Tensions boiled over for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday (NZT) when quarterback Brett Favre refused to be benched.
Favre got into a heated argument with coach Brad Childress in the third quarter during the 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
With the Vikings offensive line failing to protect Favre, Childress wanted to sit his gun-slinger down to save him being hurt by the red-hot defence.
Favre did not come out of the game but the televised argument surely showed what his coach was intending to do.
In a post-match press conference Favre said Childress had wanted to pull him from the offence but he refused.
"Yeah, there was a heated discussion, I guess you would call it.
"No secret, I was getting hit a little bit. I felt the pressure on a lot of plays. We had seven points. So I think everyone in the building was like, 'They're not moving the ball, they're not getting points.'
"Brad wanted to go in a different direction and I wanted to stay in the game.
"We were up 7-6. Yeah, it's not 70-6, but we're up 7-6," Favre added. "So I said, 'I'm staying in the game, I'm playing.' I don't know if it was exactly to protect me, or we had seven points, I'm not sure. That's his call. But we talked it out.
"I didn't have time to sit there and say why or what. My response was, we've got to win this ball game and I want to stay in and do whatever I can. Now, unfortunately, I didn't do that, but that was my intention."
Childress also spoke to the media following the game but said the exchange wasn't a big deal.
"We were just having a good conversation about the game was heading at that point and time. And what we needed to do to head the other way."
Childress has pulled Favre from six games this season, usually when the Vikings have had a big lead in the second half.