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A rocky week for Childress

Posted by: under Vikings, Brad Childress, Vikings players, Brad Childress, Vikings rookies Updated: November 5, 2010 - 4:56 PM

At the end of the most trying week of his four-plus years as Vikings coach, Brad Childress was asked Friday if he would handle things differently if given another chance.

"I don't know," Childress said. "That's conjecture. I'm looking forward. I'm looking forward."

That's probably a good idea given what has happened. ESPN reported today that owner Zygi Wilf was so mad about Childress' decision to not alert ownership before he decided to waive Randy Moss on Monday that he considered keeping Moss and firing the head coach. (It's not clear if Moss would have even gone along with that scenario.)

That is why Moss did not go on waivers until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

That is consistent with what we've heard, which is that until the Vikings issued a statement Monday night saying they were parting company with Moss that Childress was on very shaky ground. In fact, Vikings assistant coaches worried into Tuesday afternoon that Childress could be let go by Wilf.

That did not happen but Wilf has spent plenty of time at Winter Park this week getting an idea of how people feel about Childress and whether the season can be turned around after a 2-5 start.

The Vikings will try to begin the process of righting things on Sunday against Arizona.

Unfortunately, we can't tell you exactly what Wilf thinks about all this. He has turned down repeated requests for interviews and a team spokesman said the owner does not plan to talk to media on Sunday.

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