Brad Childress must’ve known when he openly slammed the officiating in Sunday night’s Packer game that he would be fined a significant amount of money for those remarks. So it will come as no surprise to Childress that league sources have told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen a fine is forthcoming, both for Chilly’s “worst officiating I’ve seen blast” and his subsequent revelation that the league disagreed with the officials’ reversal of Visanthe Shiancoe’s nose-down touchdown.
Obviously, Childress was consumed with rage when he made those remarks. We all have different ways of dealing with that kind of anger. Some of us drink. Some of us get in fights. Some of us blast referees.
In all honesty, the whole officiating controversy now seems like water under the bridge. It happened, it can’t be fixed. The Vikings certainly have bigger things to worry about now, like the fact that they will probably have to play the Patriots with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback and Joe Webb as the back-up.
For Childress personally, the biggest issue right now might be his relationship with his players. We know how fond most of the Vikings are of Brett Favre, and we know how football guys generally feel about that whole unwritten code of theirs. Childress, in slamming Favre publicly, may have put himself in a precarious position leadership-wise. Then again, it’s possible a lot of Favre’s teammates were itching to say the same stuff Chilly said, in which case, they may have secretly been rooting for Chilly when he began verbally slapping his fast-fading QB.
The only thing that’s certain right now? The Vikings are a mess. And there doesn’t seem any obvious way to clean that mess.