McCarthy, Vikings Address Favre Situation

Packers coach Mike McCarthy addressed the Brett Favre situation, and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was caught in the middle of the tampering charges that have since been dropped, gave his perspective, as did Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte.

Did you hear? As of Tuesday night, Brett Favre is still a Packer, but that seems destined to change at any moment.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy finally addressed the media on Tuesday and revealed repeatedly that he doesn't believe Favre is in the right mindset to stay a part of the Packers.

McCarthy said he and his players had questions that he brought to Favre last night and again this morning, and after more than five hours of meeting with McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, McCarthy indicated that even Favre knew it was time for him to move on from the Packers.

"His feeling was, based on where he is, the path that it took to get to this part, he wasn't in that mindset," McCarthy said.

McCarthy called their discussions "extremely healthy" and added, "I thought it was a conversation that was brutally honest. We agreed to disagree."

The coach and quarterback might meet again Tuesday night, but it didn't seem like there was any getting around the feeling that too much damage had been done with public comments from both sides. McCarthy didn't want the distraction for his team, and reports say that Favre didn't want to upset the Packers' players either.

"Why would I let anybody of a negative mindset in our locker room … I'm talking about what we're trying to accomplish. He has to make decisions for himself," McCarthy said. ""The ‘he said, she said' definitely took a toll on Brett, there's no doubt about it. We both wish things could have been said in a different way."

McCarthy said that Favre still wants to play, but he doesn't think that will be in Green Bay. That left Favre seeking a trade, and when asked about the possibility of trading him to the Vikings, the coach said, "I don't want to get into specifics. … I'm not going to discuss trade talks."

Vikings coach Brad Childress declined to get into specifics on the situation either after Tuesday's practice.

"I've only got time for these guys here. … I'll talk to you about the Minnesota Vikings," Childress said.

Reports say that Favre will consider talking with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about a trade and that the Packers would not give Favre permission to speak to teams in the NFC North.

But there is little doubt that both sides would like a quick resolution to the situation.

"The players, they want it resolved. You even talk to Brett about it and he feels bad about it," McCarthy said.

Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte, whose status with the Vikings likely would change if Favre were to be traded to Minnesota, said he doesn't concern himself with the situation too much.

"I really don't worry about it. By this time I've seen pretty much anything that happen in the league," he said. "If something happens in that sense, then you worry about it then. … It keeps dragging on and it's country-wide. Hopefully it will be over soon."

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, meanwhile, is glad the tampering charges against his team were dismissed.

"To be honest with you, it wasn't my main focus. My main focus was out here, what we're doing and trying to do what's best for us. I'm glad that the Commissioner made a decision. It helps us put this behind us so I won't have to worry about coming up here and getting questions about it. We can put it aside and move on with the season," Bevell said.

Depsite the close relationship that Bevell and Favre formed during their days together in Green Bay, where Bevell was the quarterbacks coach, he said the tampering charges might make him more cautious about his conversations with players not on his team in the future.

"Yeah probably, unfortunately. I know that there are relationships coaches-to-coaches," Bevell said. "I know coaches with people in the front office, coaches with players, players with players, but it's an important message that you need to think about what you're doing."

Still, Bevell said it's hard to see what Favre has been going through in Green Bay.

"It's hard to watch it and not see it and kind of put it out of my mind. But I'm serious when I say there's so much going on here with the meetings, preparing for practices, preparing for the next day, personnel meetings at night that I'm probably not as involved as (the media) are in seeing everything that's happening day-to-day," Bevell said. "At 11:30 at night I don't want to turn on (my TV) and see what's going on that late because I have to be up the next morning. It's not my focus; it really isn't."



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","mobileBody":"Did you hear? As of Tuesday night, Brett Favre is still a Packer, but that seems destined to change at any moment.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy finally addressed the media on Tuesday and revealed repeatedly that he doesn't believe Favre is in the right mindset to stay a part of the Packers.

McCarthy said he and his players had questions that he brought to Favre last night and again this morning, and after more than five hours of meeting with McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, McCarthy indicated that even Favre knew it was time for him to move on from the Packers.

\"His feeling was, based on where he is, the path that it took to get to this part, he wasn't in that mindset,\" McCarthy said.

McCarthy called their discussions \"extremely healthy\" and added, \"I thought it was a conversation that was brutally honest. We agreed to disagree.\"

The coach and quarterback might meet again Tuesday night, but it didn't seem like there was any getting around the feeling that too much damage had been done with public comments from both sides. McCarthy didn't want the distraction for his team, and reports say that Favre didn't want to upset the Packers' players either.

\"Why would I let anybody of a negative mindset in our locker room … I'm talking about what we're trying to accomplish. He has to make decisions for himself,\" McCarthy said. \"\"The ‘he said, she said' definitely took a toll on Brett, there's no doubt about it. We both wish things could have been said in a different way.\"

McCarthy said that Favre still wants to play, but he doesn't think that will be in Green Bay. That left Favre seeking a trade, and when asked about the possibility of trading him to the Vikings, the coach said, \"I don't want to get into specifics. … I'm not going to discuss trade talks.\"

Vikings coach Brad Childress declined to get into specifics on the situation either after Tuesday's practice.

\"I've only got time for these guys here. … I'll talk to you about the Minnesota Vikings,\" Childress said.

Reports say that Favre will consider talking with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about a trade and that the Packers would not give Favre permission to speak to teams in the NFC North.

But there is little doubt that both sides would like a quick resolution to the situation.

\"The players, they want it resolved. You even talk to Brett about it and he feels bad about it,\" McCarthy said.

Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte, whose status with the Vikings likely would change if Favre were to be traded to Minnesota, said he doesn't concern himself with the situation too much.

\"I really don't worry about it. By this time I've seen pretty much anything that happen in the league,\" he said. \"If something happens in that sense, then you worry about it then. … It keeps dragging on and it's country-wide. Hopefully it will be over soon.\"

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, meanwhile, is glad the tampering charges against his team were dismissed.

\"To be honest with you, it wasn't my main focus. My main focus was out here, what we're doing and trying to do what's best for us. I'm glad that the Commissioner made a decision. It helps us put this behind us so I won't have to worry about coming up here and getting questions about it. We can put it aside and move on with the season,\" Bevell said.

Depsite the close relationship that Bevell and Favre formed during their days together in Green Bay, where Bevell was the quarterbacks coach, he said the tampering charges might make him more cautious about his conversations with players not on his team in the future.

\"Yeah probably, unfortunately. I know that there are relationships coaches-to-coaches,\" Bevell said. \"I know coaches with people in the front office, coaches with players, players with players, but it's an important message that you need to think about what you're doing.\"

Still, Bevell said it's hard to see what Favre has been going through in Green Bay.

\"It's hard to watch it and not see it and kind of put it out of my mind. But I'm serious when I say there's so much going on here with the meetings, preparing for practices, preparing for the next day, personnel meetings at night that I'm probably not as involved as (the media) are in seeing everything that's happening day-to-day,\" Bevell said. \"At 11:30 at night I don't want to turn on (my TV) and see what's going on that late because I have to be up the next morning. It's not my focus; it really isn't.\"


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