"Does he have the endurance and the stamina in that arm yet? He doesn't know that yet," Childress said. "It's no different than grabbing a golf club for the first time during the year when you rip 18 holes around and you wake up the next day and your side hurts. You say, 'Geez, I haven't felt that muscle in a while.' So he's got to build some endurance in that and see if he thinks he can get it back to where he wants to get it to."
The quarterback made his first public comments since retiring from the New York Jets in February in an interview Monday night on "Joe Buck Live." Favre disclosed that Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on his throwing arm in late May. Andrews told him he would know in 4-5 weeks if he'll be able to make all the throws he needs to.
"I know that heâs not going to play this year unless he can do it exactly the way he has done it in the past," Childress said. "Itâs folly to think all of a sudden, well, 'I will play the way Marc Bulger does or Iâll play the way Kurt Warner does.' Heâs going to play the way Brett Favre plays and heâs the one who is going to know if he has full control of his faculties or not."
Favre said the only team he has spoken to is the Minnesota Vikings, who would be a perfect fit because he's familiar with their offense.
Favre, who admitted he met with a Vikings trainer on Sunday to go over some arm exercises as part of his rehab, said Childress wanted him to attend Minnesota's recent organized team activities, but he declined.
âI didnât hear anything that was false,â Childress said of his reaction to Favreâs comments.
The Vikings were a presumed suitor last summer when Favre renounced his retirement from the Packers and was told Green Bay was going with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. But the Packers weren't going to let him go to their NFC North rivals, and after a messy divorce with Green Bay, Favre was shipped to the Jets.
He threw 22 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions last season. The team finished out 1-4, as Favre was bothered by a torn biceps tendon, and missed the playoffs.
The Vikings won their division without him, but have been unsettled at the sport's most important position for the past three-plus years. Quarterback continues to be viewed as one of the team's few weak spots on an otherwise talent-laden roster.
"It makes a lot of sense because the pieces are in place," Favre said.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.