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Chris Gates
Vikings Blogger

Chris Gates

The head blogger at The Daily Norseman, SBNation's Minnesota Vikings blog, since July of 2006.

Don't believe the hype


In my opinion -- and, yes, I'm admittedly biased -- the entire situation between Brett Favre and Brad Childress has been blown completely out of proportion by the good folks in the media. I'm sure that if we looked back throughout the course of football history, this wouldn't be the first time that a head coach and his quarterback had a disagreement over how a team's offense should be run. This "spat," such as it is, happens to be so high profile because of who's involved.

This situation has, allegedly, been going on all season, which doesn't make a great deal of sense to me. After all, how hard could the feelings be between Childress and Favre when the team they're piloting has gone 11-3 through the first 14 games of the season and already has the NFC North division crown wrapped up for the second consecutive year? If this team is 11-3 with a head coach and a quarterback that are, allegedly, locked in some sort of power struggle, just imagine what the Vikings could do if they could get everyone singing off of the same sheet of music!

Let us not forget that this isn't the first time that there has been Favre-centric controversy surrounding the Vikings this year. ESPN's Adam Schefter famously reported the "schism" that had developed in the Vikings' locker room because of the signing of Favre during training camp. Well, if there was a schism there -- and I am of the opinion that said "schism" was a bunch of garbage to start with -- it certainly didn't take long for things to get repaired. The Vikings didn't get to 11-3 by accident. They got there due to strong defensive play, the presence of Adrian Peterson in the backfield, the resurgence of Brett Favre, and the coaching of Brad Childress. (You can adjust the order of those things any way you'd like, but they've been the major factors in the Vikings' success in 2009.)

The Minnesota Vikings are a very good football team. They've been a very good football team since their season opener in Cleveland. And they will continue to be a very good football team through their final two games of the regular season and into the playoffs, whether they have a first-round bye sandwiched in there somewhere or not. Brad Childress and Brett Favre will continue to get along just fine, the way they have all season long, and the Vikings will right their ship and get sailing in the right direction. Frankly, the media has waited all season to get something about Brett Favre that they could turn into something ridiculous. It just took until Week 15 for them to finally get something they could interpret as such.

But, in the end, there's really nothing to see here, as much as some folks would like you to think there is.

By Chris Gates  |  December 24, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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