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.”
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