Can Childress right the ship in New England this Sunday?
With hard times come frustration. With frustration comes consequences.
Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports mentioned in a column that people from within the Vikings organization were under the impression that a loss to Dallas would result in Childress also losing his job. Judd Zulgad of Access Vikings disputes the report, saying that Childress was safe at that point.
Safe or not, there is no denying that Childress is currently the captain of a sinking ship and instead of leading his crew in an effort to keep the boat afloat, Childress is firing the cannons at every possible target including his first mate.
Mystery surrounds Childress’ willingness to call out his starting quarterback after Sunday Night’s loss.
“It still goes back to taking care of the football,” Childress said. “You can’t throw it to them. They have to play within the confines of our system … you can’t give seven points going the other way, not in a game like this.”
Perhaps Childress sensed that Favre’s popularity is currently at an all-time low and he was trying to make a play to regain a locker room that, by all appearances, he currently doesn’t have.
Childress didn’t stop with Favre when it came to taking shots, and the officials were up next.
“That’s the worst officiated game I’ve seen,” Childress said following Sunday’s loss. “That referee came over and apologized to me for not calling a hold on the scramble by [Packers quarterback Aaron] Rodgers. And I’ll tell you what, that’s his job. Protect the quarterback and look at the left tackle. Look at the left tackle hold his tail off.”
“The umpire standing on that side, they called a penalty, the guy hadn’t called a penalty all night long and then I don’t know if he got religion or what happened but Bruce [Stritesky] whatever his name didn’t make a call all night long,” Childress said. “Now we’re going to get a facemask. I mean c’mon now. C’mon.”
Additionally, Childress told the media that he had been called by the Director of Officials Carl Johnson and was informed that the league felt that the officials got calls wrong on at least two touchdown plays.
I knew as soon as I heard Childress’ initial remarks that he would be fined, and he had to know it as well. In the end, Childress will be $35,000 lighter in the wallet, and has not made any friends in the league office in the process. Childress was lucky not to lose his privilege of speaking with Johnson after disclosing the content of a private and confidential discussion.
While Childress was willing to live in the past for a day or two, he has now begun to look forward, but he has not stopped shooting that cannon. With these shots, I fear that he might be waking a sleeping giant.
I’m not sure what it is between Brad Childress and Bill Belichick, but I get the feeling the lack of respect is mutual. Childress once annoyed Belichick by publically calling out Belichick’s attempt to call Childress and prevent him from taking Garrett Mills off the Patriots practice squad. Then, Childress publically bragged about “outsmarting” the Patriots by being able to snag Percy Harvin in the NFL Draft before the Patriots could do it. How these two ever worked out a trade for Randy Moss is beyond me.
Perhaps Childress simply despises Belichick for the butt whooping that was planted on his team on Monday Night Football the last time they played. He obviously thinks the 41-14 score didn’t represent any sort of talent gap between the two teams, but rather it was a sign that something sneaky was going on.
“I’m mindful of the last time we faced [the Patriots] here on Monday Night Football,” Childress told reporters on Monday. “It was like a surgical procedure. That’s back when we used to signal [plays] and things like that. I remember having a conversation with [then-defensive coordinator] Mike Tomlin about that. These were some of the all-time great signal stealers. In fact, that’s what was going on. They were holding, holding, holding. We were signaling from the sideline. They were good at it. It’s like stealing signals from a catcher.”
While Childress is clearly focused on the past, Belichick was not willing to take the bait.
“Right now, we’re just trying to focus on the Vikings, to go and get ready to play them,” Belichick said in response. “Not really worried about any other games that have happened in the past or any ones that are coming up on the schedule.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (pictured here) not only said his coach would never call him out publically the way Childress did to Favre, he also gave a focused answer when asked about Childress’ comments.
“We’ve been called a lot worse than that,” Brady said. “That’s come and gone. That’s been not a part of football here for a long time, and we’ve still won a lot of games. In ‘07, they changed the rule and so forth. I don’t buy a whole lot into that. The team that’s going to win this weekend is the team that plays better. I promise you that.”
So, to recap, in a few short days Childress has successfully furthered the “poor” part of his poor relationship with his starting quarterback, lost more money than many Americans will make this year, possibly alienated himself within the league and amongst the officials to make a point that Vikings fans would have made for him, and managed to give the Patriots one more reason to focus on beating his team to a pulp.
But, who knows. Maybe this is genius in front of our very eyes. Maybe it is just crazy enough to work.
We have seen weirder stuff happen around here.