Nightmare Favre Scenario Beginning to Unfold

The nightmare Favre scenario was always more than just Brett raising the hopes of Vikings fans and then failing miserably, it was that his prima donna attitude and overall selfishness would undermine locker room chemistry and scuttle what could’ve otherwise been a successful season.

Sadly, it looks like that nightmare scenario is beginning to unfold.

Reports of rifts, ruptures and even “schisms” in the locker room are coming in almost too fast to digest.  The most disheartening one, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, says Favre has “little support” among Viking players, and uses terms that conjure images of the Catholic church being rent in twain by factionalism during the reign of Pope Leo IX.

Hopefully no heads will end up on pikes.  It’s bad enough that, as of right now, the team seemingly has as much faith in Brad Childress as the right has in the federal government.

Of course this is all ChillPill’s own fault.  He was the one who had to have Brett Favre at all costs.  He was the one who allowed Favre to string the team along for months before his bogus “decision” to not play.  He was the one who made it seem that T-Jack and Sage would be competing for the starting job, only to rip that chance from them and hand it to his buddy Brett on a silver platter, without Brett taking a single training camp snap.

And we’re shocked that there are guys in the locker room who don’t appreciate the way the situation was handled?  Actually, the whole thing was spelled out pretty clearly when Favre originally said he wasn’t coming.  Veterans like Jared Allen said they wanted Favre, but that he had to be in camp to build rapport and win respect, and if he wasn’t going to show up in Mankato, it would be better to just move on without him.

Chilly disagreed.  He thought Favre didn’t need camp.  He thought Favre could come in cold, start getting practice snaps, jump right into the preseason rotation and everything would be fine.

It became obvious pretty fast, however, that everything was not fine.  Tarvaris and Sage were obviously not happy with how things went down.  And then there was the peculiar behavior of Adrian Peterson, who refused to comment on Favre for several days.  Almost like he was mad.

Does that sound like a happy, harmonious situation to you?

Childress’s reaction to these schism reports has been typically chilly.  “Business is business and whether they like it or not that’s the way it is,” the coach said of apparent discontent among the employee base.  “As I told Tarvaris, ‘I don’t expect you to like it.’”

Chilly’s curt tone will come as no surprise to those who remember the way he denigrated Marcus Robinson‘s skills and abilities right after cutting him.  Or the way he dealt with Troy Williamson being late getting back from his grandmother’s funeral.  His people skills have always needed work.  But, his arrogant, sometimes standoffish attitude has never resulted in out-right mutiny.  That may be about to change.

And one has to wonder what Brett thinks of all this.  Is he aware of any hostility toward him, or is he so far up his own butt that to him everything smells fine?  It won’t matter a lick…if he goes out Monday night and plays like the Brett Favre of old.  If he stumbles and staggers?  Both he and Chilly might start feeling the heat.

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  • Spanky

    im sick to death of all this kind of hipe just to sell tickets….if there is anyone on the viking team thats not behind Favre 100% then cut um they are the ones causing the trouble not Favre.. Maybe the best thing would be for this team to move out of minnesota and become the LA VIKINGS… just think the LA VIKINGS & the LA LAKERS how cool is that!!!

  • Dakota

    Plus half of this shit is ESPN exaggerating to get more news!

  • Patrick

    blah blah blah.   Lets at least wait until the season start’s  and see how we do.   Dam a bunch of babies….

  • xpackerfan

    Life is not fair and life is full of “IF’s”.  Who would be happy if they did the camp time and Brett didn’t, coupled with the  media  attention.   However,  a well paid PROFESSIONAL, should  mentally get over it, give their maximum potentional for the team, so their butt is in Miami come February.   Chilly  and/or the management  obviously  did not believe T-Jack nor Sage were strong enough QB’s, at this time to get there. Did they and Brett make a good decision?  If the Viking team plays like they did last year,  99% yes.  Not rocket science, unless your a decision maker for the Packers.

    Agree with all three comments.  Can not wait for this extraordionary (Favre VIKING  QB!) EXCITING  season to start.    

  • Mark

    What I don’t get is why are you so negitive.  I understand the fact that you try to post all the news. I do read this everyday and I do appretiate the effort but it would be nice if you weren’t so quick to convict or tear down.  I have be a Viking fan all my life and grew up in northern Wisconsin, and maybe I’m just happy when ever I get to see the vikes. I do second guess like every fan but my loyalty never waivers. We ask why didn’t we get this player why didn’t we get that player so when Chilly makes the move either you love or hate he at least made a move. The Wilf family is doing whatever it takes to win and I hope  you see that. I would like to see one positive post.

  • Patrick

    Agree with the post    its ESPN and other media outlets that are adding fuel to the fire.

    And if  a player is unhappy and leaks the crap,  be a man and speak up or leave.  TJACK  had his chance last year.

    Wait 3 games and then we can decide……

  • Chuckie

    If  TJoke had proven himself at all Childress wouldn’t have even thought of Favre. With Favre the Vikes have a shot to win it all. That’s the bottom line. And I totally agree, lets wait until the season gets going before we start predicting gloom and doom. These posts are WAY too negative for a supposed Vikings blog.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    eat shit spanky. i got an idea. you move to L.A.

  • mikey

    you shouldnt even be able to to write about favre..he still loves the game he should play..the way he came back was fine he just wanted to make sure the arm felt good..once you have known something for so long you tend to miss it and thats how it was with quit your crying about favre..he is just in love with the game of with it..

  • xpackerfan

    FACT - Brett would not screw up his…NAME.  All the Vikings fans want to do is win, period. 

     Brett wants that, Chillly wants that, you want that, Brett is a QB, you make him sound like the whole F’n team. is him…get real.It is a piece that can achieve and bring the Vikings to Miami for the acknowledgement they wanted, due to the VIKING TEAM and perhaps win it, because of #4. 

    Bottom line , 5G ‘s Vikings to the super bowl.