Notebook: QB confidence conflicts

The Vikings' quarterback situation has spurred a wide range of opinion when it comes to their interest in Brett Favre. From writers to Hall of Famers, the Favre takes have varied greatly. The wide receiver position has also garnered interest, with the Vikings' owners even commenting on it.

The Vikings' quarterback situation – especially their interest in Brett Favre – has put the team on the front burner of national sports reports since May.

According to, the Vikings are one of five teams identified with "major quarterback situations." Others on the list were Oakland, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Buffalo.

"It is simply human nature to choose sides, pick a favorite, so to speak, whenever a quarterback controversy flares up. However, every head coach prefers a leader, one quarterback to stand out, to break from the pack," longtime NFL writer John Czarnecki wrote in the article.

The Vikings' interest in Brett Favre has brought their quarterback situation to the attention of every fan and national media outlet. With incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson struggling with the pressure brought by the Philadelphia Eagles in his first playoff appearance and Sage Rosenfels still an unknown quantity in the Vikings offense, the author of the article believes the interest in Favre is justified but comes with a big risk.

"If Favre's right arm is fine once again (remember, he was 8-3 with the Jets and every New Yorker was talking Super Bowl), the Vikings might have something cooking," he wrote. "But if Favre fails to show up in Mankato for camp, or if his body once again betrays him, this whole scenario could blow up this team and [Brad] Childress with it. Yes, Favre is dying to hand off to Peterson, knowing how much a stud running back will make his play-action passes such sure completions. A great runner is every quarterback's dream. But what if No. 4 fails to deliver? It could be a bloody mess, considering the millions spent on backup Sage Rosenfels and the time spent on developing Jackson, who played his best football last December. Prediction: Favre fails but T-Jack bails out Childress."


Legendary Green Bay Packer Paul Hornung, who was suspended in 1963 for betting on games, has another thing he's willing to be on. He isn't convinced Favre is the answer in Minnesota.

"(Favre) ain't going to win in Minnesota," Hornung said during a conservation club gathering last week. "I'll bet on it."


Sidney Rice's time away from Minnesota was minimal. After minicamp and organized team activities ended, he returned to South Carolina, took a couple of trips and then returned to the Twin Cities to work out with Minnesota native and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last week.

Also in attendance? Several other top-notch receivers and cornerbacks in the NFL, along with former Vikings receiver Cris Carter, who used to run his own workouts in Florida.

"Cris gave me some good pointers about coming out of my breaks," Rice wrote on his blog. "He pointed out that a big guy like me, my body can't do the same things that smaller guys can do. He was showing me some great things."

Rice called Carter a Hall of Fame wide receiver, but that will have to wait until next year. This year, it is former Vikings guard Randall McDaniel's turn, but it seems like only a matter of time before Carter finally gets inducted.


Even after the acquisition of Bernard Berrian during 2008's version of free agency, the Vikings' wide receiver position was still considered a weakness. Most believe the drafting of Percy Harvin in the first round this year can help change that opinion. However, the Pioneer Press speculated that Minnesota has an interest in former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

That seems unlikely given the number of players they now have in the wide receiver corps, and owners Zygi and Mark Wilf seemed to say as much during a chat on on Thursday, although they were careful not to comment too in-depth on personnel matters.

"We'll leave it to Coach Childress and the football staff to comment on our football personnel. But we feel there's been an improvement at the WR position since we took ownership," they wrote. "With the addition of Percy Harvin, plus Bernard Berrian and some of the other players, we feel like improvements are being made every day."

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