QB Brett Favre’s Arrival At Vikings Camp Heats Up New Orleans Saints Rivalry
By Keith Null
Famously once again Brett Favre toyed with the idea of retiring from the NFL this off-season, an issue that has been ongoing for nearly four years and a move that ulitmatlely saw him bounced from the Green Bay Packers.
It seemed Favre had settled on retiring this off-season after his surgically repaired ankle, an injury suffered during his loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship game, was not healing as he had hoped leaving him to question his effectiveness for a twentieth NFL season.
His retirment talk reached levels of absurdity when it was reported he did contact several Vikings teammates via text message to say simply “this is it” a few weeks ago and most who have followed Favre’s indicisiveness about retirement never bought into the hype surrounding it.
Fast forward to a few days ago and to no surprise Favrehas joined his teammates and will play a twentieth NFL season while attempting to duplicate last years success.
Everyone by now is familiar with the trash talk between Saints safety Darren Sharper and Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe really stemming from what the Vikings players viewed as dirty play by the Saints during the championship game as they aggressively pursued Favre the whole time.
However the trash talk between to the two clubs has died down as of late, that is until Favre made it officiall that he would indeed be heading the Vikings in the NFL’s opening game against the Saints September 9th.
For the first time Viking’s head coach Brad Childress spoke out on the matter of the Saints treatment of Favre during the championship game and eluded he felt the Saints were overly hard on the aging quarterback.
"He knows there is somewhere that he’s going to get knocked on his keister,” Childress said. “That’s going to happen. As long as we’re doing it within the spirit of the rules, he’s all good with it and I’m all good with it. In terms of not doing it that way, hey, everybody talks about hitting the quarterback. Let’s just hit him the right way"
Outspoken Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams make no apologizes for his constant blitzing of Favre or the tenaciousness of his defense and maintains come September 9thit will be more of the same and has this to say when questioned earlier this month about the possibility of Favre’s return.
"We have to send messages to every offense about how physical it’s going to be when they play us. Those messages are out there, starting with No. 4"
Expect things to heat up as the game approaches and whoever’s side your on, Williams vs Favre or Sharper vs Shiancoe, you can be sure this will be a game to remember — “Favre on the ground, Favre on the ground, looking like fool Favre on the ground!”, I guess we all will have to wait and see.