"Every playbook across this league is way too thick. You never practice it all. How can you become consistent if you're running a different play every week out of different formation with a different motion with different guys, which has been the case for us this year?" Favre said.
The Vikings will get a chance to tweak their offense this week after Brad Childress, who has an offensive background, was fired and replaced on an interim basis with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Frazier spent some time in the offensive meetings on Tuesday, but he said there won't be any major changes.
Part of the offensive problems for the Vikings this year – who are tied for 29th in points scored – is that Favre hasn't had a consistent set of receivers. He was expecting to start the season with his leading receiver, Sidney Rice, but when Rice had hip surgery on Aug. 23 he was out for the first nine games. That set off a domino effect that has seen players like Greg Lewis and Greg Camarillo (who was traded for three days after Rice's surgery) play a bigger role than expected.
"How can you get used to throwing slants when you never get to practice them? So be good at what you do. I always say if I were a coach, which will never happen, I would be very simple and be more, they have to stop what you do," Favre said. "You think those guys crack that (play)book, go through all 500 pages? C'mon. You could hide a couple hundred dollar bills in there."
Favre harkened back to his early days in the league when he was with the Green Bay Packers and Mike Holmgren was his coach. He said Holmgren was patient with him and had a simple offensive philosophy.
"I can just remember him saying over and over again, 'I don't care if they know what we run. They've still got to stop it,'" Favre said. "And if you've run the same plays over and over, then you can disguise it a little bit maybe with a formation or a motion or putting a different guy in there to do that, but it's still the same play. The concept's still the same, and that has always stuck with me. That's true: Don't let them dictate. We're going to do the dictating. You have to stop what we do."
Favre indicated that there could be hundreds of running plays and passing plays in the playbook and they might only run a couple dozen of each in a given game.
Frazier said he hoped some of his offensive philosophies will show in his first game as an NFL head coach on Sunday in Washington.
"I just emphasized certain points that I think are important for us to be successful as a team and what we need to be able to do on offense," he said. "Without going into specifics, I think they really understand that, and when you watch us on Sunday, hopefully that'll come across as you get a look at it. You'll say, ‘OK, I see the direction that the Vikings are going.'"
FAVRE NOT QUITTING
On Sunday, Favre said he would have "reevaluate" things after the Vikings' seventh loss of the season. Asked several follow-up questions about whether he would stay engaged for the rest of the season or if he'd finish the season, he never gave a direct answer.
On Wednesday, he clarified that he wasn't considering quitting before the season ended.
"Look at the performance we put out there. That was more or less what I meant by that. We have six games left. I hope to finish them all," he said. "Make that clear, I want to finish on a high note if my body will allow me and I can play up to my expectations, my standards. I want to do it. After the game, I wasn't implying that I wouldn't do it. I want to get this team back on track and that's my goal."
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