Why Brad Childress Could Prevent the Minnesota Vikings from Contending

Dave SmithCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 16:  Head Coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines in the game against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on September 16, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Going into the season the Vikes are looked upon as a Super Bowl contending team. They have a monster defense and an unstoppable offense.

Everyone thinks now they have all the pieces in place. But really they don't. Here's all the positions. 



QB- Favre

RB- Peterson/Taylor/Harvin

WR- Berrain/Rice/Harvin

TE- Shiancoe

OL- McKinnie/Hutchinson/Sullivan/Herrera/Loadholt



DE- Allen/Edwards/Robison

DT- Williams wall

LB- Leber/Henderson/Greenway

CB- Winfield/Griffin

S- M. Williams/T. Johnson


After looking at the depth chart you may be wondering what's there to fill. Well it's nowhere on the field. It's on the sidelines. The guy who's calling predictable plays...Yes, you guessed it: Brad Childress!

Realistically, coaches aren't on the field making the plays. They're just there so they could call the plays for the players that'll make them.

In all fairness, coaches can't really make teams better. They can a little, but not a whole lot. The only thing they can do really is ruin a team.

In Adrian Peterson's rookie season, he had to back up Chester Taylor, unless Taylor was injured. However, everyone knew that Peterson was the better back.

In all fairness to Taylor though, he could be a starter on every team. I've loved having him on our team. But when you have a once-in-a-decade back in Peterson, there is no excuse for not playing him.

So Peterson didn't even start the day he set the record. That is completely unacceptable. If I were in charge he would've been fired after that game.

Peterson's big TD's came from running straight to the hole, then hitting the breaks and taking it around the line. There was no stopping him then.

In comes Childress. He says, "Adrian is way too impatient." So now Peterson's thinking about being patient every time he hits the hole. Now instead of going wherever he finds a gap, the way he did to take it to the house, he gets the hand off, waits for his blocks, and hammers into a big wall of seven defensive lineman.

So now Peterson's not the same as he was before. You're probably thinking, "How could you say that? He was the NFL's leading rusher."

As good as Peterson is when they finally get the block, more times than none, he takes it to the house. Regardless, clearly he's not what he was his rookie season.

One thing that he still has going that makes him unique is when he doesn't run out of bounds and lowers the boom on anyone standing in his way. He is definitely the most feared RB. Just think, would you rather be the hammer or the nail? Peterson chooses the hammer.

So that is how Childress ruined Peterson and is on the verge to ruin someone else to. Maybe a guy like Percy Harvin or someone with a good playmaking ability.

He might not just ruin a player either. He could ruin a whole team with his play calling.

But enough said about what he could do. I hope someone gets it in his head that his strategy doesn't work, and that we're looking for something new.

If you disagree with any of this or if you agree feel free to comment on it whether you like it or not or become a fan if you like it.

Thanks for reading!


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