Vikings' owner says team won't revisit Favre angle
MANKATO, Minn. -- Zygi Wilf made it clear Friday afternoon that entering his fifth season as owner of the Vikings he has extremely high hopes for his team. He also became the latest member of the franchise's hierarchy to say that any success the ...
MANKATO, Minn. -- Zygi Wilf made it clear Friday afternoon that entering his fifth season as owner of the Vikings he has extremely high hopes for his team. He also became the latest member of the franchise's hierarchy to say that any success the Vikings have in 2009 will come without Brett Favre at quarterback.
Wilf emphatically said no twice Friday when asked if there was any chance of revisiting the topic of trying to lure Favre out of retirement. This came three days after Favre informed the Vikings that he had decided against playing for them but then quickly left the door open for a return at some point this season.
Wilf also echoed coach Brad Childress' comments in saying he had no regrets about how the Favre situation played out.
"Just like coach said, 'When you have an opportunity to go get a Hall of Fame quarterback you try and do it,'" Wilf said during the Vikings' afternoon practice at Minnesota State Mankato. "I'm looking forward to a great season. A lot of good things to look forward to," he said.
For the time being, that includes a quarterback battle between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels that began Friday morning. Jackson took the initial snaps with the first team but both worked with the top unit. Jackson looked more comfortable operating the offense, but this is his fourth season in Minnesota and Rosenfels is a newcomer.
Rosenfels, entering his ninth NFL season and getting a chance to legitimately compete for the starting job for the first time in his career, admitted splitting first-team reps isn't ideal.
Given what Jackson has been through during his time in Minnesota, Childress admitted the quarterback has "some pretty good calluses built up," when it comes to handling internal and external criticism. Perhaps that's why Jackson isn't taking anything for granted and knows that this isn't his job to lose, despite the fact he finished last season as the starter.
While Jackson and Rosenfels ultimately might grow tired of talking about their competition, for the short term, their biggest headache will be questions about Favre. Both had to field a few more Friday.
"I don't think about it," Rosenfels said. "I wasn't thinking about it out there today at practice, and I'm not thinking about it right now until you just asked me that question. The more you guys stop asking those questions the less I'll have to even worry about it."
Jackson, meanwhile, said the news that Favre wasn't coming to Minnesota didn't have much of an impact on him. "Everybody was like, 'You don't sound excited,'" that Favre isn't coming, Jackson said. "I was like, 'I'm really not.' Nothing has happened yet. ... I have to go out here and win the job."
Wilf downplayed the aspect of what Favre's decision meant in terms of lost ticket and merchandise sales. "We never factored that in at all."