After A Pit Stop, Vikings Back In The Race

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 14, 2009 – 6:55 am

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress graduated from Eastern Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, so it should come as no surprise that he’s utilized unusual methods to deliver certain messages to his team.

And given his background it should also come as no surprise that many of these unusual methods are successful.

On Saturday night at the team hotel, Childress dug into his bag of goodies once again to deliver a message to his team.

“I talked about last week being a pit stop,” Childress explained during his postgame press conference on Sunday. “Stop in the pits and wash your windshield, fill it with gas, redo the tires. I’m not a big NASCAR fan but that’s kind of the way I went last night (during the team meeting). A lot of teamwork in those pits.”

Typically during the Saturday evening team meeting, Childress will show the team a highlight video from the previous week’s win.

“We didn’t have a highlight film cause we didn’t win the last week,” Childress noted. “(I) wanted to give them a little something before we went to the team snack. I just said, ‘Hey, I’m excited to get back in the race. I hope you are as excited as I am to get back out here and do it the way that we do it.’”

Childress said nobody came away from last week’s loss at Arizona with a good taste in their mouth and that the only way to get that bad taste out was to get back on the field and play another game.

“I don’t want to say it was strange,” QB Brett Favre said, “but guys are like, when it’s starting off NASCAR, ‘What does this have to do with this game tomorrow?’ But it was about teamwork and talking about pit row and that’s true. That’s as much a team sport as I consider football to be the ultimate team sport.

You never know with Brad. You never know.”

But what you do know is the message Childress sent worked. The Vikings rebounded from their disheartening loss last week in Arizona by pounding a good Cincinnati team on Sunday and getting back on the winning track.

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