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01-14-2006, 06:03 AM
Posted on Fri, Jan. 13, 2006
Paul Domowitch | Childress: Calling own plays no biggie
by Paul Domowitch

SO MUCH FOR speculation that offensive coordinators who don't call their own plays will have a devil of a time getting an NFL head-coaching job.

Brad Childress, who did very little of the playcalling during his 4 years as Andy Reid's top offensive lieutentant with the Eagles, was gobbled up by the Minnesota Vikings last week. And Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who watched Mike Shanahan call the plays in Denver, is expected to be named the Houston Texans' coach as soon as his team's season is over.

"I think that's really overrated," Childress said this week in a phone interview from the Vikings' suburban Minneapolis headquarters. "I did it for 8 years at the collegiate level at Wisconsin. I did it for 4 years before that at Northern Arizona. That's 12 years right there.

"When you prepare [for a game] at this level, it's all laying in front of you right there. It's not appropriate to go out of the box and pull something that's not on the game-plan sheet. This is such a segmented game now that you've got your calls on third-and-3 or 4, or third-and-short, or inside the 5-yard line. Where the power of choice really comes in is on your normal downs. On your first-and-10s, where you have basically the whole card at your disposal, basically run or pass.

"We all sit and lay it out. We all work on it. We all put it together. What fits and doesn't fit. You know what you want to do situationally. It's just rhythm and the particular mind-set that person [calling the plays] has."

Childress said he actually did a good bit of the playcalling in the second half of the season this year, which partially explains why the Eagles ran the ball a little more down the stretch. In their last seven games, 42.3 percent of their offensive plays were runs, compared with just 23.5 percent in their first nine games. As it is, they still finished with the third most pass attempts in the league (620).

Will his Vikings emphasize the run a little more than Reid's Eagles?

"We're in the black-and-blue division," he said. "We've got to do it some. And the defense has to practice against it a little bit to be decent. So, I'm sure we will."


-- You've probably noticed that none of Andy Reid's assistants followed Brad Childress to Minnesota. That's because Reid told Childress he couldn't have any of them. Since all of them are under contract to the Eagles, Childress would have needed Reid's permission to hire any of them, even for a coordinator's job. Reid lobbied hard the last couple of years to help Childress get a head-coaching job. But he always has made it clear to him - just as then-Packers coach Mike Holmgren did to Reid when he took the Eagles job - that he'd have to shop elsewhere for his assistants. Childress ended up hiring Bucs secondary coach Mike Tomlin as his defensive coordinator and Packers quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell as his offensive chief. Childress will handle the offensive playcalling.

-- Speaking of Childress' staff, he hired Philly native Jim Hueber to be his assistant offensive line coach. Hueber, who grew up in the Northeast and attended North Catholic, was a longtime assistant at the University of Wisconsin. His brother Tim is an assistant basketball coach at North Catholic.

-- Dick Vermeil said there's no better than a 50-50 chance that Chiefs running back Priest Holmes will play next season. The 32-year-old Holmes sat out the final nine games this season after suffering head and neck trauma.

-- Big-Back Alert: Sources in Atlanta say the Falcons will listen to trade offers for double-wide running back T.J. Duckett. The 6-foot, 250-pound Duckett played poorly this season. He rushed for just 43 yards on 38 carries in the final five games.

-- Forget the possibility of Jimmy Smith playing for the Eagles next season. The soon-to-be-37-year-old wide receiver said he'll retire if the Jags release him. Smith is scheduled to make $3.52 million next season.

-- Ravens coach Brian Billick managed to hang on to his job, but has been ordered by owner Steve Bisciotti to get rid of his arrogant attitude and stop fighting with the media. "I want him to focus more on the players and less on the press," Bisciotti said.

-- Bucs coach Jon Gruden says he wants both of his quarterbacks - Chris Simms and Brian Griese - back next season, but we'll see. Simms played very well after Griese got injured and almost certainly will be the season-opening starter. Griese, meanwhile, is due a $2.6 million roster bonus in March, in addition to a $3.5 million '06 salary.

-- League sources say it's not necessarily a given that the Texans, who own the first pick in the draft, will select USC running back Reggie Bush. They plan to spend considerable time evaluating Texas quarterback Vince Young and could take him even if they extend David Carr's contract next month. Young grew up 3 miles from Reliant Stadium. At worst, he will slide to Tennessee in the third spot.

-- Giants running back Tiki Barber wisely retracted the "we were outcoached" comment he made following Sunday's playoff loss to Carolina. After watching the tape of the game with coach Tom Coughlin, Barber realized it was the players' lack of execution that cost them the game, not coaching. "We were all at fault," he said. "The execution was miserable. I watched a lot of the game with coach Coughlin. There were tons of plays out there on the field for us that we just didn't execute correctly."



-- "When this guy walks into a locker room, everyone is drawn to him. It isn't just the defensive guys. It isn't just the offensive guys. It's everyone. He builds teams. That's what we need. We have had some very good teams here. But we have failed to be a complete team." - Chiefs president Carl Peterson on his new head coach, Herm Edwards.

-- "Bill Belichick, what can you say? I've been playing 13 years and last night, I saw some coverages I hadn't seen before. They changed up so much. I can't say they don't have the athletes, but the scheme, man. That Belichick is something else. He's going to go down in history, just like Tom Landry and his fedora. You think about Belichick, you think about that cut-off, hooded sweat. He's going to go down as one of the best coaches in history." - Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith, after his team's playoff loss to Belichick's Patriots.

-- "They don't want to just sit there, line up and play football. They want to try to catch you off guard. They don't want to play smashmouth football, they want to trick you. They want to catch you substituting, know what I mean? They don't want to just call a play, get up there and run a play. They want to make you think. They want it to be a thinking game instead of a football game." - Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, on the Colts.

-- "They say two things happen when you get older. One is you begin to forget things. And I can't remember what the other one is right now." - Marv Levy, the Bills' new 80-year-old general manager.


The report claiming that multiple teams, including the Jets, have expressed interest in a trade for Terrell Owens. The Jets are facing monumental salary-cap problems. Things are potentially so bad that they might have to dump their best defensive player, end John Abraham. But they're going to find a way to squeeze enough cap room for Owens? I don't think so..


To the American Decency Association for getting all hot and bothered over the Detroit Pistons dance team's fairly conservative swimsuit calendar. Hello? Where have you been the last 3 years when the Eagles were putting out their contribution to the soft-porn market, the cheerleaders calendar?


To former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, who became the latest Einstein to set a match to his NFL draft stock. Vick, who was kicked out of school last week for stomping an opposing player in the Gator Bowl, followed that up by allegedly pointing a gun at three teens in a McDonald's.


76.1: Percent of passes Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck completed in December, an NFL record for quarterbacks with at least four games and 80 pass attempts in the month. Steve Young is second at 73.8 percent in December 1994.

0: Catches by Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress on Sunday against the Panthers. It was the first time he was held without a reception since his rookie season in 2000.

24: Percent of the league's games this season decided by three or fewer points (61 of 256). Forty-eight percent were decided by eight or fewer.

12: Straight years the league's scoring average has exceeded 40 points (41.2).

5: Number of the Eagles' 10 out-of-division opponents next season who won four or fewer games this season.

3: Interceptions the Patriots' Tom Brady has thrown in 331 career postseason pass attempts. His 0.91 playoff interception percent rate is the lowest in history.


01-14-2006, 08:02 PM
Good find

01-14-2006, 08:11 PM
Nice read, I'm sure Childress had alot of his coachs picks already in his mind..

01-14-2006, 08:30 PM
man i love jimmy smith lol. i really really really want tj duckett. ask danny how much of a fan i am of tj duckett lol. i always have to get him and i have been pestering danny about him lol