Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has 32 years of professional and collegiate football coaching experience to his name. He has been a head offensive coordinator for 13 of those years and has spent seven years working solely with quarterbacks. But to Brett Favre, that apparently doesn't mean squat.
According to one of Favre's newly reinstated teammates, the 40-year-old quarterback does not trust Childress at the helm of the Vikings' organization. The Old Gunslinger went as far as saying that "Childress has no clue about offense." Pretty bold words considering Childress will be the one telling Favre what plays to call in his 20th and "final" NFL season.
Granted, these words weren't taken right from Favre's mouth, and his teammate requested to remain anonymous. He also hinted that Favre's indecision to return for his second season with the Vikings had more to do with Childress' leadership than his pesky ankle problem.
"Brett just doesn't trust him," the player said.
Favre isn't the only player that is directing negative words toward Childress during the offseason. Earlier this week when Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell were traveling to Mississippi, cajoling Favre back into the Purple and Gold, Childress made his coaching staff tell the media that the three players were just inside the team's facility in Minnesota when in fact they were on a private jet heading to Hattiesburg, Miss. He even went as far to report that Longwell was kicking inside on Tuesday.
The misleading fabrication didn't bode well in the Vikings' locker room.
"Chilly can’t even tell the truth about that," one player said. "I mean, how ridiculous is that? What’s the big deal that he has to lie? Worse, he has to tell other guys to lie for him?"
Only time will tell if these offseason fireworks will spark a positive or negative outcome for the Vikings this season.
In other news, Roger Clemens challenges the government via his Twitter account, Rex Ryan and Tony Dungy share a "heated" conversation, Dustin Pedroia realizes he's moving too fast in his return from injury and LeBron James continues to hate on Cleveland.
"Brett thinks Childress has no clue about offense."
An anonymous Vikings player commented on Brett Favre's feelings toward head coach Brad Childress
"I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court."
Roger Clemens, on Twitter, following his indictment on perjury charges
"Yeah, that was stupid, that wasn't very smart. I gotta play how I play. That's part of my problem, always diving all over the place … I gotta be smart about it."
Dustin Pedroia, describing his daring stolen base in Wednesday's game so soon after returning from injury. Pedroia was a late scratch for Thursday's game, citing soreness in his left foot.
“I could make a case for both playing, not playing. This is a very good football team. The chances [of going to the Super Bowl] here are much greater than other places. From that standpoint, it was always going to be easier [to return]."
Brett Favre, during his news conference, announcing he was returning to the Vikings for one more NFL season
"I've been around F-bombs, so it's not like it's new, I just don't think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across."
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy, reacting to Jets coach Rex Ryan's use of profanity in the HBO series Hard Knocks. Ryan then confronted him about the comment.
"It was definitely heated. We just talked man-to-man. It was good."
Rex Ryan, after his conversation with Dungy
"I love our fans. Cleveland fans are awesome. But I mean, even my family gets spoiled at times watching me doing things that I do, on and off the court … And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us. So we didn't actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day."
LeBron James, maintaining his public enemy No. 1 status in a recent interview with GQ Magazine
"You can put a lot of great players together but it's about building chemistry. There have been a lot of great teams put together. But that doesn't really seal the deal. Me, personally, I think that Boston is still the best team in the East. Miami has to prove themselves."
Former NBA champion Scottie Pippen, on the new Big Three in Miami
"We're simply looking at getting better, and we got better tonight with Fresno State and Nevada joining our league."
Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson, taking a dig at BYU, which left the MWC to become a football independent on Wednesday.