Blogs

Favre Not Relying On The Past Or Looking To The Future

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 13, 2010 – 6:08 pm

If you’ve watched or read transcriptions of Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress’ press conferences, you know that he’s a guy who prefers to live in the now.

He hesitates – actually refuses – to speculate or engage in conjecture and during his regular day-after-the-game press conferences, he is usually good for at least one reference to the NFL being a “forward-looking business.”

None of this is meant as a dig on Childress, it’s an accurate characterization of how he handles himself while speaking with his team and with reporters, and it’s a sound philosophy for a leader to embrace. Such a philosophy fosters an environment that is conducive to learning from both mistakes and success and also conducive to remaining level-headed.

On Wednesday, Vikings QB Brett Favre was of the same mindset while meeting with reporters at Winter Park.

When asked about his past playoff experiences, he was instead focused on this weekend’s game with the Cowboys.

“It’s not to say I don’t know what’s at stake and the fact that you win, you go on, you lose, you go home,” Favre said when asked about his previous playoff experience. “Every situation, although very similar, is different in itself. I’ve been in the playoffs before. I’ve been in first-round games, second-round games, against Dallas, against this team, against that, where you’re favored, whatever. But none of that will help this week.”

Then, when asked if he’s entertained the thought of retirement after this season, Favre was again more interested in discussing Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

“You know what? All I want to do is beat Dallas,” Favre said. “To even think about next year is doing myself an injustice and this team (an injustice). I came in here for one reason, and that’s to hopefully lead this team to the Super Bowl this year, not next year. We have that opportunity, so I’m not good enough to focus on this game (as well as) what may happen the next few weeks and then next year. So I’m going to devote every ounce of energy to this game.”


Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 28 Comments »


28 Responses to “Favre Not Relying On The Past Or Looking To The Future”

  1. By KyWeaver on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    YOU CAN DO IT FAVRE!

  2. By david koepp on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    you know what ?

    we gotta chance and that is all you can ask for in life

    great year so far, Brett is the man

    lets roll……………………

  3. By Nate F. on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    #

    By Nate F. on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I like how the media and everyone else bashes Favre for throwing costly intereceptions but I watched Tom brady throw 3 INT and 1 Fumble and no one said anything but “he’s just having a bad day because he’s coming off of an injury” But when Favre threw the interceptions due to a shoulder injury in his throwing arm when he was on the Jets the media teared him apart.

    NOW we see Rodgers throw an INT on his first play and a Fumble on the last play to win the game but EVERY ONE is only talking about how great he is to lead his team to a come back.

    Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

  4. By steven on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    yep thats the media for you

  5. By x Raul 919 on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with all of you above me, lets recap:1.beat overrated saints team that should have lost before, oh yeah may I add overrated saints team that lost to tampa bay2.shut out redskins(whippie)3.beat eagles twice, mcnabb had his shots just missed. Yet the cowboys lose to the giants, a good team that got dominated by the vikings, oh yeah may I add cowboys couldn’t beat them at least once this year, cowboys lose to chargers. chargers v.s Vikings in superbowl, Vikings win :D

  6. By Thor on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Get that focus going! Plug up the middle for the run, cover the top 2 receivers nice and tight, and blitz the right takle hard and often! Keep the pressure in Romo’s face, he’ll make more mistakes when he can see it coming at him. Then sneak up on his back side every now and then to catch him of guard.

    Offense just needs to get the passing game started out big, and then mix up the runs between Peterson and Taylor, while giving Harvin a couple on the sweep and Dallas won’t even be able to keep their shoes tied!

  7. By Thor on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Get that focus going! Plug up the middle for the run, cover the top 2 receivers nice and tight, and blitz the right takle hard and often! Keep the pressure in Romo’s face, he’ll make more mistakes when he can see it coming at him. Then sneak up on his back side every now and then to catch him of guard.

    Offense just needs to get the påssing game started out big, and then mix up the runs between Peterson and Taylor, while giving Harvin a couple on the sweep and Dallas won’t even be able to keep their shoes tied!

  8. By m. andre on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    You can say that again, Thor! ;)

  9. By CA Norwegian on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Brett is our crafty one. This is our Brains vs their Brawnl. (when our Offense is out there) We had some extra preparation last week. If oue coaches sceme it right and Brett gets the time, we will prevail. Maybr Adrian gets loose too. I’d like to see some wildcat with Percy taking snaps and see how their oversize guys can play the option. Percy doesn’t need a big seam to be gone and if he pitches to Peterson, or Taylor or Young… I think our 3 backs are better than theirs, it is just that we share the pigskin love with the receivers a little more up hee.

  10. By MiamiJer on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Chilly doesn’t blow it by having tunnel vision with the running game! I read the article about “reestablishing the run” against a tough Dallas D. Given AP’s performance stats during the second half of the season, I would hate to see a repeat of the first half of the Vikings-Bears game. Brett makes mistakes when he is under pressure to carry the entire team on his shoulders, which will happen if Chilly doesn’t allow Brett to run the O and utilize the game plan used against NY. The reality is that the Vikings now “pass first” to open up the running game, NOT the other way around. I would hate to see what will happen if the coaching staff insists on forcing the run. The team needs to come out throwing down field from the get go and rack up points, forcing Romo to play catch-up. AP will have a great day if they use a 50/50 approach; hand off 50% of the time and throw him screens/slants half the time. Using the same aggressive approach used against the Giants, Minny will be fine against Dallas.

  11. By VikingsDefenseFan on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Point blank, if cowboys stack the box, we throw it. If they defend vs. the pass, we run that ball down their throats. I don’t want to see chilly tell favre to force a handoff against 8 guys….

  12. By crackbackfavre on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    vikings suck.

  13. By ibleedsilverandblue on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    UT OH, FAVRE SAID ON YAHOO THAT HE WOULD BE “SHOCKED” IF THE COWBOYS WON,HE SAYS HES EXPECTING TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERANCE TALKING ABOUT PLAYING THE SAINT OR CARDS IN THE TITLE GAME,CONSIDERING HE HAS NEVER BEAT THE COWBOYS IN THE PLAYOFFS AND THE BOYS ARE VERY HOT RIGHT NOW,SOUNDS LIKE LOCKER ROOM MATERIAL FOR THE BOYS,THE OLD MAN CANT RUN LIKE MCNABB,AND WITH OUR DEFENSE,COULD BE A LONG DAY FOR FAVRE,IF HE MAKES IT ALL DAY…….COWBOYS 38- VIKES 17

  14. By Jeff on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    well, one things not going to happen and that is vikings losing and cowboys winning. AP will have one of the best days of the year and either way you look at the vikes have an all around better team.

  15. By Csyborg on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a huge Vikings fan, and would love nothing better than to see them play next week for a trip to the Superbowl, but let’s really look at this: Yes, Dallas has been on fire for the past 4 games. The win at NO is a bit misleading since the Saints really had nothing to play for (not to mention that NO is overrated in the first place). None-the-less, DAL pitched two shut-outs in a row to end the regular season, and all but shut down PHI for the second week in a row last week (and considering their vaunted pass attack, that’s quite a feat). The Vikings have been great all year, but finished the season on a bit of a skid. Yes, they dismantled the Giants, but they too had nothing to play for. Looking back on these past games “contribute” to the discussion of who has the better chance of winning, but don’t really tell the whole story. That being said, I think DAL has the edge in terms how who they’ve beat recently, and how well they’re currently playing.
    As far as match-ups, while Philly’s passing attack was formidable, their backs are no where near the caliber of Minni’s. Do I think that means the Vikes will run over the Cowboys? Not very likely, since DAL’s front 7 have been playing great, but it still adds an extra dimension to the Vikings offence that the Cowboys didn’t necessarily have to be concerned about with PHI. As the Vike’s O is concerned, teams that can stop the run and generate a lot of pass rush give them issues. Elite pass-rushers like we’ll see this week in Ware and Spencer can really have a HUGE impact on the Vike’s passing game (remember what Peppers did, singlehandedly?) – especially since Brett isn’t that mobile.
    Even if they shut out the run, teams have been able to pass for sizable yardage vs. the Vike’s all year. Their only hope in stopping DAL’s passing game is generating a consistant pass rush. As far as “match-ups” go, I’d have to give the edge to Dallas as well.
    But this is all on paper. Just b/c DAL’s run D looked amazing against the last few teams doesn’t mean they’re good enough to stop the Vikes, and just b/c MIN’s pass rush has been great for most of the season doesn’t mean they’ll be able to get to Romo.
    If I had to make an unbiased pick, I’d sadly day DAL 31, MIN 24…but hopefully I’m wrong! Go Vikes!

  16. By VIKING in nh on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    crackbackfavre, i think your smokin crack. the vikings rock, they are not the ones who HAD to play last sunday they were home because they won during the reg season unlike the cowgirls

  17. By SkolVikings on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    “Never beat the Cowboys in a playoff game”

    The last time was in 1994? 16 years. There isn’t a single player or coach from those teams left on the Cows squad. I’m not even sure its the same owner. And some how the logo is relevant? So a teams Jeresy depicts performance? So if the exact same team decided to change their name to the Dallas T-Rexes, Favre’s history wouldn’t matter anymore right? Because he’s never lost to the T-Rexes in the playoffs!!!

    I’m fine with critiques of my team, but that’s the dumbest argument of them all.

  18. By ibleedsilverandblue on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    brett is right, he will be holding a press conferance next week……announcing his retirement……again

  19. By Phil, Bloomington, MN on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I have a little request, just a little one.

    I would like the Vikings to play with some Anger, maybe a bit of a Chip as well. It really steams me, all of the doubting and lack of respect I see on the national front with regard to MY team.

    Brett, you can torch them, you know it and so do we. Adrian, run angry. I have seen numerous games where you really seem to be quite angry and I have seen the phenominal results and punishment you dole out. Harvin, Rice, Shin and Bernard, just keep doing what you do best, speed and agility, the secondary cant keep up with you. O-Line, your fans have no doubt you can manhandle the Boys up front. They seem to forget the pro bowl roster, teach them a lesson for Us.

    Defense, what can I say. Jared is going to eat Flozell for breakfast and Romo for lunch. The Wall, tip it over on the Cowboys running game. The LB core, make them pay for 3 step drops, if they want to come across the middle, give them something to remember. Secondary, I think you well know how to handle Austin and the crew.

    This is about teaching respect, and my Vikings are going to school the boys this weekend, I have no doubt.

    I would wish you good luck, but the talent on this team is far beyond anything I have ever seen in Minnesota. You have proven to your fans that you are professionals at the highest level of the NFL and deserve the respect you have earned.

    Go out and show the Cowboys what it means to come to Minnesota.

    We have the talent and the team, lets do it.

    Ill be cheering as loud as I can, albeit at a TV.

    Thank for the most excitement in years, we’ll see you Sunday

  20. By tbird on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    WOW THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE UP HERE TALKING WAY TOO MUCH BS..FIRST AND FOREMOST, COWBOY FANS..STOP TRYING TO CONVINCE YOURSELVES THAT THE BOYS ARE GOING TO WIN..YOU ARE AN UNDERDOG AND MINN IS A 3 POINT FAVORITE..SO KNOW YOUR ROLE AND THAT NOT ONLY SHOULD THE BOYS LOSE BUT LOSE BY A MINIMUM OF 3 POINTS..ENOUGH SAID AFTER THAT FIRST POINT..SECOND, QUIT HATING ON FAVRE AND BRINGING UP OLD STATS..IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ANOTHER STAT..THE LAST TIME MINN AND DALLAS PLAY IN THE PLAYOFFS, MINN WON 27-10…1999..BUT LIKE I SAID, OLD STATS DON’T MEAN ANYTHING SO QUIT WITH THAT.

  21. By SkolVikings on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Hear hear Tbird! For all those stat lovers….
    “THE LAST TIME MINN AND DALLAS PLAY IN THE PLAYOFFS, MINN WON 27-10…1999″

  22. By tbird on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    PLUS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE VIKES KNOW THAT WHEN ARE OFFENSE IS IN THE ZONE, WE PUT UP ALOT OF POINTS..2ND IN SCORING OFFENSE AND WOULD HAVE BEEN 1ST BUT THERE WERE 6 GAMES THIS SEASON WHERE FAVRE SAT OUT THE 4TH QUARTER

  23. By tbird on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    OH THIS IS MY LAST POST..I ALSO WANTED TO PUT THIS OUT THERE FOR ALL THOSE WHO SAY WE HAVEN’T BEATEN ANYBODY GOOD..

    MINN HAS THE BEST RECORD AGAINST THE PLAYOFF FIELD WHICH IS (4-1)..GB TWICE, BALTIMORE, AND CINCI..SO ENOUGH WITH THE “WHO HAVE YOU BEATEN”

  24. By Rwalters on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings will not win this weekend, Cowboys will be triumphant. You can say you dominated the Giants and Cowboys did not, but we all know it was a couple of fluke plays that did the Boys in, just bad mistakes. Vikings D is in no way as good as Dallas and Jared and his mullet will be insignificant in this game. And Pat Williams rants are those of someone that is afraid and will be dominated come Sunday…Oh..and how many Super Bowls have the Vikings won?

  25. By Phil on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    R Walters,

    The distant past means nothing with regard to this Sunday.

    The players will take the field and the better team will win. Fluke plays or not, bad calls or not, they do not matter.

    The botton line is when it is detrmined who moves on.

    Of the two generals on the field, Um Romo has won what, he has done what, he did it when ?. He is finally playing like he should be, now lets see how he handles the playoffs on the road in a very hostile environment. The Giants were good this year when they took the Boys down, so ???.

    I just hope it is a Good game Sunday. There is nothing worse than a lousy, plodding game with not much for action.

  26. By VikingsDefenseFan on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Rwalters. How many cowboys are on your squad that won your last SuperBowl???? ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. By crackbackfavre on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    viking in nh ur smoking meth! favre is gonna get beat up like he did last year. and the vikings suck chuck.

  28. By Stephanie on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    just a thought about people thinking the Vikes have not played any tough defenses. They beat the Packers twice…and scored more than 30 points both games (number 2 ranked defense.) They scored 30+ points on the Ravens 8th ranked defense. The scored 30 points on the Bengals 4th ranked defense. and they came close to winning on the road against the Steeler’s 5th ranked defense (except for a fumble, and tipped ball for an INT, they should have won). so let’s look at the facts before we annoint the Cowboys as the superbowl champions.

Post a Comment