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Childress speaks with Green Bay media

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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Vikings coach Brad Childress addressed a variety of subjects this morning with the Green Bay media. Here are a few excerpts from that session: “If you embrace the good times like we’ve had before, you need to endure and excel through the tough times. In this business, it’s going to swing back and forth. You wish that every week could be a win and everything would be rosy and everybody would be healthy … but that’s part of the deal. That’s part of the NFL.” The biggest difference last year’s success and this year’s struggles? “The easiest thing to point to is the give/take ratio. I think we’re squarely on the bottom of that in the National Football League. That being the No. 1 statistic. … When you’re giving it almost twice a game, it’s hard to overcome that.” Any update on your receivers? Not till we practice and see who’s up and who’s able. We’ve got those middle of the year nicks. Don’t anything further where Sidney (Rice) is at. Bernard (Berrian) has that groin strain and Percy (Harvin) ankle issue’s are going to be ongoing. We just have to see how they come out and practice throughout the week and put the best 4-5 out there. More on the turnovers: Last year, at the end of the year, everybody was talking about Adrian, that he had a propensity to fumble the ball and ball security issues. This year, it’s been through the airways predominantly. You don’t want somebody to be cautious with the football. Balls get tipped, that happens. You want to be mindful that those are the numbers that end up swinging a game when you look at what a turnover typically cost a football team. Any thoughts on benching quarterback Brett Favre? (Favre) wouldn’t be here if he didn’t give us the best chance to win. Obviously it was up in the air a couple weeks ago with where he was at injury-wise. But he’s the guy that gives us the best chance to win. Thoughts on close games with the Packers: Typically great rivalries are like that and a lot of times division rivals are like that. … If you go back over the course of time, this has been a tremendous, tremendous rivalry. More on the health of the receivers: You don’t find many coaches who don’t like continuity. Whether it’s continuity in your scheduling, personnel or your coaching staff. That always seems to make things go a little smoother. The only thing for certain in this league – change is the biggest certainty. And you have to be able to deal with that. Thoughts on the lack of pressure on opposing quarterbacks: You can pressure the quarterback in different ways, whether it’s harassing him or moving him out of the pocket or hitting him. Typically, the sack numbers are what everybody (focuses) on. But we haven’t been getting there as often or regular. At times we’ve had good pressure. At other times, if you allow any quarterback in this league to sit back and be comfortable, it’s going to be difficult on your back end. How thin is the line between success and failure in this league? It is a very thin line. If you go back to our first Packers game, what’s the line there, who wins and who loses? You see that every week. Typically there’s a little bit of luck somewhere down the line. Everybody in this league deals with adversities, whether it’s injuries or last second losses. But you have to have the resolve to be able to overcome. I like the 53 guys in my locker room and they’re not even close to throwing in the towel, believe me. How has the drama of this season affected you personally? I started this business with a full head of hair. … That’s the nature of the business. You have to keep a sense of humor. You adhere to the values you believe in. Build this thing on a good foundation with good people that happen to be good football players. Good people that are good coaches. Good people that put love in the food in the cafeteria. Good people that are good scouts. And you have to rely on that. Any time my position has ever struggled, you go back to the system and go back to fundamentals. Those usually serve you pretty well.

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