Offense will continue to expand with Favre

Last year, the process of getting Brett Favre signed and delivered to Minnesota was called Favre-a-Palooza. Even though he is miles away in Mississippi, Favre continues to be the primary topic of discussion during the Vikings' OTA practices.

It has become a sign of the times around Winter Park before, during and after the draft – get players together, add the media and questions about Brett Favre are sure to follow. Favre's stranglehold on the local sports news has been all-encompassing. Brad Childress has been consistently asked about his call frequency and has been posed Watergate-type questions – "What did you know and when did you know it?" Rookies have been asked how it will feel to play with a legend. It seems there isn't a question asked that somehow doesn't have a Favre angle.

Thursday was no exception to that trend. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was asked if the 40-year old QB would base his decision to return on his body of work in 2009 or the way the season ended. Bevell, who knows Favre about as well as anyone, said the Saints game won't have any bearing on his final decision.

"Brett's never going to make a decision based on one play," Bevell said. "He played fantastic for us. In my opinion, it was one of his best (years) that he has had in his 19 years that he has played. He didn't turn the ball over. He ran our offense with perfection. He made a cohesive group of our team."

Bevell said he wasn't surprised that Favre would be effective with the Vikings, but even he was a little surprised as just how efficient he was in operating the Vikings offense.

"First of all, he is a little bit of a freak," Bevell said. "He's got great talent – the No. 1 thing is his arm and the arm strength he has. No. 2 is his durability to play through pain and fight through injuries – to stay out there down in and down out. He's just an impressive guy. There's not a lot of guys that continue to play this long, so every day that we get out there with him is a great day and it's special for us."


Although Favre isn't expected to come back to the Vikings until after training camp, Bevell said that, as efficient as the Vikings offense was last year, it can get better and minor tweaks can be made to make it even more explosive in 2010.

"I have been with Brett for a while, so knowing the fact that (him signing with the Vikings in 2009) might have been a possibility, we were able to do some things early on," Bevell said. "The first day that we picked him up (from the airport), he walked in, put his jersey on, stepped in the huddle and ran the plays. I already kind of knew what his strengths and what his weaknesses were, but as the season went aong, we had some things that we changed and some nuances and things that we progressed to. We will be able to pick up from that spot now, since he has been through it for one year and continues to make adjustments. I think that will help us."

Sounds a little like a coordinator who believes he has his answer as to whether Favre will officially be coming back in 2010.

FRIDAY NOTES

  • Head coach Brad Childress said Thursday that Favre's decision to have ankle surgery last week was news to him and that he didn't have advanced knowledge that the surgery was coming.

  • Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said following Thursday's practice that both Cedric Griffin and E.J. Henderson appear to be on schedule or even ahead of schedule in their rehabilitation from injuries sustained last season. He said the two players are pushing each other as they rehab in preparation to return to the field in 2010.

  • The recovery of Henderson and Griffin is key to a Vikings defense that had a lot of question marks that seem to be clearing up. A month ago, there were many more defensive questions, including the health of the starting corners (Griffin and Antoine Winfield), Henderson's return and the potential loss of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for four games to start the year. It looks like the stars are aligning in the Vikings favor and that they may well be at full strength by the time the regular season starts.

  • All of us in the VU would family would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Tony Parker. The 30-year sports anchor at KMSP-TV and longtime VU employee died early Thursday. Parker was a mentor, a teacher and a friend who took a lot of pride in what he did and tried to get everyone to work up to his level. He was loved and will be missed.

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