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    Rumors, Rumors, Rumors

    Rumors, Rumors, Rumors

    By Viking Update Staff

    Date: Jan 5, 2006

    With eight coaches out, apparently another on the way and the Jets looking to get compensation in return for their coach, the NFL has gone from being a 32-team free for all to little more than a group of gossiping fishwives. VU is listening -- and passing along the whispers for you to decide their validity.

    At some point in every offseason, NFL reporters become the journalistic equivalent of fishwives – passing along rumor as fact and willing to discard their sage commentary in many media mediums.

    Such is the life in the NFL’s frigid version of its own hot stove league. Looking for player information? Punter Chris Kluwe is going to have surgery on right ACL. That’s news. Want conjecture? Enjoy.

    * A name that has surfaced as a candidate for the Vikings head coaching job is Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell. However, a VU source with the Colts has speculated that the Vikings interest – take it for what it’s worth – may be more due to the fact that Caldwell is African American than his viable chance of winning the job. The Vikings had already satisfied the "Rooney Rule" by interviewing defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.

    * The Chiefs have played their way into the coaching carousel controversy. When VU first heard that the K.C. offensive coordinator Al Saunders was going to be interviewed for the Vikings head coaching job, it was viewed as merely a way to enhance his status with the Chiefs – where he was viewed as a hand-picked successor. But the wild speculation in Kansas City goes well beyond that. A radio report had it that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was invited to the season finale with the Bengals. Other reports have the team interested in Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and former Browns coach Butch Davis. The latest rumor mill faction has the Chiefs looking at Jets coach Herman Edwards. As it stands now, to get Edwards, the Chiefs would have to compensate the Jets. But, it should be noted that K.C. parted with a second- and third-round pick to obtain Dick Vermeil.

    * Detroit has also asked permission to speak to Saunders, which could be the coaching version of what the Lions did to the Vikings to secure Dre Bly. Once again, the fishwives have stepped up with the ultimate coaching switcharoo – that the Lions make a move to get Bill Parcells. If Matt Millen can’t win with Parcells, it’s time to step off to the tune of the Millen Man March.

    * Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis is yet another name that has surfaced as a potential head coaching candidate for the Vikes.

    * If the Packers want Brett Favre to return, Brad Childress would be an ideal candidate. He comes from the same West Coast Offense that spawned Mike Sherman. But, VU Packer peeps are saying that, if the Packers are willing to move on without Favre, they may make Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz an offer he won’t refuse.

    * Jim Fassel is another name that is omnipresent in Vikings discussion because of his familiarity with the Wilf family. Despite doing a purge of assistants, Brian Billick of the Ravens said that, barring his hiring as a head coach somewhere else, Fassel will be back as his offensive coordinator.

    * Gary Zauner wasn´t on the unemployment line for long. After being fired by Billick, he was signed by the Cardinals and Dennis Green. To win a bet, place a wager the Cards won´t run a fake punt or field goal. In the years Zauner and Green were with the Vikings, the team never ran a gadget play from a fake punt, field goal or on-side kick. Just saying.

    * Vikings tight end Jermaine Wiggins has endorsed the Vikings to hire Scott Linehan as their new head coach. Linehan was the OC when Daunte Culpepper enjoyed his greatest success. Many thought that Linehan, in his first season with Miami, wouldn’t look to jump ship after one season. But VU has been told that he is going to interview with the Texans – making him appear available.

    * While Mike Tice has said his current priority is making sure his son graduates from Edina (Minn.) High School with his class, VU has been told that the Cowboys and Ravens both have an interest in adding Tice to their coaching staffs.

    * On the Fassel front, Ravens running backs coach Matt Simon was let out of his contract. Why? He believed he wouldn’t have a shot at the offensive coordinator job – which has led Baltimore media types to believe Fassel will stay put and wait out the Billick regime. Considering that the Ravens are in the same division as the Bengals, viewed as the next big thing in the AFC, and the Steelers – a team still on the top of its game – perhaps it was a wise move.
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    Rumors, Rumors, Rumors

    By Viking Update Staff

    Date: Jan 5, 2006

    With eight coaches out, apparently another on the way and the Jets looking to get compensation in return for their coach, the NFL has gone from being a 32-team free for all to little more than a group of gossiping fishwives. VU is listening -- and passing along the whispers for you to decide their validity.

    At some point in every offseason, NFL reporters become the journalistic equivalent of fishwives – passing along rumor as fact and willing to discard their sage commentary in many media mediums.

    * While Mike Tice has said his current priority is making sure his son graduates from Edina (Minn.) High School with his class, VU has been told that the Cowboys and Ravens both have an interest in adding Tice to their coaching staffs.

    * On the Fassel front, Ravens running backs coach Matt Simon was let out of his contract. Why? He believed he wouldn’t have a shot at the offensive coordinator job – which has led Baltimore media types to believe Fassel will stay put and wait out the Billick regime. Considering that the Ravens are in the same division as the Bengals, viewed as the next big thing in the AFC, and the Steelers – a team still on the top of its game – perhaps it was a wise move.
    good for Mike, but what position will he be coaching? I sure he wouldn't wanna go all the way back to the Offensive line coach and he does not have enough knowledge to be the offensive coordinator.

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    childress who?
    "you dream of beating me, its time you wake up and apologize."

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    Childress the Eagles offensive coordinator who didn't call the plays for the Eagles.

    I get the most pissed off looks from people with my VKG 4 LFE Wisconsin license plate, and I LOVE IT!!

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    It was right
    Its not braggin if you can do it!!!

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    I wuz talkin' ta Benny No-Nose in cell block D, an' he said dat da only knock on Childress is da fact dat he didn't call his own plays as da OC at Philly. But, den, Andy Reid admitted dat when he wuz OC in Green Bay, he didn't call his own plays either, y'know?

    An' yeah, Wilf made his decision quick, but, he was so impressed wit' Childress dat he jumped to da head of da pack, y'know? Dere were 3 other teams interested in 'im, including Green Bay, so, I guess we stole anudder one away from da Pukers! Hah!

    We're da foist team ta get a new head coach, an Childress wuz prolly da top gahuna of dem all. Da Vikes are strikin' when da iron's hot, an dat's a good ting, y'know?
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    I don't get the whole "black coach" deal? :???:

    Thanks for the Sig LitlHarsh

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    "PurpleManiac" wrote:
    I don't get the whole "black coach" deal? :???:
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    Childress the Eagles offensive coordinator who didn't call the plays for the Eagles.

    Childress poised to accept Vikings' head coach job
    By Len Pasquarelli
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    Barring any unexpected snags in contract negotiations, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress will be hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their new head coach, with an official introduction possibly coming as early as Friday morning.

    The two sides reached agreement in principle Thursday on some contract elements, but there remained considerable work to be completed in other areas. It is anticipated, however, that a deal will be consummated.

    One Eagles official conceded Thursday night that Childress was poised to leave the only NFL franchise for which he has worked. Childress would succeed Mike Tice, who was fired on Sunday evening after the Vikings' regular-season finale. Sources confirmed that Childress on Thursday began contacting potential assistant coach candidates.

    A popular candidate right out of the gate, Childress was sought by no fewer than four teams seeking to fill vacancies. Childress arrived in Minneapolis on Monday evening, after the Vikings were granted permission Sunday night to speak with him. He met on Tuesday and Wednesday with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and other club officials.

    Childress was scheduled to meet with Packers officials this week but did not make the trip to Green Bay, fueling speculation the Vikings were pursuing him hard. He was to have huddled with Texans officials on Friday, but when the Vikings opened contract discussions, they did so with the intent of closing a deal.

    The Vikings interviewed three other candidates -- incumbent defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, Kansas City offensive coordinator Al Saunders and Indianapolis assistant head coach Jim Caldwell -- for the position. But league and team sources said that Wilf and other key Minnesota officials were so impressed with Childress that he immediately skyrocketed to the top of the Vikings' wish list.

    Childress, 49, has been with the Eagles since 1999 and has served as offensive coordinator the last four seasons.

    About the only criticism of Childress from some quarters is that he did not call the plays in Philadelphia, a role that was typically handled by coach Andy Reid. But Reid pointed out on several occasions that he did not call the plays in Green Bay before moving into the Eagles' head coaching position.

    Most league observers felt that Childress was not only deserving of strong consideration for a head coach post but that he was also overdue. Twice in recent years, the Eagles signed him to contract extensions and his current deal ran through the 2008 season.

    Wilf was seeking a head coach who would be able to work well with the committee approach that he envisions for his team. Wilf reached agreement over the weekend to retain vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski, a rising young star in league circles, and is interviewing candidates for the Vikings' top personnel job.

    Childress coached 21 seasons in the college ranks, including a stint as the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, before joining Reid's staff. It is believed the Eagles will not replace Childress but will simply move assistant head coach Marty Mornhinweg into the offensive coordinator's spot.


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    It's not that big of deal. He has enough experience to do his own thing and be successful at it.

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    It's mandatory to interview an african american who might be interested in the job, but if he's not qualified you don't gotta hire him.

    By the way, when is a caucasian gonna grace the cover of Madden.. I say it's about time.. about time.. about time. OOOooo.. ea are racists.

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