Stephen A. Smith has written a welcomed article in the Philadelphia Sports Daily regarding Brad Childress and his lust for winning during the past season-and-a-half with the Minnesota Vikings. All of it was done at the expense of his core principles. His reward for putting up with Brett Favre and his prima donna behavior has been a pink slip and a loss of dignity.
The real story of the Favre saga, though, lies in Green Bay, Wisconsin. When Mike McCarthy became head coach of the Packers in 2006, he found a team that had been effectively run by Favre for quite a long time. You may recall, despite McCarthy’s having been quarterbacks coach of the Pack in 1999, the relationship between the two was strained. McCarthy wanted things done his way–the coaches way–the way it’s done around every successful team in the NFL and every league, from pee-wee through the professional levels in every sport.
When Favre commenced the tired enterprise we’ve all become too familiar with the past few years, the Packers organization, which had witnessed his behavior for quite awhile, forced him into a decision resulting in his first ad nauseum retirement. All this despite his leading the team to the NFC Championship Game the previous season.
Favre came to believe he was bigger than the Green Bay Packers, and the organization would have none of it. I’m sure it made their decision easier with Aaron Rodgers waiting in the wings, but they knew they wouldn’t achieve the same success in 2008 with Rodgers as they had in 2007 with Favre, yet they were willing to begin the Rodgers Era post haste.
All anyone with the Vikings organization–Childress included–had to do was ask Eric Mangini, Favre’s coach during his brief tenure with the Jets, and, if they were unsatisfied with that, ask anyone associated with the Packers.
One would think Darrell Bevell, the Vikings current offensive coordinator and Favre’s former quarterbacks coach in Green Bay, should have known, but he was associated with the Packers during Coach Mike Sherman’s let Favre be Favre days.
Childress must accept the blame for his fate, but the real culprit in the demise of the Minnesota Vikings this season is Brett Favre
Brad Childress deserved better, and Vikings fans deserve better. The tip of this Titanic-sinking iceberg is all that’s been revealed.