Leslie Frazier has already cleared up one big issue Viking fans were wondering about. Yes, the head coach says he will “wholeheartedly” welcome input on the offense from Brett Favre.
This is a big deal to some Viking fans, because when Brad Childress was coach, Favre was reportedly not asked to participate in putting together the weekly game-plan, a circumstance many believe contributed to the team’s offensive woes. Now Favre will presumably have a bigger say in what plays are run on Sunday.
In his Wednesday presser, Favre game some indication as to the changes he would like to see made. Favre said that, if we were coach, the team would get away from trying to use lots of different formations and motions, but would instead pick out the plays they do well and run those until the other team proves they can stop it.
In other words, Favre thinks Brad Childress tried too hard to be clever, and sometimes steered the offense away from its strengths.
If you want to read between the lines of Favre’s statements further, in hopes of unearthing more jabs at people, consider that Favre also talked about the team needing to emphasize the fundamentals in practice, making special mention of all the false start penalties the team has committed (thankfully Favre was too tactful to single out the main offender, Phil Loadholt, by name).
Whether Favre’s input will ultimately be heeded is something we don’t know. And, even if it is, there’s no guarantee the team’s fortunes will be turned around. The only thing that’s really changed for certain? Now if the offense fails, it won’t be Childress’ fault, it will be Darrell Bevell and Brett Favre’s.