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Angry Wilf leaves with no comment

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  • November 21, 2010 - 5:01 PM

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf politely declined to comment late Sunday morning when approached twice to talk about the job status of coach Brad Childress.

Wilf also did not have any interest in talking a few hours later but this time his demeanor had changed dramatically as he departed the Vikings' locker room following a 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Wilf stormed out of the locker room, walked briskly past reporters and headed for a service elevator as he and his brother, team president Mark Wilf, likely left to contemplate what they could do about a season that has gone sour.

A security guard  turned around to reporters who were in pursuit and said Wilf would have no comment.

The Vikings are 3-7 and remain a game ahead of the even-more -feeble Detroit Lions, who lost to the Dallas Cowboys. It wasn't just that the Vikings lost Sunday but it was how they lost to their biggest rival.

The Vikings haven't fallen by that wide of margin at home since a 33-3 defeat to Jacksonville on Dec. 23, 2001. Coach Dennis Green was fired shortly thereafter. This was Childress' worst loss as Vikings coach since a 34-0 setback at Lambeau Field on Nov. 11, 2007.

Childress said he did talk briefly to Zygi and Mark Wilf, the Vikings team president, afterward but the coach refused to speculate on his future. "I can't really talk about  that because that's not my decision going forward," Childress said. "I'll always do what's best for the Minnesota Vikings to get us ready for the Washington Redskins this week and cleaning up this game film with the guys tomorrow. That's really all I have to say of it."

Chldress called his talk with the Wilfs, "just an exchange of greetings really," adding, "that's kind of what we do."

Herrera likely done for season

Right guard Anthony Herrera left the game in the first half and Childress said the veteran likely has been lost to a season-ending left knee injury that is believed to be a torn ACL. Ryan Cook finshed at right guard.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Bernard Berrian started the game after it was decided in pregame warmups that he was good to go. This came despite the fact Berrian aggravated a groin injury  last week just before the game at Chicago and ended up not playing.

Berrian was in for the opening series but again aggravated the injury and was used on only one more play when he served as a decoy on a bunch formation that ended with Percy Harvin gaining 16 yards on a rushing attempt.

Sidney Rice returned and by my count played almost 50 snaps.

Sideline meltdowns

The Vikings sideline might have been the most interesting place to focus on Sunday. Defensive end Ray Edwards and struggling cornerback Chris Cook exchanged  words at one point, and quarter Brett Favre seemed to bark at offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after Favre threw an interception in the second quarter.

Favre downplayed that incident.

"If I didn't care, if Darrell didn't care, we might be laughing over there," Favre said. "It's not the first time Darrell and I ... and we're fine. I was mad at myself. To be honest, if I had to do it over again I’d proabbly make the same throw. Tramon [Williams] jumped the route. Made a great pick. I’ve thrown that particular play, we call dragon, I’ve thrown that for years. He made a great play. Darrell was trying to more or less reign me in, and say, there’s more football left, and of course I knew that. It just seems like --  this is an understatement -- this is not our year."

Favre, who has said this will be his 20th and final season, was asked a few times if he might walk away given how this season is going. He never said no to the question but instead was very vague.

Favre did say a couple of times he was going to go home and re-evaluate things but he declined to elaborate when asked a follow-up about that statement.

Only time will tell if that means something.

 

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