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Childress Takes The Blame… Kind Of

Brad Childress held his end of the year press conference on Tuesday.  Naturally, he was grilled about the 12-man penalty that partially doomed the Vikings chances at winning the NFC Championship.  We all knew he would get questions about it, but after he seemed to throw Fahu Tahi under the bus in regards to the penalty immediately after the game, it became an issue that needed blame assigned to it.

Childress was asked a series of questions regarding the mistake, which can be read here.  The most telling quote, however, is this one:


“It was a 30-second timeout and you look back through the timeline. I got questions about how we started the 2-minute drive, we typically try to conserve our timeouts until the last minute unless we’ve got a gain of 10 or 15 yards that we can’t get up and get to the ball [because] it takes a while for those linemen to get down there. But that was a 30-second timeout and we had talked about the same play with two different personnel groupings. The initial conversation was about a personnel grouping with a tailback and a fullback and we ended up settling on a tight end, three-wide type of operation [there actually were two tight ends and two wide receivers in the huddle] and we had the fullback in the huddle. Typically, when you hold your guys as we do, because [the Saints] are looking from that sideline to try to see what personnel you have, you’re running people on and people are running off. But Tahi had gone into the game because that was the first part of the conversation and it’s an error in communication and it all comes back to me not having it over-communicated.”

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