Brad Childress could resurface this year as either a head coach or offensive coordinator in the NFL. Tampa Bay is set to interview him Monday.
Brad Childress was last seen about 14 months ago when he was fired following a humbling defeat at the hands of the Packers that led to his firing. After more than a year on the coaching shelf, Chilly is ready to get back in the game.
Childress is interviewing today for the vacant Tampa Bay head coaching job. He is among a handful of interviewees for the job, which is said to include Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who can't officially interview until after the Texans get knocked out of the playoffs, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and former Packers head coach Mike Sherman.
According to reports out of Tampa, Sherman is the frontrunner for the head coaching job, but Childress remains very much in the mix for offensive coordinator. However, in almost every similar coaching vacancy, the head coach eventually picks his own staff. Depending on how Sherman might feel about Childress, his odds of returning as the Bucs offensive coordinator remains up in the air.
Childress spent several years with the Philadelphia Eagles under Andy Reid, but Reid typically called the offensive plays, which may play against Childress.
The Bucs' job opening came last week when Raheem Morris was fired. He interviewed for the Vikings defensive coordinator job last week.
This could be a big week for the Vikings, as final stadium proposals from Ramsey County and Minneapolis are expected to be delivered to Gov. Mark Dayton by 5 p.m. Thursday.
The Giants' win Sunday afternoon was cause for pause among Vikings fans. Although the Giants won a Super Bowl in 2007, Sunday was the first time they had won a home playoff game since Donut Bowl – a 41-0 drubbing in January 2001.
From the We May Never Know Department Vol. 1 comes this: the NFL may have to take a longer look at altering the new kickoff rule, which has effectively negated one of the most exciting plays in football – the long kick return following a score than can shift momentum. Until the final two minutes of Sunday's Pittsburgh-Denver game, not one kickoff had been returned (only one was the entire game). There had never been a playoff game before that never went without a kickoff return and the Steelers and Broncos narrowly missed becoming the first.
From the We May Never Know Department Vol. 2 comes this: After the Vikings lost in overtime in the NFC Championship Game without ever touching the ball in the extra period, the NFL made a postseason-only rules change that would allow both teams to touch the ball at least once in overtime unless the team that won the toss scored a touchdown. In 2010, no playoff games went to overtime, so the rule was never used. It was Sunday at Denver, but became moot when the Broncos scored an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime, ending the game just 11 seconds into the extra period.
The Gospel According to Tebow added another chapter Sunday. It may be time to recite Tim Tebow victories like Bible verses. Sunday, he completed 10 of 21 passes, officially recorded as Tebow 10:21. Vikings fans are familiar with Tebow 10:15, one of the more profound verses in the Gospel. Kansas City is no stranger to the Book of Tebow, but they are forced to recite Tebow 2:8 (a particularly harsh verse in the Leviticus vein) and Tebow 6:22. San Diego has read Tebow 9:18. The Jets know the nearby verse of Tebow 9:20 by heart. The Patriots version of Tebow 11:22 will be posted on the locker room wall this week. Buffalo fans still shudder at the sound of Tebow 13:29. Amen, so shall it be.
Word out of St. Louis is that Jeff Fisher is close to being announced as the Rams new head coach. Fisher said over the weekend that he is mulling offers from St. Louis and Miami.
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.