As the Vikings' season winds down, there appears to be growing tension between Brett Favre and head coach Brad Childress.
The Vikings have lost two out of their last three games as Favre's play has slipped in recent weeks, continuing a trend of December meltdowns that started with the 2005 season. In Sunday's loss to the Panthers, television cameras caught Favre having an animated discussion with Childress on the sidelines, and it was later revealed that Childress considered replacing Favre with Tarvaris Jackson because Favre was getting pounded by the Panthers' relentless pass rush.
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Childress ripped his offense at halftime of the game, and that he privately unleashed an "expletive-laden outburst toward Favre" after the game.
Surprised? No one should be. Favre has had issues with his coaches going back to his time with Mike Holmgren in Green Bay. Holmgren managed to win that battle of wills and molded Favre into a Super Bowl winning quarterback. But once Holmgren left, Favre hasn't been shy about battling with his sideline bosses.
He kept things pretty well in check last year with the Jets, but that might have had more to do with the fact he was injured late in the season. But he did admit privately that he didn't always enjoy working under Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, in part because the two didn't completely tear up the offense and go with Favre's system from Green Bay.
If the Vikings right ship the next two weeks and go on a meaningful playoff run, these late-season dustups won't be an issue. But if Favre's late-season slump continues, and if Childress does put in Jackson at some point, then this thing will fester once again. And the drama king of the NFL will be at the center of yet another soap opera scenario.
Which reminds us: Anyone out there think Ted Thompson was wrong for going with Aaron Rodgers over Favre?