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|Vikings coach Brad Childress (right) enters his fifth season with the Brett Favre controversy again on his hands. He's not worried: "You control what you can control. I'm a big God's-will guy. I try to listen for it every day, and I try to do it."|
|Will there be another meeting involving Vikings QBs Tarvaris Jackson, Brett Favre and Sage Rosenfels soon?|
|In the early 1970s, Brad Childress was a football and track star at Marmion Military Academy in Aurora, Ill.|
“Childress coached eight years under Alvarez, who calls him a "good communicator," then served seven seasons as an assistant in Philadelphia before finally getting his shot as the Vikings' head coach in 2006. He would tell his new players in Minnesota that this might be his only chance at running a team and that he wanted to do everything to ensure that it lasted. So his top priority was finding athletes who not only fit into his system but also passed the character sniff test. He had Daunte Culpepper, a franchise quarterback, on his first roster. Childress traded him before the 2006 season. It wasn't because Culpepper couldn't get the job done; it was something the new coach heard in the weeks after he arrived. Culpepper, he says, talked about money instead of the team. It was a move that in some ways launched this whole Favre watch because the Vikings have gone into just about every camp since then without a clear-cut starting quarterback. But Childress says he doesn't regret it. "I couldn't trust everybody in the beginning," Childress says. "You [were] looking at people and saying, 'I've got to get rid of that guy. I can't get rid of him now, but I've got to get rid of him.' "We're playing the ultimate team game. This ain't wrestling, chess or track." It's a mentality ingrained in the Vikings from the start, says linebacker Chad Greenway, Childress' first pick in the 2006 draft. It's what helped the 2009 team go from the uncertainty of not knowing who the quarterback was going to be through training camp to bonding with Favre and making it to the NFC Championship Game five months later. In every Vikings playbook, Childress inserted a quote from John Wooden. It says, "The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."
You [were] looking at people and saying, 'I've got to get rid of that guy. I can't get rid of him now, but I've got to get rid of him.' We're playing the ultimate team game. This ain't wrestling, chess or track.” -- Vikings coach Brad Childress, reflecting on team building
|Brad Childress (left) has two scripts for the Vikings, one with Brett Favre, one without.|
|In June, Childress (center, kneeling) joined fellow NFL coaches John Fox (left) and Marvin Lewis (right) on a USO tour of Germany.|