The Minnesota Vikings were looking to launch a raid on the Philadelphia Eagles. Sunday night, the Vikings called to ask permission to talk to vice president of player personnel Tom Heckert and also to offensive coordinator Brad Childress.
The Eagles quickly moved to keep Heckert, giving him the title of General Manager and a contract extension with a decent pay raise that takes him through the 2008 season. Heckert joined the Eagles when Tom Modrak was fired, but never took the official title of General Manager. Heckert immediately put together a solid draft and has done well in drafting during his tenure with the Eagles, although his first draft is generally thought to be his best work to date. The plan for the Vikings was to have Heckert take over their player personnel department, but they never got the chance to discuss the position with Heckert.
The Vikings did get to talk to Brad Childress. The Eagles offensive coordinator interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job last year, but lost out to Romeo Cornell. Childress was given permission to talk to Minnesota and left town to meet with Vikings officials, who said that they plan on interviewing a total of four candidates to replace Mike Tice. It's likely that the Eagles will also receive requests to talk to Childress from Green Bay and possibly from Houston as well. Some speculation has Childress as a candidate for the New Orleans Saints head coaching job putting him on the list for more than half of the NFL coaching vacancies that were created on Sunday and Monday.
Childress worked under Barry Alvarez at the University of Wisconsin before joining the Eagles as the quarterbacks coach in 1999. When Rod Dowhower retired as the Eagles offensive coordinator prior to the 2002 season, Childress was promoted to the position.