Childress: Wait and See

While it's a far cry from a quarterback controversy, Vikings coach Brad Childress is not only making the fans and media wait to hear who the Vikings starting quarterback will be Sunday, he's not even telling most of his team and assistant coaches.

The media has had more than its share of fun with the cloak and dagger antics of Vikings head coach Brad Childress. From chastising media members for reporting injuries (part of the job of beat writers) to claiming he didn't want to give away a preseason QB rotation so as not to give the opponent a competitive advantage, he has brought something of a CIA atmosphere to running the Vikings.

He added a new chapter to that legacy Friday by refusing to announce the pecking order of the Vikings quarterbacks. While Tarvaris Jackson is listed on the final injury report of the week as doubtful after missing most or all of the last three practices, Childress hasn't ruled out Jackson being active Sunday. While most assumed Jackson would be the No. 3 (emergency) quarterback that only sees action if the first two QBs get hurt, Childress isn't telling the team.

According to Childress, the quarterbacks know, he knows and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell knows. Other than that? Nobody. Childress said he hasn't informed the rest of the team and won't until Sunday morning. However, with Kelly Holcomb getting the majority of the snaps with the first team, it seems pretty apparent that he will be getting the starting nod.

But, until it happens, we'll all have to just stay tuned while Chilly keeps his secret.

SATURDAY NOTES
* Aside from Jackson, the Vikings have listed Tony Richardson (forearm) as doubtful, Darren Sharper (hip), Dwight Smith (hamstring), Chester Taylor (hip/oblique) and Troy Williamson (hamstring) as questionable and Mike Doss (calf) as probable.
* Sharper and Smith will likely both be game-time decisions, but Taylor sounded confident that he will be available for Sunday's game.
* Tarvaris Jackson did little in the way practicing Friday, throwing a couple of passes to wide receivers during the warmup phase of the game before heading to sidelines and letting the other QBs run the part of practice that was open to the media.
* The Chiefs have ruled out wide receiver Eddie Kennison (hamstring) for Sunday's game, but both starting OT Damion McIntosh and safety Jon McGraw were able to practice.
* Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard is a perfect 6-0 as a starter at Arrowhead Stadium.
* Winning in Kansas City has never been easy for opposing teams. The Chiefs have an NFL-best record of 102-34 (75 percent) since 2000, including a 20-4 record against NFC teams since 1995.
* The Vikings have lost six straight games to AFC teams and, since the start of the 2001 season, they are 1-11 on the road – with the only win coming against the Houston Texans in 2004.
* Lions tight end Dan Campbell, who was injured in last week's game against the Vikings, could miss a month or more.
* Davin Palmer, the son of former Viking David Palmer, is being held in Shelby (Ala.) County Jail charged with two counts of first-degree robbery in connection with a shotgun holdup of two convenience stores.
* How desperate should teams like the Chiefs, Eagles, Jets, Giants, Saints and Rams feel? Since 1990, only 18 teams that have started 0-2 have made the playoffs – an average of just over one per year. That doesn't bode well for those teams – five of which (all but the Rams) made the playoffs last year.


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