VU Daily Blog: 11/18/10

The receiving corps is starting look better, but will it be enough to help them on a second-half comeback? Plus, Brad Childress had some interesting comments lately. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 AT 19:56:00

Words that don't help Childress

Vikings coach Brad Childress already has a low approval rating when it comes to NFL fans and likely lower among Vikings fans if the "Fire Childress" chants at the Metrodome Nov. 7 were any indication. He's never completely endeared himself to the fans and some quotes attributed to him in an ESPN.com article likely aren't going to help.

During a summary look back at the issues the Vikings have faced this year, the article examined Childress' standing among players and fans. The fans have said plenty of negative things about him, but Childress offered this up about Minnesotans:

"Minnesota's a different place. A different part of the world. You know what I mean? The 'Minnesota nice' thing is real. But there's a steely veneer that's the backside.

"If you move here, you're a short-timer. I'm a short-timer. I'm not a Minnesotan. [But] I love it here. It's a great place. … A Minnesotan will give you directions everywhere. Except to his house."

Yeah, that probably isn't going to help.

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Packers Thursday: WR Driver, LB Matthews, DE Pickett, CB Woodson, FB Hall and C Wells. All others were a full go. #Vikings

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 AT 14:19:00

Receivers on the comeback trail?

It was just individual drills and not all the receivers headed out on routes at the same time, but at one point at the front of the different lines were Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian. The season might have been different to this point if that was the regular and consistent lineup of wideouts.

Berrian is working his way back from a lingering groin strain that kept him out of action Sunday against the Chicago Bears and we probably won't know his status against the Packers until 90 minutes before Sunday's game (although that test failed Sunday when Berrian thought he could go and then told coaches after the inactives were submitted that he couldn't play). He was held out of practice on Wednesday because of the groin, but he was running routes and catching passes at the start of practice Thursday that is open to the media.

Percy Harvin (ankle), who was limited on Wednesday, was on the field again for the start of Thursday's practice, which should mean there weren't any setbacks yesterday.

The only player who wasn't practicing was reserve safety Eric Frampton, an important figure on the squad's special-teams coverage units. Frampton pulled a hamstring covering a punt on Sunday and hasn't practiced since.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 AT 10:12:00

Gallows humor from Childress?

Brad Childress knows his standing with the fans, and it's not good. As the Vikings return to the once-friendly confines of Mall of America Field, Childress was asked if he'll lean on the home-field advantage (if there is still an advantage for him there).

"We'll lean on (that) as long as the boos aren't too loud when I come out from underneath the tunnel," Childress told Green Bay reporters.

While Childress has met all questions about his job security head on, saying he always feels like he's coaching for his job, he admitted the profession can take its toll on a man in the spotlight.

"I started this business with a full head of hair and I usually wear my lead underwear when I go anywhere," he said. "I've been accused of not having much of a rear end. I have very little rear end right now. Making jest guys, it's too early in the morning in Green Bay."

Aren't you glad you finished breakfast first?

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 AT 08:48:00

Foreman gets ‘very good' honor

Chuck Foreman is one of the Vikings alumni that probably will never get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he made it into the Pro Football Researchers Association class of 2010 Hall of Very Good selectees.

The organization created the honor in 2002 to recognize "outstanding players and coaches who are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and seem unlikely to be selected," according to a press release. This year, the PFRA chose nine new inductees, including Foreman and another NFL player very familiar to long-suffering Vikings fans – Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson.

Here is the PFRA's synopsis on Foreman (modern-day fans will probably disagree with the last line):

Chuck Foreman (Running back, Minnesota Vikings 1973-1979, New England Patriots 1980) – Chuck Foreman broke into the NFL as the consensus rookie of the year in 1973, and was a major factor as the Vikings improved from 7-7 to 12-2 and reached the Super Bowl. A year later he was a unanimous all-NFC selection and was named NFC Player of the Year by The Sporting News. In 1975, probably his best year, he led the NFL in receptions, posted the first of three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, scored 22 touchdowns and was named to every major all-pro team. He followed that up with two more all-NFC seasons, plus a selection in 1976 by UPI as the NFC's offensive player of the year.

Chosen for the Pro Bowl after each of his first five seasons, Foreman faded quickly after that, which probably cost him a shot at the Hall of Fame. It also didn't help that he was stifled in three Super Bowl losses, but you might be surprised to learn that he did rush for 860 yards in playoff games. And thirty years after his heyday, he remains arguably the best running back the Vikings ever had.

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