I didn't spend much time discussing the Sage Rosenfels trade rumors last month because I doubt Minnesota will do anything at quarterback before Brett Favre makes an official decision about his future. But if you want to know why Rosenfels might not have a future in Minnesota, you should check out how Vikings coach Brad Childress addressed it last month at the NFL owners meetings. Asked what he wants to see from Rosenfels this season, Childress said:
I just want to see him progress through further than he came last year. He made a jump being there the first day of OTAs as he went to training camp and made another jump. I just think it can't hurt you to know our culture a little bit more and know how we do business. Everybody's got a little different rhythm, a little different schedule, a little different whys and what fors. I just want to see him grow in our system. ...
Childress voiced what many of us suspected during the season: Rosenfels struggled to integrate into the Vikings' version of the West Coast offense even after playing in a similar scheme with the Texans. He tumbled to No. 3 on the depth chart after Favre's arrival, so it's only natural to assume he and the Vikings might look to part ways this offseason.
But as it turns out, Rosenfels is in a similar situation as he was last year at this time. He could compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job if Favre retires, or he could have no chance to get on the field. That crossroads probably won't come for a while.