Childress Not Satisfied

If you had told Vikings fans they would be 2-1 after opening the season with the Redskins, Panthers and Bears, most would gladly accept that. The local media found out Brad Childress is not one of those people.

Apparently, Brad Childress isn't satisfied to be 2-1 on the season.

When asked Monday at his weekly day-after-game press conference about going 2-1 against three playoff teams from 2005, the questioner ended the question with "not too bad, huh?"

Childress' reaction was to the point.

"Too bad," Childress said in response. "I want to be real good. I say it all the time, the highs aren't as high as the lows are low, particularly when you have one of those things in your grasp. My expectation is to win every one. I don't go in and count the first four, divide it into quarters, and say, ‘Gee, if we can go 3-1 or 2-2.' Every single time I line up and we line up, we feel like we've got a plan to win. In a couple of those instances, we've managed to follow that thing through. In this one, we're disappointed because we didn't follow it through. Again, my expectation – the team's expectation - is not just to throw our hat in the ring and make it a game, it's to win the game."

It's doubtful that losing will get contagious with that sort of approach from the head coach.

* Tarvaris Jackson had a successful surgical procedure on his right meniscus Monday and Childress said he expects him to be back on schedule after the Vikings bye week.
* While almost a third of the NFL's 32 teams have just two quarterbacks on the roster, the Vikings likely won't be one of them. Childress said he expects to have a backup in for a workout sometime this week and there has been some speculation that former Viking Todd Bouman might be a candidate.
* Fred Smoot wasn't on the field for the opening series of Sunday's game and the initial report of the problem being a helmet malfunction was dismissed by Childress Monday. He wouldn't elaborate on what the mini-benching was the result of, but he said that it shouldn't be "put off as a helmet issue."
* Ben Leber is likely going to be listed as questionable when the team releases its injury report Wednesday with a left knee sprain.
* The Seahawks' Shaun Alexander is expected to miss at least two weeks with a broken bone in his foot. The Vikings would like to see injury push out to four weeks, so the team can miss him when they meet Seattle after the bye week. The last time the Vikes played in Seattle, Alexander had five touchdowns by halftime.

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