Just a few thoughts while I ponder whether Brett Favre's shoulder is healthy enough to throw a football across the credibility gap he and Vikings coach Brad Childress have created over the past four weeks:
Now that I've gotten a chance to watch the replay of Favre's news conference from last night (I couldn't watch it live because I was doing the radio show), I'm still not convinced that the whole thing just bubbled up again over the past couple days. I'm in the Cris Carter camp on this. There's no way that Favre was just home enjoying his retirement and got a call on Monday from Childress and said something like "Hey, why not?"
Maybe it was the unnamed Vikings players who were quoted at about the same time saying that Favre's arrival had been in the works for for weeks. Maybe it was the inconsistencies in Favre's explanation at the press conference.
Favre said in basically the same sentence that he was sure he was retired, but still talked to orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews recently about his ability to play. Sounds a lot like he was firming up plans to report to the Vikings. Sounds like the contract already was waiting for his signature -- though, to be fair, it was probably waiting for his signature on the first day of training camp.
None of this makes him a bad fellow, but I think that Favre's reputation as a straight shooter has been damaged by this, as has the credibility of Childress in the Vikings lockerroom. All will be forgiven if Brett leads the Vikes to the promised land, but I'll be surprised if this doesn't turn out to be a purple replay of the Jets fiasco last year.
Okay, maybe -- when I'm not apologizing for the Orioles -- I'm just a cynic. Is anybody buying what Favre and Childress are trying to sell?