36 AM

    In related news, the Vikings’ owner is leaning towards a new coach for next season.

  6. guyincognito says: Oct 29, 2010 7:36 AM

    Something something size 14 shoes, something something small penis.

  7. jimmySee says: Oct 29, 2010 7:44 AM

    Could be another chance for Tavaris to show us what he’s got.

  8. shadowman1433 says: Oct 29, 2010 7:50 AM

    Childress is leaning towards doing whatever farve tells him to do. Childress: “yes brett, sure thing brett, whatever you say brett.”

  9. kovvboyzfan says: Oct 29, 2010 7:54 AM

    Size 14 shoe? That definitely wasn’t him in that picture!!! Unless…..the saying isn’t true.

  10. Kisstherings says: Oct 29, 2010 7:57 AM

    Just like Johnny Cochrane said….”if the glove don’t fit….you must equit!!”
    There is no way Brett has size 14 shoes and that tiny lil tool.
    Case closed!!

  11. tian says: Oct 29, 2010 8:06 AM

    Favre is going to start. He’ll play about a series or two. Then, TJ will be the QB.
    If he doesn’t play, Favre will leave and go home.

  12. GrinderWI says: Oct 29, 2010 8:06 AM

    No way Favre doesn’t start. This story line is a waste of space and 25 seconds of my life I can never get back. What the hell would you guys have written about if Favre had hung it up?

  13. jersey73 says: Oct 29, 2010 8:07 AM

    Like we’re supposed to believe this?!??! Come on Florio!

  14. PFTiswhatitis says: Oct 29, 2010 8:11 AM

    Chilly is not smart enough to use Jackson.

  15. Sporting_One says: Oct 29, 2010 8:12 AM

    Childress doesn’t have the stones to end the streak, but Favre should sit. He’s not going to be mobile and is likely to get more “broke.”

  16. Ollie says: Oct 29, 2010 8:13 AM

    There are two situations I would like to see happen.
    1) Farve don’t get to start and bitches and whines on the sideline.
    2) He starts and his first pass is an interception and his second attempt he fumbles and does his exaggerated limp off the field.
    This would be a fitting end to his career and he would stop dominating the sports world.
    And he deserves this because he brought it on himself!

  17. Tim_Stead says: Oct 29, 2010 8:14 AM

    “Per the Star-Tribune, NFL Network reported on Thursday night that Favre has “confided” in some close to him that Childress won’t let Favre play.”
    So the drama queen diva is having his house boy
    Longwell drop spin to the media as a way to pressure Childress. Hmmmmm, I think we’ve seen this play before.
    I ask you Viking fans, is Favre really worth all this?? How can anyone respecrt this guy?? He’s small all the way around.

  18. winwhenever says: Oct 29, 2010 8:17 AM

    If Childress wants to save any face on his way out of Minn he should sit Favre this game. Too bad we know he won’t. I don’t get the shoe size joke Florio, do you mean he also has big socks?

  19. Hauschild says: Oct 29, 2010 8:25 AM

    It really isn’t a reasonable assessment to speculate that TJ would start from just about any perspective, except maybe New England’s.
    First, the ankle probably isn’t going to get worse by playing. Second, Ziggz isn’t paying Favre 1+ million per game to ride the pines. Third, I don’t believe New England is the environment to turn TJ loose in. 4th, if Chilly wants a plausible excuse at season’s end to stay on as coach, he doesn’t want to expose TJ any sooner than he must, or he makes the plaintiff’s case for them – he can toss BLF under the bus and claim how many “strides” TJ has taken the past few years.
    Rather, I believe Chilly is letting the story grow some legs to motivate Brett – not that he needs it, but it never hurts to force a guy to maintain a bit of an edge.

  20. RIP__21 says: Oct 29, 2010 8:27 AM

    Favre starts just to keep his streak alive. Tjax will come out after halftime and lead the vikes to victory!

  21. The Doctor says: Oct 29, 2010 8:27 AM

    Let Favre start, but keep him on a short leash. If his inability to move, or make good decisions begin to hurt the team, pull him…quick.

  22. Infidel says: Oct 29, 2010 8:28 AM

    How you doin’, Viking fan?
    Enjoying “The Longest Leaving Act In Town?”

  23. Moss_Back_Home says: Oct 29, 2010 8:30 AM

    Childress needs to lean a little bit harder towards Tarvaris. He needs to lean so far that he falls over and lands his bald head squarely on Favre’s ankle.

  24. Stillerfan says: Oct 29, 2010 8:30 AM

    ….and I am leaning towards Favre. If he can stand up, he’ll be playing…and hurting the team. But who cares!
    GO STEELERS!!!

  25. eskypackerfan says: Oct 29, 2010 8:31 AM

    As famously said by Farve in GB: “give me my helmet or give me my release!”
    Favre will now have his sights on Chicago and trying to stick it to Chilly and Ziggy.
    Once a legend – now a diva with a rag arm.
    FYI – this “broke foot” is actually THE GOUT !!!

  26. p ditty says: Oct 29, 2010 8:32 AM

    How awesome it is that The Packers will be the team that knocks him out and ends his streak!!!
    That is poetic justice if there ever was such a thing.
    Can’t wait for the constant camera shot of Farve on the sideline. Skol that!

  27. green man says: Oct 29, 2010 8:33 AM

    size 14 shoe, size 4 prick, size 3 brain

  28. vikes_favre says: Oct 29, 2010 8:35 AM

    ****COUGH**** Bullshit ****COUGH****
    Nothing but smokescreen. And I want Jackson to start.

  29. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Oct 29, 2010 8:38 AM

    Schism-licious.

  30. Bronco4life says: Oct 29, 2010 8:45 AM

    Didn’t cal ripen Jr end his record and keep playing? It’s still an impressive record, though not as impressive as his int record. Or largest feet for the smallest pete record. Who else was surprised the drapes didn’t match the carpet?

  31. Altschul says: Oct 29, 2010 8:46 AM

    You know, Brett could make this easy for Chilly and just say, “I’m too hurt.” It would let Childress off the hook, and have the added benefit of having The Streak ended by play against the team he was synonymous with for 16 years, rather than by the prerogative of the least respected NFL coach since Scooter McLean.
    But he won’t, simply because he hates Brad that much.

  32. Craphonso says: Oct 29, 2010 8:46 AM

    IMHO, this is Childress trying to keep Belicheck on his toes re: which QB is going to start. After all, this lets you keep the identity of your QB a secret until gametime. Which QB does NE prep for, then?

  33. Wrathchild says: Oct 29, 2010 8:49 AM

    Childress will sit Fav-er-uh and break his (interception) streak just out of spite.

  34. Krow says: Oct 29, 2010 8:52 AM

    Right…. ha ha ha …. right.

  35. Southcoastmass says: Oct 29, 2010 8:53 AM

    I hope Favre plays, because right now TJax is a better option for Chilly than a broken down, turnover prone 41 year old.
    Regardless of who plays, my Patriots are going to pistol whip the Vikings.

  36. thomasreilly says: Oct 29, 2010 8:55 AM

    The best part of Farve’s dilemma is not his age or his health, but that he has decided he doesn’t need to work in training camp anymore and the effects show. He looks like a player who is not on the same page as the rest of the team, and inserting Moss mid-season only makes the disconnect between players even greater.
    Football has always been a team sport.

  37. doremi says: Oct 29, 2010 8:58 AM

    Best to take a season long view, not just this Sunday. Let Favre heal this week, Jackson still has playmakers to help him. Then Favre can play the rest of the season.

  38. Southcoastmass says: Oct 29, 2010 9:02 AM

    Craphonso, it doesn’t matter. Both Vikings QB’s suck. BB will do just fine in his preparation.

  39. Jeremy says: Oct 29, 2010 9:05 AM

    lol at Childress thinking he’s fooling anyone, least of all Belichick, with this “Gee, maybe I’ll start Tavaris” nonsense. By now everyone has figured out when Chilly says one thing, you can take it to the back he means the opposite.

  40. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Oct 29, 2010 9:05 AM

    The Favre thing was fun while it lasted. as a vikings fan, I want this guy gone. cut. released. he is a damn locker room junior high drama queen.
    he is ruining the team, and I think a lot of players are catching on.
    Do the right thing Childress: get this guy off the team.

  41. Magnus the 1st says: Oct 29, 2010 9:21 AM

    Yeah right. No way they let a $20 million dollar quarterback sit AND break the streak. As long as his foot is still attached, I won’t believe it ’til I see it.

  42. ClaysWife says: Oct 29, 2010 9:24 AM

    Either way, the Vikes will lose at NE this weekend.

  43. CT Pats Fan says: Oct 29, 2010 9:28 AM

    Chilly, you can’t out-Belichick Belichick! Just man up and say you’re gonna play Favre. We all know it’s gonna happen.

  44. Mike Hunt says: Oct 29, 2010 9:28 AM

    Favre doesn’t have a “broke foot” but he most definitely has issue upstairs.

  45. shiftyshellshocked says: Oct 29, 2010 9:32 AM

    Hey p clitty shut your hole.

  46. FlipDaScript says: Oct 29, 2010 9:37 AM

    Bill Belicheat has got to be licking his chops at the prospect of facing an unproven QB. In those situations he’s typically the mad scientist and it’s not like Tavaris Jackson has had any special moments to begin with.
    Paging 2-5 Vikings – hello 2-5 Vikings

  47. Alpha Male says: Oct 29, 2010 9:44 AM

    Florio, you’re in no position to make fun of the way people talk – especially considering your rampant spelling and grammar errors.

  48. RedJohn88 says: Oct 29, 2010 9:45 AM

    What’s Florio going to write about when Favre starts, and throws 0 ints, and has a 300 passing yd game with 3 td’s and the Vikes upset the Patriots? Just saying, be prepared with Favre, you just never know…
    And who wouldn’t want to start Tarvaris Jackson? He’s an amazing quarterback, one of the league’s greatest. His TD-INT ratio speaks for itself. /sarcasm off

  49. FavresWaffleOutlet says: Oct 29, 2010 9:49 AM

    Jackson didn’t get up to warm up or get loose. His decision to stay put meant that he knew that there was no way Favre wouldn’t keep playing. And those same thoughts likely will remain in Jackson’s mind until Sunday.
    ___________________________________
    That’s because even T-Jack, Chilly, and the rest of the Vikes can see that Favre was pulling the “achey fakey.” Funny how he could jump around like a drunk hose at Mardi Gras when he threw the pass that could’ve put them ahead…but then limped off like a cripple after ruled incomplete. Then got in the tunnel where he didn’t think there were any cameras…walking fine on ramps with an incline or decline and giggling. Then the podium stairs act. I’m amazed we didn’t see Longwell push him out in a wheelchair. Fake.
    Same crap as the injured elbow that was supposedly in such rough shape a week ago…until he wanted to do his best full bodied fist pump after a TD. Then a reporter called him out on it and asked him how he could do that with his elbow in so much pain. For some reason…the elbow injury went away. Fake.
    Favre is so damn dumb, he doesn’t realize that maybe a 5 year old may have questions about his hobbling one minute and celebrating and bouncing around the next…..what a complete drama tool.
    Remind us all again how we should get on our knees and pray that we were able to have this guy as our team’s QB for all those seasons. The clown is a shell of his former self and has done little more than bring another scandal to MN. If anything….most of you should be lobbying for billboards to now throw his ass out of town. All he is doing is holding back the next era of MN football with T-Jack.

  50. Hauschild says: Oct 29, 2010 9:59 AM

    You have to think reasonably about this situation and include all the knowns.
    We know Brett makes tons of money and commands a huge TV audience. We also know even at 75%, he’s probably the best option at QB because he’s deadly accurate when receivers end up being where they’re supposed to be. When receivers aren’t where they’re supposed to be, or cannot gain separation, or the O-line gives Favre only a fraction of a second to make the “command” decision, then obviously, you do the math – ain’t no QB that’s ever lived that can make a consistent living under those conditions. It’s common sense. Does anybody that watches NFL football have any ability to reason whatsoever? Do you see the protection some QB’s get, and is it a wonder the appear to be playing at a high level?
    Take a look at some game footage this year of Mark Sanchez – he’s got all day to throw, yet his completion percentage isn’t great, but he appears to be playing well. How many current NFL QB’s could you stick into the Jets’ offense and post similar to better numbers, what, like 28 or so??? What is so complicated about analyzing successful NFL offenses that so many people fail to nail down basic cause-n-effect situations? How long must one watch this game before he understands how an NFL offense works???
    People have been getting on Favre’s case the past several years about playing poorly, but I just don’t see it, when you take the entire body of work into context. You hear reputable TV analysts time and again sit back in “awe” of Favre’s accuracy and velocity, yet haters claim he has a “rag” arm.
    So, that begs the question, is the arm always “ragged”, or do certain circumstances arise that enable his arm to appear “ragged”, like when the running game is stifled for no gain – which happens routinely, or when receivers can’t get open and/or hang onto the ball – which happened a boatload before Moss arrived, or when the O-line can’t even provide two seconds of pass protection – which is on a majority of dropbacks this year and last year, or 3rd down blitz pickups which didn’t happen at all until last week???
    Seriously, I don’t understand the mindset of the haters, but then again, the majority of things my fellow citizens do make me sit back and wonder if they’re serious, and then question their mental capacity.
    New England isn’t exactly the New England of two years ago, so I would expect Favre and co. to light it up on Sunday afternoon, so as a reasonable observer, I’d expect Chilly to give him the nod.

  51. JimmySmith says: Oct 29, 2010 10:05 AM

    I will believe it when I see it. Remember, the consecutive starting streak is Favre’s prized record, the one he is most proud of. (not the INT’s or the fumbles lost, those will likely stand for all eternity)
    So, get ready to rummmmbbbbbllleee. Talk about a cat fight in the locker room, in one corner you got the melodramatic Pervert Diva who thinks that hot babes actually want to see Tiny Lorenzo vs. the cross dressing chauffuer who is hoping to grow a set of balls before Sunday.
    But you have to hand it to the Vikings. Most teams on the verge of going 2-5 would want to stay out of the spotlight. Not the Vikings, they are not only commanding the spotlight, they are sending out invitations to the brawl. Maybe they should charge for Popcorn to help Ziggy recoup some of the $20 million he spent on bringing back a sexual pervert. Great strategy for getting a new stadium.

  52. GRpatriot says: Oct 29, 2010 10:13 AM

    Ah? I’m sure the Patriots are very concerned about weather Favre or Jackson starts???
    I know it’s Halloween, but trick or treat Favre, will be giving up turnovers like candy bars at Foxborough!
    Anybody who truly believes Jackson will start is dellusional. Either way, expect a lot of pressure on the QB for the Vikings.
    1. Immobile Favre
    2. Confused Jackson
    The only sure thing is that the Patriots will focus on shutting down the run and Peterson. Which is the only way I can see the Vikings eeking out one here! Pats 31- 14

  53. FavresWaffleOutlet says: Oct 29, 2010 10:20 AM

    Hauschild says:
    October 29, 2010 9:59 AM
    …. When receivers aren’t where they’re supposed to be…
    +Maybe Favre’s not throwing it where it’s supposed to go. Once again, get your HICK ass in camp and get on the same page with your receivers before the damn season starts.+
    …the O-line can’t even provide two seconds of pass protection – which is on a majority of dropbacks this year and last year.
    + Yeah…keep in mind, that was the star-studded, best ever, Pro Bowl line last year…..whatever. MN played a puppy schedule and now are facing much tougher competition.+
    People have been getting on Favre’s case the past several years about playing poorly, but I just don’t see it….
    +They do. The NFL and all the guys on all the NFL shows know they have to promote Favre and the NFL. That’s how they make their living. Funny how certain guys on certain networks are finally seeing through the cherade. Still, few people rip him….and he’s made some incredibly piss-poor choices this year. The network guys have turned from promoting Favre’s great moments to now defending his bad choices…something you’re clearly doing also.
    I think TJ gives you a better long term option for this year. +

  54. dirty ernie says: Oct 29, 2010 10:29 AM

    Travaris can’t make the Vikes practice squad let along start a game. He’s an emergency backup period and always will be.
    He had his 5 minutes of fame and it wasn’t pretty.
    Favre will play. This is just smoke and mirror stuff right now.

  55. slegeir says: Oct 29, 2010 10:44 AM

    He’ll play the first couple series just to say he started another game. Anything just to keep that ever loving streak alive. Who cares! Their best chance to win though is to play Jackson, so I hope Brent can play the whole game.

  56. somesome says: Oct 29, 2010 10:48 AM

    all this back and forth means nothing. the decision will be just before kick-off. You think Chilly can tell Brett to sit if he says he is able to go?
    Brett will at least get the first series unless he says he cannot play. Then he would have to really play badly or get hurt to come out of the game.
    Brad sitting at the post game inetrview after he denied Brett to start despite Brett saying that he could have played, ending the longest streak in football on a coaches call???? Puleeeease … this is Chilly we are talking about not Cowher or Ditka or who ever …. Chilly is unsure which way the flag should point before he throws it and calls upstairs missing to throw the flag all together on Quarless non-touchdown …… he is NOT making the decision on Farve’s start/non-start

  57. HolyMoly says: Oct 29, 2010 10:48 AM

    I hope Tarvaris starts and completes 1000% of his passes, throws 17 touchdowns and runs the ball for 400 yards just so Brad Childress can feel the full weight of how retarded he was for sending three Vikings down to Mississippi to beg Favre to come back for one more year.

  58. Vikadontis Rex says: Oct 29, 2010 11:11 AM

    Joe Webb for starting QB!
    I cant believe we havent tried using Webb in the wildcat at all this season, the guy could be like Brad Smith. Naturally though that’s not the Vikings offense. To be fair, if our QB didnt throw INTs this year Childress’s offensive gameplan of run up the middle and short passes would actually work and we could be 6-0. Lest we forget the Vikings have had the ball down less than a TD with under 5 minutes in EVERY loss so far this season, Favre just hasnt been able to be his usual 2 minute offensive self.

  59. borderline1988 says: Oct 29, 2010 12:12 PM

    Brett Favre isn’t playing very well this year – there’s no question about that. But anyone who knows anything about football knows that BF gives the Vikings a better chance at winning than Tarvaris Jackson. BF had a bad game against the Packers, but he was also inches away from winning the game. His arm is still there – he was making remarkably accurate throws, with the usual bullet velocity. It’s his decision making, especially at the end of plays, where he doesn’t see anything, and then makes short passes (under 10 yards) that end up being intercepted. However, if the play call goes as planned, he isn’t as turnover prone (admittedly, part of the reason why things arent going as planned is b/c BF skipped training camp). The Vikings should run the ball a lot, b/c defenses have to respect BF’s gunslinger’s attitude. When the Vikings dont run the ball, opposing defenses crowd the passing lanes, and BF is practically guaranteed to make mistakes when noone’s open.
    The Vikings are 2-4. If they lose against NE, theyll b 2-5, and the chances of making the playoffs will be slim to none.
    Let’s be honest here. Does anyone in the world think that TJ is going to deliver against the Patriots? He won’t. This is a must-win game, and Favre with a bum leg is a better option than TJ.
    Alternatively, I’d start TJ, and yank him in favor of Favre if he’s failing miserably by halftime. Favre, over the course of the game, will probably throw numerous interceptions, but if the Vikings are down 10-15 points at halftime, there’s noone I’d rather have than BF to get me back in the ballgame (lol noone on the Vikings right now)..
    And remember, the Vikings need this game…losing should not be an option to anyone who’d like to see the Vikings playing ball in January…

  60. Fromage Latete says: Oct 29, 2010 1:48 PM

    Favre will start because he wants to start and he and the team owner run the team. Childress has the title of coach and nothing more. Surely, when the team sold their souls to the devil(ish) #4, Chilly gave up any leadership. It isn’t possible that a coach with any backbone would do and put up with what has gone on for the last 2 seasons.
    The list is long, to name a few: picking the guy up at the airport, arguing on the sideline of a game, letting the old gunslinger out of training camp (ouch, that backfired this year), stealthly sending 3 players to Mississippi to beg him to return (and lying about it), they passed up how many good quarterbacks in the draft? … and on and on.
    Childress does not seem like a guy who is happy with his situation. However, he jumps to the tune that his boss tells him. The guy does nothing but whine and has thrown Favre under the bus more than once but stops short of making a command decision. He is a “kept man” so to speak. As long as Brett is calling the shots and happy, Chilly keeps his job. The Yikes must truly believe their only hope of winning hinges on a crippled and tarnished 41 year old past his prime. Sad for them, better luck next year.

  61. CKL says: Oct 29, 2010 2:45 PM

    FavresWaffleOutlet says: October 29, 2010 10:20 AM
    .
    +They do. The NFL and all the guys on all the NFL shows know they have to promote Favre and the NFL. That’s how they make their living. Funny how certain guys on certain networks are finally seeing through the cherade. Still, few people rip him….and he’s made some incredibly piss-poor choices this year. The network guys have turned from promoting Favre’s great moments to now defending his bad choices…something you’re clearly doing also.
    __________________________________
    The best one I have heard was when former teammate Sterling Sharpe commented on Playbook that it was funny how Favre somehow can’t seem to find Harvin et al (though they have been teammates for over a year )yet Brady was instantly on the same page with Branch vs Balt (after not having played with him for 5 years and having only 1 week of practice together).
    If it’s unfamiliarity with the WRs shouldn’t that have been more apparent last year than this year??????

  62. Route36West says: Oct 29, 2010 8:21 PM

    Favre undermines Chilly all the time so Chilly is getting even by killing his streak …. I like it.

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