Tag:Brad Childress
Posted on: November 22, 2010 9:54 am

The Childress watch is on

Posted by Andy Benoit

Much like we did with Wade Phillips a few weeks ago, the Brad Childress watch is in full effect this Monday (ironically, or maybe not ironically, he’s coming off a humiliating loss to the Packers just like Phillips was).
B. Childress (US Presswire)
The season in Minnesota has been so disastrous that the man who last year signed a contract extension and coached the Vikings to the NFC Championship game is presumably on the brink of getting canned. Until this season, Childress’ win total in Minnesota had improved by two games each season (6-10 in ’06, 8-8 in ’07, 10-6 in ’08 and 12-4 in ’09).

But for some reason, four years of solid work could get trumped by four months of chaos. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has grown angrier with the whole situation ever since Randy Moss was waived.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune writes, “Wilf did not have any interest in talking a few hours later but this time his demeanor had changed dramatically as he departed the Vikings' locker room following a 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Wilf stormed out of the locker room, walked briskly past reporters and headed for a service elevator as he and his brother, team president Mark Wilf, likely left to contemplate what they could do about a season that has gone sour.”

Brad Childress was asked about his future after the game. "I can't really talk about that because that's not my decision going forward," he said. "I'll always do what's best for the Minnesota Vikings to get us ready for the Washington Redskins this week and cleaning up this game film with the guys tomorrow. That's really all I have to say of it."

Tick tock, tick tock…

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:29 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 12:00 pm

Favre: Childress insults are a 'damn shame'

Posted by Will Brinson

All the speculation surrounding the Minnesota-Green Bay game today is that it could be Brett Favre's last game in the NFL. There's a belief that if the Vikings lose to the Packers, Favre will limp off into the dusty sunset. (Please note, of course, that you should never, ever, ever-ever-ever assume Favre's gone until papers are filed.)

But No. 4 insists that he's ready to bring it against his old team and, according to ESPN's Ed Werder, Favre has been slinging the ball all week, at some point leaving a dent in wideout Greg Camarillo's helmet with a cannonball of a throw. He's also unconcerned about leaving anything on the field.

"If it comes off, it comes off," Favre said about his arm.

While the idea of the final picture of Brett Favre's career being him shrieking in horror as blood spurts from a dismembered shoulder is a little amusing (in a morbid cartoonish way), it's more than likely that we'll have some sort of image that involves Favre vs. Brad Childress -- Favre told Werder this week that he's still cheesed about the way Chilly handled his presser after the first Packers game.

"It's a damn shame," Favre said " What I think about is going to my press conference knowing he'd taken some shots at me."

Of course, Chilly went to his press conference knowing that Favre has more power in the Vikes' organization than the coach, so, it's kind of hard to blame him, you know?

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 10:01 am

Analyzing a Parcells-Vikings marriage

Posted by Andy Benoit

There has been some speculation in Minnesota that Bill Parcells could be coming to town. What propagated this? The increasingly hot seat under Brad Childress, for one. And for two, Parcells’ statement on tonight’s NFL Films documentary: “"Get me back out there. I can do this one more time. That's how I feel."

Before he bought the Vikings, Zygi Wilf was a huge Giants fan. We’ll assume he was a huge Parcells fan, too.
But this is where the connections end. There have been no inside sources suggesting Parcells and the Vikings could be a match – it’s all just outside speculation.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune poured a little cold water over that speculation. Here’s an excerpt:

Despite repeated requests in recent weeks to interview Wilf, he has declined. That's certainly his right but it means that any opinions about which direction he might take this organization is pure speculation.

There also has been no indication that Wilf and the rest of ownership are planning to clean house. Hiring a larger than life figure such as Parcells would lead one to assume that he would be given the authority to pick and choose who he kept.

Keep in mind, too, that Zygi and Mark Wilf, who serves as the Vikings president, have had nothing but praise for the job done by vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski.

It's logical to think that if the Vikings decided to hire a general manager that Spielman would be a serious candidate, with the expectation he would work closely with Brzezinski. Spielman has an impressive title but he does not currently have the type of authority that a general manager does. Childress, for instance, has final say on the 53-man roster and is probably as close to a general manager as the Vikings have under the way things are set up.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 4:29 pm

Sidney Rice decides to play

Posted by Andy BenoitS. Rice (US Presswire)

Vikings head coach Brad Childress gave wide receiver Sidney Rice an ultimatum: either play this week or be shut down for the remainder of the season. The fourth-year wideout has decided to play.

Just prior to the season, Rice presumably irked the Vikings by undergoing hip surgery after deciding that he could not fight through the nagging injury. He was placed on PUP and has not been of service to the team all season.

Some have speculated that Rice’s surgery was a negotiating ploy (he’s looking for a new contract). That is illogical, though, as teams generally aren’t encouraged to pay big money to players who prove they can’t consistently take the field. Where the contract situation may have come into play was in Rice’s decision to suit up in 2010 (again, it’s hard to ask for a new contract when you’re not playing). If anything, Rice needs to play in order to shed his reputation for being lazy and content. (This isn't to say he IS lazy and content -- more than a few critics, including Cris Carter, have suggested this, though.)

Rice’s absence doomed the Viking offense from Day One (though a shoddy front line maybe would have ultimately doomed it anyway). The trade for Greg Camarillo has not filled the void at receiver. And, you may have heard, the trade for Randy Moss was not very successful.

So now Brett Favre has his favorite downfield target back. But after being on the shelf for some three months, will that downfield target be viable? And, with the Vikings now 3-6, does it even matter?

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:02 am

Dey Took Er Jobs: Did We Really Doubt Mike Vick?

Posted by Will Brinson

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park . This week: Where have all the job controversies gone? No, but seriously, we're all locked in! Also, Vick talk, because it's Vick Week. And who's on the hot seat?

It's fairly bizarre that for at least say, oh, five weeks we wondered whether or not Michael Vick should be the starter for the Eagles.

Well not so much wondered but at least kind of debated. Well, okay, after we saw how Vick played against Detroit and Jacksonville there wasn't a debate, but Kevin Kolb's performance against Atlanta and his strong effort while Vick was sidelined at least had people thinking twice.

Speaking of thinking twice, remember when Andy Reid decided to go with Vick and we all got all RABBLE-RABBLE! on him for not being man enough to make up his mind?

Yeah, we should probably all apologize for that, because he ended up being 100 percent correct in his decision making, which culminated in Week 10's fantasy point explosion where Vick piled up 413 yards and four touchdowns via the air and ground. (And really, it's kind of criminal that he didn't win both the FedEx awards this week.)

Reid's decision making also includes signing Vick in the first place, prepping him to be a better pocket passer, and putting him in situations to succeed (even if sometimes those situations have fans of football screaming "STOP LETTING HIM TAKE HITS TO THE RIBS, BIG GUY!").

At the end of the year, if the franchise tag survives the new CBA, Vick's likely to get tagged, which may be why the two sides have yet to discuss an extension. Mike Florio of PFT cites a source who says that Vick's contract/extension value is lower than one might think (relative to the market value of the guy he whipped on Monday, Donovan McNabb, who just got a pretty big deal) unless the Eagles can get some sort of assurances that Vick won't get in trouble. In fact, one of the sources points out that "all he has to do is breathe in the wrong direction and he will be suspended for life." Obviously that's a bit of hyperbole (after all, Vick survived his birthday party that wasn't exactly a Sweet 16), but not that much -- he's about to go from one of the greatest second-chance stories of all-time right back to super-popular, rich mega-bajillionaire.

His current humility and attitude towards life sure seems like it can survive that temptations that come along with that, but in the same way that Reid showed some good faith in Vick, well, the quarterback should reciprocate towards Philadelphia, even if it means taking less money than he could get elsewhere.

Reid's talents for offensive scheming fit Vick's talents for offensive performance, and there's no reason to mess with a good thing. Not saying he should completely cave on contract demands (this is a business after all) and not saying the Eagles should put all their eggs in one basket, particularly one with a history of not always holding up, but this is a pretty good marriage right now, and everyone involved would be wise to let it keep rolling.

Elsewhere in the NFL, well, man, there ain't a whole lot of job issues anymore. We can start in Carolina (per usual), but at this point we're debating the semantics between Brian St. Pierre and Tony Pike, which is like debating between, um Mike Goodson and Tyrelle Sutton.

Actually, no it's not, because Sutton, along with Jonathan Stewart, aren't likely to play this week. Which leaves Goodson and whatever poor soul the Panthers have to start at quarterback against a Ravens defense that is suddenly enraged at being called "not elite." Should be good times!

Arizona's "solved" their quarterback problems the same way Seattle has -- by default. It just makes more sense to roll with Derek Anderson and Matt Hasselebeck at this point, rather than go with the alternative, which involves a rookie and Jesus Beard, respectively.

Troy Smith appears to have solved the problems in San Francisco (yes, those problems were "losing" coupled with "crappy quarterback play") and, as we mentioned last week, why wouldn't he? Well, except for that ridiculous "week-to-week" tag that Mike Singletary hit him with; that's insulting to Troy and the team and anyone who's ever seen Alex Smith or David Carr lose games.

People lamented his height as a reason for not having quarterback success in the NFL, but that's a poor excuse when the talent is there. And, frankly, probably an indicator of why talent evaluation misses so badly sometimes.

Even the Dolphins, who just lost TWO quarterbacks in the last week, aren't a debatable team, because there's Tyler Thigpen, who's had some decent success in Kansas City, and there's Patrick Ramsey, who has a resume with enough teams on it that even Todd Bouman cringes when he reads it.

So …

Pants on Fire (Because, you see, it's a hot seat)

- Brad Childress: Once Brett Favre's lost all hope, there's no reason to continue believing that you've got a job as a head coach. Even more telling of Chilly's future is that he didn't know about Favre's "shoulder injury," which should probably be indicative of his status after this year. Frankly, the team's absolutely foolish not to give Leslie Frazier a chance right now.

- John Fox: He's as good as gone at this point, but give him credit for this -- he 100 percent has not lost the Panthers in terms of the team believing him. You can see it from those guys that they buy into what he's saying, even at 1-8, and that's perhaps the best possible endorsement one can give the coach of the worst team in football.

- Marvin Lewis: Donovan McNabb is making fun of his team's record. If you watched Monday night, you know Donovan shouldn't be making fun of anyone. So, yeah …

- Gary Kubiak: He got an endorsement from the owner, which is always considered a good thing, except it always ends in someone getting fired. Still, considering how terrible his defense is, maybe he should be getting credit for the fact that the Texans are 4-5.

- UMM, seriously, what happened? There were at least 15 guys on the hot seat a week ago. Now all of a sudden Wade Phillips gets fired, Jacksonville's a winner again, Lovie Smith is getting freebies from Chilly and everyone's either being coached by a new regime or a guy who's quickly reviving the team (yes, we're even lumping Mike Singletary there, but . NO GOOD PEOPLE. WE WANT MORE FIRINGS.

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:08 am

Could Sidney Rice miss the remainder of 2010?

Posted by Will Brinson

The short answer to the question of Sidney Rice missing the rest of the year: YES. The long answer, well, that's a bit more complicated, thanks to myriad reasons.

Anyway, Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Minnesota Star-Tribune point out that the Vikes have a week from Wednesday to activate Rice from the Physically Unable to Perform list, or else he'll be required to remain on the list and miss the remainder of 2010.

It seemed like Rice might play on Sunday when Minnesota lost to Chicago (even if it was only 30 snaps, as Brad Childress had previously mentioned), but he didn't and that's on Rice, who will make the ultimate decision about whether he's healthy enough to go.

There's just a couple of issues there, however -- because Rice is coming off hip surgery, he has a perfectly legitimate excuse for "not being right." But there was some controversy about the surgery in the first place, because some folks believed it's timing belied Rice's unhappiness with not receiving a new contract from Minnesota. If he and agent Drew Rosenhaus believe that the Vikings won't offer more money any time soon, it's entirely plausible that Rice's decision on his health could be influenced by such factors.

The wideout's leverage in negotiations has also increased recently, with the departure of Randy Moss to the Titans and the resulting promotion of Hank Baskett and Bernard Berrian on the depth chart. Yes, Percy Harvin is immensely talented and a key piece to the future of the Vikes' offense, but combining him and Rice would make things easier for whoever replaces Brett Favre (via trade, draft or default to Tavaris Jackson) and Brad Childress next year.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 4:55 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Potential head coaches

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Wade Phillips getting the pink slip last week and with much discussion about the job security of Minnesota’s Brad Childress, it’s become obvious that it’s that time of the year when fans debate the merits of firing the coach of their favorite teams. That obviously equals bad times for coaches like Marvin Lewis, John Fox, Gary Kubiak, Norv Turner, Josh McDaniels and Mike Singletary.

Since Phillips is gone and Childress might as well be gone, let’s dive into the intriguing possibilities of who will be available – some long-time assistants who hunger for their first shot at a head coaching job, some former head coaches who wouldn’t mind getting back into the business and maybe a college coach or two who want to test himself at the pro level.

Many of the following likely will get interviews after the season when the current coaches who can’t work themselves off the hot seat clean out their offices. Until then, let’s speculate on who might be available.

10. Dick LeBeau: I know, I know. He’s probably not going anywhere, and his three-season stint as the Bengals coach wasn’t so good (12-33). But LeBeau has been such an innovator on defense, I’d like to see the Steelers defensive coordinator get another shot at running a team. It’s not going to happen, because he’s 73 years old, but there would be a ton of smiling faces around the league if he got another chance.

9. Rob Ryan: We need – I mean, we NEED – another Ryan brother as a head coach in the NFL. Aside from being the most entertaining coach out there today – publically, at least – Rex Ryan has done a wonderful job turning the Jets into Super Bowl contenders. Now, Rob Ryan, the Browns defensive coordinator, needs to get his chance. With the marked improvement in Cleveland, does Ryan deserve the shot? Probably not at this point. But how awesome would it be if somebody gave him a job?

8. Mike Zimmer:
He arguably performed his best coaching job of his career last year when, despite the death of his wife and of Bengals WR Chris Henry, the defensive coordinator led Cincinnati’s defense to the No. 4 ranking in the NFL. For as long as the Bengals have tried to improve their defense, Zimmer finally was the one to make it happen. Cincinnati’s defense ranks 15th this season, but his players respect him and his coaching style. At some point, you’d think a team will take a chance on him.

7. Jon Gruden/Bill Cowher: Yes, they’ve both got lucrative analyst deals with ESPN and CBS, respectively, and both seem to do a pretty nice job (although Gruden spends a little too much time being a little too positive on his Monday Night Football gig). It’s hard to tell if Cowher is serious about getting back into coaching, but it wouldn’t be hard to believe Gruden wanting to jump at the chance (those are the whispers you hear, at least). He just seems hard-wired for the long hours, and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he were to return. For Cowher, it’d probably have to be the perfect job. And I’m not sure that kind of job will appear in the offseason.

6. Marty Mornhinweg: The 5-27 mark he recorded while coaching the Lions is pretty difficult to swallow. But one of the biggest achievements this season made by Mornhinweg – the Eagles offensive coordinator – has been the transformation of QB Michael Vick from a playmaker with brilliant talents to a complete quarterback that’s nearly unstoppable with his legs and his arm. The Eagles rank second in points scored and third in yards per game, and much of that is a credit to Mornhinweg.

5. Cam Cameron: It’s a testament to Cameron that the Ravens, previously known as a strong defense that couldn’t score points, are now known as a high-powered offense that has a more difficult time stopping opponents. Cameron has weapons (QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, a plethora of receivers), and he knows how to use them. It might not happen for a few more years, but Cameron deserves another chance (if a prospective owner can overlook the 1-15 season he had while running the Dolphins).

4. Perry Fewell: He had a taste of head coaching last season after the Bills fired Dick Jauron and made Fewell the interim. He led Buffalo to a 3-4 record – looking back on it, it was almost miraculous – but he and the rest of the coaching staff were fired anyway. Now, he’s the Giants defensive coordinator , and not surprisingly, they’re the No. 1 defense in the NFL in yards allowed.

3. John Fox:
He doesn’t have much longer in his current role, as the head coach in Carolina, and despite the team’s putridicity (?) this season, he remains a well-respected figure in the league. Why, you ask? Well, he led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two seasons after a George Seifert-led Panthers squad went 1-15. Overall, he’s 72-65 as the coach in Carolina, and you can be sure Fox will have a job somewhere in the NFL. And quite possibly as a head coach.

2. Jim Harbaugh: If the Stanford head coach still wants an NFL job, he will have an excellent shot to get one. The brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Jim – a 14-year NFL QB who made the Pro Bowl in 1995 – has done wonders in Palo Alto. The previous two coaches before Harbaugh went a combined 16-40, and in the past two seasons, the Cardinal has gone a combined 17-6. He already interviewed for the Jets job that Rex Ryan eventually won two years ago, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he beats out somebody else for a head coaching position.

1. Leslie Frazier: How long will it take before Frazier – perhaps the most respected assistant coach in the league - finally lands the head coaching position he so obviously wants? Well, considering his office is just down the hallway from Childress’, it would make sense for Minnesota to hire its current defensive coordinator when it fires Childress. For a defense that hadn’t been good in more than a decade before Frazier took over, he’s transformed the unit and made himself indispensible. No doubt about it, he should be a head coach.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:59 pm

Childress: Favre 'sore' but no MRI for shoulder

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre self-diagnosed, um, himself with a shoulder injury following a season-killing loss to Chicago on Sunday. There was some concern that Favre informed everyone except his coach Brad Childress about the injury, but as it turns out (according to Chilly anyway!) Favre's just "sore."

Favre was expected to undergo an MRI on the shoulder this week and wanted to talk to Dr. James Andrews about the injury before proceeding, but Chilly's words seem to indicate that he'll be just fine without any more time missed or medical concerns, thank you very much.

Of course, Childress spoke to trainers about the shoulder issue, so it's not like he's out there making rogue calls on what to do with players (that's not his style, duh), but this shoulder injury, which popped up after the Vikings loss to the Bears, certainly has some people skeptical that Favre might be willing to find a way to gracefully bow out of the limelight and let the season continue on without him.

Again, that's just one theory -- and if Chilly believes that's what's going on, it's clear he's not gonna sit on the sinking ship alone.

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