Childress Addresses Vikings Safety Position

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 25, 2010 – 4:01 pm

If you’ve been following Mock Madness on or are paying attention to any other sort of pre-draft speculation, you’ve surely noticed that safety is a popular pick among draft prognosticators.

There are a few 1st-round caliber safeties in this year’s draft-eligible class and the sentiment I gather from fans is that many are unhappy with the performance of starting safeties Tyrell Johnson and Madieu Williams, so the projections make sense.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has not publicly shared that same sentiment about his safeties and in speaking with Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune at this week’s NFL owners’ meetings he even said Johnson and Williams played well in the Vikings pair of playoff games.

But he also told Zulgad that the Vikings will continue to add good players to the roster, regardless of position.

“I thought [they] played really well in the playoffs,” Childress said of Johnson and Williams. “With that said, you continue to add good players. Jamarca (Sanford) will have had that one trip around the block and none of them are…they are never going to step away from competing and competition makes your team better as opposed to guys that say, ‘Hey, I’ve got mine, you guys go ahead and get yours.’

“We’ve always identified and promoted guys that if there’s a move it’s with merit, it’s not just because he’s a good competitor…[Jamarca] learned things about our defense and he will play that much faster this year.”

If the Vikings do select a safety in this year’s draft, it’ll mark the 3rd consecutive year they’ve done so. In 2008, Johnson was the team’s 2nd round pick and then Sanford was chosen in the 7th round of the 2009 draft.

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37 Responses to “Childress Addresses Vikings Safety Position”

  1. By Medicineball on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Nate Allen is a an interesting free safety prospect from South Florida. The Vikings should check him out. He’s athletic.

  2. By Chaz on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Mays or no safety at all. He will be the only one not a reach at that point. If he is not the Iupati.

  3. By Ben on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    Taylor Mays at safety 1st round pick – but probably wnt be available by our pick. Hadin would be good at corner back for our first pick I reckon

  4. By Trey on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    if you ask me we should first get hayden then we should i0f there go after tim antqoine windfeild.and forget about farve and get mcnabb

  5. By Wayne on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    I think they need a good guard. Favre was getting killed in the playoffs. We also need some good run blocking!

  6. By matt on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    I really hope the vikings can land taylor mays. That would be so cool

  7. By Les on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    trey must be a packer fan,,, I think we should first deal with the qb position. We dont need McNabb or t-jac. Favre will be nice for another year but we need a good one from this years draft.

  8. By Bruce on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    If you are listening Wilf and Brad….NUMBER #1 – You need to improve your O-line, perhaps a better O-line coach, but definetly draft a decent guard or look in the free agency. But that should be your NUMBER #1 concern. Just look to the Colts to see what a Number #1 rate O-line does for them as a team.
    Better Protection, more yards in your pass plays as well as your run plays.
    NUMBER #2 – You need to improve your Secondary. Try using Winfield the same way the Packers used Woodson. Winfield is built like Woodson and changing up your defensive scheme might light a fire under their….And use the draft as well. NUMBER #3 – Take the BEST available player after that point.

  9. By Norm Woods on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    I do not understand why we are not having Draft day at Winter Park and why they moved up the draft to a week day. It has ruined a tradition that my son and I have attended for many years now. Winter Park and staying in the city for the weekend was looked forward to every year for a great weekend. The Mall of America is not a good place at all for autographs and standing in lines like at Winter Park. The NFL has truley wrecked a weekend that ment alot to my family.

  10. By UNICRON on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply


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  13. By radzinwisconsin on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply


  14. By R.P.1333 on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with bruce. We need a right guard and i think we need a better center. sullivan did well last year but he wasnt making room for A.P. the way birk did. I know he is going into his 4th season and still has room to grow. Winfield should be played like woodson. anyone that wants mcnabb is not thinking clearly, he cant stay healthy, he isnt as fast anymore, not that accurate and i wouldnt be willing to trade a 1st round pick for a guy that will be on the sideline watching favre play. we need a safety and to maybe start thinking of a good 2nd/3rd round MLB to learn from e.j. brinkley stepped up big last year for e.j. but he doesnt play the pass well. oh and i cant stand mcnabb and his air guitar. Vikes for life!

  15. By R.P.1333 on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    and also i want to say happy birthday to my dad(march 25). he grew up in an all bears household in central Illinois and became a vikes fan at 6 years old. thanks for making me a vikings fan. it has and will always be my life. SKOL VIKINGS!

  16. By vikings012 on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    we should try to move up a little and pick up thomas hes a great safety if not him then hayden would be a good cb for us either way we would need to move up in the draft to get one but it would be a great move to grab one of em and try startin stanford at safety he did pretty well last season atleast give him a chance to compete against johnson for the starting job

  17. By bigb29 on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    we need a corner badly wilson from boise is a good pick

  18. By Favre4Ever on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    I think trey needs to actually sit down and watch a Viking game. Favre got us one game from superbowl . Thats huge considering how much he got hit. I agree the offensive line problems needs to be addressed. We definitely need to look at a replacement for Taylor. Westbrook, Fargas, and Parker are still out there. Definitely would like to see them do something in free agency other than grabbing a kicker. Finally Favre will be back so support who we’ve got. He’s under contract for next year so he doesnt really need to comment on anything. Go silver fox!!!!!!!!

  19. By Favre4Ever on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    To address the safety issue we dont need a rookie back there. It worked for Harvin on offense, but defense i sure would like to see a vet. Gibril Wilson from miami is 6 feet. Sure he had a rocky last year, but he was switched from ss to fs. He was an animal in Oakland. There is also Deon Grant from Seattle. He is 6 feet 2 inches. Sure he had wrist surgery last year, but at that heght at least he’d knock the ball down.Would like to see a safety with some height to be able to compete with some of these larger receivers.

  20. By 4eversteve on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    In this draft we need to solve the offensive line and secondary backfield problems, this is a very deep draft in both areas if we can’t get the top two guys on the Viking draft board it might be to our advantage to trade down in the draft in order to get more picks the competition for the jobs may lite a fire under these linemen for the Vikings knowing that they can and will be replaced if they perform the same way they did in the NFC championship game and the same goes for the secondary. M. Williams so far has turn out to be a great disappointment and a terrible waste of money and B. Berrian on the offensive side of the ball same story it’s time for these guys to step and earn some of that money in those big contract they have or hit the road!

  21. By Ryan on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe the Vikings should consider moving Winfield to Strong Safety and move Johnson back to Free Safety and shop Williams or release him! Draft the best cornerback available in the draft or try trading for a top cover cornerback! Too bad we missed out Cromartie already!

  22. By Favre4Ever on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    Finally, some good picks for offensive line would be Ryan Tucker a guard from browns( 6 Ft. 6 in. and 315lbs.) , Damian Cook a guard ( 6 ft. 5 in. and 330lbs) , and Langston Walker a OT from Raiders ( 6 ft. 8 in. and 366 lbs.) Those are some big boys. With Peppers coming at ya two games this year we better do something. If this is another superbowl or bust season then stop letting the other teams pick up all the talent and make some moves!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By Favre4Ever on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    Both Rams and Bucs could use a quality QB. Try offering Jackson and a pick to move up for Eric Berry.

  24. By Zay Zillionz on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    O.K first things first in the first round with our first round pick we should trade that with Mandieu Williams for McNabb and probably a 3rd or 4th rounder … ill settle for Kyle Wilson out of Boise State he had a couple great pro days and he look pretty solid he should slip to mid or late 2nd round… another thing is we need to find a GUARD so A. Pete can have the season we’ve been waiting on…. a safety somewhere in the 1-4 round should do some justice to0… get smart Minnesota FORGET ABOUT FAVRE!!!!!

  25. By Raul on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    CB(Devin McCourty) hopefully C/RG(Maurkice Pouncey) WR(Eric Decker)
    RG(Dace Richardson) and start Jamarca Sanford

  26. By CJ on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    trade bryant mckinnie to a team an get a 1st round draft pick between 1-10 and draft a good left tackle that can pass block and run block good. Then with the 30th pick draft either devin mccourty or Patrick robinson both are BEASTS!!!

  27. By mike on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    What about Colt Anderson whos on the practice squad.. He has an instict for the game and a year of learning under his belt…. Hope he is given a try..

  28. By Favre4Ever on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    I could live with wilson, but definitely need to focus on o-line. As far as Favre, he’s already been to the big game twice. Be happy with who we have under contract. He played awesome last year. What did Mcnabb do -EVER!!!!! That kind of thinking is why we haven’t seen a superbowl in our lifetime. Favre is starting to know his receivers and brings the best out in all the players. Even allen and peterson stated they want him back. Get over the Green Bay blues and know that the we have a 4- time MVP playing for us.How many games has he ever missed? I trust a 40 year old Favre than a broken down Mcnabb any day.

  29. By SkolVikings on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe I’m missing something, but our Guards didn’t seem to be under performing…. Bryant McKinney however, can go.

  30. By SkolVikings on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    CJ, no team is going to give up a decent draft pick for anything we would trade. Not in this no cap year. Fact we is, we aren’t getting a high draft pick.

  31. By SkolVikings on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    … Fact of the matter is ….

  32. By purple fan on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    why bring Mc Nabb,he is not consistent, we can have Farve who islot better and he knows the system well,we also need good offensive line and running back like Robet Smth,A. Peterson fumbles a lot, we should have kept Chester Taylor who was more reliable,we need a good special team who can block the punt return, last year we gave lot of yardage in the Play offs,every yard counts especially in the Play offs

  33. By SD vikes fan on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, most of the people that have commented on this i am quite glad you are not deciding the vikings future you people are not the smartest…… account=purpleandgoldblood

  34. By Jimmy GoVikes on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    Colt Anderson, THE new Saftey/Linebacker is already on the Practice Squad. When you see him play, with his passion, well….’nuff said!

  35. By Dj on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings should try Jarrad Page out to see how good he is

  36. By 4eversteve on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Peterson still rushed for better than 1300 yards even with the sub-par effort of his offensive line, yes AP fumble a lot last year but you can bet he will bust his @ss to try to correct that problem this off season, one can only hope that O-linemen for the Vikings will do the same whether that means more agility drills and weight lifting or what ever it takes for an improvement over last years effort they just need to get it done, way to many times it looked like they were pass blocking on run plays and run blocking on pass plays and a whole lot of OLE blocking going on, if the coaches won’t call them out on it than I guess it is up to the fans to do so we are tired of seeing half @ss effort on the field. Their objective should be to not only beat but to destroy their opponent across from from a one on one stand point and as a team over all, no more should a half @ss effort be acceptable!

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