Childress Extension Seems Premature

The Minnesota Vikings are on a roll this season. They haven’t scored fewer than 27 points in a game, and many fans of the team think this is THE year for their Purple.

So it comes as no surprise that head coach Brad Childress is reportedly nearing a contract extension with the team, which is now 6-0 heading into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Childress had his share of detractors coming into the season, and many of those voices can now be heard questioning why the Vikings would make such a move – assuming it’s true – right now.

I’m with those who think now is not the time. Childress had a 24-24 record coming into this season, and while the Vikings like great now, there’s still plenty of time for things to go sour. And really, what’s the hurry? His contract isn’t up until after next season.

There’s too many reasons not to give him an extension now. This team’s goal isn’t just to make the playoffs, and when you’re talking about a coach who has never won a postseason game, I’d hold off on any extension talk.


I’ll be on "Sports Talk" again from 1-2 p.m. Thursday (techinically, today) on 970-AM WDAY. The plan right now was to talk to UND men’s hockey beat reporter Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, who does a great job covering the Sioux. Other than that, things are up in the air. But, as always, tune in or call into the show at (701) 293-9000.

I will be joined by Heath Hotzler, Jeff Kolpack and Kevin Schnepf. We had a meeting to discuss the show and go over our Halloween costumes this year. We decided to record a video for Halloween. We needed a fifth, so I asked my buddy Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span to join us. I’ve always been a big supporter of the SpanMan. Check it out:

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4 Responses

  1. AB

    I am in the camp that does not want an extension for Childress. My son could coach this team with all the talent. And a contract extension means I have to listen to this clown talk at press conferences for even more years!

  2. J

    I agree. I have been against Childress since his first year in ’06. Childress supporters like to point out that the team has improved every year (6-10 in 06, 8-8 in 07, & 10-6 last year). Yes that is true. But a lot of people forget that Childress took over a 9-7 team in ’05 and turned them into a 6-10 team. Also, an argument could be made that the Vikings have underachieved every year. I don’t think it is out of line to say that the Vikings should have won 2 more games each year for the past 3 years. Think of how many close games the Vikings have lost the last 3 years, and how many blowout wins turned into close wins. I think that says a lot about the coaching staff. Also, look at how Childress has handled the players over the years. The Marcus Robinson situation, Bobby Wade this year, fining Troy Williamson for going to his Grandmother’s funeral, not getting AP enough touches his rookie year, trading up in the draft to take T-Jack. The list goes on and on.

    Sure, the Vikings are doing very well in ’09, and as a Vikings fan I hope that continues.
    The Vikings have the most talented roster in the league. They potentially could have 10 Pro Bowlers this year (Favre, Petersen, Harvin (KR), Hutchinson, Allen, K. Williams, P. Williams, Greenway, Winfield, Henderson). Like AB said, anybody could coach this team.

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