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    Line of Scrimmage: Meet the New Head Coaches

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    02/16/2006
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    - To quote the great poet and philosopher Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, you only get one shot.

    Out With the Old: Mike Tice, who was 32-33 (.492) in four-plus years, was fired on Jan. 1st.

    In With the New: Brad Childress, formerly offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles, was hired on Jan. 6th. Childress spent seven years with the Eagles, including the last four (2002-05) as offensive coordinator and the previous three (1999-01) as quarterbacks coach.

    Prior to that appointment, Childress was offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and running backs coach at University of Wisconsin (1991-98), and also served collegiate stints with Utah (1990), Northern Arizona (1986-89), and Illinois (1978-84).

    Apart from his time with the Eagles, Childress' only other NFL experience came as quarterbacks coach for one year with the Indianapolis Colts (1985).

    Coordinator/Staff Situation: Childress did not call plays while serving under Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and he won't allow his newly-hired OC, former Packers QB coach Darrell Bevell, to call the plays either. Bevell's job will be to implement Childress' west-coast-based scheme, which figures to borrow heavily from Reid's (and Mike Holmgren's, and Bill Walsh's).

    Kevin Rogers, formerly offensive coordinator at Virginia Tech (2002-05), Notre Dame (1999-01) and Syracuse (1991-98), will tutor quarterbacks.

    At defensive coordinator, Childress went with Buccaneers defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin, who has served at the feet of defensive guru Monte Kiffin for the past five seasons.

    Personnel Situation: Childress' relationship with quarterback Daunte Culpepper got off to a frosty start, with Culpepper's name appearing often in trade rumors and Childress fanning the flames of speculation by choosing not to refute those rumors.

    Culpepper, who is rehabbing his injured right knee, has been linked to the Raiders, Ravens, Dolphins, and Cardinals, but Childress and the Vikings won't have a lot of options apart from the 38-year-old Brad Johnson if they decide to excise Culpepper.

    Elsewhere on offense, Childress must find a reliable weapon at the running back spot, and has to target some line help in the offseason as well.

    The defense appears to be in better shape, though end Lance Johnstone is an unrestricted free agent and the team could use another veteran pass rusher. The Vikings have a good chunk of cap room with which to work, a situation that bodes well for Childress.

    Level of Expectation: Much like the Chiefs, the Vikings are a franchise with a proud tradition that generally wins more than it loses but seems to underachieve when it really counts. Which sounds a lot like the Eagles, who last signed Childress' paychecks.

    Basically, Minnesota's fans and ownership expects to be in the Super Bowl discussion on a semi-regular basis, and Childress will also be expected to keep himself and his players in the sports page and off the front page, a directive that Tice (and to some extent his predecessor, Dennis Green) could never seem to accomplish.

    Prognosis for Tenure: It seems bizarre that Childress' first order of business in Minnesota would be to start a feud with Culpepper, since instability and unrest at the quarterback position has prematurely ended the tenure of many an NFL head coach. When Culpepper is healthy, he's one of the top five quarterbacks in the league, but Childress may not be satisfied that he'll regain his former abilities and might be eyeing a new gun via the draft. That's the approach the Eagles took when Childress went to Philly under Andy Reid, and Donovan McNabb turned the franchise into contenders almost immediately.

    If Childress and the Vikings get their guy behind center, or if Culpepper comes back at 100 percent, look for Minnesota to thrive as the new head coach installs a disciplined, professional approach.

    If the QB position is a revolving door, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will be looking for a new head coach within five years. ---

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    I excerted out the part regarding the Vikings. For the skinny on other teams coaches click here;

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    Re: Line of Scrimmage: Meet the New Head Coaches

    "singersp" wrote:
    ...I excerted out the part regarding the Vikings. For the skinny on other teams coaches click here;

    Meet the New Head Coaches
    The Herald News has yet to discover the power of formulating their thoughts into paragraphs.

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    Re: Line of Scrimmage: Meet the New Head Coaches

    "Prophet" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
    ...I excerted out the part regarding the Vikings. For the skinny on other teams coaches click here;

    Meet the New Head Coaches
    The Herald News has yet to discover the power of formulating their thoughts into paragraphs.
    You got that right! As you can see, I cleaned it up a lot. I wasn't about to do that for the entire article.

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    Re: Line of Scrimmage: Meet the New Head Coaches

    Thanks Singer,

    That read went rather nicely with my coffee this mourning...

    One of the bettter reads I've seen in awhile.....


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