Let it be known that I am and never was a fan of the Minnesota Vikings but I am a fan of football and when I watch teams, I am looking for more than spectacular plays. I look for unity, I look for teams with heart and most importantly I look for players playing to win.
Today’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers was all the proof anyone would need to see what really need to happen. With less than nine minutes left in the game, in the fourth quarter and down by twenty-eight points in come Favre. It appeared that the Green Bay defenders were not able to recover to cover their man but was able to get to some passes that they never would have had a chance to from a more nimble Favre. Passes being through over the heads of receivers and missing open receivers should have been enough for Childress to sat him down and allow the back-up quarterback an opportunity to get some reps.
Brad Childress had a brilliant opportunity to allow his back-up quarterback to get the reps during the practice week. He had a brilliant opportunity to have Brett Favre work exclusively with him and depart upon him some of his wisdom. He had an opportunity to address the team and tell them that no one will be throwing in the towel. He had an opportunity but blew it completely. He got rid of Randy Moss in less than four months after netting him and many wanted to say that things would get better for them after that. How false this hope was now, but then main reason for both to go is the mood which settled over the sideline.
It was apparent when the camera caught a sidelined Viking mouthing “Aw come on now” when Favre missed and open man. Even with the crowd leaving and booing when he entered with twenty-eight seconds left in the game, Childress still did not have the foresight to keep Favre on the sideline. The defense played like a defense that was going places but they seemed to be going without the offense. If Childress continues to lead this team, I would not be surprised if the defense begins to sink in that quicksand as well. If Favre can not do this for the team, or for himself, maybe he could be convinced to do it for the game.