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Brad Childress Says Randy Moss ‘Vomited’ on Vikings Locker Room

Now that Randy Moss has retired, it’s safe for everyone to tee off on him.  Moss caught plenty of criticism while he was playing — much of it deserved — but it will probably be worse now after the way he ended his career.  Jerry Rice recently described Moss as a “slap in the face” to guys who are less talented and have to work harder.  Now, Brad Childress has opened up about the way Moss’ extremely brief second stint in Minnesota ended.

Shutdown Corner passed along Childress’ conversation with the NFL Network on Thursday, during which he explained that Moss’s return to Minnesota went from “welcome home” to “get me out of here” in a hurry.

“(Moss) called me and said, ‘I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I feel like I’m coming home again,’” Childress recalled. “We had good guys, by and large (but Moss) walked in the locker room and vomited on it.”

Childress explained that he was very much aware of Moss’s reputation for being a distraction but figured he may have matured after 12 NFL seasons.  For all his highlight-reel catches and monstrous statistical seasons, one thing Moss could never get right was leaving town.  He immediately regretted forcing his way out of New England and may or may not have called a radio show and bashed the Titans during his brief tenure in Tennessee.  At the same time, coaches knew what they were getting themselves into when they brought Moss on board later in his career.  Calling him out for it after the fact seems pretty pointless.

Brad Childress Found Out Randy Moss Was Trying to Get Him Fired

Well yeah, the obvious answer is all he had to do was listen to Randy Moss’ postgame press conference following the Vikings’ loss to the Patriots to know that was the case. Still, it was pretty interesting to read Brad Childress’ interview with the Pioneer Press and hear him defend himself. Keep in mind, this is the same Brad Childress we said might not ever sniff another NFL head coaching job, standing up for himself by saying the players liked him:

Childress contends he had many supporters in the locker room, citing the players who reached out to him after his firing.

Regarding Moss, Childress heard late in the process that Moss was lobbying Wilf to fire him, but he was already set on waiving Moss.

So was Chilly trying to waive Moss before or after he found out Moss was trying to get his butt fired? Probably about the same time we all learned Randy was making the coaches look bad. Childress also mentioned in his interview that he left the team in better shape than when he got there. I disagree with that contention.

The Vikings had two 9-7 seasons and an 8-8 year under Mike Tice prior to Childress’ arrival. Tice was vastly undeerqualified for the job but still had them doing much better than 3-7, which is how Chilly left things. I’ll also argue that Minnesota’s improvement had much more to do with front office moves than coaching. They drafted Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice in Childress’ second year on the job, they gave up several draft picks for Pro Bowler Jared Allen a year later, and the year after that they bought Brett Favre. Childress coincided with the collapse in Minnesota and did not leave things better than when he got there.

Brad Childress May Have Screwed Himself Out of Any Future Head Coaching Jobs

As much as the NFL is run by the good ‘ole boys network, it has become less of a league full of retread coaches than it used to be. Coaches like Chan Gailey, Norv Turner, Eric Mangini, Wade Phillips, and even Bill Belichick were lucky enough to get a crack at a second head coaching job (or in the case of Turner and Phillips, a third). More and more that trend has changed.

25 of the 32 head coaches in the league got their first head coaching jobs from their current team. Some of those coaches are longer tenured than others (Jeff Fisher, Andy Reid, etc.), but over the past few years we’ve seen teams turning to young coordinators to see if they could find their franchise’s answer. This new trend makes it less likely that Brad Childress will ever get another head coaching job in the NFL.

Childress’ record with the Minnesota Vikings wasn’t bad — he went 39-35 in 4.5 seasons winning the division twice and reaching the NFC Championship Game in 2009. The problem is there wasn’t a coach more publicly criticized this season than Childress, except for maybe Wade Phillips.

From the day Chilly left training camp to personally pick up Brett Favre to the reports from anonymous players that they wanted Chilly gone, there hasn’t been a coach whose character was shredded more than Brad’s. He gave Brett Favre special rules, lost the locker room, and waived Randy Moss before consulting with the team’s owners. He took misstep after misstep and presided over Minnesota’s collapse this year.

It’s hard enough for retreads to get second head coaching jobs — ask Brian Billick and Jim Fassel how their quests are going. It will be just as difficult for Chilly to get just a callback now.

Was Brad Childress Joking with Brett Favre Hug Comment?

The disastrous season for the Minnesota Vikings was on the brink of growing even more embarrassing until the team made a valiant comeback Sunday. Down 24-10 late, Adrian Peterson and Visanthe Shiancoe had touchdowns to help tie things at 24 with Arizona. The Vikings won 27-24 in overtime and turned a desperate moment into a celebration. Brett Favre threw for a career-high 446 yards helping the Vikings escape at home and helping coach Brad Childress keep his job for another week.

Many people believed Childress could be fired after the game, but the morale-boosting win was hardly the time to make a coaching change. In his post-game press conference, Childress was asked if he needed assurances he would keep his job and he said “No, I’m not going to stand here like Brett Favre and tell you, compassionate, I need a hug. I’m all right.” Here’s the video of what he said:

People instantly felt Childress was taking a shot at Favre with the remark. Enlightened folks will suggest that Childress was simply making a reference to an answer from Favre to a question that came up during the week. On Wednesday, in the middle of the Randy Moss controversy, Favre was asked if Childress was a compassionate coach. His answer was “Is he compassionate as in give us a hug or something? Boy, I sure could use one, too. But he hasn’t given me one.”

If that was a joke, nobody was laughing. It must be pointed out that Chilly was complimentary of Favre earlier in his news conference, so there didn’t appear to be bad feelings at the time, but it sure didn’t seem like a joke to me. What about you, you buying it?

Brad Childress: Patriots Some of the ‘All-Time Great Signal Stealers’

Being accused of cheating is nothing new to the New England Patriots.  Since 2007, when Eric Mangini sold the Pats out for filming opponents’ signals, they’ve had fingers pointed at them for everything from toying with opponents’ headsets to filming their Super Bowl walkthroughs.  It’s fun to call someone a cheater, especially when they’re good at what they do and actually did cheat.

However, I’m not sure I’d be accusing anyone of anything if my name were Brad Childress.  The Pats and Vikings are set to square off on Halloween, which will be the first meeting between the teams since 2006.  New England won that game 31-7, and Childress had the stones to pull the spygate card when recalling it.

I’m mindful of the last time we faced [the Patriots] here on Monday Night Football,” Childress told reporters. “It was like a surgical procedure. That’s back when we used to signal [plays] and things like that. I remember having a conversation with [then-defensive coordinator] Mike Tomlin about that. These were some of the all-time great signal stealers. In fact, that’s what was going on. They were holding, holding, holding. We were signaling from the sideline. They were good at it. It’s like stealing signals from a catcher.”

I’d have no problem with these comments if they weren’t coming from a coach who can’t control his players.  Shouldn’t Childress be more concerned about whether or not he’s going to have the balls to end Brett Favre’s consecutive games played streak?  His Vikings are headed in the wrong direction, and now he has to deal with a quarterback who has fractures in his foot but an ego that’s larger than life.  Not that he got along with said quarterback in the first place.  Hot seat, anyone?

Brad Childress on The Headshrinkers Wrestling Team and Fahu Tahi

The HeadshrinkersThe Vikings were without fullback Fahu Tahi in their win over the Packers on Sunday. Unless you’re a hardcore Vikings fan, you’re probably saying to yourself “who the eff is Fahu Tahi?” Right. I’m in the same boat. But I do know that Tahi wound up inactive for the game because of an eye injury. Minnesota head coach Brad Childress was asked about Fahu’s status after the game, and he went into some detail about Tahi’s eye, saying it was swollen and nearly shut and that’s why he didn’t play. But then Childress went all WWF on us with this line that seemingly came out of nowhere, “We always talk about Tongans having hard heads but you know, not high occipital lobes or whatever it is.”

Yes, that was Chilly’s explanation for Tahi’s eye problems. At first I was stunned and had no idea about what Childress was speaking, so I did some research to try and connect the dots. It turns out the great Brad Childress may have been making some sort of reference to the old WWF tag team, The Headshrinkers. Now I may have watched Royal Rumble in ’94 but I think I forgot a few things about The Headshrinkers. Check out this description of their tag team and tell me that’s not what Chilly was talking about:

The Headshrinkers portrayed a pair of Samoan savages … They were also billed as having hard heads that were impervious to pain; any attack that targeted a Headshrinker’s head would have no effect, and an opponent who tried to headbutt one of them would end up hurting himself. Having hard heads went with typical professional wrestling portrayals of Samoan wrestlers.

So is this where Childress got his reference from? Is it possible that deep down when he’s not coaching football that Chilly is a wrestling guy? Where else did he get this info about Tahi and this Tongan reputation? I demand answers!

Troy Williamson vs. Brad Childress: Who Ya Got?

If pressed, I’d be willing to pay as much money as one month of the NFL Sunday Ticket costs to watch a cage match between Troy Williamson and Brad Childress. The way they’re going, it might actually happen. Last year Vikings head coach Brad Childress fined his then receiver Troy Williamson for missing a week of practice to attend his grandmother’s funeral. After everyone with a heart got on Childress for the insensitivity, he rescinded the fine, but that did nothing to earn back positive sentiment from Williamson. In fact, the animosity toward Childress still exists for Williamson, who’s preparing for Sunday’s game against the Vikings with his new team, the Jaguars.

Williamson, now in Jacksonville, said Wednesday he lost respect for his former coach last year and would like to “duke it out” with him when the Jaguars host the Vikings on Sunday.

“We can meet on the 50-yard line and we can go at it,” Williamson said.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver said he liked his chances against Childress, too, especially with a few inches and at least 10 pounds on the coach. Williamson even said he would fight with both hands tied behind his back.

Childress initially said he wasn’t “biting” on Williamson’s comments, but when pressed about his height and weight on a conference call, he responded: “Do you need my reach? I’m not like a woman; I’ll give you my weight. It’s 190 pounds of twisted steel and rompin’, stompin’ dynamite. Is that enough humor for you?”

Yeah, that’s plenty of humor for me. I’m not so sure I could see Childress as being much of a threat in the ring. At the same time, we know Williamson has crappy hands, so it could be a good matchup. For some reason I envision Childress as the biting type, too. Maybe that’s only because I’m thinking of him as Jeff Van Gundy. Honestly, why don’t they just set it up for the two to have a cage match at the 50 XFL-style to determine who gets the ball first. I’d love to see that.