Much to the dismay of many readers, stories that have “unnamed players” as their sources tend to be where a person can, presumably, find out how players really feel on a subject. Unnamed sources always seem to cast a shadow of doubt over the story, and perhaps rightfully so, but without the cloak of anonymity we may never hear the truth.
Truth, after all, is something this team seems to avoid whenever possible when the cameras are turned on.
Sean Jensen now covers the Bears, but covered the Vikings not so long ago with the Pioneer Press, and his latest article is packed full of unnamed players making statements about Brad Childress that would certainly never be said publicly.
“We know that Childress doesn’t have our backs, so why should we have his?” one player said. “We’re playing for us, and we’re winning despite him.”
Another player described Childress’ public criticisms of Brett Favre as a “turning point” when it came to trusting their head coach.
Jensen writes that at least three players approved of the move to ditch Randy Moss after only four games, but that Childress’ latest scuffle with receiver Percy Harvin reportedly over his work ethic was a case in which Childress crossed the line.
At one point in that heated argument Childress exclaimed, “I can say whatever I want.” Supposedly, Harvin stuck up for himself in such a way that it drew applause from some other players and even some of the coaching staff.
“I always say it’s like being a parent,” Childress recently said of his job. “If being a friend is a byproduct of that, great. I just want to make sure I do the right thing with players.”
Despite clashing with their head coach, the players Jensen talked to seem determined to not let it affect their production on the field.
“We got too many good football players, and we won’t lay down like Dallas,” one player said.
“As much as I hate Childress,” another player said, “I will keep playing.”
Leslie Frazier is the Assistant Head Coach, the Defensive Coordinator, and presumably Childress’ successor if a change were made in the middle of this season. At least one player sounds like he would be okay with that.
“Guys trust him,” that player said. “He’s going to treat you a certain way. He doesn’t single people out.”