The Hazelweird Auction stretched into over a week of festivities, and so I have to do a little catching up here.
Why I don't trash Brad Childress
Often on this blog I come off as a Brad Childress apologist. It's not that I'm convinced Childress is a great coach; it's that I'm not convinced he's a bad coach. I don't believe one season is enough for us to know that Childress is a failure that cannot turn the Vikings into a winner.
Let's take a look at how some of the NFL's Hall of Fame coaches did in their first seasons. Weeb Ewbank went 3-9. Bud Grant was 3-8-3. Tom Landry went 0-11-1. Marv Levy was 4-12. Greasy Neale was 2-8-1. Chuck Noll was 1-13. Bill Walsh was 2-14.
There are other Hall of Fame coaches that succeeded immediately. But there are enough all-time great coaches that really stunk in their first seasons and went on to great careers. None of these coaches should have been dismissed as failures after one season, and neither should Childress. If the Vikings don't make significant progress in 2007, Childress should be on the proverbial hot seat. If the Vikings don't make the playoffs in 2008, then it would not be unfair if Childress were fired. But one 6-10 season isn't enough for me to abandon all hope in him.
Robert Ferguson is a Viking
Here are some of the stories and reactions:
"Ferguson agrees to terms with Vikings" (ESPN)
"Vikings Add Wide Receiver" (Vikings.com)
"Ferguson Signs" (Viking Update)
"Ferguson's Comments" (Access Vikings)
"Robert Ferguson--An Interlude" (The Ragnarok)
"Vikings Looking to Potentially Waste Roster Spot" (Daily Norseman)
"Ferguson Now a Viking" (The Viking Age)
"Robert Ferguson: Signs with Minnesota, should we care?" (Footballguys)
Michael Vick is pleading guilty to the charges involving dog fighting (Sports Illustrated). Frankly, I'm irritated by the majority of commentary on the Vick dog fighting story, and I tend to regret ever writing about it. While I have other ideas, I'd prefer to be done with this story for a while.
A good time of year
Real honest to goodness pro football is starting up soon. It makes me realize how empty the off-season football days really are. Right now I can't imagine getting excited about the first day of free agency or the NFL draft. Sitting around reading about players signing contracts? Having no idea whether college prospects will be competent pros, but watching the draft anyway? That's not football. Of course when the off-season is here that all seems really exciting. Right now all I want is some real freaking football games, and that's all I'll accept.
Eli Manning is finding his soul; now he responds to Tiki Barber (Sports Illustrated).
Cold Hard Football Facts always provides data on underrated, critical football stats, like passing yards per attempt.
SML has good things to say about one of my favorite basketball players of all-time, Scottie Pippen (Stop Mike Lupica).
Sports fans are learning what most of us already know: the kids LOVE High School Musical (Sports Media Watch).
Viking fans are definitely getting excited for Adrian Peterson (Complete Sports).
Sad news: former Timberwolf Eddie Griffin has died in a car accident (Sports Illustrated). Dr. Lawyer Indianchief mourns (Free Darko).