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Childress talks slow to a crawl

Posted on: November 10, 2009 7:07 pm
 
There should have been a contract extension for Minnesota coach Brad Childress by now ... but there's not. Where talks seemed close to a conclusion several weeks ago, they now have slowed -- and no one is certain why. According to those close to the situation, the Vikings have assured Childress that they want him to continue as their head coach and want to get a deal done. But they have dragged their feet on negotiations, sources said, when an extension should have been relatively easy and quick. If talks aren't wrapped up in the near future there is always the chance that Childress -- who is in the fourth year of a five-year deal -- could ask them to end, not resuming until after the season. Not only might they become a distraction, but he might gain more leverage in the end. All I know is that an extension should have been easy to do, especially with Childress paid less than any coach in the division at $2 million a year. You simply double the price, extend the deal, have him sign and -- voila! -- make the announcement. But that hasn't happened, and insiders are puzzled. If the Vikings truly are interested in retaining him -- and why wouldn't they with a 7-1 record and a second straight division title looming -- why wouldn't they move to sign him now? By waiting, they could cost themselves more money. Apparently, that is a course they may take, though the question is: How much longer do they wait? Stay tuned.
Category: NFL
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Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2009 10:12 am
 

Childress talks slow to a crawl

Clark,

Well I have say that you are right that they should re-sign the guy, but you are looking at things a little to black and white. Things in the NFL are never --voila!-- You should know that by now. How could it possibly become a distraction if the only thing anyone has heard about it comes from this blog? It hasn't scanned any major news outlets and Childress and the Vikings are totally focused on winning against Detroit this weekend. Childress knows that this team has a huge opportunity to go very deep, so why would he want to rush to sign when a) he still has another year on his deal b) his value will only rise after he wins the division and has a deep playoff run.
If the Vikings have stated that they want to keep Childress and that they want a deal done, why can't we give them a chance to do it? Contracts don't write and negotiate themselves, it may take some time. Even if they end up paying more, they won't care because it means the team will have tasted a fair or even great amount of success because of it.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2009 12:23 am
 

Childress talks slow to a crawl

I counted the three defensive players as one.  Hence listing them together.  You know?



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2009 8:08 pm
 

Childress talks slow to a crawl

Wouldn't that be sixth? You listed five players.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2009 7:25 pm
 

Childress talks slow to a crawl

Perhaps the Vikings realized that their record is due to:

1.) Brett Favre
2.) Adrian Peterson
3.) Jared Allen, Kevin and Pat Williams

Childress comes in a distant fourth there.


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