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    Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    Thursday, March 22, 2007
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    Based on a morning appearance on KFAN, Vikings coach Brad Childress would seem to have little interest in trading for Houston Texans quarterback David Carr.

    "David Carr is a tremendous person," Childress said. "I always struggled with where his release came from. It's kind of a drop-down, three-quarter release. ... He can make some of the throws; he can't make all the throws."

    In addition to Carr, whose days in Houston are numbered with the Texans' trade for Atlanta Falcons backup Matt Schaub, Childress touched on a number of other subjects, including:

    --Wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who visited Winter Park on the first day of free agency but wound up signing a six-year, $32 million contract with Philadelphia.

    "He probably accepted less to go there," Childress said. "He's where he wants to be."

    --Wide receiver Troy Williamson, who recently began a workout program with Nike designed to improve his hand-eye coordination.

    "We'll have a little more to say on it in May," Childress said. "(But) if there's something we can clean up mechanically, we want to clean it up."


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    Chilly for lunch?
    Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
    by Judd Zulgad

    Here’s more from Brad Childress’ appearance on KFAN Radio this morning with Paul Allen and Jeff Dubay:

    On receiver Troy Williamson having spent several days recently having his eyes and body movements tested by coordination specialists at the Nike corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.: “Because that would be out of my lane, I can just say he had a great visit out West. We’ll have a little bit more on it in May. I just think it saddles him up too much … there’s a lot of work to be done. I know his agent put something out there about him going out there, we’re turning over every rock, every stone to make him a better football player. Really to make all of our guys better football players. When we get to May, I think Nike will probably have some more to say about it as will we. I’ll let the experts talk about that.”

    On the point last season that Childress realized the team had run into a problem with Williamson regarding his play: “Anytime you drop the ball it’s a problem. You drop it for a lot of different reasons. Whether it’s focus, concentration, got bumped at the top of a route. If there’s something that we can clean up mechanically, we need to clean it up. I was just convinced that based on what I was seeing, I think he’s got good hands [and] there were some things that could be rectified.”

    On how close the Vikings got to obtaining free-agent receiver Kevin Curtis, who ended up signing with the Eagles: “It doesn’t really matter when you get the silver medal. You want the gold. I believe we were right in it, I know what offer we made, I know what offer he accepted. He probably accepted less to go there. He wanted to be in Philadelphia and you put your best foot forward. It’s a little bit of a different free-agent process there with him switching agents in midstream. But he’s where he wants to be. He’s a good football player. You can’t take anything away from him.”

    On why the Vikings didn’t seem interested on retaining middle linebacker Napoleon Harris, who signed a six-year, $24 million ($7.5 million guaranteed) free agent with Kansas City: “I don’t know that there was an un-interest there. We re-signed [linebacker] E.J. Henderson to a substantial contract. A lot of times you can’t retain everybody. It’s not that you necessarily allot a certain portion of money to the linebacker position persee. But you had to let him go out there and test the market. That’s one of those situations where the market got set and it went off the charts in terms of where we thought it should be. We would have loved to have had Napoleon. He’s a good football player, he’s a good person. We talked right before he was getting ready to do his deal. He promised me he’d call us back. But simply that was a lot of money that Kansas City put the on the table. We got a call from Tampa, we thought that he was going to Tampa and they didn’t end up working the deal.”

    On the possibility of picking up a guy like receiver Antonio Bryant: “Well, you evaluate skills and ability and you’ve got to do a little homework in terms of personality and making sure a guy fits, too. He’s a guy that is certainly out there. He’s had a couple of different issues. I think one with Bill Parcells and I think he had an issue at the 49ers. I just want to make sure, not only that we’re getting good players, but we’re getting good people as well.”

    On the level of concern about the limited number of receivers on the roster: “Last year the concern going into training camp, they said, ‘Geez, you’ve got an awful lot of guys on the roster.’ That was one of the lead questions as we entered training camp. You can’t have it both ways. You fill up your roster as you go. You don’t just do it just to shop a certain number. You want quality guys, you want to add them for a reason. Whether they be free agents, through the draft coming up here or free agents from college.”

    On his reaction to the deal that will send quarterback Matt Schaub from Atlanta to Houston: “I liked Matt Schaub coming out of Virginia. I thought he was a good quarterback. Obviously, not highly experienced. Most of his playing has been in the preseason. I do know, I happened to talk to [Texans coach] Gary Kubiak yesterday, and it’s the same system. [Schaub] won’t be completely foreign when he walks in there to that system. He won’t start from the floor up, he’ll have some knowledge of that system and I know that Gary is excited to have him in there.”

    On what contributed to the downfall of a 6-10 season and where Childress stands on picking up Randy Moss: “I always say things are from a distance one thing and a lot of times when you get on top. … I came in and believed that there was a franchise quarterback here in place. Things didn’t workout that way with Daunte Culpepper. That’s what I saw as I came in here from Philadelphia. Things are always different when you’re sitting on top of that group of people. But it’s still a plum job. It’s the Minnesota Vikings. Obviously, we were very good on defense, we lacked on offense. We lacked the ability to explode on offense. Hopefully, we’re going to remedy that. As far as Randy Moss, he’s not on my radar screen. It would probably cost you an arm and a leg to get him out of Oakland and I’m not sure that’s the prudent thing for our team right now.”

    On if Childress believes he has a franchise quarterback on his roster right now: “They always tag that after a while the guy is a franchise quarterback. … I don’t think he’s got the, Tarvaris [Jackson] has got the equity, Brooks [Bollinger] has got the equity built up to say franchise. As we moved down the road, we’ll see. But I like both my quarterbacks.”

    On what Tarvaris Jackson has done in the offseason to impress Childress: “He came down [to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., to see Childress] with a couple of his buddies. It was an easy drive for him. It’s always fun to be around a football setting, although it was miserable weather, about 50 degree and drizzle all week long. Was able to have lunch with him and spend a little bit of time. I just think any time you can do those things away from football it’s a good thing. He’s gone out of his way to be up here. He was up here for the big snowstorm. He’s been up here now for about a month. He’s just starting heavy into it with the offensive staff and Coach [Kevin] Rogers and Brooks [Bollinger] and Drew Henson. This is an evolution. And those guys spend time at their trade. Right now you’re doing a lot of things with a little bit less pressure. We call it a quarterback school coming up here. That’s essentially what it is. They’re going to school every day for those three or four hours.”

    On what Tarvaris Jackson brings to the table: “The first place you always start with the quarterback is how does the ball get out? What’s his release look like? [Do] you do all the things with accuracy, velocity, does he have command of the football? He’s one of those guys who has a large hand. Has extremely long fingers. So you look at that. And then you look at the athleticism that he has. I think you were able to see some of that as he breaks the pocket. In this day and age, whether it’s Brooks Bollinger, whether it’s Tarvaris Jackson, you have to be able to move to create a play. Pockets are going to break down. Those guys, by their nature, are better athletes than in the offensive line. You have to be able to make off-schedule throws. I think both those guys can do that. I think sometimes you go into seven-on-sevens where there is no pass rush and that’s not the real world. There’s always somebody, if you ever stand behind those guys in the pocket, there’s always somebody that’s swatting at their head or a hand swinging or somebody stepping on their feet. There are always those distractions and I think both of those guys will be able to escape, add a little bit of movement to be able to create when it’s not a clean pocket.”

    On if there was any interest in free agent defensive end Patrick Kerney before he went to Seattle: “There was interest but we didn’t choose to go that way. He’s a good player in his own right. I think they probably had a huge need, they had a complete void there. We’ll get better in the pass rush and we’ll see if there’s a guy that fits what we’re looking for in this draft as well.”

    On if this is a deep draft for wide receivers: “There are good players there. How many are in the first round remains to be seen. It depends on if somebody has got a need, depends on if there is a run. But I think throughout there are some good wide receivers as you go.”

    On why people who are pondering buying season tickets or considering dumping them should either jump on board or stay on board: “I would say this: We’re going to be a better football team this year. We have one lap around the track, we feel like we’ve added, we’ve subtracted, that’s ongoing. I think obviously we’re going to play great defense. The one thing that you know is our guys are going to play hard, they’re going to be competitive. If you look at us in every game, obviously, the difference between 6-10 and 10-6 is razor thin. We want to close that gap. We’re competing with the Chicago Bears in this division and gave them a run for the money – I know that doesn’t mean much right at this second – but that was a Super Bowl football team. So, you’ve got a chance to compete with them and win your division, you’ve got a chance to be a playoff team. And once you get in that dance it’s anybody’s game.”

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    Pretty nice read there.Finally we get to hear what Chilly thinks about some of the topics floatin around.

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    Nice interview. I don't know why people make Childress out to be such a big villain.

    Reading into the interview here's what I see-

    Kevin Curtis just didn't want to come here. We offered more than the eagles and he chose them over us.

    We will be looking at a WR in the draft but will probably be looking at DE first round.

    Tarvaris is the starter and Childress has a good relationship with him.

    He BELIEVES that this team will be good.

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    Do you honestly find anything surprising in the interview?
    If you ward of the retards and don't let them slant your thought process there is nothing that hasn't been said or inferred before in this interview.
    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    The A's by Childress to the Qs about Moss and Bryant should clue people in that the Vikings are no longer interested in 'controversial' players.
    There are several other WRs who are options.

    Further, I saw another article link today on the pending three strike rule that is being contemplated by Roger Goodall and the NFL front office..... but I didn't read it.
    If any team signs a player with a history of legal violation incidents, they are buying 'risky goods'.
    One more such legal incident by said players might result in the team losing out on their investment.
    Some teams see the decreased value of signing such risky players.

    When we stop to think about it, most folks behavior isn't perplexing after all !

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    He BELIEVES that this team will be good.
    If you've got a coach who doesn't BELIEVE his team will be good, he should be fired on the spot.

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    "Zeus" wrote:
    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    He BELIEVES that this team will be good.
    If you've got a coach who doesn't BELIEVE his team will be good, he should be fired on the spot.

    =Z=
    I know there are coaches who know deep down that their team is going to suck. Don't deny that.

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    "Zeus" wrote:
    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    He BELIEVES that this team will be good.
    If you've got a coach who doesn't BELIEVE his team will be good, he should be fired on the spot.
    I know there are coaches who know deep down that their team is going to suck. Don't deny that.
    Absolutely.
    But I listened to that entire interview live, and I didn't hear The Big Chill say anything that any coach wouldn't say.
    He's not going to come out and say "Well, the KAO will suck again this year, but, damn, wait for 2008!" is he?

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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    "Zeus" wrote:
    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    "Zeus" wrote:
    "PurplePeopleEaters" wrote:
    He BELIEVES that this team will be good.
    If you've got a coach who doesn't BELIEVE his team will be good, he should be fired on the spot.
    I know there are coaches who know deep down that their team is going to suck. Don't deny that.
    Absolutely.
    But I listened to that entire interview live, and I didn't hear The Big Chill say anything that any coach wouldn't say.
    He's not going to come out and say "Well, the KAO will suck again this year, but, damn, wait for 2008!" is he?

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    He speaks the truth, hung in there with the Bears, six losses by one score.
    It could go either way.
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    Re: Childress radio/Chilly for lunch?

    "Prophet" wrote:
    He speaks the truth, hung in there with the Bears, six losses by one score.
    It could go either way.
    The glass is half full.
    I think it's 3/4 full, myself.
    But it's only March.

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