Notebook: Childress sticking with Favre

Despite a league-high 16 interceptions, including three on Sunday, Vikings coach Brad Childress is sticking with Brett Favre as his starting quarterback. Childress and Favre talked about the turnovers Wednesday. Plus, get the first injury report of the week.

Brett Favre leads the league in interceptions and plays for one of the coaches that consistently bemoans turnovers, but Brad Childress has no designs on going away from Favre any time soon.

Despite a 3-6 record and Favre consistently saying that this will be his last season in the NFL, Childress isn't looking to figure out if Tarvaris Jackson is the quarterback of the future. Childress simply believes that Favre still gives the Vikings the best chance to win for several reasons.

"I think knowledge of the system, the way he plays the game, the way he's able to throw the football," Childress said. "You don't one week before have a career best and throw for that many (446) yards if you don't still have great skills and great tools."

Favre had three interceptions and a lost fumble on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, but one of the interceptions was tipped at the line of scrimmage and two of them came when the intended receiver slipped and fell.

"You look at turnovers and you say, tipped-ball turnovers, can you avoid them? Those are hard things to avoid," Childress said. "You throw over people for a living and sometimes a guy gets a hand on the ball and a lot of times it goes the other way, but for the same reasons that he came back here in the first place, I feel like we have the chance to win and score the most points with him in the game."

Favre has struggled through ankle, foot, chin, elbow and shoulder injuries this year. (other than that, he's been feeling fine). Despite his 16 interceptions, he says he won't approach playing any differently than he has when he struggled in the past.

"I'm approaching every game the same way I did last year. That won't change," Favre said. "If anything, the last few years I've probably become more conservative in situations like the other day – finally I throw a ball to (Visanthe Shiancoe) down the field and he slips down and the ball is intercepted. …. You have to play your game."

Childress, apparently with more confidence in Favre than he had with past quarterbacks who have thrown too many interceptions for his liking, said the veteran still needs to stay aggressive.

"You'd like to think that you coach those out of people, but you still know that part of those turnovers and part of that risk-taking, those guys have to live on the edge. They have to be aggressive, otherwise you've got a guy that looks up the field and checks it down every time," Childress said. "It's hard to move the football."

After going 12-4 in 2009 while throwing 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, this is clearly no longer 2009. The Vikings are 3-6 and Favre has thrown 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in nine games.

The frustration level is building.

"I haven't put it on a scale, but it would rank, however you look at it, very high or very low compared to last year," Favre said of his frustration. "… Am I pleased with the way the season has gone to this point? Absolutely not. But there's still some hope left. But that is diminishing. So put what's happened up to this point in the past and see if we can change and change that scale, where it ranks."


Despite talk of Favre potentially getting a magnetic resonance imaging test on his throwing shoulder, he said he hasn't had an MRI and he isn't "overly concerned" about his shoulder.

"It's OK," Favre said. "It's like everything else. I'm not overly concerned about it."

Favre had surgery to complete the tear on his biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder in May 2009, and an ESPN report on Sunday said Favre experienced a "sharp pain" in his shoulder Saturday and was considering having an MRI done. For now, it's business as usually with the 41-year-old quarterback, and he even practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, which is more than he did last week before the reported shoulder injury.

The shoulder wasn't listed on the injury report, but Favre's ankle and foot were.


WR Bernard Berrian (groin) and reserve safety Eric Frampton (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Wednesday. Berrian was active Sunday but didn't play after informing the Vikings coaching staff less than 90 minutes before the game that he wasn't healthy enough to make it. Favre said Berrian strained the groin in the first pass he threw to Berrian during pregame warmups.

In addition to Favre, Percy Harvin (ankle), Anthony Herrera (elbow) and John Sullivan (calf) were limited at Wednesday's practice.

For the Packers, LT Chad Clifton (knee), WR Donald Driver (quad), LB Clay Matthews (shin), DT Ryan Pickett (ankle), TE Andrew Quarless (shoulder) and CB Charles Woodson (toe) were limited.


  • John Randle will receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime of Sunday's game against the Packer.

  • The Packers lost their starting running back, their starting right tackle and maybe the best pass-catching tight end in the NFC to season-ending injuries, but they are still ranked eighth in scoring with 221 points while the Vikings are 26th with 169 points.

  • Childress said that although CB Asher Allen (concussion) was returning to practice this week, he wasn't sure he would resume his role as a starter. Rookie Chris Cook started against the Bears Sunday and could get the start at right cornerback against the Packers.

  • The Minnesota Vikings and Verizon are encouraging fans to bring new or gently used jackets to Sunday's game for donation to the Salvation Army. Volunteers from the Salvation Army will be stationed at each gate collecting the jackets and/or cash donations, from 10 a.m. until noon.

    Fans can also text to donate at the game by texting the word "blessing" to 85944 and replying "yes" to the confirmation text message. A $10 donation to the Salvation Army will be added to their wireless phone bill (standard text message rates apply). If fans can't make it to the game, they can go to and donate online.

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