AP Coach of the Year Announced. Brett Favre Ties Brad Childress.

Earlier on Saturday, the Associated Press announced that it has awarded its coach-of-the-year honor to Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 50 sportswriters polled for the award gave 20 1/2 votes to Lewis, more than Sean Payton (11 1/2), Norv Turner (9), Jim Caldwell (7) and Andy Reid and Ken Whisenhunt (1 each).

Conspicuously absent from the tally of other coaches receiving votes was the Minnesota VikingsBrad Childress, who despite leading the team to a 12-4 record and a #2 seed in the NFC, was shut out.

Perhaps appropriately, Childress received exactly the same number of coach-of-the-year votes as the man many think is the real coach of the Vikings, Brett Favre.

If nothing else, Childress deserves some votes for best off-season gamble of the year by ardently pursuing and ultimately closing the deal on Favre.  Maybe someone will invent that award and give it to Chilly.

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  • Mike

    Conspicuously absent was also Wade Philips, the Vikings opponent tomorrow. Vikings play Saints for NFC Championship where Peterson runs wild after being couped up too long.

  • Mike

    Best sign yet Vikings beat Cowboys: Patrick Reusse is picking the Cowboys. The other Star Tribune reporters are all picking the Vikings. I must admit I would feel even more confidant if I knew Joe was picking the Cowboys.

  • Mike

    After studying Cowboys game film, Favre said he fears their defense could stop the Vikings offense because they can get by with rushing only 4 and dropping the rest back into coverage. It is very important that the Vikings disguise whether they will run or pass so the Cowboys must keep 7 or 8 in the box to stop Peterson. No team dares dropping 7 into coverage while Peterson is a threat to run. Peterson is the key again!