Monday, October 25, 2010
Updated: October 26, 8:58 AM ET
Sources: NFL will fine Brad Childress
ESPN.com news services
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota coach Brad Childress is in hot water with the league office after some comments he made regarding the officiating in the Vikings' 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
League sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Childress is certain to be fined for comments he made after the game.
Childress was critical in his postgame news conference, but he was considerably harsher in an interview with the Vikings' radio network when he called Sunday's loss "the worst officiated game I've ever seen."
Childress was particularly critical of a second-quarter touchdown reception by Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe that was overturned by replay. The replay review determined Shiancoe didn't have proper possession of the ball as he landed after his diving catch.
But Childress said Monday he called the league and NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson acknowledged the call was a mistake. Childress revealed at his news conference that Johnson said he was "disappointed that the call was reversed."
Spokesman Greg Aiello said league policy is not to comment on conversations between Johnson and the clubs. Aiello said Johnson "is obligated to give his factual opinion of any call that is questioned by a club." But the policy also "states that all such conversations are confidential and are not to be discussed publicly," Aiello said.
Childress also acknowledged he should have challenged a Packers touchdown, when Andrew Quarless did not appear to have possession of the ball as he hit the ground on his second-quarter catch.
Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press contributed to this report.