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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: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:45 am

Wilf Gives team "PEP TALK"

Wilf pulls team aside during the fourth quarter to give them a "PEP TALK" and light a fire under their a$$.  Only on ething was said, "Pulled out a come-from-behind victory today and Childress is GONE."

The way the Defense and Offense finally pulled their head out of there asses in the fourth quarter, this is the only thing I could imagine that could have finally of awaken this team.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:12 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

I have to admit thet I was hoping for a loss so this tragic drama we are all watching could end and the team could change direction and look to the future instead of relying on the past. Although Favre had a great game in the second half, it istill hard to forget that he (Farve) was the main reason the Vike's lost FIVE games in the first place.The losses were totaly due to Brett Favre and his poor decision, gunslinger attitude. He is and always has been Farve first and team second.

As far as Childres is concerned he should have been fired for a multitude of reason, starting with his off season antics. Signing Rosenfells to a contract and then being blackmailed into giving Favre another 6 Mil above the already 14 mil he was bound to by contract. Then being hoodwinked by Belicheck for a 3 round draft pick for a fading receiver who New England had lost favor with. Then releasing that receiver after only 3 games without the knowledge of the ownership. We won't even discuss his lack of imagination or play calling on offense. For financial reasons alone he should be fired. The fact is that the NFL is a business you can clearly tell by the inept commissioner trying to panzy down the game because he supposedly is concerned about the players ....HOG WASH they are concerned about the financial investment teams now make in the players. If the commissioner was so concerned about player safety why did he not fire the officials in the Vikings vs Saint playoff game. The amount of late and flagrant hits Favre took that game were inexcusable. and mnay were right in front of the officials. Penalties that would have been called in regular season games were let go by the officials. We won't even discuss the invisable penalty on Leiber to let the Saints win the game.

With that said Childress has cost the team in excess of 20 mil with no results and has cirumvented his owners authority. If I am Ziggy Wolf I fire Childress the next day and I don't bring moss back, Brett Favre sits the rest of the season for his terrible play on the field and I give the much younger much more mobile Jackson the ball. This would have accerted ownerships authority, sent a message to the players and the rest of the NFL that what needed to be done to right the team was done no matter what the cost to the season.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:17 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

I don't completely agree with that comment. If Harvin gets his feet down, if the O-line does a better job, we could also be 5-3. When the team plays bad its the coaches fault. When the team plays good it the players that get the credit. You can't coach certain aspects of the game, like catching. Harvin gets his feet down, he and Favre are the heros, but he didn't and its Chillys fault. I do agree with the 12 men and some of the play calls, but I think it still comes down to the players making the plays.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 1:31 am

Talk about torture -- wanting the win, but hating

that it would mean Chilly sticking around longer.  With everyone feeling good about the win, it would have been a perfect, cherry-on-top moment for Wilf to announce a firing.  Another weekend, another lost opportunity for Wilf to do the right thing.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 1:22 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

I agree.  Favre comback may have saved Childress's job for at least another week, yet he is unclassy and dumb enough to bash Favre.  Maybe he is aware that he is on the way out, and no matter what he does or says it will not matter, so he might as well say what he wants.  But if thats the case, then he is no better than his arch-nemisis Moss.  They are one in the same.

Childress--your an idiot, and after the Vikings, no one will hire you for a coaching job, your a discrace and a coward!!!!!

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:43 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Favre makes a super comeback in the 4th to save Chillys job. So why does Childress bash him in the post game interview?

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:17 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Ol`baldy just a moron, some of those comments are just plain stupid. But, I do hope Zygi does keep him around for the awhile, I don`t think there`s any doubt that Favre will not be back in `11. I`d love to see that idiot drag the team to the cellar of the NFL.

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:08 am

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

I completely agree with you on that note. Very good points made about Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:34 pm

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

That team's a powder keg, and how it hasn't completely exploded yet is truly amazing.  Shit's going to hit the fan before the end of the year.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:29 pm

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Bottom line, coaching decisions made in the Dolphins and Packers games cost the Vikings 2 wins.  The failure to kick the field goal in the Patriots game "may" have cost the Vikings that game, but I'll not count that one.  Better coaching decisions, and the Vikings are 5 - 3. 

Better coaching in the NFC championship game, and the Vikings would have been in the Super Bowl.  12 men on the field? 

The above are reasons enough to move on from Childress no matter what the rest of the season brings.

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