Hutchinson Offers Interesting Perspective on Favre

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 29, 2009 – 7:52 pm

For the 1st time in over a decade, Matt Birk won’t be strolling through the front doors of Gage Hall to check into another Vikings training camp. The longtime Viking was a free agent this past offseason and signed with Baltimore.

But Birk’s good buddy, OG Steve Hutchinson, is still here and, in fact, arrived at training camp early Wednesday evening.  And he was sporting a thicker-than-usual beard (asked when he started growing the beard, Hutchinson comically responded “last night.”)

With Birk gone, Hutchinson becomes the most veteran member of the Vikings offensive line, with 8 seasons under his belt. As the veteran most lineman, Hutchinson will be relied upon as a leader at his position. This is an important role for the 6-time Pro Bowler because the offensive line will be in transition during training camp, as they break in a new center (John Sullivan) and entertain what will be a fierce position battle at RT between 2009 2nd round draft pick Phil Loadholt and incumbent starter Ryan Cook.

Going a step further, Hutchinson is also looked upon as a leader of the entire football team. He was a team captain last year and most likely will be again in 2009. So, as would happen to any team leader, Hutchinson was asked immediately upon his arrival about the most-talked about subject surrounding the Vikings – Brett Favre.

Hutchinson’s response was similar to what we’ve heard from head coach Brad Childress – that the opportunity to pursue a player like Brett Favre was unique and that any time you can improve your roster, you do it.

But Hutchinson also made an interesting comment on the matter, saying that he didn’t blame Favre for his decision and even acknowledging that he knows one day he might be in the same position.

“It’s a position I’m probably going to have to be in one day,” Hutchinson said. “Whether to continue playing or retire. It’s hard. For a guy like that, and all he’s done for this game, it’s probably hard for him on his own to walk away, so you’ve got to respect him.”

The reaction we’ll hear from many Vikings players and coaches will be on message, just as any sound organization would have it. So an interesting perspective, such as the one Hutchinson offered about some day being in a similar position as Favre, was interesting and definitely worth noting here.

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2 Responses to “Hutchinson Offers Interesting Perspective on Favre”

  1. By CA Norwegian on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    I am sad about Birk. Was he not a captain and calling the shots and counter shots in there? If the team he goes to grinds things up, and we are lacking, then??? The Vikes seem to part with good lineman, like Zimmerman too easily. I hope this is a matter of them knowing their horses, and not the too cheap disease. The SD Chargers should have kept Neil, LT will never be the same without him. (but in fairness maybe Neil is finished) The horses like Yary, McDaniel, Hutch and how they play are the most important ingredient for success. I identify with Hutch, I wore your number in HS. Farve should look into the performing arts, he is able to cry on queue. Maybe he wants to see how our line protects in primetime and then decide his arm is ready.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    After what has happened to date, I hope that Favre truly is retired for good. Many members of the team, along with the big Chill have said that they are ready and confident to move on with the guys we have in place. Changing that position again will likely create frustration that is going to hurt the team. Like you said, the question now is with the right side of the O-line. Losing Birk weakens it up more, so hopefully Sullivan has learned from him enough in the last year where it will provide with minnimal drop in protection. Everyone else on the line is returning, so we can only hope that things will remain as they were last year or improve with the addition of Loadholt to the competition.

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