Because I was out at practice on Tuesday morning I’m not sure who first reported it (ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says it was the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad), but there are a myriad of reports saying Vikings QB Brett Favre has informed the team of his intent to retire. The development began to spread during the Vikings morning practice and continues to do so early this afternoon.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress held is scheduled press conference following practice – which was streamed live here on vikings.com – and was obviously asked numerous questions about the reports and the QB. Childress acknowledged he’s become aware of the reports but also disclosed that Favre himself has not informed the head coach of a decision.
Childress later described the entire situation as fluid and explained that his team will be fine either way on Favre’s decision.
It’s hard to blame Childress for the way he’s handling the situation at this point. He has no control over Favre’s decision and either way he’ll be charged with leading the Vikings in 2010 as they look to defend back-to-back titles. It’s also wise of Childress not to draw any conclusions from these recent reports because, as he said, the situation is fluid, we haven’t heard directly from the QB himself and there’s always room for a change of mind.
So stay tuned on this one. Life will go on here on vikings.com.
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