Brad Childress insisted the chase is over.
The Vikings coach said Wednesday evening he's "more than content with" a competition between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels for the job the team tried so hard to give to Favre, only to find out he's decided to remain retired.
"He's gone his way, and we've gone our way," Childress said Wednesday, after discussing the matter with both Jackson and Rosenfels earlier in the day.
Childress described their demeanor as excited, and said Jackson was the first player to report to the residence hall on the Minnesota State University campus where the Vikings have held training camp for 43 years.
In an interview posted on Sports Illustrated 's Web site, Favre added another twist to this endlessly open-ended story: "I truly, truly believe it's over. But if someone calls Nov. 1, who knows?"
Asked whether the Vikings would revisit the possibility should Favre change his mind again, Childress repeated his "more than content" stance about the current quarterbacks, but avoided saying no.
The coach was then pressed to definitively rule out another dalliance with Favre.
"There's not a chance, from my standpoint. I'm going forward with the guys we have, and we'll have a great competition," Childress said, using a similar line to deny interest in pursuing the recently reinstated Michael Vick.
Now the Vikings are trying to revive support for the guys who were going to fight for the job.
"As players, we were always happy about the quarterbacks we had," said linebacker Ben Leber. "But the prospect of bringing Brett in was really exciting. We still have confidence in Tarvaris and Sage. So we'll move on."
Speaking to The Associated Press in Mississippi, Favre's agent, Bus Cook, said he believes the soon-to-be-40-year-old made the right decision. Asked about Favre's insinuation he could be persuaded to play come midseason, Cook said he hadn't discussed that with his friend and client.
"I don't know that he would be," Cook said. "I don't think that he's categorically said ... that if the world falls and they need a quarterback that I wouldn't go, but he's not looking for that to happen either."