Saturday, April 24, 2010
Childress hopes Favre is QB ... in 2020
By Kevin Seifert
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A few of you weren't happy with my take on Minnesota's failure to address its long-term quarterback situation during the draft. So I decided to give the Vikings' top two football officials the opportunity to explain their apparent comfort level with a depth chart that likely includes a 41-year-old starter and two veterans -- Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels -- whose performances last summer in training camp necessitated the signing of Brett Favre in the first place.
Vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and coach Brad Childress both attempted to brush off the question. I followed up, and we'll end Saturday's coverage with their responses.
Asked to gauge his long-term comfort level at the position, Childress first joked about a recent television ad where Favre wins the MVP award in 2020.
"Maybe I was dreaming or something like that," Childress said. "I think I saw a commercial of Favre -- maybe it was just me going forward -- of winning the MVP award 10 years from now. Maybe it was just seeing a lot of tape lately. Might have been dreaming."
Childress then said this:
"The native thing in this is change. I think I said the other day, whether the guy that is going to be the quarterback here is on our roster or is somebody that we're going to acquire, just remains to be seen here. It just keeps changing. I'll let [the media] zero in on that and provide an opinion. But I'm going to stick by my dream."
My interpretation: Childress is confident the Vikings will figure something out, and it might be time to accept that there won't necessarily be a single, traditional long-term answer.
Spielman, meanwhile, indicated the Vikings were never in position to draft a quarterback they wanted this year.
"We develop the quarterback board just like we develop every other position on our board," he said. "If there is a potential guy that we feel is the right fit and is what we want and what Brad wants and the coaches want to fit this offensive scheme, then we would pull the trigger just like any other position."
My point all along is that the Vikings should identify and draft a young quarterback before it becomes a dire need. That's how you ensure an orderly transition. The Vikings don't see it that way, however. And that's fine. I've said my piece. They've said theirs. Let's all move on. (For now.)