Favre reaction from different angles

While many in the media have weighed in with their thoughts on the Brett Favre saga, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Favre coach Steve Mariucci both offered their thoughts. Mariucci spoke with Favre on Friday, offering up some thoughts from that conversation.

Steve Mariucci has long had a close relationship with Brett Favre. The former Packers assistant coached Favre and has stayed in touch with him since those Green Bay days together from 1992-1995.

Now, Mariucci is offering commentary on Favre's potential NFL comeback and what it could mean for the Vikings.

The Star Tribune reported that Vikings coach Brad Childress is expected to have dinner with Favre on Wednesday night, probably in Mississippi, and the two are expected to continue their meeting on Thursday.

Mariucci, who told NFL Network he spoke to Favre last Friday, said Childress will have to view his meeting with the 39-year-old quarterback as a sales trip.

"He's going to have to do a recruiting job," Mariucci told NFLN. "He's going to have to go down there and convince Brett that this is the right time and the right place and the right scenario at age 40, when he turns 40 in October – that this is the right thing for him to do and let's get busy working it," Mariucci said. "He's going to have to recruit Brett to do that. Brett's not calling them and saying, ‘Hey, give me another shot.' I think a team is going to have to go down there and paint the picture that is favorable for Brett and his wife to do this again, to move his little girl up there into school."

With concerns swirling around Favre's torn biceps tendon and whether or not he will need surgery to be effective if he returns in 2009, Mariucci said Favre told him Friday that he hadn't picked up a football or worked out yet.

Favre also admitted that his arm was sore at the end of the 2008 season, Mariucci said.

"He said, ‘I don't know how it is (now) because I haven't thrown a ball. I would need to pick up and start throwing rocket balls to find out' if his arm is hurting or not. He hadn't done that yet," Mariucci said.

A report on ESPN said the Vikings would want Favre to commit to the offseason program, something Favre's wife, Deanna, apparently agrees with.

"He said, ‘You know, that's what Deanna told me. If I'm going to do this, I've got to get fully committed and working,'" Favre said, according to Mariucci.

Mariucci admitted that the Vikings would be an ideal match if Favre is willing and able to play in the NFL in 2009.

"From a system standpoint, it makes all the sense in the world. He could know the system tomorrow," Mariucci said.

Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, who drew the criticism of a Vikings official in February for not taking a strong enough lead in forwarding the team's stadium drive, said getting Favre with the Vikings would be "a wonderful little salt to rub in the eyes of some of our Green Bay Packer friends," according to an Associated Press story.

"Can you imagine Brett Favre going into Lambeau Field in Viking purple and maybe even wearing No. 4? There would be audible gasps. There would be 60,000 audible gasps as he came out of the tunnel," Pawlenty said.

For now, it appears that Childress is preparing to find out if Favre is willing and able to make that happen.

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