While reports swirl that Brad Childress' job as the Vikings coach could be in jeopardy, owner Zygi Wilf has spent the past two days at Winter Park meeting with staff members and players to get a gauge on the temperature of his 2-5 team.
Wilf talked to several veterans on Thursday, including quarterback Brett Favre, guard Steve Hutchinson and defensive linemen Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. An NFL source said that while Childress was not the sole focus of all these conversations he was brought up in some instances.
Wilf, who returned to his New Jersey home after the Vikings loss at New England on Sunday, arrived in the Twin Cities on Wednesday and appears to be doing his due diligence to find out exactly what is going on with his team. The situation was brought to a head by Childress' decision on Monday to place wide receiver Randy Moss on waivers without first consulting ownership.
Childress told his players of the decision during a team meeting that afternoon and informed them that management could fire him if they wanted but Moss would no longer be a member of the Vikings. Moss did not end up on the waiver wire until Tuesday and was claimed by Tennessee on Wednesday.
Whether Wilf would make an in-season coaching change remains uncertain but he definitely is taking a close look at what's going on with the team.