Tag:Brad Childress
Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 8:37 pm
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Report: Randy Moss spotted at Saints facility

MossPosted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 8:35 p.m. ET: Pro Football Talk has thrown some cold water on the report by the New Orleans TV station, writing that if Randy Moss visited the Saints facility, he did so without the knowledge of his agent, Joel Segal.

Since that's extremely unlikely, I wouldn't bet on Moss, if he plays again, taking his next snap with the Saints.

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Randy Moss is known to be interested in returning to play another season with the Patriots. Tom Brady has gone on record as saying he’d welcome Moss back to New England with open arms.

That is unlikely to happen.

But despite his forced retirement -- not to mention Jerry Rice ripping Moss for his work ethic and former Vikings coach Brad Childress describing how Moss metaphorically vomited on Minnesota’s locker room -- it seems that Moss isn’t necessarily done playing pro football yet.

That’s because WWLTV in New Orleans is reporting that Moss has been spotted at the Saints facility and is a player of interest for the club.

Given the fact that Saints receiver Marques Colston will be out the next four weeks while recovering from a broken collarbone, the move seems to make sense. Even if it’s just to see what Moss has left on the practice field.

But remember: Moss destroyed Childress’ reign in Minnesota last year and he was a complete non-factor after going to Tennessee. At this point, other than a bad attitude, Moss simply might not have anything left.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Childress: Moss 'vomited' on Vikings locker room

ChildressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s the best quote from former Vikings coach Brad Childress that you’ll probably ever see. But hey, WR Randy Moss -- supposedly retired these days -- brings out the best in just about everybody, even the coach who he sorta, kinda helped get fired.

While talking to NFL.com about Moss, who was handed to the Vikings last season after the Patriots decided they didn’t need him anymore, Childress said this about his former WR: "We had good guys, by and large [but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it."

Yikes, right?

Childress went on to say that perhaps he should have consulted owner Zygi Wilf before deciding to cut Moss, and that didn’t help his standing with the person who had the power to fire him (it also didn’t help matter that Childress wasn’t exactly known as a people-person and that he had led the team to a 3-7 record when he was canned).

"I should have gone up the chain," Childress said.

Childress obviously had no idea the situation would become so bad, especially when he first talked to Moss about playing in Minnesota.

"He called me and said, 'I can't wait, I can't wait. I feel like I'm coming home again,'" Childress said.

Instead, Moss caught 13 passes in four games and helped get his coach fired before he ended up as an irrelevant bench player in Tennessee. Now, both are out of work, and their return as a viable player and as a future NFL head coach is questionable.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Even if Randy Moss is in shape, will it matter?

MossPosted by Josh Katzowitz

WR Randy Moss, who was tossed around the NFL last year like he was some kind of moody player with noticeably thinning talent (imagine that!), wants to become a force once again in pro football.

Basically, he wants to become the “old Randy Moss” when he was a moody, ultra-talented receiver that actually made an impact in the games he played. And coincidentally, that’s exactly what he’s become, at least according to his agent.

Not only that, Joel Segal told NFL.com that Moss is in “freakish” shape and is ready for the lockout to conclude so he can sign with his next employer.

"Randy has been working out, two-a-days, all spring and summer in West Virginia," Segal said. "He is determined, motivated and, quite frankly, has a huge chip on his shoulder. Whatever team ends up getting Randy, they're going to know they're getting the old Randy Moss. He's not just coming in to be on the team, he's going to be Randy Moss -- a difference maker."

Moss, though, has a few problems. He’s 34 years old, and his skills, simply put, have declined (perhaps “sharply” declined). Patriots coach Bill Belichick had no problem getting rid of him last year, and after butting heads with former Vikings coach Brad Childress, Moss found himself a non-entity with the Titans.

With the three teams last year, he combined for 28 catches. Yet, he managed to catch five touchdown passes, which lends credence to the opinion that Moss retains some of his deep-ball and jump skills. But other than that skill set, Moss has become a much more limited player.

Which might mean that no matter how freakishly in shape Moss is right now, it won’t really matter to those who sign free agents. His age certainly won’t change and I can’t imagine that his attitude will either. And unless Moss has the older-age skills of Terrell Owens (also, ahem, a free agent), his career as a viable NFL player is in jeopardy.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Minnesota Vikings

Posted by Andy Benoit



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The Vikings’ perils couldn’t have been any worse for Minnesotans and any better for bloggers. Brett Favre drama took on a whole new tenor. Added to the cacophony of “Will he play?” questions was “Do you think it was him?” speculation.

Favre’s acrimonious relationship with Brad Childress did not improve, either, which was part of the reason the head coach was unable to survive through November.

Things didn’t pick up once Childress was fired. Symbolically, and fortunately for Zygi Wilf and his cadre of business cohorts seeking a new stadium, also literally, the Metrodome roof collapsed, leaving this team homeless for the holidays. The novelty of relocated Monday night games distracted from the fact that the Vikings finished the season in the same way they started it: with a thud.



Fullbacks

There is no reason to keep Naufahu Tahi on the roster. Even if the 29-year-old fullback had played well in 2010 (and he did not), his presence would be a hindrance. Adrian Peterson is a violent, decisive runner who does not have good patience when it comes to setting up his blocks. Peterson’s natural tendency is to get the ball and explode.

When there is a fullback in front of him, he’s forced to slow down and wait for the play to develop. Tahi, like most fullbacks, can’t hit the hole as quickly as Peterson can, even when he’s starting out two yards closer to the hole.

Peterson is better in an empty backfield. And, with a plethora of tight ends already on the roster, including blocking specialists Jeff Dugan and Jim Kleinsasser, the Vikings are better running out of dual tight end formations anyway. Save a roster spot; dump the fullback.




1. Quarterback
Favre is really gone this time (*) and, with Childress gone, the front office has realized it is finally free to admit that Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer.

2. Offensive Tackle
The Vikings won’t draft someone at this position because that’d be admitting it was a mistake to sign Bryant McKinnie to a long-term deal and invest a second-round draft pick in Phil Loadholt. The reality is, the 6’8” 350-pound McKinnie’s heart is the size of a dwarf’s. The 6’8”, 335-pound Loadholt is still developing but is yet to show any signs of ferocity.

3. Cornerback
Antoine Winfield is creeping up in age but can still play, especially if asked to man the slot. Problem is, Minnesota doesn’t have any stability outside. Cedric Griffin tore both ACL’s at different times in 2010. Asher Allen has become every quarterback’s favorite opponent. Last year’s second-round pick, Chris Cook, has character concerns and just six games to his name, thanks to injuries as a rookie.




This team’s window of opportunity has closed. The Vikings knew this was coming – why do you think they were so desperate in their pursuit of Favre last summer? Now they must develop a new green quarterback behind an offensive line that is much, much worse than people realize (Favre’s quick decision making masked many pass protection deficiencies last season).

The defense, which already needs help in the secondary given that the pass-rush has tailed off, will take a step back if nose tackle Pat Williams does not return (he’s an unrestricted free agent).

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Could Childress be Bengals next O-coordinator?

Brad Childress Posted by Josh Katzowitz

At first, it was a Thursday dinner with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, one that could be written off to old colleagues who became pals after they went on a USO Tour last offseason.

But the next day, it was a meeting with team officials, and suddenly, we have to wonder if former Vikings coach Brad Childress is actually a candidate to replace Bob Bratkowski as Bengals offensive coordinator.

We told you a few days ago about Lewis most likely bringing back Bratkowski for his 10th season, but I didn’t include this little snippet: when the Cincinnati Enquirer asked him if the same coaching staff that was flying to Mobile, Ala., to coach in the Senior Bowl was the same coaching staff that would return, Lewis said he couldn’t be sure.

“I think we still have a chance for change,” he told the paper. “We still have an opportunity to revise some things.”

Even if Childress isn’t hired and doesn’t coach this season, he’s still entitled to the $3 million per year the Vikings owe him in 2011 and 2012. Bratkowski is under contract for 2011.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Hot Routes 1.20.10: Favre's next stop



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • It appears at this point that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis won’t make many – if any – changes to his coaching staff. Cincinnati fans have fallen out of love with offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, but it sounds like Lewis will bring him back anyway.
  • Former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has taken that same job on Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle. Well, since it doesn’t look like Brad Childress will return to coaching this year, I guess Brett Favre will just have to play next season with the Seahawks.
  • The Ravens gave up 40 sacks this season, and thus, Baltimore fired OL coach John Matsko and replaced him with assistant OL coach Andy Moeller – who faces seven charges, including DUI, from an arrest in September.
  • Packers fans probably aren’t happy to see the announcement that referee Terry McAulay’s crew will be working Sunday’s NFC title game. That’s because the last time McAulay had a Packers game, the crew penalized Green Bay 19 times (18 were accepted for 152 yards). For his part, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t sound too concerned.
  • Apparently, Bears LB Brian Urlacher and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers get along famously on the field. They have inside jokes, and they try to throw off the other one by calling out dummy audibles. Somebody needs to mic up those guys.
  • Once again, Bears S Chris Harris sat out practice today. He says he’s going to pla y Sunday, but you’d have to assume he’s going to have to get on the practice field at SOME point.
  • An interesting story in the NY Post on some of Darrelle Revis’ exploits in high school in a small Pennsylvania town.

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Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Miami hires OC Brian Daboll; as for Childress?

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Miami Dolphins have filled their offensive coordinator vacancy with former Browns OC Brian Daboll. This according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Daboll had an underwhelming career in Cleveland, though he didn’t have much to work with.

Brad Childress had been in contention for the Dolphins job. Daboll’s hiring could end up leaving Childress out of work in 2011. The six other offensive coordinator jobs available are St. Louis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Oakland, Minnesota and Carolina. (We'll assume Jason Garrett essentially handles the offense in Dallas.)

If Josh McDaniels joins the Rams, where would Childress end up? It’s doubtful that any former head coach will want to be Todd Haley’s henchman in KC. Childress shares a West Coast offensive philosophy with Browns new head coach Pat Shurmur, but would he want to take a backseat to a first-time head coach whom was below him on the totem pole in Philadelphia? The Raiders are a nightmare to work for and the Vikings are obviously out of the question.

That leaves the Panthers as the most sensible landing spot. New head coach Ron Rivera is a defensive specialist, so Childress would have autonomy there. But there are no reports of the two sides interviewing.

As for Daboll in Miami, he’ll be under intense pressure to run the type of wide open offense that owner Stephen Ross is demanding. Can Chad Henne improve in 2011? Or will Daboll once again be forced to call plays with an iffy quarterback?

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 12:18 am
 

Josh McDaniels could now be on St. Louis' radar

Posted by Andy Benoit

With every head coaching vacancy filled sans the Raiders’ (of course), the most interesting coaching move question now becomes, Where will Josh McDaniels go? It has long been assumed that the fJ. McDaniels (US Presswire)ormer Broncos head coach would wind up as the offensive coordinator in Minnesota. (Darrell Bevell is technically still on the payroll, though he has been told to look for work elsewhere in 2011.)

McDaniels interviewed with Leslie Frazier & Co. at Winter Park last week. But Frazier’s hiring process has been somewhat diligent (euphemism for slow). As Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune points out, the Browns’ hiring of Pat Shurmur as head coach on Thursday has now opened up St. Louis as another potential landing spot for McDaniels.

Hiring McDaniels would mean forcing young franchise quarterback to learn a new system (the Rams ran a West Coast offense under Shurmur; McDaniels operates what could best be described as a shotgun spread passing game). If the Rams wanted to keep Bradford in the West Coast, they could give former Vikings head coach Brad Childress a look. Childress and Steve Spagnuolo are good friends. 

It's worth noting that Childress recently interviewed for the vacant Dolphins offensive coordinator job. The other offensive coordinator job that is open is in Kansas City, though it’s doubtful that any aspiring head coach (McDaniels especially) will want to go work for Todd Haley.

Of the available offensive coordinator jobs, St. Louis is now the most attractive. The Rams are led by a defensive coach, so whoever oversees the offense would have near autonomy. The only other job with that particular appeal is Minnesota, which doesn't come with a blossoming franchise quarterback.

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