Thank goodness for honesty and Joe Montana.
"He says he's not sure [about playing] because he doesn't want to go to training camp," Montana said. "He's smart. I'm sure he already has that agreement with them. Nine chances out of 10 they already know and they've already had this whole conversation and they should just let everybody know because they know he's going to come back.
"He knows he's going to come back, but the reason they don't say anything is because he doesn't want to go through training camp. If he didn't have to go through training camp, his decision would already be made, but he should know by now going to training camp isn't going to be hard. They'd never make it hard on him."
The Vikings could only make it so easy. No matter what his physical requirements were, Favre would still have to spend three weeks in a college dormitory about 90 minutes south of the Twin Cities. I'm guessing that's not his idea of a good time.
Favre never admitted to the grand conspiracy we all suspected: That he signed with Minnesota in mid-August largely because the Vikings had already broken camp. But he did note late in the season that, if anything, missing camp had helped preserve his health and stamina.
Favre met earlier this month with coach Brad Childress, and to this point the Vikings are not known to have made any calls or inquiries to suggest they were looking for a replacement. The official public stance is that Favre will announce his decision when he's ready. But if he does play, it's hard to imagine the Vikings forcing him to attend camp after setting last year's precedent.
His performance last year rendered the question largely moot.
"It's easy once you know an offense and have been there for so many years," Montana said. "All you really need is a couple quarters in a [preseason] game and to get hit a couple times to get back in tune. You can get a lot of the other stuff in practices. It's just getting used to that movement and feel of the game. You can easily do it if you've played enough years."
Agreed. And thank you, Joe Montana, for lending some credibility to this issue.