To wit: Who’s the coach of the Minnesota Vikings?
If you answered “Brad Childress,” go stand in the corner. Because apparently that’s wrong.
Apparently, it’s Brett Favre.
I say this after Favre told the media yesterday that he was willing to give it a shot on his busted ankle Sunday, and after Childress said, in so many words, he wouldn’t be surprised if that happened. In the same news conference, Favre also said that he and Childress had discussed Childress’ criticisms of him after the loss to Green Bay last Sunday and that they’d pretty much ironed things out.
OK. So here’s what I’m wondering about that:
1. If Childress is indeed the coach, and not Favre, why is Favre declaring he could start Sunday? Isn’t that the coach’s decision? In most normal football situations, shouldn’t the coach at this point be saying, “Brett, I’m sitting you down for this one, for the good of the team. You can’t move. You can’t plant to throw. Tarvaris gives us a better chance to win at this point.”
Isn’t that what the head coach would do, if he were indeed the head coach? Since when does the QB get to decide whether or not he plays?
2. If Childress is indeed the coach, and not Favre, why isn’t he the one telling the media he’d met with Favre and they’d ironed out their differences? Why is Favre the one talking as if he were the guy in charge of the situation, making it sound as if he were calling Childress on the carpet for criticizing him?
Maybe that’s not an accurate portrayal of what happened. But Favre sure made it sound that way.
And so, once again: Who’s the coach of the Vikings?
If you answered “Brett Favre” ... go to the head of the class.