One might’ve thought, given news of the imminent summit meeting between Brett Favre and Brad Childress, that the Vikings organization was already decided on the issue of Favre joining the team. No so, according to FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer. Mr. Glazer says the Chilly-Favre meeting is just that, a meeting between two guys, and not necessarily a reflection of some collective organizational will. In fact, Glazer reports that the Vikings are split internally on the subject of Favre, and will still have to all get together and work out how they want to proceed. So, it appears that even if the Chilly-Favre sitdown goes well, it is not a done deal that the Vikings would make it happen with the quarterback. Someone in there is not entirely sold on the idea.
If this sounds familiar, well, it should: the same sort of internal friction was apparently present during the team’s abortive pursuit of Jay Cutler earlier this off-season. With Cutler, we heard that some in the organization were for it, but Chilly was against it on the grounds that Cutler is a knucklehead. Now we have to ask: did Chilly know something then about Favre’s plans to secure his release from the Jets, and was he actually down on Cutler because he really wanted to wait and take a shot at Brett? The team’s whole treatment of the quarterback position this off-season – last season too, frankly – would tend to suggest that they have been hedging their bets. No Jeff Garcia, no serious pursuit of Cutler or Matt Cassel, just Sage Rosenfels, a guy who can hold down the fort if you need him but isn’t so expensive that you couldn’t stick him on the bench if need be (same could be said of Gus Frerotte last year). If I didn’t know better, I’d think Chilly and Favre have been talking on the phone a lot the last couple of years, plotting to make this happen. Or maybe I’ve just seen too many movies.