We finally found out what it takes to make the eternally-deadpan Brad Childress lose his patience with reporters. Just ask him one too many questions about his back-up quarterback.
Apparently, the #2 QB situation was all reporters wanted to talk about during Chilly’s Sunday press conference (not the practice squad?). At some point, it all got to be too much for Chilly, who dropped his familiar droning, quipping, analogizing facade for a moment and let his true exasperation leak out.
“I’m done with the backup quarterback. I’m done with it,” Chilly snapped. “You guys, if that’s all you’ve got to write, good Lord. We’re talking about the two highest scoring offenses in the league last year playing each other. Let’s talk about the game, instead of Joe Mauer’s backup.”
The Joe Mauer line needs explaining. Apparently, earlier in the press conference, Chilly compared the back-up quarterback role to that of a back-up catcher. I really don’t think I need to point out the absurdity of this comparison. If Joe Mauer gets hurt, great as he is, the Twins are still going to be contenders. But if Brett Favre gets hurt and Tarvaris Jackson has to take the field?
I can’t even write about what that would mean. It makes me too sick to type.
And it makes Childress sick too, which is why he doesn’t want to address it. Basically, he is in denial. And his defensiveness shows that, deep down, he really is nervous that the decision to trade Sage Rosenfels will blow up in his face before it’s over.
If he thought Sunday was bad, wait until something does happen to Favre, and T-Jack comes in and stinks up the place. Then we’ll see a real barrage. I don’t know what Chilly will do then. Maybe tear his clothes off and howl.