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    ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"


    Vikings' Childress clams up with media after first loss

    By Jon Krawczynski
    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS -- For the first time in this young season, the Minnesota Vikings are facing some adversity.

    If the way the head coach handled it after Sunday's deflating loss to division rival Chicago, it could be a long year.

    After the first regular season loss of his head coaching career, Brad Childress made a brief opening statement to the media, quickly answered just three questions, then headed for the door.

    It was a shocking display from a man who has done nothing but preach about character and accountability since the moment he took over nine months ago, and a stark contrast to the class and responsibility Carolina coach John Fox showed in the Metrodome one week ago.

    It's easy to answer questions when you're winning. When you've pulled out two last-second victories in the first two weeks, one with the help of a very gutsy fake field goal call, anybody can field inquiries from an adoring media contingent about how things went just right.

    What makes an NFL coach's job infinitely more difficult -- and less desirable -- is standing before the firing squad after a loss like this one. A game that you had in the palm of your hand with just minutes to play. A game that slipped away in the blink of an eye. A game in which you made several decisions that fans are going to want to know about.

    The Vikings led Chicago 16-12 and had the ball late in the fourth quarter. Game over, right?

    But the normally reliable Chester Taylor fumbled a handoff, giving the Bears the ball at the Minnesota 37. Five plays later, Rex Grossman hit Rashied Davis for a 24-yard touchdown and a 19-16 lead.

    Still, the Vikings had the ball with good field position and plenty of time left to pull off another comeback.

    On third-and-7 at their own 41, Childress called a draw to Mewelde Moore that gained 5 yards, caused them to burn one of their two remaining timeouts, and left them with a fourth-and-2.

    Then Brad Johnson threw the ball deep to Troy Williamson, taking a chance on the big play rather than going for a safer pass to keep the chains moving. The ball fell harmlessly to the turf and Grossman kneeled to close out the victory.

    To his credit, at least Childress did address why they called for such a risky pass with the game on the line.

    "We just tried to throw it to a playmaker," Childress said. "Troy has been good for us and he had man-to-man coverage out there."

    He then talked briefly about the team's blitzing philosophy and dismissed a question about injuries on the offensive line before exiting, leaving so many questions unanswered.

    Why was cornerback Fred Smoot benched for the first series of the game?

    Why the draw on third-and-7?

    What did you say to Taylor after such a tough play?

    That's what leaders do. They stand up and take the heat when things don't go their way, like Fox did so impressively a week before after the Vikings beat the Panthers in overtime.

    The veteran coach all but handed that one to the Purple when he called for a throwback on a punt return with a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter. Chris Gamble's wobbly throw eventually wound up in the hands of the Vikings, and kicker Ryan Longwell's TD pass to Richard Owens sent the game into overtime.

    After one of the bigger mistakes of his coaching career, Fox stood in front of reporters and accepted the blame for the call, and answered questions about the Panthers' 0-2 start.

    He did it like a pro.

    Childress has done an excellent job of restoring order and instilling a sense of professionalism to a team that very much needed both after Zygi Wilf finally canceled the Mike Tice Amateur Hour. Practices are more organized, game plans are tighter and players have been held accountable for off-the-field transgressions.

    But his conduct after the game on Sunday lacked all of that, and more.

    It's acceptable to lose a game, especially one as close and tough as this one.

    It's acceptable to make an error in judgment or make a bad call when the spotlight is shining brightest.

    The only thing that is unacceptable is clamming up in the aftermath when one or both of those things happen.

    Let's hope this was just a rookie mistake. Childress is doing this for the first time, after all, and some growing pains are inevitable.

    Of course it's better to have those pains in the pressroom than on the field. But it doesn't make it right.

    Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    He abruptly ended the PC today.
    He was professional while he was answering questions.

    All I can say to the writer of the story, is watched the game, write about the game.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    count on the media to throw salt on the wounds of team coming out of a tough loss.
    Fornicate this guy, fornicate a whole lot of him.
    Brad is still a young coach, and if he doesnt want to talk to the media assclowns, thats his business.
    Darned if you do, darned if you dont talk to the bastages when they want.
    ...Rodgers had to hold on the ball longer, giving players like Jared "I am completely insane and will literally eat your children" Allen time to sack Rodgers again.And again. And again. Actually I think Rodgers may have nightmares about Jared Allen the rest of the year.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    "Llamarama" wrote:
    I think he's spot on.
    Childress should have stood there and taken some of the questions, rather than running from the spotlight.
    When you sign on to be the face of the franchise, you need to take the bad along with the good.


    Thanks to Josdin for the awesome sig!

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    I read somewhere (I cant remember where though) that there was a miscommunication as to when the post match conference would start. Brad C got there before the reporters and took advantage (if you may say so) of the opportunity. He answered a few questions then left when reporters were still arriving.
    I am not saying Brad C was right but again let the reporter tell us the whole story.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    You guys have some good points childress cant win.
    we all can look back at things and wish we had done them differently....shoulda, coulds, woulda...

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    F the writer of that article. Who among us hasn't been pissed before and didn't wanna talk to people? Hell, I didnt' wanna talk to anybody after yesterday's loss. That just shows that Brad Childress is a human and not a machine.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    Apparently Smoot screwed up on the conduct policy again. Childress dismissed the busted-helmet theory and said the issue was purely between him and Smoot. That's why he was benched for the first series (and subsequently didn't get the start).

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    remember, a lot of players were pissed off at the local media for focusing more on the bears (much more) then their own home team in this up and coming game.
    all along childress has expressed dislike for the media (remember last weeks comments on why he didnt announce the injuries at the PC?)

    ok, so maybe he should have answered some more questions, but i have a feeling, even if we had won, childress wouldnt have talked to them for very long, no one on the team have been pleased at all with the local media

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    So, maybe he should have babbled more.
    In the grander scheme of things I could care less if he did or didn't.
    The media will contrive, steal, or makeup some other story to sell their papers and their articles will have nothing to do with the success or failure of the team.

    Half-full or half-empty?
    I'm not sure, I shattered the glass against Krawczynski's head.
    Now they have something interesting to write about.

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