Players began arriving at Gage Hall on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, today as the Vikings are nearly set to open 2009 training camp. The team will have a series of meetings tomorrow and then the 1st practice of training camp will be held on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.
It’s typical for a throng of media members to wait outside the main entrance to speak with players as they drive into the parking lot and begin the process of checking in. But today a larger-than-normal media contingent was present, and speaking to players wasn’t their primary objective.
In light of QB Brett Favre’s decision to remain retired and not join the Vikings, much of today’s focus was centered on Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress. After arriving in Mankato, parking his car and settling in for a moment, Childress came outside to address the media and his team’s current QB situation.
Childress began by reiterating the message he sent yesterday, acknowledging the rare opportunity of looking at adding a Hall of Fame QB who has a record that speaks for itself, knowledge of the Vikings offensive system and knowledge of the division. He also added that he owes it to his team and to the Vikings organization to continue and bring in the best possible players to help the team win. But Childress also said that both Favre and the Vikings have moved their separate ways and now his focus is on the Vikings QB competition.
“I’m more than content with these two guys (Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels) competing with each other and throwing JD Booty in the mix,” Childress said. “They’re going to go back and take the same turns that they took all spring. It’ll be a fun training camp from that standpoint.”
Childress said he had an opportunity today (Wednesday) to speak with both Jackson and Rosenfels in his office at Winter Park. He said he thought Jackson was excited to begin training camp (and added the he was told Jackson was the 1st player in Mankato Wednesday) and that from what he could tell, Rosenfels was also excited to compete for the starting job.
Childress was asked about a few other important topics…
On the prospects of looking at Michael Vick: “The guys we’ve got, we’re going to fashion the team around and go forward that way. It’s going to be Sage and Tarvaris, and we’ll see how JD Booty factors in.”
On the chances of alienating Jackson and Rosenfels by pursuing Favre: “The National Football League is extremely, extremely, extremely competitive. (Bringing in Favre is) [N]o more (alienating) than bringing in Jared Allen has a chance to alienate the defensive line or the defensive ends. You say ‘QBs are a different animal…’ from the standpoint that they compete to play, I don’t know that they are different. I don’t worry about trust being an issue. They trust the fact that we’re going to get the best players we can to surround the rest of the football team.”
On the Percy Harvin contract situation: “I just talked to Rob (Brzezinski) a little while ago and they’re in the middle of negotiations and they both take time (to go) back and forth. It’s important for him to get in here, especially at his position and with the different things he has to learn. Not to mention getting here and getting in pads.”
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