Peter King thinks the Vikings have screwed the pooch:
You would think I think this Brett Favre-to-Minnesota story is great, but I don’t. I think it’s wrong. I think it’s a circus. And I think Minnesota coach Brad Childress is making a mistake.
If I were Childress, I’d have waited until Sage Rosenfels struggled — if he struggled — and then made the call to Favre. By doing it now, Childress loses Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson; how can they ever trust anything he says now? I’m sure both are furious, and Rosenfels, particularly, is crushed. And the way Favre talked to me three weeks ago, there’s a chance he won’t last the season and Childress will have to turn to one of his angry quarterbacks.
What Favre told me late last month he wasn’t coming back because he felt totally beat after some hard summer workouts, how could he think he’d have enough stamina to make it through a season? He simply didn’t think he’d be able to handle the physical rigors of the season. “I just didn’t think my body would hold up the way it had in the past,” he said.
The perfect scenario would have been for the Vikings to see if Rosenfels or Jackson played well enough through a piece-of-cake early schedule (at Cleveland, at Detroit, San Francisco), and if the position was an Achilles heel, then reach out to Favre to see if he was interested. By doing it now, Childress tells his team he doesn’t trust Rosenfels or Jackson. That could come back to haunt him if Favre’s body breaks down.
Childress has looked like a desperate man throughout this melodrama. He made it known internally that Favre had to do at least some work in the offseason program or the veteran mini-camp to be considered. Favre never showed. Then he had to come by the start of camp. Favre didn’t come, opting for his third false retirement in 17 months. Now the Vikings let him come back after the team has gone through training camp. Favre’s the wishy-washiest player in memory — and the Vikings are his enablers. It’s ridiculous.
King misses one important fact: This was already agreed upon before training camp ever started. The whole bit where Favre said he didn’t think he could go, and Chilly and Wilf said the “door was closed,” was a big fat charade designed to get the media off Brett’s back while he did his private work in Mississippi to get himself ready. And it succeeded. Everyone backed off, and then when Brett was ready to report, he showed up.
Brett has been running this show from the beginning with Chilly and the Vikes as willing stooges. And you know the great thing? If it fails, Chilly and the Vikes will have no one to blame but themselves.