VU Daily Blog: 10/26/10

Brad Childress updates the progress on Brett Favre's fractures and Tom Brady reacts to Childress' comments on the Patroits stealing signals. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.


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ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 AT 18:59:00

Childress: Favre ‘still hobbling around'

Vikings coach Brad Childress said quarterback Brett Favre continues to be affected by the fractures in his ankle and heel, but he didn't sound like he was ready to rule him out yet during an interview Tuesday on Sirius NFL Radio.

"He's still hobbling around pretty good. … Right now, I'm not overly optimistic, but if there's anybody that seems they can make it to the dance, it would be him," Childress said on Sirius.

Childress said Tarvaris Jackson gets more turns than most backups, so the practice routine at quarterback won't be too much of a departure from normal as the Vikings prepare for the New England Patriots.

Of course, Randy Moss has some additional insight into the Patriots, having played there for three-plus seasons. Normally, coaches downplay the amount of input a player can offer about his former team, but Childress said Moss has offered the Vikings something in that regard.

"He's given us some decent insights into both offense and defense," Childress said. "He's had some ideas about personnel and scheme. You don't not have feelings and ideas after you spend two or three years there."

Childress said "everybody is bitterly disappointed" about losing to the Packers, but they are trying to move forward.

The Vikings have been lacking in is quarterback sacks. After leading the league with 48 sacks last year, the Vikings have only six though six games of the 2010 season. They are ranked 30th in sacks per pass play.

"I thought they did OK harassing (Aaron Rodgers). We let him out of the pocket and that's the biggest thing," Childress said of his defensive line. "… I think we're just inches away from being able to record those sacks. I don't have the numbers from this week. I know two weeks ago they did a pretty good job of hitting and harassing Tony Romo. A lot of times the sacks don't manifest themselves, but the pressure and the quarterback hits take their toll."

Childress also said he watched Sidney Rice run around on Tuesday, but the receiver is "far from being 100 percent right now" as he works his way back from preseason hip surgery on Aug. 23. Rice is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list and start practicing with the team as soon as his health allows.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 AT 14:12:00

Brady says signal-stealing is in the past

On Monday, Vikings coach Brad Childress followed up a 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers with talked about Brett Favre's newest injury – fractures in his heel and ankle – and a look back at the Patriots' 31-7 beatdown of the Vikings in 2006, Childress' first year in Minnesota.

Childress was asked a follow-up question about his thin secondary facing Tom Brady and the New England Patriot and took the opportunity to remind reporters about the Patriots stealing signals in 2006.

"The last time we faced them here on Monday Night Football, it was like a surgical procedure. That's back when we used to signal (plays) and things like that," Childress said. "I remember having a conversation with (former Vikings defensive coordinator) Mike Tomlin about that. These were some of the all-time great signal stealers. In fact, that's what was going on. They were holding, holding, holding. We were signaling from the sideline. They were good at it. It's like stealing signals from a catcher."

Since then, the NFL allowed one defender on the field to have a transmitter in his helmet so defensive signals could be relayed that way.

Brady was asked about Childress' comments during his weekly interview with Boston sports radio station WEII.

"We've been called a lot worse than that," Brady said, according to ESPNBoston. "That game was so long ago. ... I remember us executing pretty well that night. I've heard different guys in the past say that. That's come and gone. That's been not a part of football here for a long time, and we've still won a lot of games. In '07, they changed the rule and so forth. I don't buy a whole lot into that. The team that's going to win this weekend is the team that plays better. I can promise you that."

Childress said other teams, including the Vikings, tried to do it as well and compared it to trying to steal signals from catcher in baseball.

"I just had a notion, having played them with the Eagles before that they were good (at stealing signals). It's something that we do as well. It's good for one; it's good for the other," Childress said. "We didn't change it up. We didn't use wristbands. We didn't change the menu at halftime. They were good at that. Obviously you don't need to give Tom (Brady) any added advantage."

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