Childress' contract may have saved him
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf strongly considered firing Minnesota coach Brad Childress last week for more reasons than just waiving Randy Moss, according to league sources. Wilf did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
Sources said he disagreed with Childress' decision to waive Moss, but Wilf's displeasure with the Vikings head coach was building on an almost daily basis last week. For starters, Wilf did not approve of the way Childress handled the Brett Favre injury situation. The fact that the Vikings coach said he was unsure who would start at quarterback while Favre said he expected to start bothered Wilf, sources said.
Sources also said that what upset Wilf even more was Childress' decision late in Sunday's second quarter to go for a touchdown rather than kick a field goal during a tie game. Had Childress opted for the field goal, the Vikings could have taken a 10-7 lead into the half. The half ended 7-7, and New England controlled the game from that point on.
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