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Short Of Super Bowl, Long On Improvement

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 26, 2010 – 4:33 pm

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress met with reporters for his season-ending press conference on Tuesday afternoon, addressing a bevy of topics ranging from the disappointment that remains after Sunday night’s NFC title loss to the future of Brett Favre to building a championship organization.

The Vikings head coach didn’t hide from the fact that coming up one game short of the Super Bowl has harvested gut-wrenching disappointment from the Vikings fan base. But he also pointed out, appropriately so, that the disappointment is also felt within the walls of Winter Park.

“We didn’t achieve our ultimate goal, which is to go to the Super Bowl and win it,” Childress said. “You saw Sunday night how tough those guys took it. I know that everybody in town here takes it tough. We as a coaching staff and players and the organization take it extremely hard, too.”

Childress did a nice job of conveying the underlying sentiment and emotions that currently define the Vikings and their following. But, as a person in his position is called to do, Childress also outlined the positives his team and fan base can take into the coming months and 2010 season.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow and I don’t know that it completely goes away right away,” Childress said. “But as the leader of this football team, it’s important from my standpoint to point out to our guys all the positive things that we accomplished this year, whether it’s in terms of the wins and losses, the division, offense improved, defense improved and I thought we improved in the special teams area. It’s important to point those things out because I think those things get flushed under and really it ends up happening with everybody that’s not the Super Bowl champion; that’s the tough part of this business.”

The Vikings did indeed continue to improve under Childress. The team’s record has improved each year since 2006, including jumping to 12-4 this year after a solid 10-6 campaign in 2008. The Vikings won their 2nd consecutive division title in 2009 and also earned the NFC’s #2 seed, which gave them a 1st-round bye in the conference playoffs and played a pivotal role in the Vikings smashing the Dallas Cowboys 34-3 in the Divisional Round.

The Vikings also improved in several statistical areas, leading the league in sacks with 48 and producing the NFL’s 2nd-highest scoring offense at 29.4 points per game, a massive leap from the 23.7 points per game they registered in 2008. Also, the Vikings kick coverage and kickoff return units saw drastic improvement.

Other significant statistical jumps included the 2009 defense allowing 1.3 fewer points per game and the offense jumping from 17th to 5th in total offense and 25th to 8th in passing offense.

The addition of QB Brett Favre was the impetus behind much of the offensive improvement and it gave the Vikings a heightened sense of legitimacy as they cruised to an undefeated home season, sensational 13-4 record and an appearance in a conference championship game on the road in a difficult environment that saw them in position to win it with just 19 seconds left.

Along with the addition of a 19-year veteran future Hall of Famer at QB, though, Childress also pointed out that a number of young players were involved in the 2009 improvement. C John Sullivan and S Tyrell Johnson both progressed in their 1st full year as starters and rookies LB Jasper Brinkley, WR Percy Harvin and OT Phil Loadholt played key roles in starting positions.

It all adds up to a team that fell short of its goal this year but is also part of an organization that is striving to win a championship.

“I think the message has been consistent – we’re attempting to build a championship organization here and we continue to get closer,” Childress said. “I know it’s unsatisfying, but I know that there’s a number of different guys getting involved. The younger guys, whether it’s the Loadholts, the Harvins, we’re continuing to build that thing.

“This was a fun, fun group to coach and they remained that way, all the way through the season. It’s fun to watch guys compete with each other and for each other. And it’s rare in this business of individuals that you see guys come together and play that way for the whole season. I just acknowledge that everyone’s hurting and at the end of the day a lot of good things that we’re going to take away and build off of.”


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55 Responses to “Short Of Super Bowl, Long On Improvement”

  1. By Wesley Savoy on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    This is an open letter to Brett Favre to help make him realize that retirement is not a good option!

    First, Brett Favre your the epitome of a person that strives to learn, moves forward and battles to conquer his demons as you grow through life’s learned lessons both on and off the field.

    Brett , you may not realize it, but, you have un-intentionally given yourself a second life as a starting quarter back in the NFL that could have you playing another 2-4 years of not good, but
    GREAT football!!!

    First you have a great coach and management team with the Vikings organization that not only appreciates your ability, (unlike what you were getting from the Packers organization in your final few years), but they understand how you think and what matters to you. You also has a GREAT young bunch of super talented guys around you, Your Team Mates, which are as hunger for the Super Bowl Championship Ring as
    you are, if not before the lose definitely now more after the lose.

    Brett, you said it yourself in an interview not to long ago that to win, “it’s the chemistry of the right players at the right time of the moment” which is very finite. Well, this is the moment, but unbeknownst to you Brett, this
    first year with the Vikings is just the start of what’s to come. Sometimes when things are happening in ones life that’s going great, (“better then one could hope for”) the euphoria one experiences can give them
    the sense of “this is it”, which can and does happen to most people who experience this and then they stop, and give up on the fact that maybe it’s only the beginning of something more, much more!

    I know it’s easy to sit here and write what I think, it’s not what I think, it’s what I know!

    Listening to you Brett over the season on how your were feeling and how you felt from week to week not only mentally but physically, Brett you did not feel your age! Brett as you stated “I felt the best in years”.
    Brett you felt reenergized, and it showed. You played like a 30 year old veteran in his prime, not some 40+ year old trying to recapture his by gone glory years. Brett you know more then anybody that you have
    more to give, you learnt more about the game and more about yourself this last season.

    There is no doubt that during the NFC Championship game you felt your age (maybe a little older then your age), but anyone who took the pounding that you did Brett, would too. Just ask Kurt Warner and Tony Romo how old they felt in there loses?

    But there is something more to why your not finished with the game that has given you so much, and what you Brett, have given so much to the game! And that’s something that only you know!

    There is no doubt that you may want to retire Brett. I know what it’s like to try and make a decision and not be 110% sure whether the decision is right until you’ve made it. Only once
    you’ve committed to a decision will you know if it is the right decision. Because what ever the decision it is that you make when you make it, only if it STICKS without any, and I mean ANY regret, only then
    will you know that you made the right decision.

    Before you make that decision, DON”T short change yourself. This is a once in a life time opportunity that almost nobody gets in their life time, ever, and you have it right in your hands for the second time.

    It’s better to try, and fail then to say NO! There is never regret in ones trying and failing, because you pushed on. But saying NO to not just any opportunity, but this opportunity that is here and now, and yours to make your own, that is a regret that time could never heal.

    If your decision is retirement, I’m sure that I’m not the only one hoping for it not to stick! I’m sure everyone in Minnesota (including myself) will be hoping right up until the kick-off of the first regular season game
    that it doesn’t stick.

    Hope to see you on the playing field.

    From you biggest fan in Canada,
    Wes

  2. By m. andre on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    “Vikings smashing the Dallas Cowboys 34-4 in the Divisional Round”

    34 to 4? You’ve got those Cowboys with an extra point!

    AN AMAZING year and many great wins throughout the long season. Many thanks to the entire team and staff for giving the fans plenty to cheer about.

  3. By B Barninger on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Just want to say I would miss Brett Favre so much if he retires. I agree with Wes on his comments. Praying for you and your family, Brett. Take your time and if you have any doubts about your decision, please don’t rush. I think this team needs you to succeed. Great season and would love to see another!

  4. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Besides the turn overs, it seemed our team lacked EMOTION ! At times you would have thought it was 35-0 Saints. We were never out of this game. They needed more fire ! Our D-line seemed flat. Did Brad have a pulse? Brett was getting pummeled but still had the HEART to play on. Most Q.B.s would have gave up & sat down ! We were 1 game away, 3 points away.Our defense should have did to Brees what the Saints did to Brett, EYE for an EYE ! It was there game plan to hurt Brett. Our D.B.s need to learn how to catch. We have the players to go all the way but need more HEART. You guys had to good of a season to let slip away. Lets hope #4 comes back . Theres no reason we shouldnt WIN IT ALL next year ! GO VIKINGS ! 40 years a FAN !

  5. By st louis cemetery No. 1 on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    The Chicken foot given as a gift to Rice was the key.

  6. By Lyle on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    The single best Vikings team I have ever seen over a season! Lead by the seemingly reborn Brett Favre, and despite obvious conflicts like coach/QB decisions and team controverey, will always be in my heart the best team in the NFL this season. We outplayed the Saints on every level which unfortunately included giveaways. What other team can fumble 6 times and throw 2 ints, and still only lose by 3 points? None! The team was gellin and it was obvious they were a contender from the beginning. Lets forget coaching mistakes like Childress not throwing the challenge on that obvious 3 yd short TD the Saint brought. 9 Pro Bowl players, the most in the NFL! Next season could bring a team set on dominating 17 weeks! I for one know the fans love for the team grew astronomically and Minnesota won supporters from all over the nation. The Minnesota Vikings are an always will be my team!

  7. By paul on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Time to move on Viking fans and look to the future. Something they should have done in the 2005 draft.
    Remember the 2005 draft, the vikes had two #1 picks that year.
    seventh pick= Troy Williamson
    thirteenth pick= Erasmus James
    G.B. had the twentyfourth pick= Aaron Rodgers

    Favre will be 41 years old next Oct. and after the worse beating that I ever saw a quarterback take and the fact that again he threw another pick that cost his team a trip to the Super Bowl I think the time has come, for him to retire.

  8. By Bill Fredrickson on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I have to agree with Wes. Well put. In fact I really hope Brett gets to see these messages because he did rejuvinate a team which really needed a shot in the arm. We have a ton of talent which improved week to week during the season. Next season would be incredble with Brett at the helm!!!! Go Vikings and Brett, you are needed here. I hope you are back next season as most of us in Minnesota. Great season.

  9. By John on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Brett.

    Don’t leave yet. Do it again next year, you guys have all the tools to win a world championship. Look how great you all played for most of the year. Plus, it would shut up all the haters. P.S. Totally agree with Wesley.

  10. By vikes fan on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t retire Brett.
    It’s not just Vikings fans in every state in America that are rooting for you to come back for one more year, but fans of other teams as well.
    Your own team-mates would do anything for you.
    20 seasons, please.
    You gave Vikings fans hope!
    You have worked out all the kinks, now come back next year and win it.
    You felt great most of the season. The Saints game was rough, but it was the NFC championship. All games aren’t like that one.
    Please come back

  11. By Dave on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Brett is a true warrior. I have never seen a QB take such a beating a keep competing. After that beating I did not expect to see him run 10 yards late in a game. Should we have went after Brees? Absolutely – as the commentators had mentioned prior to the game – it was their plan to hurt the QB when they played Arizona and they were going to take shots at Farve.
    We lost the game because we could not hold on to the football not because of Bretts play. If the entire team competed like Brett we could not be stopped. I sure hope he returns but if not I hope he wears a Viking jersey to the Hall because I am sure proud that he was a Viking!!

  12. By James on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey TW I know it seems like we should have did to Drew what they did to Brett. But you know what? The saints showed a lack of class, they showed that they were inferior by trying to take the QB out it was obvious! But if we had done that we would have been no better than them. Here’s the thing, they will get there’s because the only way they can win the SB is by trying to take Peyton out and the league will not allow that. So they’ll lose and that will be their just deserts, but I thought the Vikings had plenty of emotion. That was a rough game to play in cause neither team got more than a 7 point lead so the fans never shut up. I thought that Brett, the O-line and the D stood tall we just can’t turn the ball over that many times, Brett I hope you come back we’re not finished yet…

  13. By Tim Cochran on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    BRETT, I’VE FOLLOWED YOUR WHOLE CAREER STARTING AT U.S.M. JUST WANTED TO SAY THANKS FOR ALL THE ENTERTAINMENT.

    TIM COCHRAN,
    WAYNESBORO MS.

  14. By Stephanie on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    here’s a couple quotes from the Saints defense: “we wanted to cut the head off and see if the body lived”…referring to Brett Favre. “We were determined to hit him over and over and make him feel it.” Is it just me or does that somehow seem a little bit much, even for football? I know it’s a contact sport, but Brett said when he got hit high and low by those two guys that he heard a crunch in his ankle and he thought he broke it. The Saints weren’t just trying to get him out of rhythm and hit him some, they were trying to injure him just like Kurt Warner. Something about that makes me feel real uneasy. all year long when Brett took a hit, it didn’t seem like players were trying to injure him, just hit him like a normal hit. I’ve never seen a QB take a beating like Brett did. that alone says how amazing it is that he lived to play the rest of the game and played well except for that last throw (he probably didn’t feel comfortable running on that ankle). those Saints players should be ashamed of themselves…I was going to cheer for them if the Vikings lost, but not anymore. it’s too bad b/c I like Drew Brees.

  15. By Kathy on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Brett & the entire Vikings organization, thanks for such a great, exciting year. I’m from WI & have loved Brett 4-ever, as a Packer, Jet & Viking. I have to say, this was 1 of the best years ever!! I hope Brett takes his time to think things over & then he decides to come back. I can’t imagine football without him. Every year I pray that he’ll play 1 more year & this year is no exception. Please Brett, make it an even 20 yrs. You’ve got a great bunch of teammates around you & you’ve got the talent to go all the way next year. Regardless of what you decide, please know that you have been truly amazing. To the rest of the Vikings, you have gained a devoted fan in WI, you are all the best. Keep your heads up & let’s get ‘em next year. Enjoy your time off & come back ready to ROCK!! P.S. It was great wearing my Brett Favre Vikings jersey to work….Purple & Gold beats Green & Gold anyday!!!

  16. By Donny on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Dear 2009 Minnesota Vikings,

    This Sunday, your season came to an end. Once again, you were the bridesmaids and not the bride. Another year passing with a round number under the Super Bowl victory column. What to make of it all?

    For me, 2009 will not be 1998. This wasn’t a team that looked so miles ahead of everyone else that a playoff loss suddenly makes them a taboo subject. Nor will it be like 2000. This wasn’t a team whose lack of a Super Bowl appearance, in hindsight, may have in fact just been a case of preventing the inevitable.

    No. In spite of the lack of a Super Bowl title, 2009 was different. 2009 was special. 2009 was Brett Favre making believers out of those who were wariest about his signing. It was Sidney Rice reaching his potential as a wide receiver, then climbing up another level. It was a successful season by Adrian Peterson being looked at by some as a disappointment. It was Jared Allen becoming Minnesota’s greatest combined athlete and personality since Kirby Puckett. It was Brad Childress’ beard.

    2009 was sweeping the Packers for the first time in four years. It was Greg Lewis somehow keeping both feet in bounds. It was Visanthe Shiancoe making us wonder if it was the 2007 season that was an abomination and finding time to adopt a cow. It was a continuation of the trend of successful draft days. It was exacting a little bit of revenge for Drew Pearson in the Divisional Round. It was not having to reach for the Pepto-Bismol every time there was a punt or kick return against us. It was Kevin Williams once again being the best defensive tackle in the game.

    Sure, not everything was great. 2009 was also quarrels between the head coach and quarterback. It was having another would-be breakout year by E.J. Henderson come to a sudden end through injury. It was false reports of Orlando Thomas’ death. It was regression in safety play and run-blocking. It was three losses – bad losses – in the last five weeks. It was all. Those. Fumbles.

    But in the end, you were one of those final twelve teams with a shot at Super Bowl glory. Owing to a combination of elite teams stumbling or taking their foot of the gas, and teams playing their best when they needed to the most, this appeared to be the most wide open postseason in years. Paradoxically, this seemed to give me (and I’m sure plenty of other Vikings fans) more hope than usual about finally getting a hand on the Lombardi Trophy.

    But in the end, after the Colts defeated the Jets, it was guaranteed that whoever would win the Super Bowl would be one of the three best teams during 2009. Ask any six people in what order and you’ll likely get six different answers. There may be some consolation in knowing you didn’t lose to a completely feeble opponent, but is there any in not having to risk a record for Super Bowl futility when you can face a beatable opponent?

    I don’t know, so I’ll end with this. Before the season, many said that you were one quarterback away from being a Super Bowl team. In the end, that was naive, but not by a whole lot. It’s going to be a strange road ahead between the uncapped 2010 season and the questions surrounding Brett Favre’s future. Nonetheless, there were a lot of great memories to take out of this season, and when that day comes that the Vikings win a Super Bowl – and it will – I’ll be sure to invite you to the celebration. You’ll be seated right next to the 1965 Twins.

    Thank you.

    Skol.

  17. By Viking-ology on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I totally agree with Stephanies comment on the Saints. Drew Brees is a class act, but the D played dirty, and I hope the Colts beat them soundly. The Vikings will be even better next year- if Favre comes back. Here is my Favre presser; I’ll fufill my contract and play one more year, then I will retire. And this time we will win it all! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  18. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    James I here you, sometimes you have to stoop to the level of the other team. We were one game away. You have to have each others back. We are a team, we are one ! If someone puches you in the mouth, hit them back ! Allen, the Williams boys, & Edwards witnessed what was going on, give it back ! We were in it to the bitter end. They did the same thing to Warner. This was our chance, do what you have to do. I know Brees couldnt have taken it. Favre is a throw back, a linebacker playing Q.B. Maybe its not right but protect your own. I am a true Vikings fan & I respect your views but treat others the way they treat you. I am not your enemy. I love my Vikes !

  19. By lil league coach on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    great season, sure ok, i have purple heart, always wounded, for every mistake we made, we over came them, only to have ripped it away by pore officiating, did u see espn’s nfl live take on it, good stuff. anyways is there some pact not to ask coach about officiating, would liked to have heard his opinion. i hope farve comes back, but if not, i think t jack sitting back learning from favre has to had done him some good, and would like to see, but u know farve cant be satisfied, he came back cause his last play was a pick, and now its his last play again, not sure if thats going out on top, anyways a good defensive back in the draft and we are right back in bussiness, BRING ON NEXT SEASON

  20. By Thor on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    So how about what the team is going to do, personnel wise, in the offseason? I hear that we don’t have many starters whose contracts are ending this year, which is great for us to continue back into the playoffs. Ray Edwards, Chester Taylor, and possibly Benny Sapp are the top players who are hitting free agency. Paymah, Hicks, Cook, Tahi and Jackson are also on the list, but less of an impact if lost as only Tahi (FB) is a starter, and is easily replacible.

    I think that Edwards and Sapp should be resigned. Edwards has been taking great advantage of the attention that Allen has been drawing on the other side of the D-Line, and has put up some good numbers this year, but there may be some good choices in free agency too, so we might just end up letting him walk. Sapp has stepped in for the injured Winfield many times this year in great fassion. Like most of the Vikings secondary, INTs aren’t a standout on his resume, but when he has been in, there haven’t been many big completions to the receiver he is covering either. Meanwhile, it would be great if we could bring back Taylor, but that all depends on whether he thinks an offer he gets from free agency is better than what our coaches are willing to pay to keep him here to end his career. Plus, we have a Young (sorry for the pun) RB that is eager to start getting some more reps as our new backup.

    Hicks and Cook are likely to be backups in any team’s offensive line, and we’d be well advised to re-sign at least one of them. And with the trade for Rosenfels, I’d be surprised if we offer Jackson a new contract, even if he was the #2 QB all year long.

    So draft day comes up and our team doesn’t appear to have a lot of holes. Even though FB seems to be the only position (granted that Favre returns) that we don’t have a returning starter, I doubt that it would be a position to be addressed in the first 2 rounds. Knowing that our team always likes to go for the best athelete available in the first round, by pick #30 we could be signing just about any position. I have a feeling that in round 2 we’d be aiming for a decent CB/S or maybe even a LB to help continue to improve the pass defense, and/or fill in for players like Henderson and Winfield whose injury status is bringing their careers closer to an end. After that we start adding depth and making the team even more dangerous than it was this year.

  21. By PAVikesFan on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Enough of this ‘poor officiating’. The Saints had double the penalties we had. That is not why we lost the darn game. Listen I love the Vikings just as much as anyone, believe me. Let me tell you all something. We are a cursed franchise, no doubt about it. No other team, besides the Chicago Cubs, loses big games the way we do. I mean, when the heck is it gonna be our turn?!…We lost 4 Super Bowls, now we cant get back to one, losing our last 5 conference championship games. We lose 2 of them in OT, we lose a home championship game when wew were 15-1, our only home loss of that season, and our kicker that year missed a FG that would have put us up by 10 with 3 minutes to go, and it was his ONLY kiss of the entire season, yes, the ONLY one he missed all year. We out-gain the Saints 475-257, 31-15 edge in first downs, have more than 10:00 in TOP, and we LOSE?, why?, b/c we fumble 5 times and throw 2 picks…When the heck does that ever happen?, I mean, that can only happen to us in a big playoff game. And to top it all off, their FG kicker Garrett Hartley had a dream the night before that he was going to kick the GW FG. He called his dad at 230 in the morning to tell him. When do you ever hear that happen, except to us?…The guy is a horrible kicker, but he makes the biggest kick in their whole history, sending our team home, just like always. I’m not so sure we will ever win a Super Bowl, ever, or even get to one. We deserve one, for all the cr-ap we as fans and the city and the franchise has gone thru. No one can relate to losing the big ones like us, except the Chicago Cubs.

  22. By A Kolenovic on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    BRETT FAVRE is a LEGEND a ICON a WARRIOR. Knowbody can play with a HEART like his and I mean knowbody sure they will be people bad mouthing FAVRE, but who cares the reporters the NFL anaylst they can’t do what FAVRE been doing for 19 brilliant season so they have to talk trash trust me if they were playing football they wouldn’t come close to FAVRE stats neverrrrr trust me please BRETT FAVRE come back for another season. I’ve been your fan since I was 12 now I’m 26 and I got my wife being a fan of yours you are football you breathe it you are it. and no one can take that from you. You made the Vikings team better you showed them how to play the game with heart and can’t nobody take take that from you. And I’m tired of people saying peyton manning better then FAVRE how answer that I don’t care if he going to his second superbowl FAVRE already one one and went again year after that. I been a packers fan since I was 12 till his departure from greenbay they told FAVRE you had to fight for your job it’s like telling MICHAEL JORDAN you have to fight for your position. Now you got these packer fans burning FAVRE jersey’s posting idiotic things on you tube cursing him out. Telling people he a traitor. Remember he wanted to play for greenbay, but the organization didn’t want him so how is it his fault. Now I’m a true VIKINGS fan at least they APPRECiATE what he has done for them even if he retires. They know what he brought on the field and that’s the LOVE of the game and no one will take that from him. If you look up these words from the dictionary WARRIOR,ICON,LEGEND,HEART they will have FAVRE name next to it one more year

  23. By C.Simmons on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    WOW tough crowd, welcome to the NFL.
    Despite the outcome with the Saints we had a wonderful season.The way I see it there are 28 other teams that would love to say they did what our team accomplished. Our team played with Heart, Passion and Integrity, and it showed. Ya things go wrong and that happens but, I would hope that it builds character not resentment.
    However I know for some its the ring that matters, and although I’m not real religious, I believe that our day WILL come. Have Faith. For me, it’s not the Super Bowl that makes me proud of the Vikes. It’s every time they take the field, whether it be the Big Game, Playoffs, Monday Night, Sunday and on occasion Thursday nights, I will be yelling at the refs, teasing the opposition and supporting the VIKES.
    To ALL of you who represent us the fans thanks.
    Proud to be a fan.. C. Simmons

  24. By hank on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    as far as giving it back they tackled jared from behind on the phantom passing interference call and there was no flag for holding that was a 20-25yd swing and when they hit favre in the ankle that is suppose to be called automatically

  25. By hank on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    he never kicks that fg without the bad calls i wonder if he dreamed about the officials getting him into that position to kick the game winner

  26. By richard m. murrieta on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    i have been a minnesota viking fan since the days of joe kapp and bud grant. I agree with pa vikes fan to a point. i love the vikes and will always be a fan but we need to step it up to another level and play with the same desire and passion as the the team we are opposing, in this case the saint. i would like to see coach childress hire a coach who could teach better ball handling techniques for example adrian peterson who i think is still the best running back today. we will get there but we have to want it

  27. By GW on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Amen Stephanie. I have never seen a more diry playing team than the Saints on Sunday. The officiating was pathetic. I always liked the Saints. Not anymore. Might seem like whinning but I challenge anyone to go back and look at the highlights of this game and tell me the Saints played a clean ball game. They never even sacked Favre. The week prior they called an unsportsman like conduct for touching the QB’s helmut. I chalenge anyone to go back and look at the uncatchable ball interferance call. The Saints were outplayed in almost every facet of this game. Yeah, their going to the Super Bowl. They are going with a tainted victory. I thought I would never say this but, “GO COLTS”. Give this cheap shot team a taste of their own medicine. They will pay next year with or without Favre.

  28. By Dennis on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Bret did a great job in this game and should not have even had to attempt that last pass. Our run blocking this year has not been that good and lets face it , A.P. has some major issues. When you get that close and can’t pick up several yards to give your kicker a chance for a winning field goal ( to put you in the SUPERBOWL) C’MON MAN!!! Somebody has to step up and make a play!
    TW Vike is right… our db’s need to learn how to intercept a ball once in awhile and our defense has to learn how to strip out the ball like all the other defenses do. That ot drive should have ended in a very easy interception.

  29. By Robin S. on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Dennis, you are so right. The rest of the team needs to pick it up. Brett should not have been hit over and over. He should never have been put in that position where he had to throw the ball, especially after the beating he got from the saints. What a magnificent man and player that he is. I sure hope that he doesn’t retire. He needs to come back. He had too much fun not to return. He has a great team. They will be even better next year. I can’t imagine football without him. It will be very boring. One more year please!!!! Give the team one more chance. Next time we will have the game in Minnasota where the calls are correct and they aren’t allowed to kiill the quarterback. I can’t believe that they got away with that. I guess we need to play dirty too to beat them. I hope the Colts beat them good. The Saints shouldn’t even be in the Super Bowl. They make me sick. Brett, you have our respect. You are one strong athlete. We love you! Thanks for my favorite year with you. I was a Packer fan my whole life but will now forever be a Viking fan. What a wonderful bunch of respectable men. We love you. Please rest and then come back.

  30. By ALLEN on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    All I can say is that I hurt, its takes along time to get over losses like this one. We need you back Brett, unfortunately, the 2010/11 season is so far away, and now we have to stand back and watch this SuperBowl again this year without our team playing in it…

  31. By TW Vike on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Allen Take a deep breath, put on your favorite Viking jersey &wear it PROUD ! We are all in this together. We will be there next year ! 40 years a VIKE

  32. By Isaac on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Brett~

    I do hop you come back next year, this is the greatest i have seen this team in years, and you guys came so close. Outside the fumbles i think you guys should have beaten the saints 49-21. thanks for the great season and hope to see you next year

  33. By Joe B on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    to show what farve did for a city, NFL, and tv ratings.
    watch the video of the Farve to Lewis at the end of the SF game. the crowd erupts, the team comes to life, and the rest as they say is history being made.
    from that one throw and catch, we were hooked and would be all the way till that last FG in New Orleans.

    What A year, What a Team, what a QB.
    Thank You

  34. By Ed Kihle BIG ED on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    TRUE HARD CORE FANS STICK WITH THE VIKES NO MATTER WHAT. BEATING OURSELVES IS HARD TO TAKE, BUT THAT IS SPORTS. LEARN FROM IT, REGROUP, AND SET OUR SITES ON NEXT YEAR WITH ONE GOAL IN MIND, SUPERBOWL, ONE GAME AT A TIME. PLAYING LOOSE AND HAVING FUN WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL WILL PRODUCE ANOTHER GREAT YEAR. NEGATIVITY HAS NEVER PRODUCED GOOD RESULTS. THANKS FOR THE GREAT YEAR AND HAVE FUN NEXT YEAR WHEN WE MAKE ANOTHER SUPERBOWL RUN. SKOL BIG ED

  35. By malte on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    all that i have to say is that vikings will RICE again :) we can manage another year in the playoff and we got the stars to execute. vikes you can do it, not because of indivuals but because of the team as one. Go vikes.
    as well as the mighty northy vikings is the mightist ruler in the world (sorry for my bad english :b)

  36. By Bigfan1 on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with these great comments from great fans. I’ve been a purple people eater fan since their inception in 1961 when they played in the frigid Met Stadium and saw those four Super Bowls escape our grasp, but I’ve never seen or felt the electricity in the air, the media blitz, and players gel like this year…really, really exciting. Like AP said “the Saints didn’t win we lost.” An announcer on the NFL network commented that it was the case of the best team not winning. Without turnovers the score would’ve been at least 42-28. I couldn’t believe the brutality the Saints defensive line dished out solely to Brett, mind boggling why more roughing the passer calls weren’t made, especially the one where he limped off the field…come on, anybody could call that. The referees in that game should’ve been fined and/or suspended what a horrendous job. The Saints defense didn’t have to slam the quarterback almost everytime after the ball was thrown, how does that effect the play, the ball is gone, it was very hard to watch. Even with all the bad calls and five turnovers we were still amazingly in position to win…that shows the depth and resilency of this team. I wish I had a direct line to coach Childress when they got to the 33 yard line of the Saints with under a minute to go, I’d say knee it down to 7 seconds and put Longwell in who’s 8-8 at 50 yards and reap the sweetness, but who am I just a fan. We need to draft a good offensive guard to open a hole for AP. It’s amazing when AP breaks he’s like a slingshot…I have no doubt AP will reduce fumbles next year, he’s an amazing player and we are fortunate to have him. Almost every fumble during the game was a punched ball, except the one near the goal line…the Saints are experts at the punched ball and cheap shots. Oh well, we’ll lick our wounds and rebound better next year. We need you to come back Brett and everyone else on the team. Let’s do it again. To all the fans and players have a great off-season.

  37. By Adam on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    I haven’t seen any comments on this topic yet but did anyone notice prior to the half when Bush fumbled and we recovered we returned it down to the 1 yard line but the play was spotted back at the 10. On the replay I saw I didn’t seem him down by contact and had the ball been spotted at the 1 and not the 10 perhaps the Favre/Peterson fumble never happens and we score 7 instead, thoughts?

  38. By TW Vike on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Bigfan1-Glad to here somebody else is a A.P. FAN ! The 2 best backs in football wear # 28, one is a Viking & the other is a Titan. Yes we are lucky to have him.I am sure the 30 other teams would love to have him.

  39. By Steven on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Brett, Please come back. Do not think for a second you are not wanted back.

    Vikings=2010 SB Champs
    Brett Favre=2010 MVP

  40. By steppster on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    What’s all this talk about the Saint going after Favre, it’s football. If you didn’t want him hit then stop them. Isn’t that what the Cowboys said about that last touchdown?

  41. By Bigfan1 on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    The VP of NFL officiating just said on the NFL network that they missed the call when Brett got hit below the knees. He said they were watching where the ball was going. He said it should’ve been called. Too bad coaches can’t throw out the red flag to have calls like that reviewed. You’d think they’d look more at protecting the quarterback calls than holding, etc.

  42. By Bigfan1 on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    The VP said the pick up and slamming of Brett was a textbook penalty of that kind and also said officials missed a roughing the passer call against the Colts when they put Sanchez on the ground….Coach Ryan was livid at the time.

  43. By Zazzle on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Oh poor Brett….did he get a boo boo?

    Brett’s on the ground, Brett’s on the ground, everybody likes it when Brett’s on the ground. Maybe one of the Cowboy players paid a bounty to the Saints to take Brett out….Hmmmm, you never know.

  44. By TW Vike on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Not another ass jockey. Go away, youre not wanted !

  45. By James on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Shawn Payton the dirty Saints coach told his team to try and hurt favre to get him out of the game it was so obvious ! the refs also made some dirty calls at the end of the game, Iam sure they felt all those rotten people in New Orleans would have caused a riot in the dome if the Saints lost, they are a dirty team!! my dog growled and showed his teeth everytime they showed that dirty smirk on paytond face ! I hate that coach.

  46. By Ed on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a Viking fan for 42 years. Sunday’s loss hurt as bad as any of these losses: Super Bowls 4,8,9,11. Five straight NFC title games. But I love my Vikes. As far as Brett goes, I’d love to have him back, but even so, WE NEED A QB!!! Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer for the future, and neither is Brett for the long haul. The window with him is very narrow. Here that coaches? We need a QB. Is Bradshaw available? (Just kidding)

  47. By Paul M on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    SEE NO EVIL; HEAR NO EVIL; SPEAK NO EVIL. Many fans will just put their heads in the sand and not speak out! Yesterday’s game was an NFL TRAVESTY!

    Yes, as a Vikings fan from Jersey (like Ziggy) for 43 years, it was very frustrating to watch the purple & gold fumble and err so much. I was however proud of our Defense – they stepped up to the challenge and, in my opinion, were the premier unit of both teams. The most classless unit on the field – with the least character & honor – was the Saints defense with their Buddy Ryan disciple / coordinator.

    Now for the hardest part for me as a serious Vikings & NFL football fan:
    Yes, it’s very hard to overcome as many errors as the Vikings made and still win. There are many, many examples throughout sports, however, where a team or individual was actually good enough to overcome their errors and still beat their opponent.

    The Vikings were such a team yesterday, but there is clear evidence that the Saints defensive coordinator put out a “contract” on Brett Favre and, in my opinion, that the refs were “bought and paid for” as was the case in the NBA.

    We all watched the same game on Sunday – they were sent on a mission to “take out” Brett Favre (just like Buddy Ryan was known to “put a contract out” on certain players). What’s startling is that they seemed to know that the refs weren’t going to enforce the rules! They could have – and should have – called at least 3 more personal fouls for hits on Brett. By the time Brett made his poor decision / interception, in my opinion he was at about 60 % of his maximum physical capability.

    Now for a more insidious and overlooked critical play which led to 7 points for New Orleans. Why isn’t anyone talking about the long Saints’ return off the Vikings’ 2nd half kick-off unit which gave the ball to Brees & his offense on about the 38 yd line of the Vikings? HAS ANYONE IN THE NFL TAKEN A CLOSE LOOK AT THAT PLAY?? IT’S AN OUTRAGE!! WHY? Because the Vikings’ #59 , Heath Farwell was in the crease that the returner later used, and about 10 yards in front of and closing in on the returner when he (#59 on the re-play) was TACKLED FROM BEHIND! THE REF WAS LOOKING STRAIGHT AT HIM AND THREW THE FLAG ON THE 5 YARD LINE! Then the refs followed the rest of the play, which broke for that huge gain. One of the refs then walked over to the ref who flagged the play, told him something, AND THEN THE REF CASUALLY JOGGED BACK AND PICKED UP HIS FLAG ! ! ! Brees got the ball on ~20 and the Saints walked away with a relatively easy 7 points!

    Now for those Saints fans that may comment that I’m a whining Minnesota fan, let me sober you up from your haze a bit: next season the Vikings are coming to play you again. If our PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS happen to have Drew Brees for lunch and take him out for the season DON’T COMPLAIN OR WHINE!

    As for me, I’ll take this Vikings team ANY DAY!! I’M VERY PROUD OF OUR TEAM. If we can tweak our secondary via the draft, it would be great. Now, if we could land a gifted young QB – SOMEONE LIKE BRADY QUINN – to learn under Brett for a season & have Brett as a mentor – THAT WOULD BE PURE CHOCOLATE ICING ON THE CAKE ! !

    Nice guys, yes, but next year when we visit that New Orleans team, I believe – as in baseball when the other team pitches a 95 mph fastball at your player’s head – OUR DEFENSE MUST RETALIATE ! ! THAT’S HOW YOU PROTECT YOUR TEAM MATE AND IT HAS WORKED IN BASEBALL FOR 100 + YEARS !

  48. By TW Vike on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Paul M- Couldnt agree more. our defense should have had Favres back. Sometimes you have to stoop to the level of your ENEMY! Which in this case is LOW. Peyton is the NFLs poster boy & the flags will fly. The refs wont be wearing Black & Gold this time ! Colts44-Aints17.

  49. By Gabe on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Brett, thank you so much for an amazing year.. I grew up a Pakers fan in a family of diehard Vikings fans because of you. your the best to ever play this game… For 12 years Ive been i diehard vikings fan.. You gave me so much to be proud of.. There is not a Vikings fan in the world who still isnt emotional from the game Sunday.. but it wasnt your fault. We were the much better team but we beat ourselves.. Please Brett, don’t leave us now.. you are the greatest thing that could happen to this team.. I hope and pray I see you in purple and gold next season… Skol Vikings Lets Go!!!!!!

  50. By alby/the state of south jersey on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    a minor set back we will win a super bowl

  51. By fmfan on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    Favre showed the coaching staff how important the passing game is. Now when Brett retires (for the 3rd time) T-Jack can take over and run the offense and hopefully not make any ROOKIE mistakes.

  52. By vikes1980 on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    hey STEPPSTER—its not about it being the game of football and not wanting to get hit…its about the GAY ASS SAINTS taking cheap shots at Favre (cause they knew they were getting DOMINATED) but i guess it was a boatload of money New Orleans paid the refs to help them out…oh well i guarantee they wont be back in the playoffs next year..but i bet you that MINNESOTA will be right back where they were this year…SKOL VIKINGS

  53. By Brad on Feb 2, 2010 | Reply

    Great season. It gave all of us long time Vikings fans hope. Let’s hope Brett comes back next year. Even more, let’s hope a stadium solution is found before it is too late. I am not going to cheer for the L.A. Vikings.

  54. By richard m. murrieta on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    brett favre is a great quarterback and a wonderful human being. i do hope he plans to resume his career with our vikes and lead us to our first superbowl victory next season. we have other needs that need to be addressed, iam sure that coach childress will correct those needs in the off season. fellow vike fans we will do it next season.

  55. By Roy Rodgers on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Why no Timetable? So Favre can fatten up all the while sitting on his fat rear. Wow it’s not to tough to see that Favre’s lack of off season training has caught up with him in the last couple of years. Favre always would like an easy way to the Super Bowl and with the Vikings sched. next season It won’t be easy at all. Let’s just face it the Guy sits around and does not train anymore whatsoever and It takes a lot of Physical training to stay in shape. His drop off in play and decision making in late season and playoff football is a sure sign of his lack of team effort. He is looking for an easy ride to the Super Bowl so don’t get you’re hopes up there too high. There is no way to an easy Super Bowl. Being Lazy does not cut it. And asking for the Special Treatment is obscene. It’s a team sport and you play and a team trains and plays together. Including the off season. It’s not very hard to see that time has ran out for another Super Bowl run for Favre. If Favre want’s to have his leisure time then retire. You can’t have the best of both worlds Favre. No body will let you win the Super Bowl with that attitude Favre.

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