Vikings coach Brad Childress said he is working during the game and didn't hear the boos from the Metrodome crowd, which started second-half chants of ‘Fire Childress' on Sunday. But the head coach did talk about the fans' prerogative to boo, something he became used to in Philadelphia.
The Vikings might have beaten the Detroit Lions
on Sunday but things took an interesting turn during the second half of the team's 12-10 victory.
Fans frustrated by coach Brad Childress and an offense that had stalled again, began chanting "Fire Childress" on several occasions. Childress said after the game he did not hear the chants. He was asked about the crowd's reaction again during his Monday news conference.
"It's funny because I can remember Andy (Reid) and his chief of security walking off and I obviously can't tell you any of the things that were said because they are not printable," said Childress, who was the Eagles offensive coordinator before taking over in Minnesota in 2006. "But they used to have a running joke. Anytime I walked with them there was a running joke: What's the worst thing somebody has to say today? And that would be walking on and off the field for the pregame warm-up. God forbid a loss.
"That was absolutely maybe some of the most vulgar things that you've heard in your life. But it's amusing. It's what we do, though. You can't take it personally. I have problems when they boo our team but that's their prerogative. They pay a lot of money to get into that game and if that's what you're there for, as opposed to support your team, that's up to them."
Interestingly, the Vikings' last-second victory over the Lions was the team's second in a row and put them in a first-place tie with Chicago and Green Bay in the NFC North. The Vikings will face the Bears in Chicago on Sunday before having a bye week.
Asked about his feelings toward being targeted by unhappy fans, Childress said: "It's driven somehow or other. Whether it's early on here or early success, but that's their prerogative again. Becoming more like Philadelphia fans, I suppose. A little bit more mean-spirited. But, like I said, I don't ever hear the boos or the (cheers). I know when the crowd is loud, obviously, because it impacts us or it impacts the other team. But I'm always worried about the bottom line."
Several players defended Childress after Sunday's game, and Childress said he appreciated the support.
"An ‘atta boy' is better than a kick in the ass the last time I checked," he said.
DE Jared Allen is happy the Vikings have a piece of first place in the division but he is fully aware that six games into the season it doesn't mean much. "That's great, but I would rather be in first place at the end of the year," he said. "Being in first place now is nice, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have to detail a little bit more and continue to get better."
LB Ben Leber was asked about the fact the Vikings are 3-3 and tied for first place in the NFC North but yet fans were chanting for Childress to be fired during Sunday's victory over the Lions. "It's just a weird dynamic right now," Leber said. "I understand that the fans are frustrated, but we're getting wins. Maybe they're not as pretty as they used to be in the past, putting up 40 or 50 points. We're getting wins and it shows the character we have and fight we have in this locker room."
DT Kevin Williams is used to getting double teams on the inside, but Detroit did not try to do that against him Sunday. Instead, the Lions attempted to block the Pro Bowl tackle one-on-one. It didn't work out too well as Williams had a career-high four sacks. "They just tried to block us one on one," he said. "Usually they try to block us with a max protect. They try to double team our entire front four, but they didn't. They just dropped back and made mistakes and if we see them do that we are going to make them pay."
RB Adrian Peterson received treatment following the victory over the Lions on Sunday because of a banged up left wrist but was said to be fine on Monday.
MLB David Herron suffered what appeared to be ankle and neck/head injuries in Sunday's game but his status is not clear.
OT Drew Radovich was placed on injured reserve to make room for Dontarrious Thomas, who was signed to add depth to the linebacker corps.
FB Thomas Tapeh, who was been inactive for the past four games, had an offseason procedure performed on his knee, according to Childress. Tapeh, who was signed to a five-year, $6 million free-agent contract that included $1.2 million in guarantees, did not tell the Vikings about the procedure before signing. That doesn't appear to have helped his cause.
"It's not a matter of his toughness or his ‘want-to.' He is a team guy all the way," Childress said. "I think his knee bothered him a little bit when he came in here. He did have some – which I am just finding out about now – he did have an offseason "clean-up" in February, which I wish he would have shared with us. But I think he is fully healthy right now. Those guys (play a) high-contact position so I would think that we will need him somewhere in the next few games."
LB Dontarrious Thomas was signed to add depth to the linebacker corps after David Herron was injured Sunday. The Vikings also have lost starting middle linebacker E.J. Henderson for the season after he had foot surgery.