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Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Posted on: November 7, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 10:15 pm
Brad Childress perhaps won himself a reprieve today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Did the Vikings somehow save Brad Childress’ job today? Probably not. Even if Minnesota would have fallen to Arizona – and make no mistake, they SHOULD have lost that game – owner Zygi Wilf probably wouldn’t have terminated Childress until after the season.

Or maybe not.

But make no mistake: the come-from-behind victory, thanks to RB Adrian Peterson, QB Brett Favre and TE Visanthe Shiancoe, makes life easier for the Vikings – at least for this week.

"A win will calm things,” Favre told reporters.

Last week couldn’t have gone much worse for the Vikings and Childress. He went above his boss’ head and released Randy Moss. He and WR Percy Harvin (eight catches, 120 yards) reportedly had to be separated in a verbal confrontation Friday (Childress said after the game it was due to his desire for Harvin to get an MRI, which he did Saturday). Everybody seems to have crapped on Childress – his personality, his coaching style, the essence of his soul. And it sounds like it’s been deservedly so.

When the Vikings fell behind the Cardinals 24-10 late in the fourth quarter, chants of “Fire Brad Childress” could be heard around the dome. But Favre, who went 36 for 47 for a career-high 446 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Peterson (144 total yards and two scores) led the Vikings to a pair of touchdowns in the final 4 minutes of the game.

In overtime, Minnesota’s defense – surprisingly led by DE Jared Allen, who’s been so irrelevant this year but had a tremendous 5-minute stretch near the end of regulation and in overtime – stopped Arizona. That led to a 35-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell that sealed the win.

And, for now, might make Childress – who said the crowd at the Metrodome attended the game today to see an execution – feel better. Not that, ahem, he needs it.

"I'm not going be here and be like Favre and tell you that I need a hug,” Childress said. “I'll be all right.”

(Childress, I think, was not trying to be an ass with that comment. I think he was actually referring to what Favre said earlier in the week when he was asked whether Childress is a compassionate coach: Said Favre: "Is he compassionate as in give us a hug or something? Boy, I sure could use one. But he hasn't given me one.")

UPDATE (10:12 p.m.):
Favre had an interesting comment when he was asked if he felt like he was playing for Childress' job today.

"I felt like I was playing for mine," Favre said. "I am just being honest. I have played for 20 years. I have always wanted to be the best. I had to ask myself, 'Are you willing to do what it takes?'

“Do I always get along with my head coach, quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator? No. Do I always agree with the plays that were called? No. Why should that factor in to me wanting to be the best player I can be?"

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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:12 pm

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

That may be true veseli27, but notice they made their comeback when AP became an integral part of the offense again.  He had 70% of his yards in the 4th quarter, scored the TD that cut it to 7, then had the 30+ yard gain on the swing pass that set them up for the tying TD.  Bottom line, AP should have 30 touches a game and they will probably not be down by 2 TDs to the Cardinals at home.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 5:29 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Somebody changed the offense a little. MN has never dumped off, and ran that many slants before. Favre had a lot more time to pass, and checked down a lot more than I've ever seen. I do agree with the Pats game though.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 1:13 pm

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

 Team scores 10 points in 55 minutes and the majority of the crowd is calling for the coaches job (I was in the crowd) and later it became so apathetic that it seemed like everyone just wanted it to end so the lynching could start.

With just under 5 minutes to go the Vikings run a two minute offense without any plays coming in from the sideline and get it done. The crowd comes to life and now some are assuming that the head coaches job is safe?

This is the perfect scenario for firing him and moving forward because there is still a faint light at the end of the tunnel. If you read all of the players comments, not one of them said that they were playing for Childress. His lack of personality is only adding fuel to the fire.

The Vikings won in spite of Brad Childress on Sunday. There was a sense of urgency that we have not seen from the players and the crowd because a loss there meant it was over. Make a change Zygi Wilf, but make it a veteran coach that can get this team to the post-season and make a run in a weak NFC.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:25 pm

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Its up to coaches to motivate players so that those lapses dont happen continuously.  Obviously paying people to play a game isnt enough motivation anymore.  Havent you noticed?

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:26 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

I don't know who is making the play calls, but think about this:  Childress has Adrian Peterson, arguably the best back in the NFL, playing against the 2nd worst run defense in the NFL coming in, and AP gets 15 carries???? 

Same type of thing happened in the Patriots game:  AP has 62 yards and a TD in the FIRST QUARTER, then does not play in the 2nd quarter - they ran packages with Toby Gerhart the entire 2nd quarter!!!  AP finishes that game with 92 yards.

The mere fact that he does not better utilize AP shows something is not right...

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