Notebook: Is Childress' time ticking down?

The Vikings are 3-7, the owner is visibly frustrated and the players are only general in their support. Is it only a matter of time before Brad Childress' days are done as Vikings head coach? Plus, see what Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice had to say about their very different days and get other injury updates.

Brad Childress was wearing all black on the sideline Sunday. It's possible that will be an appropriate outfit to wear again Monday.

Childress' job is clearly on the line after the Vikings fell to 3-7 on the season after a 31-3 loss that players termed "embarrassing" and "atrocious."

Childress didn't go in-depth about his job status when asked about it after the game.

"I can't really talk about that because that's not my decision going forward. I'll always do what's best for the Minnesota Vikings to get us ready for the Washington Redskins this week and cleaning up this game film with the guys tomorrow. That's really all I have to say of it," he said.

Whether he'll get the chance to meet with the team for his normal 1 p.m. team gathering is up for debate. Owner Zygi Wilf declined comment following the game as he walked briskly through a crowd of reporters and into an elevator to take him away from the scene of the Vikings' blunder.

Childress said he spoke with Zygi and Mark Wilf only briefly in the locker room after the game.

"I did, really briefly. He and Mark were both in the locker room," Childress said.

"Just an exchange of greetings, really. That's kind of what we do."

Wilf was staying in the Twin Cities overnight, according to a source, but those arrangements were planned weeks in advance.

After their win two weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals, several veteran players said they won for the players, not to save Childress' job. On Sunday, players were generally vague in their support of Childress.

"It ain't my job, so I'm going to play hard," said Pat Williams. "… Whatever happens, happens. That's what it is."

Williams' teammate on the defensive line, Kevin Williams, preferred to stay out of the speculation game when it came to a potential coaching change.

"I don't know. That's not my job. I'm just here to line up and play defense and we're going to keep doing that," he said.

Defensive captain E.J. Henderson said everyone needs to take responsibility for the Vikings' loss and their season – players and coaches.

"He's our head coach. What else can you do? It's definitely not a time for finger-pointing," Henderson said. "I don't think anybody played the perfect game. The coaches would probably agree that they didn't coach the perfect game, but that's what it is. That's NFL football. Coach Childress is our head coach. We're behind him as long as he's our head coach. It is what it is. It's hard to put all the blame on the head coach when us 53 are out there suiting up. I think it works both ways."

Linebacker Ben Leber called the loss "extremely frustrating and a little mind-numbing," but asked about a potential shakeup in personnel or the coaching staff, he said: "That's not for me to figure out or speculate on."

Effort was questioned Sunday, but most of the players from the Vikings' 12-4 season in 2009 are still on the roster. That makes the 3-7 record that much more confounding.

"Definitely it's a talented roster," Henderson said. "This roster hasn't changed much from last year, if at all."

The same could be said for the coaching staff … as of late Sunday night anyway.


After letting coaches know less than 90 minutes before last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears that he couldn't play because of a groin injury, wide receiver Bernard Berrian was active once again Sunday in the Metrodome.

This time, he played two series before he said he couldn't go any more because of his groin injury he's been dealing with for three weeks.

Berrian said there was no indication during warmups that he wouldn't be able to make it for the entire game.

"That's why I went through the first two series because there was no indication," Berrian said.
"I went full speed through warmups … just wasn't able to go."

Although Berrian said there wasn't a specific play in which he tweaked his groin, Childress said otherwise.

"He did. … He came out, he ran before the game, thought he could go," Childress said. "Obviously he must have tweaked it again."

With Berrian only playing two series, plus one other play as a "decoy" (as Childress phrased it), Sidney Rice played more than expected in his 2010 season debut. Rice, coming off hip surgery on Aug. 23, said he thought he played more snaps than any other Vikings receiver.

"I didn't expect to play that many plays," said Rice, who was targeted 10 times and had three receptions. "But I think I ended up having the most snaps at receiver. So it happens like that sometimes, but it's good.


  • Berrian wasn't the only one who came out worse for wear. Childress said the Vikings probably lost guard Anthony Herrera for the season, likely with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

  • Safety Jamarca Sanford re-injured his hamstring.

  • Childress said he "didn't see the upside" of pulling quarterback Brett Favre from the game. Favre now has a league-leading 17 interceptions.

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