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New England Patriots: Is Brad Childress Messing with Bill Belichick a Bad Idea?

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Head coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings reacts late in the second half the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2010

Brett Favre has been key in the Minnesota Vikings' tumultuous 2-5 start, but mired in controversy leading into Sunday's game against the New England Patriots are Brad Childress' methods as a head coach.

He's often criticized for not so subtly nudging Favre along in his decision-making process this offseason, playing the role of a desperate boy chasing the hottest girl in town.

E-mails, voicemails, impromptu visits—I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Childress was hanging out outside Favre's Hattiesburg ranch with binoculars. What he was doing more closely resembled stalking than courtship.

But somehow, the pleading worked, and the girl agreed to go on one last date.

Only problem is, that girl's made some bad decisions in the past and looks like she's slipping back into her old ways.

As Favre makes Childress look worse with each interception he throws, Chilly's seat gets hotter with each game the Vikings lose.

He was more than mum over the first few weeks of the season, never having much to say after the Vikings continued to find ways to lose. He was more than vocal, however, after last week's loss and threw Favre under the bus for a few costly decisions he made.

That was just the tip of the Chilly iceberg.

Childress has taken a vocal stance and run with it all week. He went on to call the New England Patriots "some of the great signal stealers" and insinuated that's why the Vikings lost in their last regular season meeting, a 31-7 beatdown in which Tom Brady threw four touchdowns while Vikings QB Brad Johnson threw three interceptions.

Bringing up SpyGate is nothing more than a desperate attempt to deflect attention from all the controversy surrounding Brett Favre and AnkleGate.

But it seems that Childress is doing two things that are way out of character: He's talking a big game, and he's playing head games.

Boy, did he pick a bad team to do that against.

It's a known fact league-wide that the last team you want to give bulletin board material to is the New England Patriots. It seems like every time they get their hands on some useful sound bites, they prove that reality bites on Sunday.

Anyone remember former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Anthony Smith, who guaranteed a win against the Patriots in 2007? Anyone remember what happened to him after the fact?

See the highlight reel above—that's all you need to know.

Plus, Childress is playing a role that's just not his to play. In the great Shakespeare play Coriolanus, the title character faces the threat of being overthrown by his enemies. This is because of Coriolanus' character. He is unwavering, though, and says, "Would you have me false to my nature? Rather say I play the man I am." These are wise words for anyone to live by, especially NFL head coaches.

The brash, bold thing doesn't work for Childress as it does for Rex Ryan and others. He proved that much when he attempted to retract his previous statement, saying that he "didn't mean any offense" by his remarks.

Childress' methods haven't worked for him yet this season, but does he expect to sell his team on such a drastic transformation at the midway point in the season?

This is a locker room that was lost long before the season even began.

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