Favre's indecision meant his eventual teammates had to change their stance on him. When he told the Vikings that he was going to stay retired before training camp started, they were all closing the book on him during the first two weeks of training camp in Mankato and moving on. For them, the saga was finally over. In reality, it wasn't.
Then he signed, leaving the impression that he just didn't want to attend the dormitory portion of camp.
"Obviously, it was what it was at training camp. They had an opportunity to make the team better. And that's what coach did, and that's their job," Jared Allen said after the signing. "I'm excited. It makes our team better. I got to spend a little time with him. He seems like a good dude.
"At the end of the day, it's about winning championships, and that's what we're here to do. He's going to make everyone better."
Allen was one of the players who seemed relieved that it was over when training camp began. But, like the rest of Favre's new teammates, he didn't think an explanation was needed once Favre changed his mind and joined the Vikings.
"I don't think he has to answer to us. I think it's pretty clear what his motivation is," linebacker Ben Leber said. "He wants to be a part of a special team. I think he sees that. We understood that, even before he got on the team, what type of team we had. He doesn't have to explain anything to us."
That was the company line last week as teammates welcomed a proven starter at the game's most important position.
"It will be a great thing. Like coach (Brad Childress) said – nothing is final, success is not final," receiver Sidney Rice said. "He's in here now. We're going to work with him and see what happens."
Leber said the missed time shouldn't be hard for Favre to make up since he's been in the offense for 16 years in Green Bay.
But players were also careful to avoid crowning the Favre signing as the missing piece to a Super Bowl puzzle.
"I don't think so. This just brings consistency. That's it," Leber said. "Even before he got here, we felt very confident and very comfortable with this group. We're pretty high on ourselves in the locker room. We know we have a good team. Even without him, we thought we were going to go a long way."
While the Kansas City preseason game was sold out already, the Favre effect continued late into last week, causing a round of perma-grins among executives and owners before the Chiefs game. It was a busy but good week at Winter Park.
In the 72 hours following his signing, Favre has helped sell 4,000 season tickets, 15,000 single-game tickets and 5,000 replica jerseys. Authentic jerseys could start trickling into the market next week, but because they take longer to produce it could be midseason before local stores are fully stocked with those, according to Steve LaCroix, Vikings vice president of sales and marketing.
Not surprisingly, the big seller for tickets is the Green Bay game, which is now being offered exclusively in a season-ticket package. Less than 1,700 tickets remain for the Green Bay game, meaning there will only be that many full season-ticket packages remaining. After that, season tickets will be solid in customized bundles, like five-game packages, none of which will include the Packers Monday night spectacle that is sure to be a ratings-breaker on television.
The Viking still have about 3,500 tickets remaining for their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
Out on the plaza before the Chiefs game, it was apparent that it had to be the most anticipated preseason game in franchise history. The plaza was busy with a mixture of jerseys. A number of replica Favre jerseys were there, but Adrian Peterson still dominated the scene, with Jared Allen in second. A couple of vintage (read: worn) Scott Studwell and Dwayne Rudd jerseys also joined the crowd.
Once inside the Metrodome, there was the precious moment of the pregame. A couple strolled by, each wearing a Favre jersey. The man was wearing a Green Bay Favre jersey' the woman had a Jets Favre jersey. And they were attending the Vikings game. Go figure.
Favre's familiarity and timing with the receivers remains the central issue to clean up. However, getting comfortable with the top receiver, Bernard Berrian, is difficult to do when he is on the sidelines.
"The first thing we need (is) to get all of our bodies back. We need Bernard Berrian back on the field so you have your full complement of players that you can time things up with," Childress said. "I know when (Favre) did throw during summertime he didn't do a lot of dropping. Over the last couple of years he spent a lot of time in the shotgun. Getting that drop rhythm back together and doing that scissor whip from the line of scrimmage and stretching those groins. It's one thing when you're standing throwing, but another when dropping and throwing. Those are the parts of the game that needs timing."
Running back Adrian Peterson didn't think it would take long for the offense to jell with Favre.
"Having him in there, I'm sure he's going to be able to adjust to it easily," said Peterson, who said he had been watching Favre since elementary school (that should make the grey-haired one feel spry). "He's been playing this same offense for 18 years so it's the little things that we've added and different formations and things like that this next two weeks that we're able to smooth things out and get ready for the regular season."
Childress figured it could be a couple of weeks before the timing comes around.
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