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Friday, December 3, 2010
Brad Childress On Vikings "What a difference 365 days can make"
Recently canned Minesota Vikings ex-coach Brad Childress finally spoke to the media, over a week after being sent packing after an embarrassing 31-3 loss to the Packers (no pun intended). In this interview with Minnesota's Pioneer Press Childress speaks on his firing from the Vikings, his support in the locker room and also the failed Randy Moss experiment. here are some quotes from the interview:
"What a difference 365 days can make," Childress told the Pioneer Press by phone today from his beach home in Bonita Springs, Fla. "You pull yourself into your work the best way you can each and every week, and you never expect something like this to happen. You go into every week thinking you'll win."
"It was never a week-to-week expectation with the Wilfs," Childress said. "They never told me win or else. It was just us trying to get back into what was a close game (against Green Bay) until the turnovers, and it all unfolded that day. I just said, '(Expletive).' We were just all more disappointed in what we put out there."
On his firing from the Vikings:
"I don't know if it's shocking," said Childress of the firing. "All you have to do is look around the league to know this happens. I didn't do everything perfectly, but I felt I coached my way. I left that job in a lot better shape than we were in (in 2006)."
Childress also touched on the reported tension from players in the locker room:
"If you pull a couple of quotes from a locker room, it all gets exacerbated a bit," Childress said. "By and large, I know the support I had. It's a good group of guys in that locker room."
On the sudden trade of Randy Moss:
"Some players came up to me afterward and said, 'Coach, we would have been disappointed if you didn't do something,' " Childress said.
reading into the interview I gather that Childress at least is being somewhat realistic about his situation that led to his demise. He also spoke highly of interim head coach Leslie Frazier, saying "he is as good as any."
This is the first time in 32 years Bad Brad has been without a football position of some kind. Childress is owed $5 mil a year until 2012 by the Vikings, which would be reduced if he found another head coaching position prior (which I doubt will happen anytime soon). You can see more of the interview and the Pioneer Press' view here.
Wish I could get canned for a shoddy performance and still get chipped off $5 mil per. We should all be so lucky, right?