Childress fined for criticizing officials

Vikings coach Brad Childress exceeded the fine total for Ray Edwards this year. Childress was fined $35,000 for criticizing officials and disclosing confidential conversations with the NFL's head of officiating.

The NFL fine police typically reserve their punitive action for players who make big hits on opponents. Tuesday, the league proved that words can be as mighty as helmet-to-helmet hits when it comes to the NFL handing out fines.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress was fined $35,000 for violating league rules that prohibit coaches and players from openly criticizing officials, as well as disclosing confidential conversations with the head of the NFL's officiating department.

Childress called out referee Scott Green's crew that worked Sunday night's game with the Packers. He claimed on KFAN radio that the game was the worst-officiated games he's been involved with and, during his Monday press conference, said that he was told by Carl Johnson, the NFL's director of officials, that a touchdown by Visanthe Shiancoe that was overruled by replay should not have been reversed and that, had he challenged a touchdown catch by Green Bay tight end Andrew Quarless, it would have been overturned.

Part of Childress' anger with the officials was justified. On the Shiancoe touchdown, for the call to be overturned, it needed to pass the "irrefutable evidence" standard the league sets, but, if anything, the rules would have seemed to side with the Vikings. Shiancoe told reporters following the game that he believed he met the standard for a touchdown – both hands under the ball and possession to the ground.

Childress was apparently subject to no longer having explanations of officiating decisions being shared with him, but NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said that the league won't withhold future explanations.

Childress will have his weekly Wednesday press conference today, where he is sure to be asked about being $35,000 lighter in his wallet.

WEDNESDAY NOTES

  • Brett Favre has consulted with Dr. James Andrews concerning the two fractures in his lower left leg – one in the ankle and the other in the heel – according to NFL.com. Andrews performed the surgery on Favre last spring to remove scar tissue and bone spurs. Favre was in a walking boot Monday at the team's facility, but surgery doesn't appear to be an option at this time. Favre's 291-game starting streak is in serious jeopardy and Favre is hoping that rest and treatment will allow him to play Sunday.

  • A source told NFL.com that if Favre misses Sunday's game, he will likely be rested the following game (Nov. 7 vs. Arizona) as well.

  • Bill Belichick isn't buying that Favre will be sidelined Sunday. He said Tuesday that the Patriots will be preparing as if they will be facing Favre Sunday.

  • Favre is scheduled to have his weekly press conference today, but, with his status in question, that may be canceled or postponed.

  • The Vikings-Packers game Sunday was the highest-rated game in the history of "Sunday Night Football" on NBC. The game drew 25.7 million viewers with a rating of 15.4. The numbers were down slightly from his initial return to Lambeau Field last year (29.8 million viewers, 17.4 rating).

  • Former Vikings linebacker David Herron signed with the Chargers Tuesday. He was waived by the Vikings in 2007 when the team signed Garrett Mills off waivers from the Patriots.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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