At 1-3, Minnesota Vikings are followi...

At 1-3, Minnesota Vikings are following a familiar path

There are 87 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 29, 2008, titled At 1-3, Minnesota Vikings are following a familiar path. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Vikings starting quarterback Gus Frerotte was forced into a bad pass in the fourth quarter by Titans' DE Jacob Ford, as the Vikings were defeated 30-17 by the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, TN, to fall to 1-3, ...

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The Master

United States

#1 Sep 29, 2008
ding go
The Hard Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 30, 2008
Childress can't game coach. Childress can't lead men. He can break down film like he did for Andy Reid -- no more, no less. Demote him, fire him, kick him upstairs. Just do something. Can you spell B-i-l-l C-o-w-h-e-r? Or how about the Tuna, since Zygi worships New York, where he currently looks like a horse's ass?
purplehaze

Toronto, Canada

#3 Sep 30, 2008
klink actually believes they're looking at him for direction....the guy needs a guide to get out of his office for f*&^ sake...they'd get more results if they looked at the mascot...i wonder which literary tidbit he will try to use on monday...idiot idiot idiot!!!
Jack Dupp

United States

#4 Sep 30, 2008
It's Week 4 and we're using phrases like "we still have a chance?" Please! Most of the blame should be directed toward the coaching staff. The team looks lethargic, and an over-the-hill Kerry Collins made our front four (and Griffin and Sharper) look like High-Schoolers with quick pitches, shovel passes, and accurate medium-deep throws, but I think Childress and Bevell call a lousy game. They're outcoached every week. Klink's version of the west coast offense is boring! It lacks the creativity and improvisation that most other teams seem to showcase against us each week. And, quite frankly, I was embarrassed for Childress (I still think he owes the fans an apology) for having Gus kneel at the Panther 7-yard line with more than two minutes to play. Fans are entitled to see their team make every effort to score TDs, especially at home and when we've only scored one or two all year!

Let’s face it, Chilly doesn’t play to WIN, he plays “not to lose.” It’s a dangerous strategy and one that has produced a less-than-stellar 15-21 record. I hate to sound so negative, but Childress has proven to be a poor tactician and an even worse judge of talent. He doesn’t seem capable of making in-game adjustments or maximizing the individual talents of his players. It’s amazing to me that most of his “hand-picked” guys are either underachievers or have proven to be complete busts. Yes, I’m talking about Tapeh, Koren Robinson, McMullen, Griffin, Shiancoe, Jackson, Holcomb, Bollinger, A. Hicks, and now even Chester to name a few.

I know it’s only 25 percent of the season and we get the 350-pound Loaf of Toast (I mean Left Tackle) back and hopefully Madieu Williams soon, but I seem to have lost 90 percent of my enthusiasm. I’ll hang in there, because I know we have a few cupcakes on the schedule, but it’s looking more and more like we’re in for another 6-10 or 8-8 season watching the playoffs from home.

Thanks a lot, Brad!
Jack Dupp

United States

#5 Sep 30, 2008
When was the last time anyone heard even a mouse fart from our GM, Rick Speilman? Where's he been hiding out? Hopefully he's been hunkered down with the Wilf-Meister in secret negotiations with Bill Cowher.
flafan

United States

#6 Sep 30, 2008
Why is this idiot still around? The man has shown over 3 seasons he can't coach a Jr. High team! Pathetic!
herbthedog

Stillwater, MN

#7 Sep 30, 2008
They have taken on the pesonality of the coach,
BORING! It sucks that I didn't even get mad on
Sun. I think I have given up on the season already.
Very sad. Zygi, get rid of this stiff, and go get Cowher. Nothing will happen this year but, it would go a long way to jump start next year. It's getting old being a Viking fan, but what else are ya gonna do, be a Packer backer? I don't think so.
brick

Little Rock, AR

#8 Sep 30, 2008
here's something for you....why in the world does a team get a delay of game penalty on first down after a change of possession?
Brandon

Raleigh, NC

#9 Sep 30, 2008
Childress CLEARLY just doesn't get it. When the game announcers are calling out your plays prior to running them, don't you think the defense has picked that up as well? The Colts game for example; almost every PA pass that T-Jax ran, he rolled to his right. The Colts let him do it...until it counted, then had the DE stay home, and forced a hurried throw.

To be a "run-first" team, and only give one of the NFL's best RB's 18 carries? I don't care if your down 10 points, you have to stick with your strengths.

Another "genius" move. Punt the ball with zero timeouts left, down two scores, and less than 2 minutes left?? Why? So the Titans could run out the clock on you....good one...Coach

When will Mr Wilf realize that all his money is better off in the stock market than investing in Childress? When they say "players play, and coaches coach"...I agree, but we need a coach. The defense has been awesome, the offense needs to get it going, the coaching has been terrible...for the last 3 years.
The D

Sheboygan, WI

#10 Sep 30, 2008
The Hard Truth wrote:
Childress can't game coach. Childress can't lead men. He can break down film like he did for Andy Reid -- no more, no less. Demote him, fire him, kick him upstairs. Just do something. Can you spell B-i-l-l C-o-w-h-e-r? Or how about the Tuna, since Zygi worships New York, where he currently looks like a horse's ****?
Good post. The Tuna is currently the G.M. in Miami I think. Bill Cowher would be the obvious choice except that Zygi WANTS TO LOSE so he can move the franchise to Los Angeles and make a Billion. A new stadium needs to be built. When there is talk of taxpayer money being used it is just that it is being used. There is interest that is paid on the money. In Minnesota as far as I can find out NO taxpayer money has been lost backing stadiums.
Mad Dog Gus

United States

#11 Sep 30, 2008
Listening to Childress blame the Titan loss to turnovers made my stomach turn over. He never accepts blame, only points out fumbles, interceptions, and dropped passes. I would think that would make the player(s) involved anti-coach. Look at Gardenhire (Twins)...he always sticks up for his players, no matter what.
Watching this boring team does not instill confidence. We just assume they can't make a comeback, and at this point, they can't.
Why not use AP & CT in the same backfield? Why not use Garret Mills as your go to tight end? Why not use Tarvaris as a receiver? Why not throw deep on first down?.........Oh, we've got Childress, that's why.
Archangel

Duluth, MN

#12 Sep 30, 2008
I don't think Ziggy wants to lose. He's a businessman, after all is said & done, and has ALOT invested in the team here. If they don't win at least 9 more games, I think Klink's *ss is out of here.
It's like a "great race", if you will: The stakes are a new stadium with all the revenue & trimmings that go with it. Wilf buys an expensive as all hell sportscar. Thing is a classic beauty. Hires what APPEARS to be one of the worlds' better machanics. In turn, a young driver that he's assured will be a winner. As it turns out, the machanic f**ks-up things under the hood, and he discovers the driver is a 12 year old dip-$h!t that's never driven before.- What do ya do? The answer's obvious, if you want to win the prize.- Sack F**kin' Scrotum Head.

“Time to look to next year!”

Since: Jan 07

Detroit Lakes, MN

#14 Sep 30, 2008
This team is just stumbling and bumbling through the season just like last year. It is freighting to see nothing has changed even with $63 million spent in the off season. I am sorry but I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid! This team is going to lay it’s next egg on Monday night at New Orleans in prime time………

“Time to look to next year!”

Since: Jan 07

Detroit Lakes, MN

#16 Sep 30, 2008
Mad Dog Gus wrote:
Listening to Childress blame the Titan loss to turnovers made my stomach turn over. He never accepts blame, only points out fumbles, interceptions, and dropped passes. I would think that would make the player(s) involved anti-coach. Look at Gardenhire (Twins)...he always sticks up for his players, no matter what.
Watching this boring team does not instill confidence. We just assume they can't make a comeback, and at this point, they can't.
Why not use AP & CT in the same backfield? Why not use Garret Mills as your go to tight end? Why not use Tarvaris as a receiver? Why not throw deep on first down?.........Oh, we've got Childress, that's why.
He still takes AD out on third down situations. Why?
Brian Barnes

Ramsey, NJ

#17 Sep 30, 2008
Brad Childress stinks ... We'll finish 6-10 this year and if Wilf brings him back, as God is my witness, I will stop buying the NFL package and rooting for this rotten team.

We're going to look back at this period in Vikes history in 3-5 years and point the finger at Childress and this horribly underachieving squad as to why there are no Minnesota Vikings anymore. Fans in Minnesota suck -- sorry, but it's true. I'm a native and they are the most fair weathered fans I've EVER seen. Go see a Steelers game when they are 1-10. Go see the Bills play with a similar record, or the Packers or even the Bears.

The state is too cheap to pass a stadium referendum, so just like North Stars in 92, we're going to lose the Vikes, as well. Wilf can only take so much of this -- trust me.

If the Twins weren't such a classy organization (one of the top 3 in ALL of sports from the top down), I'd walk away from MN sports completely. Depressing ...
notanostrich

De Soto, WI

#19 Sep 30, 2008
Read the words. Chillmeister can say what he wants, but there's like a four-step process for these types of negative events. One of those stages is denial. The Vikings are right smack in the middle of denying how horrible they have been playing. Just admit it, guys, focus on correcting your mistakes and quit denying you suck right now. You do. Badly. Then, secretly lobby for a new coach, since everything else significant that teams do these days is a CIA-type covert operation, AND we need some direction. Chillmeister, if you have ONE set of eyes "far off" that's one set too many. Get a grip, "Coach", admit you couldn't coach Evander Holyfield out of a wet paper bag and move on. Bring on Bud! I'm thirsty for a victory!
texas viking

Yorktown, TX

#20 Sep 30, 2008
Monday night might be the end of my Viking fandom. They made one change on my "list of demands", which was to try out Gus, and that got them a win. So I hung on another week. Unfortunately, the Titan game showed me the light, clearly and without doubt, that this is a coaching problem. If they somehow win Monday night (a la the Giants game last year) I'll hang with them a little longer. If not, I'm done with them until they make a coaching change. It's just too heartbreaking to have so much hope in the potential, only to see it dashed by terrible coaching: AWFUL play-calling, poor talent-evaluation, questionable draft picks, lousy game management, rigidity, and outdated offensive and defensive schemes. It would be an enormous joke except that it is very NOT funny. As the great philosopher Popeye once said, "I've had all I can takes, I can't takes any more."
Gen Burkhalter

Malibu, CA

#21 Sep 30, 2008
How can a coach who wastes a timeout deciding whether or not to throw a challenge flag and punting the ball at the end of a game while trailing by two scores with no timeouts and only two minutes to play inspire anyone? Talk about zero credibility.

I hate it when teams say they "are better than our record". Obviously you aren't.

I keep hearing that there is still plenty of football to be played. When are they going to start playing?

We're in big trouble when the team looks at last year for inspiration. A year they ended up 8-8. A year where they needed to win one game to make the playoffs and proceeded to lose two. WOW what a year that was!

Finally I read where Klink said that the reason he punted at the end of the game is that he thought the defense would get him the ball back! I realize he has a contract and is owed a lot of money but if I were Zygi, I'd have fired him immediately after such an idiotic statement. It makes the whole organization look like morons!

Until Klink is gone this is a doomed franchise. No Doubt!

Penalties...blown calls...turnovers...the lamentations of losers! No more excuses let's see results!
buddy grant

Toronto, Canada

#22 Sep 30, 2008
I think the message is finally getting through to all the faithful. Childress is to blame for this mess but Wilf isn't far behind. Remember he was so enamoured of Childress he wouldn't let him lewave Minnesota to interview with Green Bay and so Wilf didn't see McCarthy and we all know how well he has done with the Packers. Wilf doesn't know a thing about football or aparently how to run a business. The team needs an enema to flush out all the crap. Forget about the koolaid; get the metamucil.
buddy grant

Toronto, Canada

#23 Sep 30, 2008
I actually wanted to follow up on the enema thing and where to stick it but thought I might be banned!

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