More Strong Anti-Childress Comments from Viking Players


Sean Jensen has moved on from the St. Paul Pioneer-Press to the Chicago Sun-Times, but clearly, he still has a lot of sources on the Vikings.  And what these sources are saying about Brad Childress and the team’s relationship with him can’t be encouraging to Chilly or reassuring to Zygi Wilf.

In his Wednesday piece, Jensen relays some very strong comments from unnamed Vikings players concerning Childress.  On the subject of why no players came forward to publicly support Childress even after Sunday’s season-saving win over the Cardinals, one Viking said, “We know that Childress doesn’t have our backs, so why should we have his?  We’re playing for us, and we’re winning despite him.”

Another “team source” said of Childress’ notoriously poor handling of personnel, “He has absolutely no people skills.”

Another point of contention between Childress and his players was the way Chilly went after Brett Favre in the wake of Favre’s bad performance against the Packers.  One player said he and his teammates reached “a turning point” in their feelings about Chilly after the coach threw Brett under the bus for throwing three picks.

However, the players want to make it clear that they have no intention of quitting on the season, regardless of their animosity toward their alleged leader.  “‘We’ve got too many good football players, and we won’t lay down like Dallas,” Jensen quotes one player as saying.  And, in the strongest statement of all, another player declared, “‘As much as I hate Childress, I will keep playing.”

Can a team really rally itself all the way to the playoffs by uniting in their hatred of a coach?

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  • vikingsfan

    As a former coach, I will attest that there are several ways to get your players motivated, and it’s different with each player. What I see and hear from Vikings players, as well as the fans and even media… there is one “simple change” that would motivate and fire up the entire organization… Get rid of Childress.

    With that… Wilf, you screwed up last year when you gave Childress a contract extension, rather than truly evaluating WHY the team was performing as good as it was… and Childress was NOT the reason! He’s the “door stop”.

    If you want to get your team and fans back… motivated and ready to explode into the second half of the season, admit your screw up and get rid of Childress NOW… forget about the wins and losses.

    You need someone that wants to LEAD a TEAM… not DICTATE it. A true leader will take responsibility for their mistakes… Childress justs wants to “drive the bus” and run over everyone who he feels didn’t “follow his system”… His system is flawed, but he isn’t willing to allow his players to make changes without “punishment”. Other teams make changes during a game when they aren’t having success… Childress doesn’t.

    My prediction… and it pains me to say this as Vikings fan… but with Childress in charge, your Vikings fall short of the playoffs… With him gone, I believe they begin their run to the NFC championship game and quite possibly the superbowl…

    But, Wilf… it’s your team … you can choose to “toss out the trash” [Childress] now, let the air clear and watch the fun begin… or leave it [Childress] in the corner and have it continue to “stink the place up”…
    It’s your decision… and my 2-cents…

    Go Vikes!