Culture Shock

In a conference call with the New England media, Brad Childress was forced to defend his stance on bad behavior that made the Vikings the butt of many jokes during the 2005 season. He didn't take the bait -- to his credit -- and set the record straight for an issue that has dimmed with his team, but apparently not around the rest of the country.

As much as he would like to avoid it, Brad Childress still has to address the Vikings boat scandal that didn't happen on his watch.

At a time Childress was being chided by Terrell Owens to speak to him when spoken to, the Vikings made national news by having a rookie party on a charter boat on Lake Minnetonka. When pressed by the Boston media concerning "changing the culture" of the Vikings team, Childress was diplomatic.

"I think to a certain extent, if you take any job you have to change your culture," Childress said. "It's just the way you want things to operate. You have to teach them how you want them to operate (because) they don't know. I believe that players are never going to tell you if they want discipline. They are never going to say, ‘discipline me.' They may moan and groan, but if you're organized and you tell them how much your expectations are, and you hold them accountable and they're accountable to their teammates as well as their coaches as well as themselves, you've got a chance to go forward."

In a humorous twist on the round of questioning Childress faced, he was asked about Patriots coach Bill Belichick revamping his defense when the Pats beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl and whether he was considering a similar shakeup against the Vikings Monday night.

Childress answered, "I'm not going to share that with you." The response was resounding laughter from the New England media, which has become accustomed to being stonewalled by a head coach on answers to game-planning questions.


* A day after mysteriously adding Artis Hicks, Marcus Johnson, Pat Williams and Kenechi Udeze to the injury report, Big Pat was moved from questionable to probable with a foot injury.
* Marcus Robinson clearly had difficulty after trying to work out Friday, a day after seeking a second opinion on his back injury by a Chicago physician. He is still listed as questionable, but, barring a major improvement, he likely won't play Monday.
* The Vikings have won their last four Monday night games at home, but Monday will mark the first time since 2001 that the team has played on the Monday night stage at the Metrodome.
* Former Vikings Randall McDaniel and Randall Cunningham are among the crop of first-timers on the Hall of Fame preliminary ballot. Several former Vikings are eligible for induction, including Joey Browner, Chris Doleman, Steve Jordan, Herschel Walker and Gary Zimmerman. Due to deadlines, Jim Marshall is no longer eligible for voting by anyone but the veteran's committee.
* Chester Taylor was named the FedEx Ground player of the week for his 169-yard rushing performance. The league and FedEx donated $5,000 to the Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview.
* The league officially announced that, despite considerable whining from Bald Bomber Matt Hasselbeck, E.J. Henderson will not be fined for his hit that has sidelined Hasselbeck for the next two or three weeks.
* While Henderson got off with his hit, DE Ray Edwards was fined $5,000 for a hit on backup Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace in the fourth quarter of the Vikings win.
* Troy Williamson had a MRI Friday to look further into his concussion injury sustained last week. He was moved from probable to questionable Friday.

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