Childress Happy with Current Duties

It's looking like the Vikings will go without a general manager-type for now, but head coach Brad Childress isn't making any overtures for the job.

The abrupt departure of Fran Foley as the Vikings' vice president of player personnel would seem to present an opportunity for rookie coach Brad Childress to assume the same type of power that his former boss, Andy Reid, has in Philadelphia.

But if Childress is to be believed, he isn't interested in inheriting another title — at least not right now.

"After I've established myself in this league as a head football coach with this team, yeah," Childress told local reporters. "Anybody that sits in this chair, they probably would be fibbing to you if they tell you that they didn't want to do that. Now, when you say, ‘Want to do that,' basically it means you're hiring good people to do that for you. That's down the road. We'll see. I've got my plate full."

It isn't clear what the Vikings plan to do to replace Foley, who was dismissed after only three months on the job in part because of an embellished resume. Foley filed a grievance with the NFL claiming he was unjustly fired and therefore owed the $1 million he would have made under his three year-contract.

Childress said he would be "open to any ideas" when asked if he wanted to see the Vikings continue with the structure that put himself, Foley and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski in charge of running the team.

"I don't feel threatened by any type of deal that we want to set up," Childress said. "From having a general manger on down. It does not make any difference to me. None."

It seems unlikely that owner Zygi Wilf would hire a general manager to oversee the operation at this point, though it might be the best idea for an organization that has long been without an overall football chief. Wilf appears in no hurry to make a move and seems happy with the job that Childress, Brzezinski and college scouting director Scott Studwell are doing.

Studwell is the most likely person to be promoted. A longtime Vikings player and employee, he is well respected within the organization and is definitely a company man. Jeff Robinson, the Vikings' coordinator of pro personnel, is another potential candidate. Both Studwell and Robinson interviewed for the vice president job before Foley was hired.

The Vikings also could look outside the organization. Charlie Bailey, the Jacksonville Jaguars pro personnel director; Ron Hill, the one-time vice president of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons; and Rick Spielman, the Miami Dolphins' former general manager, all interviewed for the Vikings job the first time around.


  • E.J. Henderson, who moved from middle linebacker to the weak side last season, was expected to work some in the middle in the mini-camp. It would not be surprising to see Henderson anchoring the middle when the Vikings open the season on Sept. 11 in Washington. The outside linebackers likely will be first-round pick Chad Greenway on the weak side and free-agent pickup Ben Leber on the strong side.

  • Although Koren Robinson is now the Vikings' No. 1 receiver, Childress did not close the door on the veteran continuing to return kickoffs. Robinson was selected to the Pro Bowl last season as a kick returner.

  • Running back Mewelde Moore (wrist) was expected to be limited a bit in the mini-camp, but LB Ben Leber (foot) was cleared to take part in all five practices. Leber participated in three of the five practices in the Vikings' first mini-camp in April.

  • Coach Brad Childress refused to comment when asked about the ongoing saga with the recently dismissed Fran Foley. Foley, the Vikings' vice president of player personnel for three months, has filed a grievance against the team. "There's still a job action going on," he said. "So I'm not going to characterize (things in regards to Foley) at all."

  • Former Vikings running back Onterrio Smith, suspended by the NFL last season because of a fourth violation of the league's substance abuse policy, signed with Winnipeg of the Canadian Football League on Friday. Smith will be eligible to be reinstated in October, his agent, Doug Hendrickson, said. Smith's deal, reportedly worth about $65,000 with incentives that could make it worth around $85,000, is for one year with an option year that could enable him to return to the NFL in 2007.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I went to Iowa, they gave me 18 because that was the only number that was really available. That's kind of how they recruited me. I made the best of it. The first number that came to mind was 52. I asked if it was available and they said it was, so we decided to go with it. (Former Iowa teammate) Abdul (Hodge) was 52 in college; he's a guy I played with and a great friend of mine. I don't know if he's going to be too happy about that, but we'll see what happens." — Chad Greenway, the Vikings' first-round pick, on his decision to choose No. 52

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