Vikings Quotes - Childress - October 25

Posted Oct 25, 2010


Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress

Back to last night, obviously a tough, hard fought game; with everything that happened in that game we had an opportunity to win at the end. Unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize down there. Everyone in our locker room knows that we left plays on the football field. We did a lot of good things in terms of running the football and in terms of redzone efficiency. Defense got the ball turned over a couple times. All of us need to look at one more thing we can do to put it all together and I trust they will. That starts with me, whether it’s using a timeout there at the end of the half or challenging their touchdown in the back of the endzone. That’s my responsibility. We identify this. They’re in there going through this tape. Both positives, negatives and then what we got to do to get back on the winning track here with 10 games to go and a good New England club at the end of the week. Quickly on an injury note: Brett Favre is in an ankle-boot this morning. He had an MRI and we’ll see if I say this right; he has an evulsion fracture in his calcaneus and also a stress fracture. Neither of which is surgical. Once he is functional, he can play. As you know he has had ankle and heel problems for a long time. That walking boot makes him a little more comfortable. I wouldn’t rule anything out in terms of the end of the week. I don’t really have a time frame on it.

Q: Did those injuries happen on the same play?

A: It’s hard to know. Obviously his ankle, in the offseason, had attention with Dr. Andrews. I don’t believe any of those were there. I don’t know whether or not they both happened simultaneously. I have no way of knowing that.

Q: Would you possibly give him the weekend off to give him some rest?

A: He’s got to be able to do all of the things that his position does. You can’t put a guy that is a sitting duck out there. His competitive nature I am sure will come into it. A lot of times you have to protect people from themselves. I’m taking it day by day. He’s got great pain threshold and great competitive zeal.

Q: Do you see anything different in the performance after watching film?

A: Just the turnovers. That’s the thing that you always point the bright light on. As a quarterback you have power of choice. We always talk about the decision making and turnovers are tough. There is probably some other spots we could have gone with it. He’s looking at that and he knows it as he’s looking at it.

Q: What’s the breaking point in the turnover case?

A: When I invited him back here I said, ‘Just as long as we don’t throw 33 interceptions and 7 touchdowns, I think we’ll be okay.’ I would hope it doesn’t flame up to those proportions, where we flip the whole thing. There is not a breaking point. I’m not shopping a number. Certainly turnovers will kill you. If you’re going to go on the road in this league, you’re going to fight a field-position game. We swung it a couple times in the punt game. The next thing is takeaways and giveaways. We were able to take it away and take them out of points a couple times. Unfortunately our turnovers cost us 14 points. One, directly that got run back. One, they were able to capitalize and score.

Q: Have you talked to Favre about staying within the system?

A: I haven’t had a chance to get one-on-one with him. Specifically, I was one-on-one with him just before he went into a meeting room. I will see him before the day finishes. He’s in offensive meetings looking at that game tape with the offensive squad.

Q: How do you make a judgment on whether he can play or not?

A: Just the movement skills. Again, you kind of know he’s not a spring chicken. You know he doesn’t move like a 20-year-ago Brett Favre. You got to be able to move and shuffle and do those kind of things in the pocket. He can’t not think he’s going to have to move in the pocket, because there are some times where he is going to have to do that independent movement.

Q: How much practice time would he need, for you to feel comfortable putting him out there?

A: I don’t know. It’s kind of the chicken and the egg kind of deal. You can’t practice if you can’t move; if you can’t move how much can you practice? He obviously has a feel for the system. My feel is that most players need to practice. I know Steve McNair was a rare guy that didn’t practice all week, and played. Most guys need to do some facet of it, whether it’s your redzone on Friday or your nickel on Thursday.

Q: Did you notice any movement problems last night?

A: Maybe a little bit. He wasn’t having to move very far, or having to move away from anybody. I thought our offensive line did a good job of preserving that pocket. I thought they did a great job of keeping the quarterback relatively clean.

Q: Does this streak give him more flexibility in his decision to play?

A: In my mind, it doesn’t, because we have to do what is right for the Minnesota Vikings. That’s what I get charged with at the end of the day. I’m not worried about someone getting one more start or one more yard to equal 300. I think the picture will clear itself up as we go forward.

Q: If it wasn’t a national TV game in Green Bay would it have affected your decision to pull him?

A: No.

Q: Can you go through the thought process of not challenging that touchdown in first quarter?

A: Two things: I asked, “was it a catch” upstairs? It came back over, one replay quickly and they said it looks like a catch. I thought the timing was much different on that catch that could have been more questionable than Visanthe Shiancoe’s. They tell you that typically the timing will be, if there’s a question, we’ll hold it on the extra-point, so guys can get a look at it upstairs. I just thought it went quicker and then it went to a commercial. Obviously by the time you kick the try, it’s too late when you get a chance to slow down and look at it again. We got one look and I looked at it, but you can’t look at it multiple times over and over again from different angles. Do I wish I would have? Yeah, I wish I would have. I was told it would have been an incomplete pass just like I was told this morning that that was a touchdown (the pass to Shiancoe) by Carl Johnson. He was disappointed to see that reversed.

Q: Did he control the ball throughout?

A: Yes, he (Shiancoe) controlled the ball throughout.

Q: Did you look at the Phil Loadholt facemask penalty?

A: I have an opinion of when it got called in the game. He did get tangled up in his facemask? I couldn’t argue with that. I’m just looking at where they put him (referee) back in the last five minutes. They put him back there and all of a sudden we’re looking closer than what I’ve seen all day long with other goings on.

Q: Are you at a disadvantage with the replay system?

A: We’re supposed to get the dirty feed, so when they’re looking through those things; and I don’t know, because I wasn’t up in the box. We usually check it beforehand. There’s a way you can check that to see that you are getting that. That’s the only one that was provided.

Q: What is your perception of being able to get a replay?

A: That’s the way it’s advertised to us, that there will be time after any kind of so-so touchdown. It’s pretty clear if a guy runs in the endzone. We’re not talking about the pylon or out-of-bounds or diving, or foot out-of-bounds. Those are going to be slowed down. In my opinion that one went much faster than the one down with Shiancoe.

Q: Did you go over those plays with the league?

A: No. Percy’s (catch) at the end of the game; he clearly had his second foot out. It really wasn’t contested.

Q: How often do you come across an overturn being wrong?

A: That’s my thing. It’s supposed to be irrefutable evidence. The guy is looking right down on it and says it is a touchdown. You have got to show them something that says it wasn’t a touchdown. Might they have called it incomplete? They could have called it incomplete, and would you reverse that? I saw him control the ball. It’s not about forearms. It’s not about hands. I was told it was about hands. If he has it in his teeth and it touches the ground and he has it when he comes up, it’s a touchdown.

Q: Does the league say, ‘Sorry’?

A: I didn’t hear anything. I called them very early this morning and they said they were disappointed that the call was reversed.

Q: Did they say you would be fined?

A: No. I find that down the road. My thing is, ‘Hey let’s just get it right. Get it right.’

Q: Can you coach Brett Favre to play more cautiously?

A: Cautiously? You don’t ever want a quarterback to play cautiously. You’re never going to stop coaching. As coaches, we coach. You keep coaching in hopes that some of it gets through. You don’t stop coaching. All of those guys want to be coached. I don’t care if you are a 20-year pro, or a first-year pro. All of those guys want something, whether it’s scheme, whether it’s how we’re throwing it. They all want to be coached.

Q: Is Brett receptive at this point?

A: My experience with quarterbacks is always when they are a little more humbled, they are always much more receptive.

Q: Was he improvising some last night?

A: There was a couple ‘night at the improv's.’ That happens. It’s just a matter of if it’s worth merit.

Q: Was Chris Cook a little rusty coming back?

A: A little cautious. That’s kind of why we put Frank Walker in there, and Frank did a nice job.

Q: Do you feel like you are on the same page with Brett?

A: Absolutely.

Q: When you say he is playing outside the confines, it’s more isolated?

A: Yeah, it’s isolated usually telling somebody that something is off the reservation. Those guys are going to listen. It’s like when you call protection. He always has the trump and pointing a guy if I want to protect this guy and I want to let this guy run free. He can do that. Our center does most of that, because that’s what they look at most of the time. John Sullivan did a fantastic job with that blitz package last night. We had bodies on bodies on bodies. Again, he always holds the trump and guys are going to listen when he says something to them.

Q: How did you come to have 12 guys on the field during the goal line play?

A: What ends up happening is we’re down in there close, Jamarca goes in to play goal line, they’re not in goal line personnel, so Asher goes in to get him off. In other words, those two guys can’t be on the field at the same time and had a miscommunication. That’s twice in two years; once on offense, once on defense. Still haven’t done the special teams 12 yet.

Q: How did Tyrell Johnson look in his first start of the season?

A: He showed some rust as well. All things considered, not too bad.

Q: If you could do it again would you have liked to be more aggressive at the end of the first half?

A: Yeah, I would. I looked back again through it, looked at the play-by-play, I looked again through it this morning. Just to give you a window into my thought process, they had three timeouts, back on the 24 yard line, we run it for four [yards], they call timeout. Now you have a window to their mind. They want the ball back before the half’s out. We need to go ahead and run it again because you want them to use their timeouts. You don’t want to stop the clock and give them timeouts should the ball go back to them. We run it again and it bounces out to the 34 yard line.  Now once we get it out there with a little breathing room, I use a timeout because they don’t use a timeout. We get a little breathing room, a spot where we think we might be able to score. We elect to throw the ball down the field to Randy. We get an offensive pass interference. We go back to the 24, so now it’s 1st-and-20 at the 24. We run it again [to the 38 yard line]. I’m looking at that point in time, I’m thinking, ‘We took our shot, we backed up 10 yards, we take it up to the 38, see if he was going to call timeout now because of how the fortunes were.’ He didn’t call timeout, and I said, ‘I’m going to let it go off the clock.’ Your question was could I have been more aggressive. Yeah, I could have done a better job with that.

Q: Was this the most upset you’ve been after a loss?

A: I don’t know. It stung, but I’ll get over it as soon as I walk away from you folks right here.

Q: Going to New England this week, is it a bad time for Chris Cook to be adjusting himself back into the lineup?

A: Really it’s not. He had last week as well, and probably you need all hands on deck, in terms of your nickel packages, your dime packages, your quarter packages. You better have a plan because that guy will sit and carve you up. Frank played better last night, but I’m not going to tell you it’s going to be all Frank or all Chris Cook. We’ll probably need all those bodies.

Q: How much of a concern is it?

A: I think they probably do it by coverage. I’m mindful of the last time we faced them here on Monday Night Football. 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 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.

Q: So when you were on defense, they were stealing signals and setting up their offense based on your signals?

A: Yeah. Is it two, is it three? If you know that as a quarterback, that’s as good as you can do. And they did as good as they could do.

Q: They were stealing signals?

A: No, I just had a notion. Having played them with the Eagles before that they were good [at stealing signals]. It’s something that we do as well. It’s good for one; it’s good for the other. We didn’t change it up. We didn’t use wristbands. We didn’t change the menu at halftime. They were good at that. Obviously you don’t need to give Tom [Brady] any added advantage.

Q: Was that before the radio?

A: Before the defensive radio helmet, yes.

Q: You’re team’s sitting here at 2-4 and coming off an emotional loss. You’re getting ready to go play a very good New England team and your quarterback is in a walking boot. Is your team in a crisis mode right now?

A: We have 10 games left. I’m not calling anything a crisis point. We’ve got to work ourselves out of this. I believe we’ve got the players and the coaches to work ourselves out of this.