It’s just a little, seemingly innocent sentence buried in the middle of a Star-Tribune article about Phil Loadholt and the (quite literally) big impression he made on the first day of rookie minicamp. Or, maybe it isn’t so innocent:
While he was impressed by Loadholt’s first workout, [Brad] Childress stopped well short of handing the big fella the starting right tackle spot ahead of incumbent Ryan Cook. “I see it as a good competition out there,” Childress said.
Childress also said he envisions Loadholt having the flexibility of being able to play both tackle positions.
Elsewhere in the same article, there is a reference to Chilly informing Bryant McKinnie that Loadholt has now officially supplanted him as the largest man on the Vikings’ roster. Given that remark about Loadholt’s flexibility, I have to ask: will there be another meeting in the near future where Childress informs McKinnie that he has been replaced as the team’s starting left tackle? Something to watch for, maybe.