Whether you agree or disagree with the specifics, Brad Childress has had an extremely negative effect on his players for the majority of this season. However, by sheer coincidence, the team’s distaste for Childress has climaxed at the perfect time.
When did it all begin? The answer seems unimportant.
Brett Favre and Childress have been butting heads since Favre arrived in Minnesota. Whether it was Childress’ play calling or his personality, the two never clicked. They did a half-decent job of hiding it last season, but this year is a completely different story.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, it was in August when Favre conveyed that he and many players on the offense “had no respect for Childress,” and a Vikings player inputted, “Brett think Childress has no clue about offense. Brett just doesn’t trust him.”
Favre has been an NFL QB for nearly twice as long as Childress has coached in the NFL, in any capacity. Childress has vast experience as an offensive coordinator, but having your quarterback not believing you is not a recipe for success. Would a change last year have helped the Vikings get over the hump and into the Super Bowl? Maybe not, but it might have helped for a new coach to have filled the spot this year.
The fallout of the Randy Moss situation provoked confusion on all angles. Only four weeks before Childress went over owner Zygi Wilf’s head in releasing Moss, the Vikings had given up a third round draft pick in an acquisition that they hoped would save their season. The fact that one of the league’s elite receivers could be erased from the roster left Vikings’ players mystified.
“We kind of looked at him kind of like, ‘Are you serious?’” Vikings WR Percy Harvin said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “It came out of nowhere. It caught a lot of us off-guard, but that’s coach’s decision. If he felt that was for the betterment of the team, then that’s what it is.”
Favre has said that he doesn’t have to like Childress or agree with him all the time, but that it wouldn’t affect his play. Most of the player reacted similarly to the release of Moss; shocked while attempting to stay composed. It took until this week for other players to begin vehemently disapproving of the coach.
In the Chicago Sun-Times, anonymous statements surfaced:
“We know that [Brad] Childress doesn’t have our backs, so why should we have his?” one player told the newspaper. “We’re playing for us, and we’re winning despite him.”
“As much as I hate Childress,” another player told the Sun-Times, “I will keep playing.”
“We know that [Brad] Childress doesn’t have our backs, so why should we have his?”
The controversy behind Moss is difficult to assess due to his history, but Moss is just another player that failed to see eye-to-eye with Childress. Still, all the disapproval may have led, in-part, to the Vikings comeback victory against the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Written by Zachary Stanley
By the end of the fall I will have obtained a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. I have been blogging for quite some time and am greatly enjoying my various responsibilities in this field. I am currently a Feature Celtics Columnist and a Featured Sports Contributor for two different sites. I am also a couple weeks from opening up my new blog site, CelticsNotes.com.