Saints-Vikings verbal game has begun

Since last season’s NFC Championship Game between New Orleans and Minnesota, there’s been talk about how the Saints’ defense might have been a little “dirty’’ in going after quarterback Brett Favre.

Well, the talk continued Sunday, and don’t look for it to stop any time before Thursday night’s regular-season opener between the Vikings and Saints.

In a conference call with the New Orleans media Sunday, Minnesota coach Brad Childress was asked about Gregg Williams’ defense.

“His defenses have always been aggressive,’’ Childress said. “We were able to face them for a number of years when we were with the Eagles when he was with Washington. It’s always been a storm-the-castle type of approach. [He’s] kind of known for that, even when he was back at Tennessee back with Jeff [Fisher]. I understand a quarterback’s going to get hit, people are going to get hit. It’s football. I don’t have any illusions about that. What I hate to see are late hits or attempts to hurt anybody. I don’t think there's a place for that in the game.”

Childress was then asked if he thought there were attempts by the New Orleans defense to hurt anyone in last season’s title game.

“Yes, I would have to say that, yes,’’ Childress said.