Childress, Favre say they're OK

Associated Press
Vikings QB Brett Favre and coach Brad Childress say they still have a good relationship despite their recent argument.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. --- Brad Childress and Brett Favre talked twice this week about moving forward from their animated disagreement on the Minnesota sideline last week over the coach's suggestion his grizzled quarterback should come out of the game.


Conflict over?

That's what they insisted on Wednesday, blaming the high-profile nature of national television and one of the most famous players in football history for what they declared a blown-out-of proportion issue.

"I think it's all resolved, first of all," Favre said, adding: "The fact that we've lost two of the last three -- the frustration is going to show. It should."

The Vikings (11-3) are trying to get back on track before the playoffs, but the Favre-led offense has found trouble for the first time this season. Minnesota has lost two of the past three games, and Favre has thrown for only three touchdowns with four interceptions this month.

The offense clearly needed a spark against the Panthers last Sunday night, and Childress was justifiably concerned for Favre's health while taking several hard hits from Julius Peppers and a fierce defense.

However, the mere consideration of benching the three-time NFL MVP with the Vikings taking a 7-6 lead into the fourth quarter struck most observers as strange.

Asked in Chicago about the Childress-Favre confrontation, quarterback Jay Cutler smiled while expressing doubt coach Lovie Smith would try to do the same if the Bears were winning a tight game.

"I don't think Lovie would do that," Cutler said.

The report by ESPN, citing unnamed sources, that Childress and Favre have clashed over the in-game authority for calling the plays, provided some unsubstantiated evidence for the tension. It also cast doubt about their chemistry, but both of them attempted to downplay any lingering dissension.

As for whether Favre resented Childress grabbing his arm during the exchange in Carolina, he used a little gallows humor.

"I was probably more resentful of Julius touching me several times. Those seemed to hurt a little," Favre said.


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