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Brett Favre, Brad Childress relationship a factor in decision

The back story on Brett Favre and his return to the Minnesota Vikings -- and you knew there would be a back story -- is that Vikings players are losing respect for their coach, Brad Childress.

To no one's surprise, Favre is one of these players.

"Brett thinks Childress has no clue about offense," a Vikings player told Yahoo's Jason Cole.

Multiple players echoed that, according to Cole's report, and the issue was a bigger factor in Favre's decision to play this fall than his gimpy ankle.

"Brett just doesn't trust him," a player said.

In early July, Favre indicated to a teammate that he was likely to play, but, after a Childress visit to Favre's home in Hattiesburg, Miss., on July 19, Favre began to reconsider. After a visit from teammates Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell earlier this week, Favre decided to return for his second season with Childress in Minnesota.

The relationship between the two isn't exactly a recent development. They clashed last year over decisions about whether Favre should remain in games and some players told Cole that Childress does not take input well.

"They worked through it last year," said ESPN's Chris Mortensen of the Favre-and-Childress report. "I would expect they'd work through it this year."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  Brett Favre , NFL  
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Well, it's obvious---Childress must be fired immediately. Otherwise, Mr. Favre may not be completely happy.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | August 19, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Of course Childress has no idea how offense is played. Because in his mind, sometimes you have to pull your QB. But pulling Favre off the field so he can't absorb needed exposure to television cameras mean he obviously doesn't get it.

If the players don't like, they are all grown men and should take the time to talk to the owners, even if they aren't around on a daily basis. Is the NFL one huge sandbox or something?

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | August 19, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Favre deserves one last season that ends in an epic tantrum-laden ego-explosion that exposes how poisonous divadom is for team sports and individual character. If he takes down his enabler Childress at the same time, who has chosen his job over his self-respect, so be it. A 7-9 Vikings season would be a victimless crime.
It really makes me thankful that we've got a coach in Shanahan, who I didn't much care for when he was over on the other sidelines with the Broncos, who won't cave in to Favre-esque theatrics by Haynesworth. Sure, it's about winning, but don't we enjoy the Skins Super Bowl victories much more because of the class of Gibbs, Art Monk, and others? We've really forgotten that it is about winning, but winning the right way.

Posted by: minorthread | August 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Farve knew about the Childress situation. He/Farve..is wealthy, and doesn`t need the money..so, things are what they are..everyone shut up and play football.

WP sports writers would get a larger readership..if they found stories other than about Farve to write.
btw..same goes for Abert stories.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | August 19, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The the real reason he came back is Dr. James Andrews: http://dneckel.blogspot.com/2010/08/real-mvp-of-sports-dr-james-andrews.html

Posted by: klofton798 | August 19, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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