Biggs: Childress talks his way through idea to pull Favre
Brad Childress shared some candid thoughts in regards to Brett Favre coming out of Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Childress’ remarks were actually eye-opening when you consider he was considering removing Favre from the game in the third quarter, before it turned lopsided, and Minnesota actually led 7-6 at the time. That is what Childress shared with reporters this afternoon, a day after the Vikings were shocked on the road, costing them any chance of battling for the top seed in the NFC playoffs.
"It was more of a stream off consciousness, where he comes of the field, I’m watching what I’m watching, and I said, ‘Hey, you know what? I’m thinking about taking you out of the game here,'" Childress said. "I mean, you’re getting your rear end kicked’ through not a lot of fault of his own. As I’m watching that and as I’m watching that occur, I’m giving him a stream of consciousness.
"Obviously, he didn’t want anything to do with that, which I certainly appreciate from his standpoint. From any quarterback. He wasn’t like, 'OK, let me get my hat on.' That wasn’t in his makeup. So I appreciate that from his standpoint."
Childress was very clear that Favre didn’t show him up or do anything else unacceptable in saying he didn’t want to come out of the game. There are reports that Childress considered pulling the 40-year-old quarterback in two other instances this season. Obviously, taking him out of a game that the Vikings by one point would have been a bizarre decision, one Childress really would have struggled explaining.
"You guys can characterize it as heated," Childress said. "There was pretty good communication going on back and forth. I didn’t see it as a heated. I didn’t see it as any different from the conversation that I had with him at Arizona after the game by his locker [on Dec. 6 after the Vikings had lost]. There was a back and forth of information and feelings.
"This game is an emotional game, particularly when you’re right in the middle of it. So I appreciate his wanting to stick to it. I know that people talk about pulling the quarterback. We’re not talking about maiming the quarterback. It’s what happens with quarterbacks. They play, they come out, they stay in. So, that’s what it is. It happens in a team sport and it happens in football."
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