Posted by Josh Katzowitz
For the past few weeks, everybody in the Vikings organization – and everybody outside of it, for that matter – has weighed in on former coach Brad Childress, his coaching style, his relationship with the players on his team, and his general demeanor.
Until the St. Paul Pioneer Press tracked him down this week at his home in Bonita Springs, Fla., Childress has stayed silent. But in his first interview since owner Zygi Wilf hired him and replaced him with interim coach Leslie Frazier, Childress didn’t come out swinging.
Instead, he calmly defended his actions and got a chance to stick up for himself. In fact, he came off kind of classy.
A few choice quotes before you click on the link to get the full story, including which players called him to console him after Wilf fired him.
On whether he was surprised to get pink-slipped:
"I don't know if it's shocking. All you have to do is look around the league to know this happens. I didn't do everything perfectly, but I felt I coached my way. I left that job in a lot better shape than we were in (in 2006)."
On his relationship with the Vikings locker room:
"If you pull a couple of quotes from a locker room, it all gets exacerbated a bit. By and large, I know the support I had. It's a good group of guys in that locker room."
On whether Childress, who’s still owed about $5 million from the Vikings, will coach again:
"I didn't all of a sudden forget what I knew. I don't think you can slam the door on anything."
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