Jim Schwartz flew from Detroit to Nashville, Tenn., to personally recruit Kyle Vanden Bosch. Lovie Smith hopped on a private jet and headed to Charlotte, N.C., to reel in Julius Peppers.
And Brad Childress took a recruiting trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., this week. Schwartz and Smith were trolling for free agents. Childress was working to keep one of his own players in the game. But don’t classify it as a recruiting trip.
“He brought it up to me — ‘When are you guys going to need to know?’ ” Childress told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I said, ‘You know what, Brett? That’s not why I came down here. I came down here to see how you’re doing. It’s been five weeks since we played.’ We hashed through the season, we hashed through (the year he spent with) the Jets. We went backward and forward (on various subjects).”
Childress went to Hattiesburg from the scouting combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday and spent the night. Favre showed him around his property. He even modeled some outfits for his appearance on the Tonight Show.
The bottom line is Childress isn’t pressing Favre for a decision. The Vikings don’t have a timetable and as Favre told the nation with Jay Leno, he’s going to enjoy the offseason.
“He’s earned the latitude,” Childress said. “I guess I would say this. There wasn’t a manual for a 40-year-old quarterback. All the naysayers said, ‘The guy has got a bad arm, he finished the year poorly (in 2008). Didn’t come to OTAs, didn’t want to come to …’ And everybody made him bad for that. No training camp. As I told him, ‘Check all those off the list.’ “
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