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A Look Inside New England’s Trenches

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 28, 2010 – 10:04 am

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick have developed reputations for being schematic experts on their respective sides of the ball – Childress has tutored explosive offenses with both the Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles while Belichick’s staple is tenacious and versatile defensive strategies.

In analyzing each coach’s ability to find success within their expertise it’s easy to focus on higher-profile names. Childress has utilized Brett Favre, Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson in Minnesota while Belichick has coached players such as Rodney Harrison, Ty Law and Asante Samuel. But in reality, each coach would tell you that much of their success is due to players getting the job done in the trenches, along the offensive and defensive lines.

With that in mind and in light of the Vikings upcoming matchup with the Patriots, let’s take a look at New England’s offensive and defensive line to see what the Vikings have in store this Sunday when they travel to Gillette Stadium.

Patriots Offensive Line: In last week’s win the Patriots starting offensive line consisted of LT Matt Light, LG Dan Connolly, C Dan Koppen, RG Stephen Neal and RT Sebastian Vollmer, the same group that has started all 6 of New England’s contests so far in 2010. So continuity is certainly no issue for New England. The Patriots rank 14th in yards per rushing attempt (4.1) and rushing yards per game (111.2) and they have 5 rushing TDs on the year, which is tied for 12th most. Also, in 3rd-and-4 or less situations (they’ve had 21 such situations), the Patriots have converted 1st downs via the rush 8 out of 9 times. This means that in likely run scenarios the Patriots have been able to consistently find success.

In terms of passing offense, the Patriots have the NFL’s 3rd best passer rating (96.0), which is obviously more of a reflection on QB Tom Brady’s performance than the offensive line. But the line does deserve credit, because Brady has been sacked just 12 times in 198 attempts.

I’m not familiar enough with New England’s offensive line to suggest where the Vikings may be able to exploit mismatches. But I’m willing to suggest 2 areas where it might be most beneficial for the Vikings to find success. The first area is obviously at LT, where DE Jared Allen will be going against Light. It’s been well-chronicled that Allen’s sack totals are down to this point, but he has been pressuring opposing QBs and he also has an INT this year. In this game, though, the Vikings will stand a better chance of defending New England’s passing attack if Allen can not only pressure Brady but also put him on his back. Even the best NFL QBs, which Brady might be, don’t play as well when they’re consistently being hit.

The second area where the Vikings would benefit from production this week is DT Kevin Williams. If Williams is able to win his matchup this week and be a disruptive force, it will help stifle New England’s rushing attack and it will also force Brady to move around in the pocket instead of stepping into his throws.

Patriots Defensive Line: New England is labeled as a 3-4 defensive team, with Gerard Warren anchoring the defensive line at NT and then Vince Wilfork at LE and a combination of Brandon Deaderick and Mike Wright at RE. But as Childress mentioned on Wednesday while meeting with reporters, the Patriots also have the ability and willingness to switch to a 4-man front when they deem necessary.

“It’s a multiple defense,” Childress said. “He (Belichick) has the ability to play two defensive linemen and the rest linebackers in there. You’re going to get unscouted looks. Primarily they’re lining up with a 3-4 look. They have the ability to play a four-down package by putting their outside linebackers on the ground. You have to prepare for a number of different looks.”

Childress cited his experience in Philadelphia coaching against Belichick and the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, where the Eagles anticipated a 3-4 alignment and faced a lot of even fronts instead.

“It’s a great question and it’s one that we kind of lived first-hand when we played them in the Super Bowl,” Childress recalled. “You prepare for 3-4 and they play even with two guys standing in the A gaps. They’re doing some of that now.”


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78 Responses to “A Look Inside New England’s Trenches”

  1. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    It’s time to kick it up to the next level— WINNING STEAK STARTS SUNDAY !

  2. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    chilly has a Trench between his ears

  3. By rocksalt on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mike-
    You are dreaming if you believe that Childress will be able to match wits with Bellichick…….
    Tom Brady? Against our porous pass D???? C’mon now……..

  4. By minnesota taxpayer on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Mr. Wilf,
    If you want a new stadium in MN then you have to do what the fans want…..and that is FIRE CHILDRESS

  5. By PAUL M. on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    WE’RE NOW IN THE EQUIVALENT OF THE “2nd QUARTER” OF OUR SEASON — SO IT AIN’T OVER YET.

    MY PERSONAL GRADES SO FAR:

    DEFENSE = B+ (BEST PLAYERS HAVE BEEN E.J. & CHAD WHILE OUR PEOPLE EATERS UP FRONT HAVE UNDERPERFORMED — I KNOW, WE LUV ‘EM SO MUCH THAT WE HATE TO SAY IT – BUT IT’S THE TRUTH)….

    SPECIAL TEAMS = B+ (PERCY IS A FREAK WHO ACTUALLY FORCED GREEN BAY TO REPEATEDLY SQUIB KICK — BETTER FOR THEM TO HAVE THE VIKINGS ON THE 40 THAN RISK A TD. THE UNIT LOSES FOCUS SOMETIMES THOUGH, SUCH AS THE 55 YARD KICK-OFF RETURN THE JETS HAD RIGHT AFTER WE SCORED 7)….

    OFFENSE = D+ (SELF EVIDENT, HOWEVER OUR BEST PLAYERS HAVE BEEN ADRIAN, PERCY & I’LL INCLUDE VISANTHE — IT’S NOT HIS FAULT THAT THE PLAY CALLERS HAVE NOT USED HIM MORE. ALSO HATE TO SAY IT: BRET IS UNDERPERFORMING)….

    COACHING STAFF = C- (SPECIFICALLY OFFENSIVE LINE COACHING, IN-GAME MANAGEMENT, GAME PLANNING & ALSO SCHEMING/ COACHING, LIKE BLITZ PICK-UP SCHEMES & TECHNIQUE AS WELL AS THE RECEIVERS BEING ON THE SAME PAGE WITH THE QB.)

    FRONT OFFICE = C (IN MY OPINION – GOOD DRAFT BUT BELOW AVERAGE PRE-SEASON PRO-ACTIVITY IN SHORING UP OUR O-LINE, INCLUDING CENTER, DEFENSIVE BACK FIELD, FUTURE QB SITUATION, AND WR- AFTER THEY REALIZED THAT SIDNEY WOULD BE OUT. ALSO, THEY FAILED TO ANTICIPATE HOW VULNERABLE WE WOULD BE ON 3rd DOWNS WITHOUT CHESTER TAYLOR & SPENT THE MONEY TO KEEP HIM.)

    IT AIN’T OVER YET, BUT THERE MIGHT BE A MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE WILD CARD SPOTS SOON.

  6. By purplehaze on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    CHILI DOG DIG A TRENCH, JUMP IN IT, AND I’LL START SHOVELING OK?

  7. By PAUL M. on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I WOULD ALSO ADD THAT WE’VE BEEN OUT-COACHED & OUT-SCHEMED BY EVERYONE FROM GREEN BAY — WITH A GREATLY DEPLETED TEAM — TO THE JETS, DOLPHINS — IN OUR OWN HOUSE — AND BOTH DETROIT & DALLAS COULD HAVE ALSO BEATEN US AT HOME!!

    WE’VE SEEN WHAT T-JACK CAN DO. I’D LIKE TO SEE WEBB IN THE MIX. GIVE THE KID A CHANCE TO SHOW IF HE HAS THAT RAW SPARK WHERE YOU CAN JUST TELL IF HE’S GOT “IT” OR NOT.

  8. By PAUL M. on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I ALSO RECALL THAT WHEN BLEDSOE WENT DOWN, PARCELLS WAS VERY HESITANT TO TAKE A RISK ON A KID NAMED TONY ROMO.

  9. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    minnesota taxpayer, i’m afraid Chilly already blew our stadium bid, unless we win the next 10 games and the superbowl, don’t see that happening

  10. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    chilly presser<<<>>>>><<> well….ummmmmm… we lost another close one folks….. too bad i fell asleep during that green bay touchdown.. i guess he dropped the ball…they always give me this red flag at the beginning of the game also… i wonder what that is used for?……

  11. By Carl K on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Paul – Please correct the draft grade to D-.

  12. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    i agree with the D- grade. Best would of been a good pick for runningback and Mays would of helps us alot more then Cook. Cook gets burned all the time, thats when he’s not hurt.

  13. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    My only worry is our ultra conservative coach playing against one of the most aggressive coaches in the league.

  14. By Carl K on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall, I want some of what you are smoking if you think Chilly is a schematic expert. Fictional writing usually begins with once upon a time.

  15. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    heck, Chilly doesn’t even know how to throw a red flag. Chilly and Tice are at the bottom of the barrel. Wade P. -Norv and chilly will all be fired at end of year

  16. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not saying any of you have to like Childress, but it’s hard to deny how good of an offensive coach he is. Look at how Philadelphia performed when he was offensive coordinator there and then look at how the Vikings offense has evolved over his tenure here. Again, I’m not saying you have to like him, but I am saying a lot of you are too quick to point a finger at him. Funny how a year ago no one was complaining as he took the Vikings to the NFC title game. Now all of a sudden he can’t coach? Come on, figure out something or someone else to blame other than the head coach.

  17. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    apparently you haven’t been watching the games Mike. Chilly cost us 2 games this year, the Miami game and the green Bay game. if we had a coach like Mike S. we would be 6-0. mike turned around that team in 5 months, Chilly has been here 4 years and we sit at 2-4 with superbowl talent !!! we want Chilly gone now !!! and Mike, it may help to watch the games, instead of doing these stupid articles

  18. By Carl K on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    This team is loaded with talent! I can’t really blame the owners. If the players can’t perform at high enough level of compentency… than as a coach you need to makes some changes. If the same players keep making the same mistakes..ie, turnovers, penalties and missed asignments – something needs to be done. period. It is the coaches responsiblity to get it done. Why is losing ok this year?

  19. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I understand your displeasure with the coach but I’m telling you it seems to me that your opinion is based on emotion and a personal feeling rather than on the facts. Childress has improved the team’s record every year he’s been here, he’s cleaned up the roster, he’s added good players, he’s won back-to-back division titles and he took the Vikings to the NFC title game. Those accomplishments add up to an impressive resume so far in Minnesota, despite the struggles the Vikings are experiencing so far.

    Again, I understand fans are upset. But I also know it’s a good thing teams don’t make the same snap judgments that fans do. It’s fine for fans to expect to win every game – you all deserve that. But if teams actually made all the decisions that fans wanted, then there would be no direction and continuity. You’d be changing coaches and QBs every time there were 2 losses in a row.

    Again, find something else to share the blame for a slow start. It’s not coaching.

  20. By Carl K on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, I might be too harsh on Coach Childress? Sorry. But with that said, in Philly he was not the one calling the plays… So I am not sure I can give him all the credit for the Eagles success in those years. And there is no way I can place him at the same level of coaching expertice as Bill Belichick as you seem to think.

  21. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mike IMHO, our quarterback protection got us to that NFC game last year. We gave away a VERY GOOD RB who blocked well, picked up blitzes well and caught the ball well. Chester Taylor was very underrated anf fit well with out offense. Childress is all over the board as far as being assertive and is quick to point the finger. What happened to the “The buck stops here” mentality?

  22. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    and* our*

  23. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Coaches are responsible for fixing problems not avoiding them or owning up to them. It’s not just Favre making a few errant throws, its things like penalties, blocking assignments, picking up blitzes properly, creating holes, getting better pressure on the QB, staying glued to your receiver, ect. These are all things that can be fixed if addressed properly whether it be more drills. playing with pads more often, watching more film, one on ones or whatever. And that Sir, falls at the feet of the head coach!

  24. By fmfan on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Bench Favre! He is the reason we have a 2-4 record, with all of his turnovers. Favre has 3 or more turnovers in 3 games and in those games we are 0-3. I am sure coach Childress does not have a play were the QB is to turn the ball over to the other team. In 2008 Tarvaris started 0-2 with less turvovers than Brett and got pulled so why not pull Favre…

  25. By purple08 on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Mike, nice job. Thanks for pointing out a few things to the peanut gallery on here. Don’t worry about FireChildress and Bruce. (I’m sure you won’t) They are so in love with Lord Favre that they are blind to what’s really going on with this team. I am very interested to see what this team can do with a different QB. It’s too bad T-Jack might make his first start against the Pats. Favre probably wants to sit anyway because he knows he would get embarassed out there again. Good luck Tarvaris! Go Vikes!

  26. By fmfan on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    by the way Favre has 14 turnovers in 6 games (2.33 per game).

  27. By purple08 on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    firechildress, you are a putz. Disrespecting Mike like that shows your true colours. Everyone on this blog knows your comments are useless anyway. You offer no insight into anything and do not contribute any kind of intelligent thought to this blog. You only repeat the same annoying complaints over and over. Some people might not enjoy my comments regarding Favre but at least I throw in some humour and can admit it if I post something that crosses the line. You should apologize to Mike. If in fact, that was the real Mike Wobschall.

  28. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    your a putz purple08. i will not apologize to anyone. Mike gets paid to keep up morale of the fans. he’s getting paid by the vikings organization, he’s doing his job. i’m not getting paid so my opinions are from the heart and Mikes are getting paid for what he does. my opinions are also based on facts !

  29. By Carl K on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    purple08 you are right, Mike does a great job. Mike, you are also right, my opinion toward Coach Childress is based on frustration. I apologize for my lame attitude. This was a great piece of writing… very enjoyable to read. I am embarrased to be a heckler. Sorry

  30. By WTF on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mike – I know you are required to give a good opinion of Childress, but that doesn’t mean that you need to live with your head inside of his rectum! Listing Childress as a “schematic expert” is such a heinous lie that even the Vikings players would call you incompetant. The only reason there was success last year was because Childress had the team overloaded with good HEALTHY players. Now that the leader is crippled but still playing, the faults of the boring predictable schemes that Childress plans every week are blatantly obvious. Any “schematic expert” would have easily found a way to win at least 2 more games than Childress has to date with the same weapons at his disposal.

  31. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    nice post WTF..Mike is getting paid for his articles, so his opinions are going to be false based due to the dollars he makes writing them. we would be 1st place in the North now if it wasn’t for bad coaching. chilly needs to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. By xvike on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    All firechildress does is cry, whine, complain like a 5 yr old so everyone should just ignore him. But i agree with mike’s statements. Not to mention that brad childress is also the one who put this great team together. It all started with drafting AD. From there, look how far this team has come? If brett could’ve played just a little better, we’d probably be 4-2 and if he had played like he did last year, we would b 6-0 because one play made all the difference in those games we lost. And i’m sick of hearing all you brett favre lovers saying that the reason brett is playing bad is because he got hurt. If he got hurt and knows that it would affect his ability to play dramatically, then why jeopardize the team by playing??? It is his fault he threw those int’s and lost those games for us. If he plays this sunday and is still hurt and doesn’t perfrom well, i will be upset with the coaches for allowing him to play. If he cannot play at a high level, it will only end up hurting him and the team. If brett cannot move in the pocket, i wouldn’t be surprised if he gets hurt again. He’d b like a sitting duck in the pocket and NE would b foolish not to send everyone they have against him on every play.

  33. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think Mike is a very smart-positive person who is around this team as far as coaching, players, and fans, he gets a good read on the whole picture. We see it from one perspective. That being said here is the issue, are we learning from past weeks and correcting the mistakes in order to win a ball game ? I think this week is a must, a road game we must win, we haven’t won won yet this year, and with our road record if it continues playoff thoughts can go out the door. If we go out and START off on the right foot and play well 4 quarters we can get this done. Come home for November and keep it rolling in the right direction. Let’s please have some faith in this game. It is time to walk the walk, all this talking on both sides does not get it done. This week will show if we have resolve, this is a gut check game pure and simple !

  34. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    xvike, we all know Chilly is your brother. tell your brother to leave the state

  35. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Purple08

    I’m not in love with Favre at all. But you and a few others sure are full of hate when it comes to Favre and that is not only against what most fans would consider loyalty but it’s against God as well. Mike gets paid by the Vikings organization to write his opinion and how long do you thing he would keep his job if he came out against the head coach??? Favre is not the problem here, Favre is the same person he has been for 20 years and he hasn’t changed a bit. When he has proper protection like guys like Manning has (Colts have had the Number #1 rated O-line for years) Favre can do great things. But when he is hurried and guys are getting through normal protection and blitzers have free run at him, WELL GUESS WHAT? HE IS NOT GOING TO PERFORM AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME! SO QUIT BLAMING FAVRE FOR EVERYTHING MORONS!!!

  36. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    yeah purple08, your a hosebag, stay off this site, your a butt-brain

  37. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    AND WHAT P I S S E S ME OFF ABOUT A FEW OF YOU SO CALLED VIKING FANS IS THAT BREES (LAST YEAR’S SUPERBOWL MVP) THREW 4 INTERCEPTIONS LAST SUNDAY AS WELL AS CUTLER DID, FAVRE THREW 3! AND GUESS WHAT ELSE, ELI MANNING (SUPERBOWL WINNER) LEADS THE LEAGUE WITH 11 INTERCEPTIONS WITH BREES & FAVRE AT 10. THEN YOU HAVE RODGERS (YOU PACKER FAN’S GOLDEN BOY) RIGHT BEHIND THEM WITH 9 ALONG WITH ALEX SMITH. THEN JUST 1 LESS THAN THAT WHICH IS 8 AND GUESS WHO HAS THAT MANY INTERCEPTIONS? THE NUMBER ONE DRAFT PICK! AND FAVRE WOULD HAVE A LOT LOT LESS INTERCEPTION IF HE HAD PROPER PROTECTION AND GUYS WERE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. I WILL BLAME FAVRE FOR 25% OF THOSE BUT NO MORE THAN THAT! SO GET OFF OF HIS BACK BECAUSE AT LEAST THIS GUYS GIVES 200% AND WANTS TO WIN WITH ALL HIS HEART, SOUL & MIGHT!

  38. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Fortunately my opinions aren’t censored (yet) regarding any issue, so my take on Childress is an objective one based on what I see every day inside the walls of Winter Park. The problem is not all coaching. You win as a team and lose as a team – that’s players and coaches. Everyone shares responsibility for the results. People who point fingers to individuals demonstrate to me that they don’t understand how a team works. Internally there isn’t finger-pointing and there is confidence the ship will be righted.

    Again, I find it funny that people don’t want to give Childress credit for the success Philadelphia had while he was there. It’s another case of ignoring his influence when things went well, but then blaming him when things don’t go well. You can’t have it both ways. He was an important part of the success Philadelphia had and he’s obviously a big reason why the offense has evolved the way it has here.

  39. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    AND BRETT NEVER THROWS GUYS UNDER THE BUS LIKE A FEW PEOPLE HAVE DONE TO HIM. AND I WISH THEY WOULD FIND OUT WHICH PLAYER IS BLABBING EVERYTHING TO THE MEDIA THAT FAVRE SAYS IN THE LOCKER ROOM IN CONFIDENCE. THIS PLAYER IS PROBABLY GETTING PAID FOR SUPPLYING THIS INFORMATION TO THE MEDIA AND HE SHOULD BE SUSPENDED AND GET THE BLANKET TREATMENT FROM THE REST OF THE PLAYERS!

  40. By Go Vikes iPhone App on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    TJ needs afresh start. If we cannot do it with Favre and maybe Web, we are done for this season. I have only seen TJ play at the rest of the team level once, against the Cardinals in 2009.

    I still believe Favre (and the others) will make it thru. It’s just because, it’s a tough game, and you’ve gotta earn it, and pain is part of it. I feel we need to get into the rhythm we had last year, just before the game against the Saints.

    If Harvin TD at 48 secs left had been good, how would you be feeling now? Answer to yourself.

    Go Vikes! This SuperBowl can still be ours!

  41. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    one thing i noticed in the Green Bay game is the green bay coach had no problem knowing when to throw the red flag, and clock management by Chilly was simply put awful. Mike are you saying Chilly not throwing the red flag when green bay dropped the touchdown pass was a good coaching move ? what about that 4th and 2 in the 1st quarter and Chilly says go for it? 12 men in the huddle in the nfc championship game? someone who spends alot of time with the team, should maybe spend some tim watching the game also. everyone knows you get paid Mike W., so your opinions are not warrented here

  42. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    A blanket treatment for those of you that don’t know is something they do in the service in boot camp. They pin the guy to the bed with the blanket and start punching the h e l l out of him. It’s usually for something the guy did that was really bad. And NO I did not partake in any, I was sound asleep and heard about it the next morning lol. But Mike, I do want to say that I give Childress credit when he earns it. And he has done well in the past, but lately he has been playing it way too conservative. Maybe it’s old age setting in. But I do still find fault with him not fixing the protection problems. Because they have the talent to overcome that and that means it is left to the coach to fix that using whatever means possible.

  43. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    i’ve been watching football a long time and never seen any team go for it in field goal range on a 4th and 2 in the 1st quarter. this was the Miami game. i was so mad when Chilly did this, i threw my shoe at the tv

  44. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I will give credit for Childress admitting that he was too conservative at the end of the first half. And what angers fans is that Childress has done that before in other games. I wish his agressiveness he displays in aquiring quality players was didpalyed in his game management. He really has his hands full facing a Hall of Fame coach who is known for agreesive game management. And the reason he is a Hall of Fame coach is because he coaches with that type of aggressive game strategy, wouldn’t you agree Mike?

  45. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Well here is an example of poor game management. In one game earlier this year Brett moved the team down the field into the red zone and he was completing pass after pass and then Childress calls for 4 running plays in a row in the red zone and turns the ball over with no points to show for what Brett had just done. An smart aggressive coach would NOT have ran four safe running plays in a row. That’s an example of how Childress has contributed to losing games in the past.

  46. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I just hope that the Vikings win this game. Starting Brett and this team winning this game will give these players TONS OF CONFIDENCE and could finally get this team gelling.

  47. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    i argee Bruce, Farve at 70 percent is better then starting t-jack any day. i also agree with everything else you said

  48. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mike you are right, I don’t blame Childress soley or any other player soley. You win as a team and lose as a team as well. But Childress is the head of this hopefully beast of a team, and if you cut off the head of a beast, what usually happens? If players see Childress coaching with agressiveness, zeal, determination, positivity, accountability, ect…well you catch my drift, what was that plaque that said “If a child lives with…..

  49. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    So Childress, put that Super Hero Coaching Suit you have hidden in the closet and all will be forgiven. ;-)

  50. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    in a normal year, i would not care as much, but we have super bowl type talent. plus we have a stadium issue. what we do this year may well determine if we get a stadium or not. if Chilly continues on his path, we lose the stadium

  51. By dee expacker fan on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Well, I’m sure as heck glad some others have stated what I wanted to scream and that is that Chilly lost the Miami game by not going for the field goal and he lost the Packer game by not throwing the red flag!! I was so frustrated with those two loses that to me are strickly the head coaches fault. And as far as that goes the 12 men on the field lost us the NFC championship to boot. Yes, I know, there were a lot of other problems (like the O line, the TO’s and the ref’s bias in the NFC game and the Packer game) but come-on, there are guys out there giving their blood, sweat and tears and you don’t want a coaching mistake to be the straw that broke the camels back!! I absolutely can’t stand the Patriots or Bilicheck and would give a pretty penny to see us blast them this Sunday. Go Vikes….go Brett and show the world how you can prove everyone wrong!!

  52. By moorevikes on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    never liked the way chilly has managed a game. the only credit i have ever given him was he improved the record by two games each year he also helped in bringing some pretty dang good players. you can make a case for every decision he makes during a game i don’t agree with most however. my biggest gripe is: we all know favre isn’t playing well right now, most other qbs would have been benched by now. any other starter on the team with two fractures on their foot would not even be a consideration for the up coming game.

  53. By WTF on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mike W:
    “my take on Childress is an objective one based on what I see every day inside the walls of Winter Park. ”

    We don’t see what goes on inside those walls, and if you are trying to insist that it includes creating expert level schemata, then why doesn’t it transfer to the field?

    “People who point fingers to individuals demonstrate to me that they don’t understand how a team works.”

    With this claim, you are telling us that you believe that Childress doesn’t understand how a team works. After the game he was pointing fingers both at the Refs and at Favre for the loss, publicly in the press conference.

  54. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Good point WTF

  55. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    yes, good point WTF. Mike is writing in a double standard, so what mike says is 2 -faced. we want a writer who is honest, not 2-faced Mike !

  56. By Bruce on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    That was something to be noted what Tom Brady said in defense of Favre, that his coach doesn’t publically chastise his players. I have a lot of respect for Bill Belichick (except for that signal-gate fiasco) But that coach is definetly going into Canton and he knows how to motivate a team. And he doesn’t point fingers unless it’s at himself.

  57. By dryes on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Childress is not head coach material and is not a proven winner. His staff and players have carried him thus far, but it isn’t good enough to win a superbowl. This team’s players are the best in the league and the coaching diminishes their effectiveness. I wonder if we are losing on purpose so Zigi and co. can move to the coast. Zigi, do what it takes to win a superbowl and the team will thrive for a long time. The minnesota fans are everywhere but they won’t follow you to LA and they won’t stand for your weak head coach. Childress is not a game-time coach.

  58. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    nice post dryes- i agree. to be honest, i don’t think Chilly could even coach a college football team without getting fired right away. Chilly could of very well ruined our stadium hopes, and we don’t want the team in LA mr Wilf. you picked that loser coach, not us !

  59. By TWVIKE on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Brads mom and dad are his in-laws, thats his problem.

  60. By TWVIKE on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    To all bad mouthing Brett, put on the #4 jersey along with the helmet and face a blitzing pass rush. You would not last 3 downs with our O-line. Say what you want about Favre but you cannot argue the fact that he is the toughest S.O.B. to play QB.

  61. By Nebraska vikings on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Go vikes!!! I hate seeing them loose but still love watching them play. Things will turn around. If favre is in pain T jack should start.

    Fire Childress- You are a moron and need to find yourself a job or something productive to do with your time rather than sit on here and waste our time. I bet you still live with your parents. Just this image i have of you.

    Vikes 31 Pats 24

  62. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    whatever, nobody asked for your opinion. Mike W.- i heard your related to Chilly, give him the word nobody wants him coaching the vikings

  63. By onpoint on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Alone in my observations for several years that there was something not quite right with NE/Belichek, and in expressing those opinions, received a lot of “no way, he wouldn’t cheat” responses. So very happy, then, when it came out there was something fishy going on, with NE “looking in” on another (and other) team’s activities. It gave them an edge not available to the opposition, unfair scoping of positions on offense and defense.
    They are not a team I esteem at all and not deserving of past Superbowl wins. For some reason, he always reminded me of grade school Ryan, who always cheated on tests and when confronted by us classmates, didn’t care how we felt at all.

  64. By onpoint on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, and Childress needs to keep kicking ball into NE’s end zone. And when ya score, Vikes, don’t WASTE TIME HIGH FIVING, get up there IN A HURRY and kick the xtra point!
    Less opportunity for other team to utilize time to challenge, if td is um, fuzzy.

    Why do teams do this? Waste valuable time to congratulate their accomplishments, KNOWING a play could be overturned at any moment. Get up to the line and get off another play!

  65. By purple08 on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce, are you serious? Against God? Wow! You are totally insane. You need to get your priorities straight dude. Please don’t direct comments at me again or I will call my good friend Satan on you. Firechildress… A butt-brain am I? Why I oughta…

  66. By vikeman1 on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    purple08. You are awesome brother! Best stuff I have ever read on this blogsite. LMAO! Keep on keepin’ on my brother from another mother. Someone needs to punch firechildress in the face. POW!

  67. By rocksalt on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Mike-
    It is true that Childress did well in Philly, but not as a head coach. His success last year was no doubt due to the talented team, lack of injuries, and strong personal player performances……..I am not convinced the sucesses of last year were all scemed by Childress, in fact, Favre had much to do with play calling and reading opposing Defenses.
    Now let’s look realistically at Childress:
    12 men in huddle in NFC champ. game
    Decision not to kick for game winner.
    This Season:
    Team unprepared(appear to be in preseason mode)
    predicatable/unsuccessful play calliing
    inability to challenge key plays
    poor clock management

  68. By TWVIKE on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Who gives a flying Fv<K what Brad did in Philly? He wasnt in charge there and cannot get in charge here.Find blame else where, OK, lets start with you Mike. You seem to think there is nothing wrong and with the power of positive thinking things will be alright, Bv!!$HIT!!! Lets all sit back and watch all the talent we have go straight down the CR@PPER. Believing simply isnt enough. By the way, BRETT FAVRE took us to the NFC Championship, not Childress!!!!

  69. By Bruce on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    purple08, why don’t you do us all a favor and slit your wrist.

  70. By wispurplehead on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Oh the site is getting rich. We have our own fans turning on each other. Mike, is this the reaction you were looking for from your blog? I will give on the chilly time in Philly. He was not the HEAD coach…he had a smart person over him. His time with us has been laced with such high talent, that a “pop warner” coach could win. His major problem is adjusting to changing situations during a game. His treatment to players is terrible, as far as fixing blame. I did not hear the Saints head coach call out Brees for his performance. His lack of drive and confidence was evidenced over and over. There is no excuse to not challenge when doubt is present. In many cases, we have won is spite of his coaching.
    In regards to t-jack….he is and never will be anything more than a third string backup. We don’t need a running QB. The wildcat works in college, but as Miami has proven..not in the NFL!! We have receivers and need a QB that can throw to them. I understand that we let Sage go, but last year it was Sage that affixed himself to Brett to learn. Jackson stayed away, for no other apparent reason as “he knows it all”. Our season is not done by any stretch of the word. The problem is chilly should be in the front office recruiting, and a qualified coach should be standing on our sideline.

  71. By purplehaze on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    man this is becoming a house divided!

    hey lets get back to the subjest matter here, and that’s that the Pats are not invincable, and are beatable with a solid run/pass game plan, and more important the execution thereof. I agree that ground zero is at the line; it’s a trench game, protect our passer and you open up all sorts of options with our second-to-none run and pass weaponry, on the other side, you pressure major Tom and he also is less effective; he’s not mr. mobility to begin with, he’s got a bad shoulder, let’s exploit that, ala t. romo, and if there was ever a time for vike defense to play with an inspired take-away mentality, this is it.

  72. By Bruce on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, I was just trying to do all mankind a big favor. I mean any person who is a good friend of Satan is someone to get rid of right? He’s probably a direct descendant of Adolf.

  73. By purplehaze on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    HEY BRUCE IN MANY WAYS ADOLF WAS SATAN…, OR AT LEAST HIS EVIL TWIN.

  74. By Nebraska vikings on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    firechildress:No one may have asked my opinion… but no one cares about yours. Childress took us to the NFC championship last year, and we lost due to alot of questionable calls. Is that not enough for you?

  75. By TWVIKE on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Nobrainska Viking- Favre led this team to the NFC Title game, not Dead-Head coach Childress. No it is not enough. With all this talent we should be 6-0. What this team lacks is a compitent head coach.

  76. By nebraska viking on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Yes i agree with you there. Favre had a big part in it. In my opinion what this team lacks right now is unity. They are all time great players, maybe the best in the NFL but alot of the offense hasnt played (and practiced) together for a long time like some great teams have. Example: NE,PITT
    We threw camarillo, moss, baskett and all these guys into a team with no practice. I am still thinking posotive though, things will turn around!!

  77. By viking/lakers Purple&gold on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings are going to the super bowl how thier going I don,t know ? but they will so EVERY BODY KICK BACK!! LET<S JUST SEE HOW TI,S GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!

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