Vikes not interested in Favre anymore
MANKATO, Minn. -- Once again, Brett Favre ran away from a Minnesota rush.
Brad Childress insisted the chase is over.
The Vikings coach said Wednesday evening he's "more than content" with a competition between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels for the job the team tried so hard to give to Favre, only to find out the NFL's all-time leading passer decided to remain retired.
"He's gone his way, and we've gone our way," Childress said after meeting with both Jackson and Rosenfels earlier in the day.
Childress described their demeanor as excited, proudly noting Jackson was the first player to report to the residence hall on the Minnesota State University campus, where the Vikings have held training camp for 43 years.
Rosenfels was grateful for some resolution, but said he wasn't "at all" insulted by his teammates' overt interest in acquiring the famously waffling quarterback.
"This is the NFL. I'm a pro. They're pros. I think these guys are going to have the utmost confidence in me, and I have a lot of confidence in them," Rosenfels said, as players trickled into the parking lot with pillows and luggage in tow. "It's time to go to work."
Jackson wasn't available for comment, but Rosenfels offered a good word for both of them in defiance of the widespread belief the Vikings are still missing the quarterback they need for that elusive Super Bowl victory.
"Everyone has their opinion. I have my opinion. I feel like the quarterbacks are going to play really, really well this year," Rosenfels said.
In an interview posted on Sports Illustrated's Web site, Favre added another subtle twist to this endlessly open-ended story: "I truly, truly believe it's over. But if someone calls Nov. 1, who knows?"
Asked whether the Vikings would revisit the possibility should Favre change his mind again, Childress repeated his "more than content" stance about the current quarterbacks.
The coach was then pressed to definitively rule out another dalliance with Favre.
"There's not a chance, from my standpoint. I'm going forward with the guys we have, and we'll have a great competition," Childress said, using a similar line to deny interest in pursuing the recently reinstated Michael Vick.
Now the Vikings are trying to revive their support for the guys who were going to fight for the job in the first place, and denying any doubts about their ability.
"It's just funny how one of a million texts comes out as we're trying to lobby for him," Hutchinson said. "It had nothing to do with that."
Allen characterized the communication simply as team leaders assessing the situation.
"It's been blown up to we were trying to coax him in and begging him to come, and that's not the case," Allen said, as Childress rode by in a golf cart and teased him to cut his shaggy hair.
Allen also insisted the team didn't need to do any damage control.
"I'll tell them right now: We have their back. One of them's going to be our quarterback, you know, and we're cool with that," Allen said.
Speaking to The Associated Press in Mississippi, Favre's agent, Bus Cook, said he believes the soon-to-be 40-year-old made the right decision. Asked about Favre's insinuation that he could play come midseason, Cook said he hadn't discussed that with his friend and client.
"I don't think that he's categorically said ... that if the world falls and they need a quarterback that I wouldn't go, but he's not looking for that to happen either," Cook said.
Cook reiterated Favre's earlier assertion that the health of his ankles and knees and other potential aches and pains, not the strength of his right arm, was the reason for his reluctance.
"He's really tried and worked hard, but every day his body was telling him, 'Look, you've still got the arm. It's the rest of me that's telling you to rethink your situation," Cook said. "He said, 'Look, I don't want to go through it no more. Right now I'm just not of a mindset to go up there and go through this and that. I don't want to get to the middle of the season and look around and wonder what I've gotten myself into here."
In an earlier interview with the AP, before Favre had made up his mind, Childress called the distraction and potential negative effect on Jackson and Rosenfels "overrated."
He added: "We're going to be a good football team, either way."
On Wednesday, Childress defended the perceived risk of such a high-profile pursuit: "I owe it to this organization and I owe it to this football team to bring in the best possible players that I can bring in here."
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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