Childress didn't duck any of the questions, reiterating that when a player of Favre's caliber expresses an interest in playing for your team, as a head coach you are obligated to listen for the chance to add a Hall of Famer to the 53-man roster.
"(It was) a rare opportunity to be able to look at a guy that is a Hall of Fame (caliber) quarterback, that has knowledge of our system, knowledge of the NFC North," Childress said. "We evaluated that, and he evaluated that all the way up here until the end. Obviously he has gone his way and we are going our way. I am more than content with these two guys (Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson) competing with each other and throwing (John David) Booty in the mix. They are going to go back and take the same turns that, really, they took all spring long. Nobody stole any turns from those guys. They were parceled out. It will be a fun training camp from that standpoint. I had a good opportunity to talk with each one of those guys in my office this morning. I'm told that Tarvaris was the first guy down here."
Although talk of the Favre saga has been must-see TV and a talk radio gold mine, it would appear that the dance with Brett is over as far as Childress is concerned. Favre has left the door ajar, telling Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King that he might reconsider coming out of retirement if a team like the Vikings came calling at midseason. But Childress said Wednesday that, as far as he goes, the chase is over and he has no intention of continuing the recruiting of No. 4.
"There is not a chance from my standpoint," Childress said. "I am going forward with the guys we have. We will have a great competition. We will have a great camp. We will be a good football team one way or the other, which is what I told Brett (and) which is what I told our team."
Childress was asked if the pursuit of Favre, which became a staple of sports television programming for the last three months, came at a risk of potentially alienating the players on the team. He defended the courting of Favre by pointing out other talented additions to the team. But he did say that the Favre Watch was breaking news almost as soon as it happened.
"Everything gets public in a heck of a hurry these days," Childress said. "Whether you are talking about guys on our team or whoever, his record speaks for itself as a Hall of Fame (caliber) quarterback. I work for this organization and I work for this football team to bring the best possible players that I can bring in here. One player isn't going to push you one way or another. Last year I think it was (the same issue with) Jared Allen, ‘They need more sacks.' That doesn't reflect on Brian Robison at all. Good players are good players. I am glad we have Brian Robison (and) I am glad we have Jared Allen. Bringing Bernard Berrian here last year doesn't reflect at all on the receiver group. Good players want to be around good players, and I think that is what you see when guys text or talk. You'll find everybody in the National Football League has almost everybody's number. So they are not hard to get in touch with."
With the Vikings back at Square One that they were at in March with the trade to acquire Rosenfels and the promise of a training camp battle for the starting job, Childress said nothing has changed. Both quarterbacks are vying to be the starter and, despite a long and circuitous detour along the way, both players are in high spirits and looking forward to the challenge training camp will bring starting Friday.
"They are excited for training camp," Childress said. "It was kind of where we left it in the spring time. You can ask them and find out better from them, but I know that they are anxious to get in there and take their swings."
Childress said that the battle for the starting job is back up for grabs and that he spoke to both players Wednesday. Jackson was the first player to show up at camp and Rosenfels wasn't far behind. Favre-a-palooza is officially over and the time has come for the players who are vying for the job to put their own best foot forward. He spoke with both of them Wednesday and both are prepared for what the next month of the preseason will bring – the same message he gave them back in March when Rosenfels came from Houston to Minnesota.
"The message was that they're right where they were in the spring time, so have at it," Childress said. "They're both excited. I think they're both excited to get here and get down to business; as we all are. We are excited for the start of camp, maybe not checking into Gage Hall, but starting the process of seeing what kind of football team we have and defending the NFC North (title)."