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Vikings coach Brad Childress had no regrets about declining a 10-yard holding penalty midway through the first quarter.

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Ron Mitchell

Longmont, CO

#1 Jan 4, 2009
6 LOGICAL REASONS FOR A COACHING CHANGE

1. The Vikes would attract the best coach available. Yes, we heard that before and ended up with Brad. He told us this was the best gig, then went about taking a 9-7 team to the depths of 6-10. Then with a lot better owner support only managed to sneak into the playoffs this year (and be one and done). Shanahan, Cowher or Shottenheimer all sound pretty good, and the Vikes would likely sound good to them as well.
2. Consistent Time Mismanagement: These coaches can't get a play in with time running out (NY Giant game) during the most important sequence of the season. Also practically EVERY commentator has been critical of this issue throughout the season. This weekly event manifested itself this time in a short pass play attempt that fell short and opened the door for the Eagles right before halftime to regain possession.
3. Brad Can't Count (and, worse yet-- he denies it!): Not even a high school coach from po-dunkville would have punted the ball with under two minutes left and no time outs, only to state the next day that he "thought we'd get the ball back". There is this little thing called "good coaching" which results in the other team kneeling on the ground in a protective stance to ensure time runs out. Also, getting out the "stat chart" on two point conversions is still stupid when you are down by two points and it is late in the game. At that point, it doesn't really matter that 2 pt conversions are only made 46.7 percent of the time. You lose 100% of the time if the other team scores 10 and you score 9.
4. Wasted Talent: Has there ever been a team with more pro bowlers over two seasons which had less production? The team is stocked, but they often have to bail out their coach (ala Longwell savaging the season, and hopefully NOT Childress' job when he kicked the long field goal as Brad's mind, um..I mean the game clock...expired).
5. Control Freak in the Worst Way: Is there a team in the league with less NFL coaching experience than the Vikings?(The answer is "No" by the way). Other than WR coach Stewart this is not an experienced group. This shows up each Sunday, as we are outcoached. Brad wanted people who would fit his (kick ass) system, and run it the way he would run it. We've seen how that works.
6. Absolutely Bad Play Calling and Coaching: Cowher always ran a misdirection play early in the game-- it makes the defense think rather than react. Atlanta shifts around their best pass rusher. This screws up and offenses game plan to block said pass rusher. For example, if the offense is planning on chipping with a RB then running into the left flat, the play has to be changed at the line of scrimmage or they simply end up chipping an easier target. Let's not even discuss the mismanagement of the special teams. Either our special teams players need to be in the special olympics or the coaches simply do not insist that they maintain lane coverage.
7. There is a reason the fans didn't show up to buy playoff tickets: Zigi, if you have any hope for a new stadium, you need to hire a respectable coach. People barely showed up because they knew: A) Our special teams would give up a big play, B) Our coaches would mismanage time at some point during the game, and C) The other coaches would have better and more creative play calling.
8. Finally-- Peterson Abuse: Zone blocking when you have that big of crew? Did everyone see what happened when we ran it right up the middle in a "mano on mano" fashion today? Peterson runs free. Watching 350 lb linement tiptoeing over to the sideline hoping to find someone to block gets a whole bunch of -2, 1, 0,-1 plays out of that stud named Peterson. Zone blocking can be successful, but usually with much smaller linemen (just see how big Denver's linemen have been during their productive running years).

Sam

Rockville Centre, NY

#2 Jan 5, 2009
One and Done....feel sorry for all the people who stepped up and bought tickets to that fiasco.
top football fan

Perham, MN

#3 Jan 5, 2009
well you can't lay this at jackson play or the fact they hardly used peterson...hey darrel bevel hear of the screen play for a rush like the eagles ...well you check it out when the gaints play them ok a good coach would had that drawn up,or maybe a shuffle pass to the run back ..i mean that second half was the worse off. calling ever i seen... an then pilly run's a screen an score's...sorry to say but i'm very disappointed in the coaching staff...unreal...to think you had a week or better...an birk nice job muffing the snap...what is that thrid time this season...retire boy .....right after jackson runs to the 50... an your in a hurry up off..........unreal some pro bowl player....so leave jackson name out of this the defense gave us the chance even without are starter's on it...but the play calling was very questionable in the second half...by a pro coaching staff,...no slants ,no screens , no shuffle pass, u didn't use your talent on the field of play at all......what's that about?
top football fan

Perham, MN

#4 Jan 5, 2009
to ron up there couldn't say it better
Taz in Duluth

Duluth, MN

#5 Jan 5, 2009
Right on Ron! If we keep Chilly, you may see season ticket holders NOT buy their season tickets! There is no end to the sorry level of coaching with Klink. So much talent, and he can't do squat with it because of his bad play calling and bad formations. I ended up the season with a 92.2% on QB1 predicting the Vikings plays. That should not be possible, but you can easily see how DC's pick this team apart. Klink has no imagination, no coaching ability, just plain sucks.
Danny

United States

#6 Jan 5, 2009
I don't believe Coach called a very good game at all and in addition, I think they need to look at the offensive coordinator too (or does Childress call the plays???)
Brandon

Raleigh, NC

#7 Jan 5, 2009
Nice post Ron.

As with most of you other posters, the majority of this HAS to fall on Clink. He has zero creativity with this offense. Why is it that, on 3 and 1, we run Peterson on a sweep? The man was tearing 4-5 yards per carry up the middle...nonsense

Clink is too arrogant to make the necessary half-time adjustments. Once again, Reid and J Johnson made the changes to the O and D...Vikings didn't.

I would be interested to see the 3rd and 4th quarter scoring from the Vikings as opposed to our season opponents, would give a great indication of how well we "adjust" coming out of the half.
John

Baltimore, MD

#8 Jan 5, 2009
I am a lifelong Vikings fan, being 57 that gives me many years of frustration.
Brad Childress is NOT a head coach. as Ron stated time management is just one thing he cannot seem to wrap his mind around. I am not a huge T Jack fan but I do know the man can move around in the pocket, there were no plays designed to utilize this capability. No roll out plays, no screens, no misdirection nothing to make the Eagle defense hesitate. What really confounds me is that Brad came from the Eagles and should have had at least a CLUE as to what Jim johnson does on defense. This Vikings team is full of talent (we could use a couple receivers and QB) and should have had a better record then what they did have. Brad lacks knowledge, imagination, motivational skills and time management skills. In short he
does not belong coaching in the NFL. Ron named 3 coaches that would be
a good fit and have this team playing like they should be playing. Shottenheimer would be the best move in my opinion. Childress needs to be gone as quickly as possible.
Brandon

Raleigh, NC

#9 Jan 5, 2009
Tony Romo Week 17 vs. Eagles 21 comp 39 att 183 yds 3 Sacks 1 INT 55.8 rating 2 Fumbles lost (1 brought back for a TD)

Jackson yesterday vs. Eagles 15 comp 35 att 164 yds 1 Sack 1 INT 45.4 rating

I hate to put this all on Jackson. He doesn't have a TO or a Witten to get open on routes either. The Eagles make even the Pro Bowl QB's look bad.
Danny

United States

#10 Jan 5, 2009
Ron Mitchell wrote:
6 LOGICAL REASONS FOR A COACHING CHANGE
1. The Vikes would attract the best coach available. Yes, we heard that before and ended up with Brad. He told us this was the best gig, then went about taking a 9-7 team to the depths of 6-10. Then with a lot better owner support only managed to sneak into the playoffs this year (and be one and done). Shanahan, Cowher or Shottenheimer all sound pretty good, and the Vikes would likely sound good to them as well.
2. Consistent Time Mismanagement: These coaches can't get a play in with time running out (NY Giant game) during the most important sequence of the season. Also practically EVERY commentator has been critical of this issue throughout the season. This weekly event manifested itself this time in a short pass play attempt that fell short and opened the door for the Eagles right before halftime to regain possession.
3. Brad Can't Count (and, worse yet-- he denies it!): Not even a high school coach from po-dunkville would have punted the ball with under two minutes left and no time outs, only to state the next day that he "thought we'd get the ball back". There is this little thing called "good coaching" which results in the other team kneeling on the ground in a protective stance to ensure time runs out. Also, getting out the "stat chart" on two point conversions is still stupid when you are down by two points and it is late in the game. At that point, it doesn't really matter that 2 pt conversions are only made 46.7 percent of the time. You lose 100% of the time if the other team scores 10 and you score 9.
4. Wasted Talent: Has there ever been a team with more pro bowlers over two seasons which had less production? The team is stocked, but they often have to bail out their coach (ala Longwell savaging the season, and hopefully NOT Childress' job when he kicked the long field goal as Brad's mind, um..I mean the game clock...expired).
5. Control Freak in the Worst Way: Is there a team in the league with less NFL coaching experience than the Vikings?(The answer is "No" by the way). Other than WR coach Stewart this is not an experienced group. This shows up each Sunday, as we are outcoached. Brad wanted people who would fit his (kick ****) system, and run it the way he would run it. We've seen how that works.
6. Absolutely Bad Play Calling and Coaching: Cowher always ran a misdirection play early in the game-- it makes the defense think rather than react. Atlanta shifts around their best pass rusher. This screws up and offenses game plan to block said pass rusher. For example, if the offense is planning on chipping with a RB then running into the left flat, the play has to be changed at the line of scrimmage or they simply end up chipping an easier target. Let's not even discuss the mismanagement of the special teams. Either our special teams players need to be in the special olympics or the coaches simply do not insist that they maintain lane coverage.
7. There is a reason the fans didn't show up to buy playoff tickets: Zigi, if you have any hope for a new stadium, you need to hire a respectable coach. People barely showed up because they knew: A) Our special teams would give up a big play, B) Our coaches would mismanage time at some point during the game, and C) The other coaches would have better and more creative play calling.
8. Finally-- Peterson Abuse: Zone blocking when you have that big of crew? Did everyone see what happened when we ran it right up the middle in a "mano on mano" fashion today? Peterson runs free. Watching 350 lb linement tiptoeing over to the sideline hoping to find someone to block gets a whole bunch of -2, 1, 0,-1 plays out of that stud named Peterson. Zone blocking can be successful, but usually with much smaller linemen (just see how big Denver's linemen have been during their productive running years).
You naield it Ron~good job! this team won despite it's coaching and not because of it.....
Bret Favre

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Jan 5, 2009
If you fire him, I will come! for one season...c'mon man, he's got a losing record and the talent is there...draft me a first round receiver...heywood-bey out of maryland and I'll give you a championship...and bring in mike mularkey, I like him - sent him a pair of wranglers last year for christmas...we'll turn tjack into a quarterback and give minny its first superbowl....

gotta love crawdaddys!
Choke is Complete

Tempe, AZ

#12 Jan 5, 2009
Come on Viking fans - you had to see this coming. You didn't really think this sorry team, equipped with soft, reject receivers from the Bears, a sorry reject coordinator from the Eagles as a head coach, champions of the NFC North, was going to win a game when it counted against a team that wasn't playing its third string, did you? Hahahaha the joke is on you then - the Vikings are pathetic and so are their fans.
Gen Burkhalter

Malibu, CA

#13 Jan 5, 2009
Everybody but the owners seems to know that Klink has to go. Every game he tries to justify stupid decisions. Unfortunately I honestly think he believes what he is saying. I think you can win with a great QB and a bad coach or a bad QB and a great coach but when you have a bad QB and a bad coach you're in for a long season.

Zygi if you're not gong to fire Klink which I assume you won't then at least fire the special teams coach.

It's going to be sad to see Frazier go and succeed somewhere else while we hold onto Klink.
indyfan

Camby, IN

#14 Jan 5, 2009
We missed EJ Henderson's big play ability. We missed Heath Farwell's coverage skills. We missed not playing T-Jack all season for experience.

What we don't have: An Asaunte Samuel/Ed Reed type game changing db, a right offensive tackle, a Desean Jackson type speed return man/receiver, a special teams coach, an innovative offensive coordinator, a head coach with a clue.

Goodbye Darren Sharper and Matt Birk thanks for the good years, Goodbye Maurice Hicks thanks for nothin.
Unfortunately we are stuck Klink and crew. As the Little Rascals used to say "They'll never learn".
Kristen

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Jan 5, 2009
I have always been MN Viking's fan but I was appaled after Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
Childress has to go as a head coach. Why would he only play an inexperienced QB in such an important game. Our defense was outstanding as usual but our offense was terrible.
I feel as if I wasted an entire afternoon watching this game.
Will we ever aquire a top notch QB for this team?
Peter

Rhinelander, WI

#16 Jan 5, 2009
I would hope two things happen before the next season. The Vikings need a quality head coach, who knows how to create a creative game plan, because the clown they have isn't it. Second, if Booty isn't their quaterback next season, they need to draft one. It seems to me they could find a quarterback who played as well as Flacco or Ryan this season, especially with the runnig game and defense they have. I have folowed the Vikings since 1961 and they have found a way to lose the last playoff game the have played every year. It would be nice to see a competent head coach next year, for the first time since Bud Grant.
concerned fan

United States

#17 Jan 5, 2009
jackson is not very good and never will be probably. childress is not very good and never will be. send them both packing, or it will be many years before vikings get back to the playoffs if ever under this regime. TWO weak spot's are very obvious now. QB and COACH. it is just that simple and obvious. some people want to blame matt birk for one snap(down 26-14)(less than 2 minutes)or offensive coordinator. the defensive coordinator sucks also. he just has good players.time to fire coaching staff and pay to play a veteran QB
Stormy34

Battle Creek, MI

#18 Jan 5, 2009
Ron is right. his point #3

punt the ball with under two minutes left and no time outs, only to state the next day that he "thought we'd get the ball back".

Chilly should be fired for that alone. Think about it, when you heard that, you did a double take and said "What did he just say" There cannot be another football coach at any level that would think or state that. Zygi--think about that point alone!!!
Whiny cry babies

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Jan 5, 2009
Now it's all about; fire Childress, fire Jackson, it's only a game, and the Vikings lost, get over it you bunch of cry babies. You know, there are
two types of sports fans: 1.) The fans that back their team no matter
what, win lose or draw they're there to support.. 2.) The cry baby fans
that start whining the minute the game starts, oh! a lot of times they
really don't know why they're whining, but they think it's part of the
game and something they're suppose to do, so they just keep whining
and crying. And out of the two choices, guess which one is the Minnesota
fan, Yep! you're right, Minnesota is number 2.) the cry babies.
Mad Dog Gus

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jan 5, 2009
Interesting to hear that Childress had no confidence in his defense stopping the Eagles on a 3rd and 18. They were in chip shot range, so the only thought he must have had was that they would score a TD.

A negative thinker as a coach is a downer!

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