Mad Chilly

Brad Childress is upset that the officials didn’t hit Derrick Brooks with a penalty for interference when he knocked the ball away from Adrian Peterson on that misbegotten fourth down pass play in the third quarter (the one where Gus Frerotte spent his only “duck under blitzing corner” card for the season).  “You get that play one time a year,” Childress said. “I just don’t feel like [the officials] looked at it correctly, and obviously that could have been a big play in the game.

“We were going home run right there,” added Childress. “We felt like we had a good match up right there. And you know? You can’t grab the guy down the field, when the ball’s in the air. I mean, that’s the rule.”

Maybe Childress needs to study the Twins a little bit and learn that sometimes it’s better to bunt than swing for the home run.  Or, since this is actually football, just punt the freaking thing when it’s still only the third quarter and the game is tied.  I thought going for it there was dumb when it happened, and the more it sinks in, the dumber I realize it is.  How many times do we have to fail miserably on these fourth down gambles before we get that it’s not worth it?  It seems odd to me that Childress gets all gung-ho to use Adrian Peterson in these questionable situations, then yanks AD from the game entirely when it’s late and we really do need a big play.  It is sometimes difficult to decipher Childress’s logic – it’s almost like he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.  But he’s a pro football coach so, obviously, he’s a genius.  And that play failed because the officials didn’t throw the flag.  Uh-huh.

Topics: Adrian Peterson, Derrick Brooks, Gus Frerotte, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Dunny

    when I was watching the game it did look like Peterson’s arm was pulled, but I don’t think the ref was in a good enough position to see it and make the call.  But either way hell of a play by the defender getting the other hand in and punching the ball.  In the end I put it on the QB…put that ball where the defender can’t get it, peterson can fly and he throws the ball into his hip instead of up infront where AD would reach and be the only one to catch it (also was a god attempt with a lot of heat on the QB).
    but yes, it’s frustrating to watch so many missed 4th downs, and watching the games how many play actions do you ever really see?  you’d think that would help open both run and pass…but what does anyone else know…this is a kick @ss offense.  But hey with all this crapy coaching, our team is still not outa the playoff run yet so lets go Vikes!