Vikings coach Brad Childress held his normal, daily training camp press conference at 12:30 ET today. Here are the “highlights,” as he was peppered with questions about Brett Favre possibly retiring.
When asked if he’s heard the reports that Favre is telling people he will retire:
It’s fluid. We text back and forth all the time. I’m not aware of that. Someone told me that when we were coming off the field. And our players, as teammates, those guys text back and forth all the time. I’m not aware of any of those reports, obviously, I’ve been out here for the past three hours or so. But if and when the case is he does something one way or the other, I’m sure he’ll communicate with me.
So he hasn’t told you at all that he’s not coming back?
He has not.
Have you talked to him at all in the last 24 hours?
I have talked to him the last 24 hours, yeah. [Childress went on to say they discussed several topics, but retirement wasn’t one of them.]
Based on recent conversations with Favre, would it surprise Childress if he retired?
I said this a couple weeks ago … it wouldn’t surprise me one way or the other. I think all of us can live with it either way. The big thing is that he’s at peace with it.
Coach Childress has jokes:
I feel like this is Watergate. Have I done something wrong? Am I on trial?
From there, he heard the same question about 14 different ways, none of which yielded an answer with a different result: As of right now, Childress has not heard if Favre is retiring, the situation is fluid, and they are taking things day-by-day.