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.
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