The Biggest Quarterback Gaffe Made by Brad Childress

Chris ScheiCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2009

ST PAUL, MN - JULY 12:   Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress attends the 2009 Starkey Hearing Foundation 9th Annual 'So the World May Hear' Gala at the St Paul RiverCentre on July 12, 2009 in St Paul, Minnesota.   (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)

Brad Childress considers himself a quarterback guru. He loves to tell stories about how he was walking around the war room telling the Eagles brass to draft Donovan Mcnabb, and he's the reason Mcnabb is what he is.

We'll never know if that is true, so let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

Childress traded up in the draft to select Tavaris Jackson, a talented but very raw prospect from a small college. Jackson has never received a legitimate fair chance as a starter, but he certainly has not developed quite how the quarterback guru thought.

From Jackson to Gus Frerrote to Sage Rosenfels, the Vikings are heading into yet another season with serious uncertainty at the quarterback position.

But Childress's biggest mistake is rarely discussed among Vikings fans.

A few years ago, there was a quarterback coming off of shoulder surgery who was available as a free agent. Childress himself said that this quarterback's shoulder surgery was a success, and that he was sure he was 100 percent.

This quarterback also showed serious interest in coming to the Vikings, with reports saying that he was willing to accept less money and less years on his contract to play in Minnesota.

All systems go, right?

Not so fast. Childress said that he was not interested, because this quarterback was too short and not an accurate enough passer to play in a West Coast offense.

Maybe that's true, but if you look at the Vikings quarterback situation the last few years and compare that with Drew Brees' play during the same time period, I think Brees would've been a better option.

Brees, of course, ended up in New Orleans, where he has been one of the most prolific passers in the league since then. It's very rare to hear about this subject, even though it was probably the biggest mistake Brad Childress ever made since becoming a head coach.