Chilly not setting a deadline for Favre

Don’t get caught thinking that just because the Vikings lost the NFC Championship game last Sunday that they would disappear from the headlines.

Or more specifically, that quarterback Brett Favre would go away.

As has become an annual tradition in the NFL, the final game of the season in which Favre plays immediately leads to a mountain of questions, speculation and predictions about whether or not the future Hall of Famer plans to return to the gridiron next year.

Minnesota head coach Brad Childress was first to enter the line of fire, and he got out of the way the best he could, telling reporters he does not plan to give Favre a deadline to make a decision about 2010.

“Really, I think our numbers will be just fine if he comes back or he doesn't come back," Childress told the Associated Press. "I don't know. It's up to him, but it's not a deal where I need to put a gun at his head and say, 'I need to know in a week, two weeks, two months.”

Statistically speaking, Favre is coming off one of the greatest seasons of his 19-year career. The 40-year-old quarterback posted career-highs in completion percentage (68.4%) and quarterback rating (107.2) while throwing for 4,202 yards with 33 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions.

Despite the fact that the Super Bowl is still 11 days away, the 2010 Favre watch has officially begun.

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