Tag:Brad Childress
Posted on: November 1, 2010 5:42 pm
 

More Randy Moss tidbits

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since we haven’t posted anything on Randy Moss in, oh, say the last 90 minutes, let me bring you up to date on a few various tweets and statements.

- According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, not everybody in the Vikings organization was on board with the decision to release Moss. That could present some problems in the future – or in the present, I suppose. Oh, and although coach Brad Childress told the team the Vikings had released Moss, they had yet to inform Moss of the decision. Which is just … well, it’s just freaking crazy.

La Canfora also writes Moss did NOT hit the waiver wire by the 4 p.m. deadline. Honestly, I’m not sure what to even think about this. Childress has the right to control the 53-man roster, but if the higher-ups in the front office don't want the same outcome, this could really say something about where Childress stands in the organization.

This does not mean Moss won’t be waived, because I’m think it’s 95 percent likely that he still will. He just hasn’t been yet. And if he doesn’t get waived, good lord, this will be really, really crazy.

- Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Childress told the players in the locker room that Moss wasn’t the kind of guy the team wanted. Then, he ushered them into film room like it was no big deal. Wrote Glazer, “Guys just shook their heads.”

- The Minneapolis Star Tribune had this statement from Moss agent, Joel Segal.

"Randy is very sad to find out about being waived by the Vikings this morning. He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota. We will let the process of the waiver wire take its course and we will move on from there."

- Quick player reaction from LB Ben Leber, in Minnesota’s open locker room session with the media. “We’re shocked by it. But again, it was something we have to stand behind. We’re not going to let it be a distraction. When we come back on Wednesday, it will be forgotten.”

Unless, of course, Moss is still on the team.

This story, I’d say, isn’t close to being complete.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:39 am
 

Randy Moss launches into post game tirade

Posted by Will Brinson

So, Randy Moss didn't do a whole lot of damage against the Patriots on Sunday -- one catch for eight yards against his old team in a 28-18 loss. As such, he probably didn't have much to talk about on the field. He had puh-lenty to say afterwards, though.

Moss showed up to the podium unexpectedly, while reporters waited for Brett Favre to speak and launched into a bizarre rant, starting with a discussion of the $25,000 he was fined for not speaking with Minnesota reporters. (Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 has the full transcript, and it's worth a read for sure.)

"Look, I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all, and me personally, I really don't care," Moss said. "But at the same time, I do ... answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me $25,000 -- I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So, I'll answer my own questions, ask myself the questions and then give you all the answers. So, from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season."

And then it got really crazy, with Moss essentially stating that the Vikings coaching staff didn't listen to him when he tried to prep them on what the Patriots would do with their gameplan.

"I tried to prepare," Moss said. "Tried to talk to the players and coaches about how this game was going to be played and a couple tendencies here, couple tendencies here. The bad part about it -- you have six days to prepare for a team, and on the seventh day, that Sunday, meaning today, I guess they come over to me and say, 'Dag, Moss, you was right about a couple plays and a couple schemes they were going to run.' It hurts as a player that you put a lot of hard work in all week, and toward the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that's when they acknowledge about the hard work you put in throughout the week. That's actually a disappointment."

Moss didn't stop there either -- he also called out Brad Childress for electing to go for it on fourth down and goal before the end of the first half.

"Definitely down that we lost this game because I didn't expect us to lose this game knowing that we had a few things that we had to clean up," Moss said. "But like I said, they played a good game. I wish we could have had that three at the end of the half. Maybe it could have been different. Maybe not."

He also lavished a bunch of praise on his former Patriot teammates, even at one point calling Bill Belichick the "best coach in football history."

"I really haven't had a chance to really talk to the guys, so this was no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization," Moss said. "The captains -- [Vince] Wilfork, Tommy Boy [Brady], [Jerod] Mayo. Am I forgetting somebody? Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. Been an up-and-down rollercoaster emotionally all week. And then to be able to come in here and see those guys running plays that I know what they're doing, and the success they had on the field, the running game -- so, I kind of know what kind of feeling they have in their locker room, man, and I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them. Every last helmet in that locker room, man."

In fact, it at least seemed that Moss wanted to be a Patriot again and that he regrets whatever happened to get him back to Minnesota (or, if you're optimistic about his attitude, that he really, really, REALLY appreciates everything that New England did to revive his career). But regardless, it was, by all accounts, an incredibly bizarre scene that can best be summed up with an old cliche involving greener colored grass.

And given Brett Favre's injury and the team's inability to win any games and willingness to call out the head coach, things could be only getting browner.

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: October 30, 2010 11:33 am
 

NFL Soundoff Week 8: Blaming Favre

Posted by Andy Benoit

Turns out, people like 1-10 scales for more than just telling a doctor how much pain they’re in or telling a friend how attractive someone is.

This week we asked our Twitter and Facebook followers: On a 1-10 scale, how much blame does Brett Favre deserve for the Minnesota Vikings' struggles this season (1 = none, 5 = same as any other teammate, 10 = all the blame)?

The responses were numerous and all over the board. The average score given to Favre: 6.73. The median (most frequent score): 10. Plenty of people felt it was necessary to mention Brad Childress (he received mostly 10’s).

Here are some of the best responses we received:

VIA FACEBOOK (Facebook.com/CBSSports)

Carlos Gonzalez Holier than thou Brett is 6 and Childress is the rest. They would have won a couple of games if he would have made it to training camp to build some chemistry with his receivers. Especially when he knew his guy (Rice) wasn't going to be there.
Michael Schmidt It an 8. Same amount of responsibilty he has in the Packers not having 2 to 3 more ring or the vikes having one last year. When it counts and he is under preasure he folds like a cheap tent. As a packer fan all my life let me tell you that the san fran game from last year are the exception and the playoff picks (02 Rams 6ints, overtime int to Eagles 04, nfc championship 07 and 09) is the norm. I take it that 8 back, its a 10 no matter what madden and collinsworth say, bretts wonderlick says it all..DUMB!

Jason Krugler Favre and the offense are putting up points! The defense needs to step it up a notch! Is Jared Allen even on the team this year? you have to have some defense to with that offense.

Joseph Ryan Why does everyone hate Brett? We're all witnessing history every time he decides to suit up! I'd say all things considered, he's about 3..

Michelle Foote ‎4 - One (for) every inch of his manhood that was (allegedly) "sexted" to the reporter ;-D

Elizabeth Denorfia I am going to say 3. The Vikings just need to regroup and focus on the game and not what is going on around them To Paraphrase a Miller Huggins quote...“ quarterback is the carburetor, the lead dog, the pulse taker, the traffic cop and sometimes a lot of unprintable things, but no team gets very far without one.”

Scarekrowe Karratti ‎1 and I'll say why.. Minn should have known better. Why keep someone on that you know has a past of drama and whatnot. That being said... Brett has had issues of injuries and no-shows in the past. GO BACK HOME!

Troy Toth  8 - it's not his fault they have no pass rush this season (where are you Jared Allen) but nobody makes enough great throws to overcome all the bad throws he makes these days. Here's an idea, make the occasional great throw and take care of...Joseph Torres FOR ONCE , I WILL GIVE HIM A 10! THAT DUMB ASS SHOULD HAVE HUNG IT UP WHILE COULD HAVE WITH PRIDE...NOW' HE'S JUST PROVING TO EVERYONE THAT HE'S TAKEN TOO MANY HEAD SHOTS...GIVE IT UP OLD MAN!!

Joe Rule That team could easily be 5 and 1! Real easy to see the mistakes by Favre! Dropped passes and other turnovers has nothing to do with it right?! blame it all on favre! What about all the dropped balls on d-fense as well!

(Andy’s note: Joe Rule? Wasn’t that the name of a rapper? Or wait, I might be thinking of Ja…yeah, that’s right, Ja Rule. My bad.)

Dan McGowan He is #4! They wanted him now deal with it! Is it Brett's fault Rice waited to fix his hip? Is it Brett's fault the defense. Is not playing at the same level or the O line? Sacks, rushed passes and constantly playing from behind are mostly at fault. And as far as anything he does off the field...I could care less! That's between him and his wife.

Zach Jost I'm a viking fan and a Favre fan, but dude needs to get his stuff together. So I am giving him a 6.75

(Andy’s note: We include this only because Zach was the only person to bust out decimals to make his rating. That’s kind of annoying, except Zach’s rating just happened to be only .02 off from the average of everyone else’s rating. Cool coincidence.)

VIA TWITTER ( @CBSSportsNFL

@SevenOneDeu  9. He's a QB so by default he gets more than just another guy. He has also played poorly and caused off field distractions.

@efonsecajr  Favre-8, Childress-2

@Tkleckner  8 No one deserves all the blame, but he sure looks his age. Not showing up for camp really hurt the team.

We’ll have another NFL Sound Off next week. If you have any topic suggestions for it, hit us up on Twitter @CBSSportsNFL.

Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Whatever happens, Tarvaris Jackson has his family

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When reporters approached Vikings backup QB Tarvaris Jackson today to ask about his mindset – will Brett Favre start or will coach Brad Childress, instead, go with Jackson? – and how he’s dealing with the unknown of Sunday’s game vs. the Patriots, Jackson gave himself a nice plug.

“You can check my blog out on my web site," he said.

So, we did by clicking this link right here.

In a post published Thursday entitled “Keeping it in perspective,” Jackson talked about how his football life used to bleed into his personal life, keeping him unhappy all the time if he happened to be playing poorly. Now, though, he’s got a different mindset.

Jackson writes:

Having kids puts everything in perspective for me. … I’m to the point now where I still love football, but having kids puts things in perspective and lets you know the things in life that are really important.

Once you get used to it, you can find a happy medium.

You can read on and learn Jackson’s take on what life is like for an NFL player and his family when the cameras aren’t rolling on Sundays. But if you’re looking for a specific comment about Favre and this week, I have a spoiler alert: you’re going to be disappointed.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:48 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 11:17 am
 

Childress leaning toward Jackson over Favre?

Posted by Andy Benoit

There are reports out of Minnesota that the unthinkable could happen: Brad Childress could choose Tarvaris Jackson over Brett Favre this Sunday. Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune write that Favre intends to play on his fractured ankle, but that he’s told a few people close to him that he isn’t sure Childress will give him the green light. B. Favre (US Presswire)

Favre was held out of practice Thursday. If he’s kept on the bench Sunday, his NFL record 291 consecutive starts streak would be snapped.

Neither Childress nor Favre said anything definitive Thursday.

"He's doing a little better every day," Childress told the media. "Whether it's good enough to play in an NFL football game remains to be seen. Just taking it a day at a time."

Favre, who no longer has a walking boot but is still showing a noticeable limp, was asked if he would practice Friday. "I wouldn't put anything past me to be honest with you," he said. Childress would not say whether Favre needed to work on Friday in order to play on Sunday.

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has a much better relationship with Favre than does Childress. (Bevell coached Favre in Green Bay.)

"Surprising would probably be a good word," Bevell said regarding the possibility that Jackson might play ahead of Favre. "[Brett has] never not been out there, so it would probably be a surprise."

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:40 am
 

Hot Routes 10.28.10: Why not try Kabletown?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Jets owner Woody Johnson is trying to solve the Cablevision/Fox conundrum so New York's fans can, you know, actually watch the game. Yeah, good luck with that, Woody. By the way, the title of this post is in homage to 30 Rock. Kabletown doesn't actually exist. Or does it?

- George Atallah, the NFL Players Association’s assistant director of external affairs, plays off the Cablevision/Fox fight and says it’s similar to where the NFL owners and NFLPA labor dispute is headed.

- Tremendous news for a guy down on his luck. Seahawks RB Stafon Johnson – who had the whole crushed larynx thing last year and the terrible leg injury/reconstructive surgery in the preseason – is possibly only a few weeks away from beginning to run.

- Carl Johnson, the league’s vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network on Wednesday that the officials blew the Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe touchdown catch/reversal from last Sunday. Yet, Vikings coach Brad Childress’ $35,000 fine will stand. No reversal on that.

- Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott might be in some trouble. With his job. Not with the law or anything.

- Armando Salguero thinks Sean Smith should be starting at CB instead of Jason Allen. He might get his wish this week.

- Cardinals QB Max Hall thinks he can be so much better than he played last week when he went (gasp) 4 for 16 for 36 yards and a pick. Arizona hopes so. Sounds like Hall is going to start this week, despite suffering a concussion last Sunday.

- Here’s how Cowboys WR Miles Austin is trying to correct his “drops” problem. By focusing more. That's a pretty good idea.

- Tampa Bay’s Cody Grimm will face off this week against his father, Russ Grimm. Well, Russ Grimm won’t be playing. He’s a coach now for the Cardinals. Hopefully, though, Cody can score a free dinner off his old man.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: 'What's Best for the Team'?

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 . 

Week 7 might see an unusual number of coaches actually doing 'what's best for their team' (Brad Childress' words) when it comes to quarterback decisions.

Or perhaps not -- many an external factor can change a coach's choice on who to start.

Let's begin in Minnesota, or, technically, in New England -- where the Vikings will take on the Patriots in a game that's got a storyline or two.

There's Randy Moss' return to New England after being traded from the Pats earlier this season, a monumental factor that's being even more monumentally overshadowed by the fact that every single bone in Brett Favre's foot has been reduced to little tiny pieces in the past week or so.

OK, that's a stretch, but we do know it's a pretty severe injury. Or, at least some of us do.

"You're talking to the wrong guy to rate severity," Childress said. "I just know how they were advertised to me, and I didn't use any [medical definitions] that weren't said to me."

Chilling words (pun intended) from a coach who seems to be more passive-aggressive than anything when it comes to making a decision about who'll start for him under center.

The pervasive understanding sure seems to be that Childress, if he had his druthers or any, ahem, "juevos rancheros" at all, would start Tavaris Jackson at quarterback for the Vikings. This would require Childress being in charge, though, and his description of Favre's injury ("an evolving situation") is pretty indicative that he's not.

Favre doesn't call the shots, of course, but it's pretty clear that if he wants to play, he's going to play, despite what he says; and yeah, the same thing applies to his streak of 291 consecutive games.

"I don't want to go out there for one play, I don't want to go out there for three plays," Favre said. "If I'm able to play, I want to play the whole game and give us the best chance to win."

That's utter baloney, regardless of how nice it sounds coming from Favre. He prides himself on his iron man status as much as anything, and it's pretty obvious that if he can get that next start, he's going to get that next start, even if it's at the expense of Minnesota's success.

The only thing that could stop him is Childress stepping in, telling everyone involved that Favre is going to take a week off, get rested and thereby putting the burden on Adrian Peterson to control the game and Tavaris Jackson to make one or two big throws without any huge mistakes.

It's a plausible proposition, but probably one that won't come to fruition. But only because Favre wants to keep his streak intact grit out a win just too damn much.

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The Titans might offer up the spiciest of all job situations, because Jeff Fisher's shown in the past he doesn't give a flip who throws the ball for his team, as long as they help Tennessee win.

Kenny Britt's emergence as a potential true No. 1 wideout -- even if he's facing future discipline -- under Kerry Collins might make the decision easier.

Clearly Vince Young has potential and whatnot, but he's remarkably inconsistent, and Collins has had tremendous success with Fisher, most notably in stealing V.Y.'s starting spot two years ago and last week against the Eagles, when he lead a measty comeback in Nashville that featured Britt catching three touchdowns for 225 yards.

As long as Tennessee has Chris Johnson, it'll obviously be dangerous, and with a bye week coming after the Titans tangle with the Chargers in San Diego Sunday, it makes a whole lotta sense for Fisher to give V.Y.'s a quite convenient extra week of rest on his injured leg.

Will ownership want that no? Probably not. Will Vince? Definitely not. Does Fisher care? Absolutely not -- a win in San Diego gives Tennessee establishes the Titans as a legitimate threat to win the AFC (if that wasn't clear already), and "CSI:Nashville" knows that keeping Collins under center for now gives them the best chance to win.

At least until he does his best "Kerry Collins in the first of 2009" impersonation -- but that's what Vince Young's sitting there for!

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The Eagles finally make their way to the bottom of this piece (or at least the middle anyway), and with good reason -- Kevin Kolb showed Sunday why Michael Vick should be the starter.

(Ironically, yes, that was while Collins showed he should start over Young, but that's neither here nor there.)

Look, we've said it plenty of times, but Kolb's plenty good and will play plenty of snaps for the Eagles at some point; he's just a different animal than Vick.

Last week we talked about how Kolb, even when posting monster numbers against Atlanta, still looked a little weak-armed. This won't change. Ever.

And Vick is, when healthy, one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL -- he'll start until he forgets how fragile his ribcage is and takes off on an ill-advised run down the middle of the field towards the goal line. Again.

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Perhaps the best decision by any coach -- and it's an odd choice if only because of who the coach is -- will happen in London, where Mike Singletary decided to plug in Troy Smith as the starter while Alex Smith is out.

There's no telling if Troy will start for the entire two-to-three week duration that Alex is supposed to miss, but it doesn't really matter: Frank Gore would be a better option than David Carr.

Plenty of people probably weren't watching the stinker of a game he gave up in Charlotte, but believe me, he has no business taking snaps as a starter in the NFL ever again. It's like drafting Michael Clayton in fantasy -- just because he's a top pick and has tons of talent doesn't mean he has to succeed eventually.

Cut him and move on. (Oh wait, that happened in real life too. Ha.)

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Los Pantalones Fuegos (We're talking about jobs so we might as well mentions who's seat is hot, no?)

- Mike Singletary: Right now he's getting a few too many votes of confidence. A blowout overseas at the hands of a Denver team that got torched by the Raiders last week could push him to the brink.

- Brad Childress: Weird how so many of the guys with quarterback situations are mentioned here right? 2-6 to start the season could make it worth Minnesota's while to see what Leslie Frazier can do as a head coach.

- John Fox: It's hot all season, but a win against the Rams would go a long way towards keeping him in town through 2010.

- Josh McDaniels: It wasn't the losses piling up, but the way in which they piled up (read: giving up nearly 60 points to division rival Oakland).

- Wade Phillips: Tony Romo's injury almost guaranteed that he won't be fired until the end of the season, if that's any consolation.

- Jack Del Rio: Losing to a Jon Kitna-led Cowboys team just before the bye could seal his fate. Kitna will do that to you.

- Lovie Smith: He's only slightly less delusional than Singletary. And he has four wins, so that helps.

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Quickly …

- Needless to say, giving the job to Colt McCoy was the right call for Eric Mangini. Kid's kind of hard to root against.

- Max Hall's the starter for Arizona if he's healthy and that makes the most sense given that the only other option is still Derek Anderson. It's simple science, really.

- Apparently Washingtonians want Rex Grossman to get a shot over Donovan McNabb. Please go monitor a midterm, folks -- there's more value in that.

- Darren McFadden probably has his starting job back now, I think.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 1:33 pm
 

Favre says if he plays, wants to play whole game

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre and Brad Childress addressed the media and, naturally, it was streaming live in Times Square (kidding, of course -- in fact, it was nice to get a break from the recaps of the Heat/Celtics game, guh). The news conferences never actually steered towards any alleged sexting, which was interesting, but that's only because Favre's ankle is banged up and his heel is "broken."

"Basically a broken heel bone, is what it is," Favre said. "I've been assured that yeah, it's broken, but there's not a risk of further injury."

Favre also talked about his consecutive games streak and how amazed he was/is by it, but that it wouldn't be the determining factor in whether he plays Sunday or not. (Note: this is also "alleged.")

"All I can say is 'wow' -- I kind of lost count a long time ago," Favre said about his streak. "I'm very proud of the streak but it probably should have ended a long time ago …

The only reason I would want to play -- I don't wan to go out there for one play, I don't want to go out there for three plays. If I'm able to play, I want to play the whole game and give us the best chance to win."

It appears that No. 4 never actually visited Dr. James Andrews, as reported yesterday, since Chilly said he stayed on site.

"He was here all day yesterday -- our doctors shared with their doctors and you can do a lot of things over the computer," Childress said.

And that's probably how Favre knows the extent of his injury.

"I know the bone will continue to be broke for quite a while," Favre said.

Interestingly, Favre mentioned -- without being prompted -- the possibility that he could limp off into the midday sun now that he's suffered an injury which could theoretically keep him out for an extended time, and pointed out that he wasn't walking out that door just yet.

"This could easily be an injury where I say I'm going to slip under the radar -- an easy out," "and people may think that. But I want to play. And I want to help this team win. I owe that to the guys and to myself."

So, to sum up, Favre is going to honorably hang around and continue to wreck Brad Childress' life and Tavaris Jackson's confidence. Good times!
 
 
 
 
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