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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2601494

    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
    Thoughts?

    That pretty much somes up the media... Screw the media

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    yeah chester taylor really screwed that up. guess harris was picking his nose on that play...wow. startribune said there was a scheduling conflict, so some of the media was still walking in during the interview, if they dont show you respect, screw them. good for childress.

    "Even Childress fell victim to the pettiness, spending only 2 minutes and 11 seconds in his postgame news conference. Scheduling confusion left many reporters unaware that he had entered the Vikings' interview room; Childress answered only three questions and ended the session as reporters were still arriving -- leaving many of the game's key issues unaddressed by the purported singular voice of the franchise."
    http://www.startribune.com/510/story/697829.html
    whaaaaa, poor us, we couldnt make it on time....crybabies.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "Llamarama" wrote:
    Thoughts?
    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.

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    BC needs to pull a Saban (I dislike saban).
    Belittle the press and just say stupid stuff to keep away from the real issues.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    all this thread is doing.. is showing we have a long way to go before the team gets some respect from the local media, case in point: urlacher full page picture


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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    like parcells is always professional in his after loss press conferences...lol

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    "petrodemos" wrote:
    like parcells is always professional in his after loss press conferences...lol
    Parcells is a 2-time Super Bowl-winning coach who is also likely a hall-of-famer.
    And he does sit there and answer the stupid questions, letting the media know he thinks they are stupid.
    Far cry from a newbie-coach who preaches a culture of accountability.


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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    Here's the real question.

    Will Childress not answering questions in a press conference matter a week from now? No.

    How about two weeks from now? No.

    This offseason? No.

    Find something else to write about. Quite honestly, no one really cares whether he answered questions or not in the press conference or handled it badly. And if you do, you are reading into things too much.

    Look, people get mad when they lose.. especially when it comes to football and its Bears Vikings. This was his first loss. Cut him some slack. It wont matter at all in the longrun.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "petrodemos" wrote:
    like parcells is always professional in his after loss press conferences...lol
    Parcells is a 2-time Super Bowl-winning coach who is also likely a hall-of-famer.
    And he does sit there and answer the stupid questions, letting the media know he thinks they are stupid.
    Far cry from a newbie-coach who preaches a culture of accountability.


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    AW I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on this one.
    Parcells (HOFer or not) sits there and belittles the media after they ask him questions regarding TO.
    My opinion on that is you knew what you were getting when you signed him.
    Deal with it and take it.
    I watched some of his press conferences and he acts like a jack@$$.

    As far as BC is concerned, I didn't see the interview to comment or pass judgement so I don't know the entire circumstances leading to the matter.
    However, if the media was late that's on them.
    If BC could have stuck around to answer that's on him.
    In the whole scheme of things, does it really matter?
    We lost the game.
    Whether or not we should have won doesn't matter.
    I think we should have won it but Chicago did what was needed to win.


    Whoever is blaming Taylor for that fumble must not have seen the whole play.
    Our front line did not contain the Bears defensive line.
    In turn, he went into the backfield and caused the fumble.
    Not a whole lot Taylor could have one.
    It would have been amazing if he did hold onto it.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    I do think it was wrong for Brad to walk out so early in that conference, but cut the guy some slack.
    It was his first loss, and a tough loss at that.
    He has never had to stand infront of that firing squad before.
    It was his first time.
    Give the guy a break.

    The win would have been an amazing achievement for this team, and we had it in the bag.
    One fumble gave the game away, and thats one painful way to lose a game with a rival team... at home.

    It was a terrible situation and I don't blame him for walking away earlier.
    He'll get use to it in time.

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    Re: ESPN article -- "Childress Clams Up"

    "AWZeus" wrote:
    "petrodemos" wrote:
    like parcells is always professional in his after loss press conferences...lol
    Parcells is a 2-time Super Bowl-winning coach who is also likely a hall-of-famer.
    And he does sit there and answer the stupid questions, letting the media know he thinks they are stupid.
    Far cry from a newbie-coach who preaches a culture of accountability.


    =Z=
    must have hit a button or something, you okay Z?

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