As mentioned in the previous entry, former NFL head coach and current NFL Network personality Steve Mariucci was at Winter Park on Wednesday watching practice and catching up with familiar faces, including QB Brett Favre. Mariucci was the QBs coach in Green Bay during the early part of Favre’s career and the two have remained close since then.
On Wednesday, Mariucci stood on the sideline and watched the Vikings workout inside the Winter Park field house. Favre was rifling passes into receivers and Mariucci stood there shaking his head with a smile on his face.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Brett during his first four years in Green Bay,” Mariucci told me. “He was just a kid; he’s a little bit grayer now, as you’ve noticed. But when I watch practice, he seems to still have the same zip on the ball.”
Mariucci also commented on how he thought the Vikings presented a good situation for Favre because they are coming off a 10-6 record and a division title in 2008. He also said the presence of RB Adrian Peterson makes the Vikings-Favre reunion a good one for the player and team.
“Brett has had some good running backs in his career,” Mariucci said. “And they’ve always had good balance, run and pass. But Adrian is probably the best running back, I know Edgar Bennett and Ahman Green and Dorsey Levens are going ‘Wait a minute!’, and they were good, too. But this guy (Peterson) is special and Brett’s gotta learn to play with more play-action than drop back pass maybe, and that’s okay”
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