Re: Childress - His way, like it or not
Sean Jensen appears to like using 'off the record' quotes to promote his rantings.
Maybe some of the supportive 'on the record' quotes should also be used, rather than supporting his agenda.
This issue has been discussed hundreds of times on pp.o.
...The frustrated Vikings complained that the second-year coach disliked recruiting "star players" via free agency, that he docked Troy Williamson's pay after the receiver's grandmother died, that he entrusted a green second-year quarterback with an otherwise veteran lineup, and that he tries to control what his players say to reporters.
Still, the perturbed players said, they would stay the course....
Just who out of the recognized name 'big-players' should they have picked up?
Maybe, just maybe, there was a plan in place that integrated the salary cap, need, direction of the team.
The FA was week this year, but there were a few that might have been nice to pick up, but, for many reasons that I'm sure the coaching staff can support, they were not.
Oh well, maybe Sean would be happier if there was a poll in their website so all the young 'uns and armchair experts could vote on which of the FAs should have been brought in.
Another of Sean's quotes, "Childress acknowledged that Garcia was discussed but never seriously considered."
What Childress actually said from a Seifert article was, ""There was enough furor over a 37-year-old quarterback [Brad Johnson] this year," Childress said. "So I'm kind of surprised [to hear about] Jeff Garcia." The plan was made, to go with the green horn and see what he has.
I didn't really agree with the plan, but, it's Childress' ass on the line, not mine.
A real quote that is 'on the record' in the article:
It might just be me, but, that kind of seems like it is supportive of the direction the team is taking.
..."I think guys are buying into the system," Winfield said, "and appreciating the coaching that we're getting."...
Sean's opinion following that quote:
I guess Mr. Jensen didn't get his requisite 'reach-around' that Tice so freely gave him so he tossed in an adjective that is supposed to be demeaning.
...But it has been a long road to get to this point, and the strong-willed Childress has endured his ups and downs...
Jensen whined about not getting 'big-namers' and used some 'off-the-record' quotes to support himself.
..."I'm convinced that, in a perfect world, the way you'd like to be able to build the thing is through your draft and augment your team with free agents," Childress said. "I think the conception is, 'Oh, these guys got this much cap money, they need to spend it.' Well, you just don't want to spend it just to spend it, and you don't want to spend it frivolously.
"We've still got some business principles that we adhere to."...
The quote from Childress in the article explains clearly, at least to me, why they didn't go after some of the 'big-namers' that some thought were the answer.
I guess I'm more likely to believe a coaching staff with over a century of professional coaching experience rather than a journalistic hack that has an agenda.
Regarding his decision to not pay Williamson, Jensen mentioned that, "But before making that decision, Childress consulted his leadership council, a panel of players he set up last season. Smith, one of the veterans on the council, applauded Childress for righting the situation."
To me that is good leadership, he made the decision, saw the repercussions, met with the veterans on the council that HE set up prior to this particular problem and righted the situation.
Childress even said:
Anyone that has ever been in a management decision knows that you have to make many decisions in any given day.
Childress, who now can joke that it wasn't one of his "highlight" decisions, pointed out that criticism comes with his position.
"In some ways, they pay you in this job to make decisions," Childress said. "Some you make right. When you're making decision after decision after decision, you'd like to be 100 for 100. But then I'd go to Vegas and make decisions and be a rich man.
Childress had the experience and vision to set-up a leadership council to help with decisions or to help get feedback on decisions.
That is good people management.
My favorite quote is Williamson, apparently on the record.
Williamson has done so little to gain any respect on the team that I'm sure his word carries a lot of weight.
Asked about this season, Williamson said, "I don't even want to talk about that, because I can go on and on and on.
"I will just do what I can do. I mean, I'm sure I'm not the only guy that feels that way."
I sure hope this guy walks the plank, he's not worth the coin and he shows signs of cancer.
Wow, that sounds horrible doesn't it?
...Childress discourages bulletin-board material for Vikings opponents - and any teamsensitive information, such as game plans and player injuries...
I wish he would give the AD ratio to the press.
Being a mentor, that sounds like a good thing.
...Asked about that exercise, Childress said his goal is to educate his players and ensure they don't say things they will later regret....
It is true that some players will say something in the heat of the moment and it will define them.
Randy Moss' comment about he'll play when he wants to play has been shoved down his throat for years after saying it.
It's a good thing to have a coach that is trying to help the players think before they speak.
Anyone that has dealt with the press knows that they will spin things and take things out of context.
A coach that warns them about this is doing his job.
In general people like straight-shooters that will tell you the way it is.
....Childress said he isn't afraid to tell any of his players where they stand with him ("As long as you're not afraid to hear it, I'm not afraid to tell you," he said), but he won't simply give a disgruntled player a pass out of Winter Park.
"Everyone can say, 'I'm not happy, I want to go.' But that's not how this whole deal works," Childress said....
Childress said he will tell any player where they stand with him, constructive criticism.
If they have a weak spine and can't handle it, then, don't ask.
Most people would rather hear from a straight shooter rather than an ass-kisser that will say one thing to their face and another thing behind their back.
Personally, I hate articles like this.
If you want to go off and define a man's character then use all the information available.
Don't be using the premise of your article on hearsay and 'off-the-record' quotes when there are plenty of 'on-the-record' quotes to work with.
Yes, winning cures everything.
I'm just not into asshats that attempt to destroy a man's character when it is based off of weak information and engulfed with opinon and an agenda.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain