The ongoing rant by ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth about the manner in which Childress brought Farve onto the team is getting alot of press coverage, but not much analysis.
Schlereth's perspective on the Vikings' acquisition of Farve is colored by his experience with the Bronco's acquisition of Dale Carter -- a fact that he implicitly admits.
Schlereth's analysis is flawed because Farve is not Dale Carter. The way Farve plays the game is respected and admired by everyone -- coaches, players and fans. There is nothing about the mere fact of his acquisition that betrays any of the values that Childress has been preaching.
At its root, Schlereth's complaint is that both Childress and Farve have been disingenuous with the team. But I wonder whether that is really the case?
What if Childress and Wilf really had closed the door at the start of training camp? What if Childress changed his mind after seeing both QB's perform inconsistently in training camp and suffer injuries? What if the explanations that Farve provided at his press conference are accurate -- that both he and Childress had changed their minds? What is disingenuous about that?
What WOULD be disingenuous, if all those facts are true, would be for the Vikings to say that they are bringing Farve in to "compete" for a job, that the coaches did not view him any differently from anybody else on the team. Would any player really BELIEVE that baloney? The fact is he IS different. Indeed, it may be important for Childress to emphasize to both his players and those who are thinking about buying tickets or jerseys, that Farve IS different, that he is special, and that players and fans SHOULD have more confidence about the upcoming season now that he has been added to the squad. That is NOT disingenuous. That may be a very savvy move on the part of Vikings management.
It's just football. It's more fun to hope for the best. Go VIKES!