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One player piles on top of Childress

Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:13 pm
Brad Childress still doesn't have the support of his players in Minnesota.

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last week, we discussed how the Vikings felt about playing for their head coach, Brad Childress. From talking to people close to the organization, we determined there wasn’t much love lost.

Here’s what I wrote:

Brad Childress hasn’t been popular in the Vikings locker room for quite some time now.

Some in the organization believe Minnesota went to the NFC championship game last year in spite of Childress, not because of him. He came off looking awfully weak during the preseason when he traveled to Mississippi multiple times in an attempt to sweet-talk Brett Favre into returning for one more season. He’s made other people in the organization deal with his dirty work when talking to the media, and he’s made two of his top players (Favre and Randy Moss) look bad in recent press conferences.

…Many of the Vikings don’t like playing for him, and worse yet, they don’t respect him as a coach. You can be a hardass if you’re Bill Belichick, and yeah, maybe some players despise playing for guys like that. But there’s no question Belichick has the respect of the locker room. Childress simply doesn’t.

Today, the Chicago Sun-Times talked to an unnamed player who basically confirmed what we were talking about.

The Vikings apparently won’t quit on the season, despite not enjoying their time with Childress. But, because he bullies people and blames his players more often than he blames himself, they won’t be sorry to see him go (if he, in fact, is fired at some point).

“We know that Childress doesn't have our backs, so why should we have his?'' one player told the paper. ''We're playing for us, and we're winning despite him.''

The player discussed Childress’ lack of people of skills, but only when Childress turned his attention on Favre and WR Percy Harvin did he really begin to lose the team. When he bitched about Favre having a tough game vs. the Packers last month and when he questioned Harvin’s effort during a practice as he tried to recover from a bad ankle, that’s when things really got bad in Minnesota.

From the Sun-Times:

(Childress) threaten(ed) to make Harvin inactive for the game against the Cardinals.

Harvin was animated in defending himself, but Childress responded by saying, ''I can say whatever I want,'' according to a source.

The two had to be separated, but Harvin was applauded by several teammates and even coaches for standing up to Childress.

Another problem for Childress might be that Leslie Frazier, who surely will get to be a head coach soon, is the team’s defensive coordinator and seems to have the support of the team.

Clearly, unless the Vikings win the Super Bowl, this will not end well for Childress. Unlike Wade Phillips, who people felt sorry for because he comes across as such a nice dude, it sounds like there won’t be many tears shed when Childress departs.

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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2010 1:44 am

One player piles on top of Childress

Vikings are so GAY. The whole thng with Favre, where the team goes to Mississippi to kiss his butt and beg him to play just reeks of Favoritism to the ninth degree. Moss was a temp fill in for Rice, and most G.M.s know the score on this move. Now the "unnamed player" thing just makes us shake our heads and say Is the whole state stupid? There is no story here, This is a writer making stuff up. if the player hasnt the guts to step up, then he should shut up.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2010 2:22 pm

One player piles on top of Childress

Chili is not an idiot.  He knows he is going down and will be well paid for his exit.  He is, however, an A-hole and will make sure life is miserable for everyone before he leaves.  My guess is Wilf is consulting with lawyers (as I am sure Chili is) to weigh options.  To fire him Monday after the dramatic win would have brought more distraction to the team.  I am almost certain Wilf has told Frazier to hang in there and possibly even spy for him. Most of the staff is actually pretty decent.  Wilf willl hire Frazier at a very low rate making him perform for pay and save a lot of money that he will have to use for a settlement with Childress.  It will all play out soon enough.  The players will be motivated to Win in spite of Childress.  Once the Vikings are elminated, out will go Chidress.  Hopefully on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.  I despise him for what he has done in his time in MN. 

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:51 pm

One player piles on top of Childress

I'm sure this is just the way Ziggy Wilf wants to see things in the press about his team.  I almost feel sorry for him (and I never feel sorry for the owners).  If what was said about the practice with Percy Harvin is true, it's time for Ziggy to cut bait on this guy.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:35 pm

One player piles on top of Childress

When you lose the respect of your players you pretty much done as a coach. 

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:53 am

One player piles on top of Childress

True. The way one sports website that shall remain unnamed (it starts with an "e" and ends with an "n") handles it is to have a section specifically called "Rumors", and being the crafty devils they are, they turn it into a positive for themselves by making people pay for it. 

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