Childress: Team Is Where It Needs To Be

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 15, 2010 – 2:06 pm

NFL coaches and players are creatures of habit. There is rarely deviation from the typical schedule and even something as simple as the team snack after a Friday practice doesn’t change from the week before after a win.

There are times, however, when a team is forced to stray from its usual course of action, such as a Monday night game or a bye week during the regular season. The Vikings experienced one of those times the past 2 weeks because they earned a 1st-round bye in the NFC playoffs. As a result, the team had much of last week off before returning to Winter Park on Sunday to begin preparations for the Dallas Cowboys.

As we’ve discussed in this space previously, being a head coach in the NFL includes many more responsibilities than just winning games on Sundays. Another key responsibility is managing the team, from postgame speeches to practice routines to the environment inside the practice facility during the week.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has spoken in the past about shaping the environment for his team, and that’s certainly something he was charged with the past 2 weeks. Childress gave his players most of last week off and then this week they were hard at work, practicing every day except Tuesday, the normal day off for NFL players.

With the work week now concluded, Childress seemed pleased with the environment around his team heading into the NFL’s Divisional Playoff games.

“We had a very good week of practice,” Childress said. “Everybody is trying to do whatever they can to contribute to our efforts on Sunday. We’ve had a good week of work and spirits are right where they need to be; preparation is right where it needs to be.”

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23 Responses to “Childress: Team Is Where It Needs To Be”

  1. By purplehorn on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Have fun on Sunday Vikings. Looking forward to a great game.

  2. By viks 2009 run on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    if Childress doesn’t have this team prepared and they get blown out, they should fire childress. i realize he just signed a extension, but pay him off and have him hit the road

  3. By jimbo92107 on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    The San Diego Chargers had a head coach that reminded me of Brad Childress. Marty Schottenheimer was a disciplinarian like Childress, and like Childress, Schottenheimer was accused of playing too conservatively during playoff games.

    Marty Schottenheimer built up a great team, but he never learned to relax and cut loose during the playoffs, and finally Chargers management replaced him with Norv Turner.

    Tight teams lose in the playoffs. Will Brad Childress figure that out by Sunday? Hold on loosely, but don’t let go, Brad… ;-)

  4. By viking in nh on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    i feel like we may get let down again.i love the vikings but i fear they will never win a superbowl in my lifetime. please guys play with heart this sunday and play like team you are , a championship team .

  5. By viking in nh #2 on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    I agree 1with viking in nh.. i have my doubts.. but if the vikings do come to play.. then we got this

  6. By Seatown Viking on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Childress makes me twist in my seat. He’s a classic example of how the vikings always manage to hire a coach who is supremely adept at engineering losses while “playing it safe”. Chilly makes me sick.

    I hope Favre audibles every call.

  7. By viks 2009 run on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Childress makes me sick about what he did before the season, he lets sharper go because he says he’s too old and lets Berk go because Berk hates Childress. these 2 players would of put us over the top to win the superbowl. watch radclif blow off the line and beat Berk’s replacement bad, and maybe a few sacks to boot

  8. By viks 2009 run on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Cowher is available as a head coach, i think he would be a great coach for the viks. lets fire Childress and hire Cowher!

  9. By Bryan on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings 21 dallas cowboys 10

  10. By Tro on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey nh stop with the negative vibe, only positive at this point GOOOO VIKESSSS

  11. By SkolVikings on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    wow, thats quite the Chili bashing… Chili’s earned my respect over the years, but time will tell. I like the reports of their being a pep in the Vikings step again. I think the end of the season troubles had more to with being worn out and not a lot to play for. Attitude is everything in this league.

  12. By Popper on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    I think today we will see some different twists in Childress’s game plan. Vikes are primed for a huge win. GO VIKINGS.

  13. By Seatown Viking on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    I too want good Vibes, don’t get me wrong. I just see too many similarities between Chilly pretending to be smart and Denny Green’s “smarts” in his historical loss to Atlanta. Run and gun to win all the games and then get scared and try and become a conservative team in the playoffs. Sweet.

    Go Vikes. Get to the Superbowl despite Chilly.

  14. By HANK on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply


  15. By paul on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Sure hope the players don’t read these negative blogs, with fans like these how can a team win.
    Quit jumping off the bandwagon and start supporting your team, win or lose…

  16. By cowboysrule010 on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Man, you guys could be Cowboy fans. LOL.. 12-4, 2nd seed in the playoffs and want a new coach before the game even starts. Good luck hope everyone stays healthy tomorrow. Cowboys win 27 – 21.

  17. By john on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone loves the Cowgirls! Rightfully so.
    We are playing the BOYS! Doors wide open! Go Vikes!!!

  18. By paul on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    So Denny Green missed that field goal aganist Atlanta
    Thanks for the info, Seatown Vike

  19. By Jared Schmit on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    i agree chilly’s is not the best coach.. But every year we have had him our record has gone up by two wins and now its time for them to make some noise in the playoffs… all you need to have some faith in the team that is 8-0 at home

  20. By Tasoma on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a Vikings fan since I knew what the NFL was. Regardless of the outcome of today’s game, I want to thank the ownership for bringing in Favre. If it wasn’t for Favre, we wouldn’t be talking about the game today. Instead, it would be the Packers who had the bye.

    Go Vikings!

  21. By Rich on Jan 17, 2010 | Reply

    Tasoma, I read your comment after knowing the Vikings crushed Dallas and have to say your positive attitude and comments were a breath of fresh air to see. So I have to say congrats to you. Your team is one win away from the Superbowl.

  22. By Yvonne on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Ye of little faith. Brett will take the Vikings to the Super BOwl and win!! Be positive !! The Saints will not be marching this Sunday, it will be the Vikings with Brett.

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