Coach: Visit to Favre's not for business
Vikings coach Brad Childress made a trip this week to visit Brett Favre at his home in Hattiesburg, Miss., helping to see the 40-year-old off before his Thursday night appearance on "The Tonight Show."
Childress, in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, said he told Favre he was only there to "see how you're doing," not to delve into how close he was on a decision regarding his return or possible retirement.
He brought it up to me -- 'When are you guys going to need to know?' I said, 'You know what, Brett? That's not why I came down here.'” -- Vikings coach Brad Childress,
to the Minneapolis Star Tribune
"He brought it up to me -- 'When are you guys going to need to know?' " Childress told the Star Tribune on Friday. "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.' "
Childress, who left Thursday before Favre went to Los Angeles for his television appearance, said he reiterated there was no pressure on the quarterback from the Vikings to make up his mind.
"We hashed through the season, we hashed through [the year he spent with] the Jets," Childress said. "We went backward and forward [on various subjects]."
Childress said he watched as Favre's wife tried in vain to pick the clothes he would wear on Jay Leno's show.
"He's standing there in dirty shoes and khaki pants," Childress said. "His wife's putting this and this and this [in front of him]. I said, 'Deanna, you can do whatever you want, but he's going to wear what he wants.' I knew he was going to wear a T-shirt."
Favre, who donned jeans and a blazer over the shirt, said Thursday he still hasn't decided whether he'll play again next season.
"Well Jay, it's only been a month, and I know now that I'm just not going to say anything anytime soon, just going to kind of sit back, relax, enjoy the offseason," Favre said in his first public comments since Minnesota's bitter overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game at New Orleans on Jan. 24.
Asked if that defeat still upsets him, Favre told Leno: "I think it will for a long time."
Last week at the NFL scouting combine, Vikings officials again conveyed their willingness to wait for Favre to make up his mind even if that muddies their plans for the quarterback position.
"I'm not going to put him in any box," Childress said last Friday. "Four weeks and change, he's still healing up from that game. He's kind of earned that latitude."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.