Vikings face questions on Favre, QB coach

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota officials are contemplating two related issues Tuesday evening: The futures of quarterback Brett Favre and his Vikings position coach.

Coach Brad Childress said in a news conference he has neither a timetable nor an expectation for knowing whether Favre will return to play in 2010. “It would not surprise me one way or the other,” Childress said.

Childress pledged to “ably man that position one way or the other” in 2010. Given how successful the marriage was in 2009, I would think the Vikings will give Favre all the leeway they can before seeking a decision. As we noted Monday, the precedent has already been set for Favre to wait until after training camp to sign.

Long before then, however, the Vikings will have to decide whether to grant quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers permission to interview for the Bears’ offensive coordinator job. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune has the story.

I’ve heard great things about Rogers from every Vikings quarterback who has played for him. But you have to wonder if it’s merely a coincidence that the Bears have now sought out two NFC North quarterback coaches. (Green Bay denied Tom Clements permission to interview earlier this month.)

Do the Bears consider Rogers a serious candidate for their job? Or are they looking to pick the brain of a division rival? That’s what the Vikings will have to decide before granting Rogers permission. They’ve worked hard to retain Rogers before, giving him a raise in 2006 when the University of Miami wanted him to be its offensive coordinator.

Stay tuned.