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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As should probably have been expected, the media blitz that occurred yesterday following the Vikings-Brett Favre union continued today at Winter Park. Joining the regular media contingent was an even larger group of reporters and cameras from both local and national outlets.
The crowd of media members inside the Winter Park field house today was as large a crowd as I can remember following a practice. Favre wasn’t scheduled to address reporters, but everyone wanted more reaction from his teammates and coaches. Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier met with reporters following practice, and even he was asked extensively about Favre. In fact, the first 10 questions asked were Favre-related.
ESPN’s Ed Werder was here, as was NFL Network reporter Randy Moss. Another NFL Network personality, former 49ers and Lions Head Coach Steve Mariucci, was also in the house today. Mariucci and Favre remain close from their time together in Green Bay, when Mariucci was the team’s QBs coach.
“To be honest with you, I was personally hoping that he would come back and play,” Mariucci said. “I, like many millions of sports fans, enjoy watching the guy play. He drives us all crazy, he thrills us, he’s sort of an enigma. But now he’s back and there are a lot of storylines here. We all know that. He’s in the same division as the Packers, and that’s going to be blown out of proportion like crazy. He’s with a team and a coach and a system that he’s very familiar with. And he’s on a good football team. This is a division-winning football team. His intention and his hope is to try to take them to the next step or two.”
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