Notebook: Sinking with six to go, Brett Favre wants to 'reevaluate'
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Brett Favre said his 41-year-old body felt no worse for wear after Sunday's 31-3 rout against the Green Bay Packers.
But a rocky performance in a blowout loss to his longtime team had Favre speaking cryptically about whether he'll be the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback for the final six games of what looks like a lost season.
"I'm just going to try to go home, as tough as it may be, digest what has happened -- not only (Sunday) but the last few weeks -- and come into (Monday) and reevaluate," Favre said.
Pressed on what he meant be "reevaluate," Favre said, "I have no idea. That was just an answer. If I had known it was going to lead to that question, I would have reevaluated that answer."
Whether Favre actually would ponder walking away from his 20th and likely final NFL season is uncertain. Given how he struggled on Sunday -- 17-of-38 passing for 208 yards, a costly interception and a 51.2 passer rating -- he also might have been acknowledging that 3-7 teams often consider making changes at the most important position.
"I came back for a Super Bowl, you're right," Favre said, responding to a question about his commitment to finishing the season.
"I also knew there is a chance that wouldn't happen. Probably a better chance that it doesn't, a way better chance that you don't play as good as you did last year -- it doesn't mean you can't have success. This is a little bit surprising.
"Again, I'm just going to go home and -- I don't want say think about this game, but reevaluate (Monday)."
Coach Brad Childress -- who drew Favre's ire with his pointed criticism after the Vikings' first loss to the Packers on Oct. 24 -- said he "didn't see the upside" to putting in backup Tarvaris Jackson on Sunday, despite the interception that killed a drive at the Green Bay 25 before halftime and a series of misfires during a 9-of-21 second half.
Asked whether he's concerned about Favre being disengaged the rest of the way, Childress said, "That's always a concern as a coach. Everybody's got to be engaged and has to contribute and contribute the best they can. That's what those guys get paid for. (Favre)'s always worked at his craft -- I don't think there's any doubt that he'll continue to work going forward."
However, Favre was evasive even when asked directly if he wants to finish the season. Consecutive lopsided losses to NFC North Division opponents in which Favre has committed five turnovers surely hasn't clarified his purpose.
"I'd like to finish the season differently than (Sunday) and last week (in a loss at Chicago)," Favre said. "Again, there's still some hope. I don't want to sit here and tell you I'd love to finish the season and then go out and lose 31-3. I want us to somehow turn this around. We, us, this team. We all have to play better, me included.
"I don't want to finish it the way we've played up until this point. Football is football. Sports -- you never know, which leads me to think that there's got to be something better for us the remainder of the year."
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said his interception was a product of film study that told him the route combination the Vikings would run from their three-wide set.
"I knew exactly what was going to happen," Williams said. "Exactly. I read the formation. I read the number two receiver. (Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe) did an out route, so I knew a slant was coming. I was just playing off and not going too fast on it so he wouldn't throw it. But when he threw it, I just broke on it."
Doubly damaging was that the throw came on a first-down play after the Vikings had driven 53 yards to get in position to perhaps tie the score before halftime. Instead, the Packers raced 53 yards the other way in 58 seconds and scored a touchdown that made it 17-3.
Television cameras caught Favre having a lively conversation after the play with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who "was making sure that I was still focused on what we had to do," Favre said. "That was a crucial drive, as all drives are, but at that point, there was still a lot of football left. He knows that I get really frustrated, as every guy should. I was telling him that I was OK."
Berrian's injury was particularly problematic because, coupled with a hard shot from Packers cornerback Tramon Williams that limited Greg Lewis' action, the Vikings played much of the game with only three receivers.
"He ran before the game," Childress said of Berrian, who also dropped out of last week's loss at Chicago before it started.
"Thought he could go. Obviously, he must have tweaked it again."
Linebacker Chad Greenway had a black eye from a first-half collision that sidelined him for a few plays before he returned.
It's looking less and less likely Favre will face discipline this season if the NFL finds wrongdoing in its ongoing investigation of the legendary quarterback.
ESPN and Fox reported separately on Sunday the league has hired a forensics expert to assess whether racy photos sent to a female former New York Jets employee in 2008 actually came from Favre. A decision, once thought to be reached quickly, is not imminent.
With only six weeks remaining in the season, the league is running out of time if it decides to suspend Favre, who has said several times he intends to retire after the season.
• Childress said he didn't feel the Packers were running up the score by throwing a third-and-1 pass to WR Greg Jennings that went for a 22-yard touchdown against CB Asher Allen. "Nah. Nope," Childress said. "They just found a one-on-one that they wanted to exploit."
• Former Viking John Randle served as an honorary captain.