Dallas Cowboys: Brad Childress

Ware preparing for McKinnie's best

January, 13, 2010
IRVING, Texas -- A reporter asked Brad Childress to comment on Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie's recent poor performance against Panthers defensive end and the problems DeMarcus Ware will pose.

"How about if I just talk about the challenges with DeMarcus Ware?" Childress asked before proceeding to rave about the Cowboys' premier pass rusher.

Childress didn't want to revisit a performance by the Pro Bowl tackle that was so poor that McKinnie spent most of the second half on the bench.

Peppers had one sack and constant pressure on Brett Favre. The 6-8, 335-pound McKinnie, who was nursing a sore ankle, committed two penalties.

Childress isn't the only one who had no interest in discussing McKinnie's sorry effort in that loss. Ware also avoided the subject.

"I know I'm going to get his best game," Ware said, "and I've got to do what I need to do to get prepared for him."

December doldrums don't worry Childress

January, 13, 2010
IRVING, Texas -- We can't ask negative December questions to the Dallas Cowboys anymore, but they're applicable to their opponent this week.

The Vikings lost three of four games in December with two of the losses coming by double digits. Perhaps they snapped out of their funk by routing the mailing-it-in New York Giants in the Jan. 3 regular-season finale, but coach Brad Childress isn't fond of that phrase.

"I never described it as a funk," Childress said. "We were in a better rhythm certainly against the Giants. That’s more in line with how we played throughout the year."

Remind you at all of Wade Phillips repeating 13-3 over and over again before the Cowboys' divisional playoff game in 2007?