Brad Childress has reviewed the film of Brett Favre throwing post-surgery and declares him "fine." It appears all the Vikings are waiting on is Favre's willingness to commit to the season.
In coaching parlance, watching film is part of the job … a big part. But when the player in question is wearing a pair of shorts, a baseball cap and sunglasses, it isn't exactly the type of film football coaches are used to evaluating.
But that is what Vikings head coach Brad Childress found himself observing this week, as Brett Favre
works out with a high school team in Hattiesburg, Miss. Like the rest of us, what he was wearing didn't matter. What did matter was the depth of the passes, the spiral on the passes and the velocity on the passes.
As far as that goes, Childress gave Favre passing grades.
Childress was on hand Sunday for Matt Birk
's charity flag football game at Minnetonka High School, a fundraiser for Birk's HIKE Foundation. When asked about Favre's recovery from surgery, Childress said he was impressed with what he saw.
"I liked his throwing motion – the little bit that I saw on tape," Childress said. "It looked fine to me."
The Vikings are still waiting for official confirmation from Favre that he will again come out of retirement and join the team for training camp, which starts in less than two weeks. Favre has promised a decision by July 30 – the day before the first training camp practice at Minnesota State-Mankato.
When asked about recent comments made by defensive end Jared Allen
, who said adding Favre would be a bonus, but the waiting and lack of a definitive answer was "annoying," Childress said he understands where Allen and his teammates are coming from with their concerns.
"I know what most of those guys on the football team are thinking, because most of them share it with me," Childress said. "I know where they are at."
Birk addressed questions concerning the perceived rift between he and Childress, saying, "I think I said before, did we have some differences? Yeah, we had some disagreements. But I think through honest and sometimes uncomfortable conversations, we might not have resolved all our differences, but I certainly respect him. (Coming to the charity event) speaks to what he's about."
If Favre doesn't come to the Vikings, perhaps Chilly will want to suit up himself. He played quarterback for his charity team and threw six touchdowns against Birk's team in a 36-14 win. His team also defeated the team that had punter Chris Kluwe as its quarterback.
Despite denials from the organization, rumors continue to swirl that if the Vikings and Favre can't come to an agreement, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might inject themselves into the Favre competition.
The ESPY Awards aired Sunday night, where Adrian Peterson was nominated for "Best NFL Player." He lost out to Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals.
Believe it or not, there are already chances to bet on Week 1 regular-season NFL games. The early – and we do mean early – line on the Vikings at Cleveland game have the Vikes favored by three points on the road with an over/under of 39½.
Single-game tickets for the 2009 season (with the exception of the Green Bay and Chicago games) go on sale at 9 a.m. CDT today. The team may gauge how quickly those tickets go before including the Packers and Bears game into their single-game packages. For now, those tickets are being held back for fans looking to purchase season tickets.