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Adam Defending Childress? Say What?


Alright, now don’t go thinking I’ll make a habit out of defending Brad Childress, but I have to respond to a recent article by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

First, here’s what Florio had to say:

When we discussed on Monday the possible timetable for the announcement that quarterback Brett Favre will play for the Vikings in 2010, we mentioned that coach Brad Childress will be on vacation from Monday, June 22 until Monday, June 29.

What we failed to point out is that he’s going fishing.  In Alaska.  With the man whose team knocked Childress out of the 2008 playoffs.

We realize that the NFL entails many relationships that cross team lines.  And we understand that Reid and Childress are long-time colleagues and friends, with Childress serving as Reid’s offensive coordinator before getting his current gig in Minnesota.

But why in the heck would Childress, as he prepares to embark on his make-or-break season with the Vikings, spend a week with the guy who arguably kept Childress from getting a contract extension after last season ended?

We’re not saying that Childress should be leaving any burning packages on Reid’s front porch.  We just don’t think that the week will be as relaxing as it should be for Childress, given that his inability to get beyond the wild-card round in 2008 — thanks to Reid’s team.

Then again, maybe Childress knows he’ll be looking for a new job in 2010.

I’ve heard and seen similar sentiments around the blogosphere in regards to this.  Now let me address a few things. 

First, in this week alone, I have played poker with my former boss, had a couple beers with a current boss, and went king salmon fishing with a co-worker (yes, I live in Alaska).  To me, it is well within Brad and Andy’s (if they had a child, would they name it Brandy?) rights to go on a fishing trip together.  I’d bet none of you would like having someone tell you when you can or cannot go fishing and with whom.

Second, Reid is not simply the man who knocked Brad’s team out of the playoffs.  He is Brad’s old boss, mentor, and friend.  They coached together at Northern Arizona a long time ago.  In a time when Childress is on the hot seat and Reid is facing numerous personal problems, what is the harm in taking a break from it all during the NFL’s slowest part of the season?  Everyone needs to get away from it all from time to time… except for Florio apparently.

Third, Florio attacks the timing of the vacation, since this whole Favre thing is probably going to make-or-break Brad’s career as a head coach in the NFL.  However, what Florio fails to understand is that a trip to go fishing in Alaska takes months and months of planning and preparation.  Travelling up here isn’t easy or cheap.  The salmon runs don’t last forever.  Reservations and deposits are often required for guides and accomodations.  And the list goes on.  This is something they’ve been planning for a while, possibly even since way back when Childress was an Eagle, so why should Brad let Favre ruin his fishing trip?  I’m sure not letting him ruin mine this weekend.

No right minded person should expect Childress to give up an old friend because of a lost football game.  Afterall, if that were the case, then Darrell Bevell wouldn’t be friends with Brett Favre anymore, and maybe Favre wouldn’t be heading the Vikings way.  Nobody is jumping up and down over that relationship, even though Favre has ruined many of Bevell’s Sundays.

So good luck fishing Brandy.  Enjoy it, regardless of what bloggers like myself and Mike Florio think. 

However, if I see you two out there on the river, be prepared for an impromptu Vikings Gab interview.  I’m taking a tape recorder with me fishing this weekend. 

Just in case.

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