I completely understand the reasoning for Childress not telling anyone about Favre.
I just don't agree with it.
I think this was a very poor decision by the coaching staff and ownership to allow a player to basically skip all of training camp.
I think Florio hit it in the head;
The only semi-plausible approach was a renewed commitment to retirement, with the express (and top-secret) understanding that the Tuesday after the preseason opener would be the day Favre officially unretires.
I agree with that assessment completely.
I am big into team dynamics.
People that work with me know that I stress team and social interaction both in and out of the workplace.
To let someone, no matter how good they are, skip training camp because they don't want to go is a poor move IMHO.
Would Favre have gotten anything out of training camp?
But it would have set a standard for the younger players, who NEED to be there.
But in the end it wasn't my decision.
So I make my feelings regarding the coaching staff and Childress known, and I move on.
It doesn't take away (much) from the fact that we are still a much better team now, and for good or bad, winning solves everything.
And I am excited to see Favre open the game in purple tonight!
I agree with this, mostly. I disagree with Favre not gaining anything positive out of TC. If he cannot gain anything from TC then he truly does not belong on the field of play. Does anyone truly believe that there comes a point where you have nothing left to learn? I absolutely believe that you can never learn enough or even learn it all, even in only one specialized area. And most especially where your body is involved to a great extent. I know this from my training in Ballet for many many years. He is coming off a surgery where I can guarantee you he will have to make adjustments. He will be surrounded by players he has never played with before. These kinds of things require a substantial amount of "learning" to perform at the highest levels. In addition to that, skipping TC sets back the gluing of each unit to the other units to form a cohesive team totally in sync with each other. IF, it was known all along that Favre would come after camp, then I have even less trust in Childress than I did before. Aside from the fact that this sets the team back, it also corrupts the trust the players have in their coaches. Whatever reasons they had for lying, I can't think of a single one that can be considered valid. Not one.
Freya, the trust factor is the biggest thing to me.
It has bothered me since the signing.
The closed book comment bothers me and adds to the distrust.
But when it comes down to it, the best players play.
It has always been that way.
We had a kid on our basketball team in high school.
He got in trouble, coach said he would not start, he didn't start, but was in the game in like 1 minute.
Best players play........
As far as coming to camp, if he was actually throwing in MS and then going home sitting down and looking at the play book nightly without having to mingle and answer stupid questions over and over and over and over, I think he might actually have benefited by staying at home.
Mooch said it best in his little interview
Basically he said that Brett was out there today (the first day) and said that he didn't miss a beat.
The players have nuances that can be ironed out in the next 3 weeks the rest of it is old hat.
Losing will break down a team faster than anything,
the distrust is fuel and losing is the match, the fire extinguisher is winning.
Bad play by TJ would have ignited a good blaze this season, it would have started a blame game.
About the lying, you can't not include the Wilf's in this, but somehow Chilly gets all the credit in this lie.