Yes I'm back. The Moss circus and the cries of newly hatching Chilly haters has lured me out of retirement.
All I want to know is how is the Childress this year different from the Childress of last year? One year he's a mastermind that had assembled the players to make his KAO blossom into a potent bouquet of offensive firepower. Now he's an incompetent dictator? All he had to do was shoot a commercial to tell you that he did the right thing all the time and people believed it?
Last year when anyone pointed out how Chilly was an underachiever with all the talent he had at his disposal it was a form of heresy. On KFAN Dan Barreiro branded them "the Chilly haters" that would never be satisfied. Sludge immediately dismissed them from Vikings fanline as irrational. The vast majority claimed he had earned that contract extension. Two more wins each year, they exclaimed. He personally found and drafted Peterson and Harvin then negotiated contracts with Hutch and Jared Allen apparently with no help from Messieurs Spielman or Studwell and no help from an owner willing to spend money.
That is the frustrating thing. The squandered opportunity we had as fans. With an owner willing to spend the money to put a good product on the field and a great scouting team and salary cap managers and contract negotiators, if we had just managed to get even a mediocre coach, we could have had a shot at a Super Bowl. And with it a new stadium. Now we have a debacle and a team that probably won't be in Minnesota much longer.
We have no excuse for saying we didn't see this coming. On Christmas Eve 2006 Chilly cut our leading receiver for questioning him, then tried to take credit for his numbers by saying it was his schemes that put him in position to score. When he couldn't get anyone else in position to score he blamed his players and the state of the team--even after he called this the plumb job in the NFL when he got it. He has been a coward, a liar, and a delusional egoist from the moment he got here.
So yes, it's November second and I'll join the call of, "Throw the bums out!" once again. Childress and our politicians are similar in a lot of ways, let's just try not to get fooled by the fools we replace them with again and hope it isn't too late.