Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show, ESPN’s Adam Schefter talked about the decision Vikings coach Brad Childress is faced with in regards to whether an injured Brett Favre will get the start Sunday against the Patriots. Schefter said that while he didn’t know if it would be Favre or Tavaris Jackson in the Minnesota starting lineup, he did say that the quarterback situation goes beyond just determining whether or not Favre’s injured ankle was OK.
“The bottom line to all of this, is that there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye,” Schefter said. “It’s really intriguing how it’s going to unfold, and I don’t have an answer to how it’s going to unfold.”
Schefter explained that Childress most likely at least partially wants to start backup Tavaris Jackson Sunday no matter if Favre's health improves or not.
“I think where this story is at right now is that I think there’s a part of Brad Childress that wants to start Tavaris Jackson, period, as his quarterback," Schefter said. "Partly due to health, partly due to performance, not just health. The question I have is not whether Brett Favre is going to be tough enough to fight through this injury and play, the question is whether or not Brad Childress has the fortitude, the courage, the bravado to go and bench Brett Favre.”
Asked about Childress breaking Favre's record streak of starts, Schefter said, “I don’t think he cares at this point. Here’s the thing. We’re going to get the answer on Sunday. That’s what is so intriguing about it. Whether he feels like, ‘You know what? I don’t care. I’m going to do what I want. We’re going to go with the quarterback I want to play.’ You’ll know when that game is kicking off what Brad Childress has decided."
Regarding the other big story-line of Sunday's game, Randy Moss returning to play the Patriots, Schefter said that the wide receiver might have some regret regarding being so open to moving on from New England.
“Wide receiver Randy Moss’ return to Foxboro has gotten overshadowed is a sure sign of this game’s multiple story-lines,” the writer said.
“You wonder if sometimes now if Randy Moss has to be thinking in his most honest moments if maybe that was a better situation. Not that he wanted to be traded, although he was certainly open to the idea of it. I think he wanted to play with Favre, but again, there’s nothing worse than going through a season where your team is losing and you’re struggling and you’re on the brink. That makes work an unpleasant experience. They’re winning right now in Foxboro, and they’re playing very well. And it’s looking like it’s going to be a very good season.”
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