Childress sees red over Kluwe's punts to Bush

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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was pleased with his overall performance Monday night.
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Since: Oct 08

Homeytown

#1 Oct 7, 2008
Zygi should be seeing red over Chilly.
purplehaze

Toronto, Canada

#2 Oct 7, 2008
hey klink...look in the mirror...the same can be said about your coaching !
LOL

United States

#4 Oct 7, 2008
See red over the Kick coverage!!! If anything Kluwe has been over worked so far this year. PUNT PUNT PUNT PUNT PUNT PUNT all game LONG. Kick coverage can't stop squat. They should be kicking out of bounds on normal kick offs as well...

I thought I was going to have to blame TJ for the loss again. But since they won! Good job Gus!!
Chuck N

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Oct 7, 2008
I agree the kick coverage was HORRIBLE in every phase. The main reason for that - Heath Farwell isn't in there. I guarantee those numbers fall way down with the just the presence of this one guy. Not much we can do about it however.

As for Kluwe, if he doesn't kick it out of bounds like the Coach says (yes even a lousy Coach), he needs to be replaced. Doing it twice is even worse. Maybe more time practicing directional punting and less time on Guitar Hero. The fact that he couldn't do it damn near cost us the game. That is inexcusable. For once, Childress is dead on.

GO VIKES !!!!!!!!!!
40for60

Duluth, MN

#6 Oct 7, 2008
At least Klink told Kluwe to punt out of bounds, he at least understood that Bush was too explosive to take a chance. Our offense was inept as usual, but Gus never gave up, and it was New Orleans who fell apart with the game on the line.

Since: Sep 08

Woodbridge, VA

#7 Oct 7, 2008
This is hogwash. Bush made 3 terrific punt returns, 2 for TDs and 1 that should have been a third TD but he slipped and fell all by himself. Why? Yes, he's a fantastic runner, no doubt about it, but all three times, he did the exact same thing; headed to the left, then cut all the way across the field to the right and straight up the sideline, unopposed. Doesn't that sound familiar to ANYONE?! How many other teams are watching the Vikings' glaring vulnerability to such dazzling tactical skill?! How many more games will the Vikes be burned on this before they change their special teams tactics to cover both sides of the field?

That being said, Kluwe and Longwell do both have a problem with putting the ball out of bounds. Instead, they put the ball into the hands of the most dangerous runners so that they can take advantage of the Viking's special teams weakness.

This is getting old...
Ryan

Hopkins, MN

#8 Oct 7, 2008
What Kluwe did was unacceptable, but you would never hear Childress say "You know what? If he can't do that, I'll find someone that can hit a wide open reciever and throw touchdown passes," about Tavaris.

Childress is a joke, there is no reason he should still be coaching this team. I wish Ziggy would have taken the elevator down to the field, taken the Perkins menu from Childress's hands, pointed to the tunnel, and take over as the coach.

Go Vikes!!! Fire Childress!!!!!

Since: Apr 08

Rochester

#9 Oct 7, 2008
It's too bad Chili can't find the same emotion over his Kick A$$ Offense. Maybe he ought to look in the mirror when he says "if he can't do it, I'll find someone who can"! Who is the special teams coach who can't get coverage on punts? All year long, when the Vikes are receiving punts, there are 5 or 6 defenders around them, but when the Vikes are punting (unless its into the end zone), there is nobody around the returner.
COPDd

Walker, MN

#10 Oct 7, 2008
I wonder if Coleman can still punt?
Slider

Lakeville, MN

#11 Oct 7, 2008
KLINK and KLUWE, both losers!
Will

Jacksonville Beach, FL

#12 Oct 7, 2008
I'm glad Chilly had at least recognized the situation and had called the right play on those punts, but Kluwe's missteps don't excuse the play by the rest of special teams. That first kickoff return ended up at midfield and the rest weren't that much better. They over-pursued on punts and didn't contain. Special teams has been a sore spot all season, and it needs addressing. Hopefully we get it figured out before we face Devon Hester, otherwise the Bears offense won't even need to show up. That being said, I'll take the W, whatever the circumstances.
Nut Goodie

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#13 Oct 7, 2008
If there werent so ****** many 3 and outs ya wouldnt have to punt you ****** idiot, nice play calling, NOT!

How about take a knee thats been working really well for you.
ZIGGY get the ****** axe out NOW!
GolferJL

United States

#15 Oct 7, 2008
Memo to Childress:
You have the most unimaginative offense in the NFL.
The offense scheme must be 3 and out, because that's what the plays seem to do.
You kind of remind me of a carpenter with all the latest electrical tools out in the middle of the desert, but can't find any outlets to plug them in. You have the tools on offense. You just don't know how to use them. Unfortunately your tools are gathering rust and dust.
Fans are shaking their heads at how you are wasting the talent that has been given to you.
Your legacy with the Vikings will be the Tarvaris Jackson failed experiment.
Taz

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Oct 7, 2008
It's time the coaching staff start pointing the blam on them selves and not the players. If we had a good coaching staff maybe Klue would not be over worked. FIRE CHILDRESS
cinyk

Marysville, WA

#17 Oct 7, 2008
Kluwe's comments don't align very well with Chili's supposed displeasure with not kicking out of bounds. So Chili must put teeth into consequences for the whole team. Stupid mental errors (holding, illegal mvmt, late hitting, out of bounds hits etc) start running some gut busters and take a seat on the bench. Watch the game and focus and listen next time the person is put into the game. Hey for the big money they are paid start putting total effort and practice into your craft and earn that money.
Kluwe is a good talent so it appears he needs to get his head "right" as the warden said in Cool Hand Luke and practice directional kicking. Hey a couple of weeks of kicking to spots on the practice field with rewards like maybe keeping your starting job as a consequence seems like a possible solution to Kluwe's errors.
Chili needs to use his expertise on offense play design and use those running backs and line. Some screens and delays or get some separation for AP.
At least some light at the end of the tunnel. Nice win Vikes and great play Winfield and defense. Yards between the twenties who cares and stats are for the sour grapes folks!
Mike

West Des Moines, IA

#18 Oct 7, 2008
I was going to make a comment about how Childress should look in the mirror, but I see plenty of people have beaten me to it. Oh well.

I'm amazed at how important Farwell was to the special teams! He's out for the year and their punt and kickoff coverage sucks. Maybe Chris Walsh would be interested in coming back?
buddy grant

Toronto, Canada

#19 Oct 7, 2008
On another post I said Childress was at fault for not making sure Kluwe kicked the ball out of bounds. Kluwe says he tried but it doesn't always work out that way. If that's true my bad for faulting Childress. However it seems Childress has a habit of throwing people under the bus when things go wrong. For example the t.v. commentators reported Childress made the QB change when he asked TJ what was wrong and TJ said "I'm playing not to lose" at which point Childress felt he had no option but to make the switch. WTF!! Childress stressed all last year that TJ wasn't to lose the game by making mistakes leading to turnovers. I think we could find those reports in a couple of stories. Now he makes TJ look like a loser when the poor guy was only following the advise of his "QB guru" coach.

Childress looked like a man on the verge of losing his job last night and his comments about Kluwe sound like a desperate man. He is a miserable excuse for a coach and human being.
fire b childress

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Oct 7, 2008
well chilly hasn't done his job in 2 plus years. let's find one who can do the job. childress never should have been hired to begin with. this is just another year the vikes will miss the playoffs because of his inept offense.
Mike

Gary, MN

#21 Oct 7, 2008
Don't they practice that stuff during the week? What else does a punter do, other than hold for the place kicker? Once again though, the blame goes on a small-time member of the Vikings. Kluwe doesn't play in that putrid offense of Brad Childress', he just punts when they can't move the ball. The guy who's most to blame over the last two and a half years of mediocre football was the guy yelling at the punter. Get a new coach before you get a new punter. I've seen enough for a long time now.
Sid Cahrtman

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#22 Oct 7, 2008
Horrible special teams in all respects! Terrible KIckoff/punt coverage; people abandoning their lanes, etc.
Cilly should NEVER get on the punter as if he were the sole problem.

Thank god for Frerrotte.
They are just a bad club with a worse coach.

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