The Brad Childress press conference last night was bound to carry frustration. After all, the Brad Childress press conference followed a harder than usual day for the Vikings and their coach. Brett Favre not only admitted to sending racy phone messages, but his interceptions and lack of clutch play cost them a key game against the Packers. Since the head coach may not be getting along with his quarterback, even in the best of times, he was bound to be particularly angry. But Childress used his press conference to all but call out Favre for not playing in “our system.”
Along with having the most touchdown passes in history, Favre also has the most interceptions of all time. Sunday’s game showed why that is, as Favre threw three interceptions in the second half – including one that was returned for a decisive touchdown by Desmond Bishop.
The subsequent Brad Childress press conference had the head coach make some notable comments on Favre’s problems. He denied that Favre’s nagging injuries had much to do with his performance, saying that the biggest thing was “he needs to play in our system.”
In the case of Bishop’s interception, Childress stated that Favre was supposed to throw it to the other side. He stated that “you can’t throw it to them,” and that punting the ball is preferable to giving away seven points. Favre himself said he couldn’t disagree, at least when it came to taking care of the ball.
The other comments in the press conference were considered more inflammatory, especially considering their history. Even when they were winning last year, the two were reportedly at odds. Since the coach basically begged Favre to come to Minnesota in 2009, and to return this year, the two have presumably clashed over who really runs the team.
Due to the Vikings’ 2-4 start, Favre’s bad start, and his recurring injuries, some have wondered if Childress will eventually bench No. 4. ESPN’s Trent Dilfer basically dared him to do it, after complaining about how the coach threw Favre under the bus.
Given his play and his off-field scandals, Childress’ press conference may not have seemed that over the line to frustrated Vikings fans. With their season slipping away, patience is wearing thin with Favre, especially since the schedule gets no easier. After losing their grudge match in Green Bay, Minnesota now must go to Foxboro to face the 5-1 Patriots next.
Of course, the Patriots will not be the big topic of discussion this week, as Childress, his press conference, and Brett Favre stand to headline this week’s Vikings’ soap opera episode.
Vikings.com- “Childress Presser – 10/24”
New York Times- “Brad Childress Criticizes Favre’s Decision Making”
FOX Sports North- “Childress upset with Favre after game?”