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COJOMAY
02-24-2006, 06:13 AM
After meeting with Childress, Johnson praises Vikings' choice

Sid Hartman

Brad Childress said he was very impressed in his recent visit with quarterback Brad Johnson, who flew in for the specific purpose of getting to know the new Vikings coach.

"I liked how he [Johnson] talked, how he wanted to play and wanted to be a winner," said Childress, who added he believes the 36-year-old Johnson still has some good football left in him.

Johnson was equally impressed by Childress.

"We used to steal their plays when he was in Philadelphia [and] I was in Tampa," Johnson aid. "We watched all their stuff.

"I really think he's the perfect guy for the team to kind of get in the direction it needs to go in. I think he's the perfect guy for the people of Minnesota that will relate. I really think it was a good hire, whether Zygi [Wilf] lucked into it or whether he got the guy he wanted. I really think he's the right guy."

Johnson is under contract for three more seasons.

There have been rumors that former coach Mike Tice promised Johnson he would get him out of the contract if he had a chance to become a starter elsewhere. But Director of Football Administration Dave Blando, who signed Johnson to his current contract last March, has contended in previous conversations before the present administration came in that he was not informed of any such agreement and that Johnson's agent would have mentioned that if it was true.

Meanwhile, quarterback Daunte Culpepper sent another e-mail in which he said Wilf told him the Vikings had not talked to other teams about trading him; that the reports coming out about him wanting more money were false; and that in a goodwill gesture, he is willing to move his roster bonus around if it would clear more cap space so that the team could sign free agents.

Memo to Daunte: The smartest thing you can do if you want to remain with the Vikings is to get up here, start working with the new coaches and do your rehabilitation here instead of Florida. That will give you a chance to get things straightened out.

LuckyVike
02-24-2006, 06:19 AM
It's becoming obvious to me who really wants to be starter and has the heart.

SharperVikings
02-24-2006, 06:19 AM
I agree!! Get his a$$ up here if he wants to be starter over johnson!

snowinapril
02-24-2006, 06:36 AM
Come on guys, Brad isn't living in MN, he had to FLY in.

Brad deserves his time off, and so does DC, oh but DC is working out and going to therapy each day. He isn't going to the Golf Course or on vacation with his family. He is rehabbing.

Why so critical?

snowinapril
02-24-2006, 06:40 AM
Do I know what Brad is doing in his spare time.........no.

Do I really know what DC is doing in his spare time(what little he has of it)......no.

All I am saying is if you are going to kick DC ass, then assume away with Brad too about what he may and may not be doing.

They both have been in contact with the team and the coach.

Mini Camps are down the road. When they start, then DC needs to come back to observe and rehab. Atleast give him until then.

finnishvikingsfan
02-24-2006, 06:46 AM
I agree with you snow on where DC doesnt have come up here until all the ther players have to come. If I had a serious injury like that I would want to go where I felt the most comfortable. As long as he is rehabing thats all I care about right now.

singersp
02-24-2006, 07:19 AM
"snowinapril" wrote:

Do I know what Brad is doing in his spare time.........no.

Do I really know what DC is doing in his spare time(what little he has of it)......no.

All I am saying is if you are going to kick DC jiggly butt, then assume away with Brad too about what he may and may not be doing.

They both have been in contact with the team and the coach.

Mini Camps are down the road. When they start, then DC needs to come back to observe and rehab. Atleast give him until then.

I agree with you SIA & I've always felt that way.

WTF difference does it make where he's rehabing?

As long as he's following the doctors rehab program & getting into football shape, that's what's important.

Florida is where his home & family are.

Are you saying he should come up here & live out of a hotel just to do the same thing here that he's doing down there? Hogwash!

How many of our other players, past or present spent their offseason in Minnesota rehabbing, that didn't live here?

snowinapril
02-24-2006, 07:27 AM
"finnishvikingsfan" wrote:

I agree with you snow on where DC doesnt have come up here until all the ther players have to come. If I had a serious injury like that I would want to go where I felt the most comfortable. As long as he is rehabing thats all I care about right now.

Besides, the weather is much finer down here in the south.

It is shorts weather down here. Ever try putting on clothes with an injury.

I am enabling and making crap up, but I am just trying to think outside the lunch pale.

Singer, I think DC has a home up in Minny, atleast I think he would. If he does, I bet it isn't quite the size as the one in Florida.

snowinapril
02-24-2006, 07:33 AM
Got to get this thread back on track.

BRAD JOHNSON!!!

What about that comment about Tice promising to get him out of the contract. Maybe that is why Tice is gone. Brad you got to get that in writing, you knew Tice was on the hot seat.

Where would we be right now if BJ wasn't here. This board would be going NUTS with thread about how we have to sign a FA QB for sure, so we could draft a RB. Think about that, we would definitley be looking for a QB, and we wouldn't have a ton to chose from. Brees and Pennington, I don't think that would be an option, maybe Pennington, he has had time to recover and would probably be ready for training camp but Brees will be a "?".

Brad is truly an asset and TGFBJs.......abilities.

SWAYZE74
02-24-2006, 07:40 AM
cool read...too bad DC's knee aint the real problem...its his decision making skills...i hope hes watching film on the games this year...

peace...

Benet
02-24-2006, 01:24 PM
Good piece, but it the final paragraph is bogus, as has already been pointed out by the fine gentlement in this thread. None of the players in the NFL are with their respective teams right now, they're all at home resting/spending time with family/chilling out etc. Why should Daunte be any different? I'll tell you why.. He's a big story and the Twin Cities media are peeved that they can't get easy access to him! Why are they constantly demanding that he be in Minnesota? They're making the demands more than the Vikings themselves are! I think a Vikings rep has said ONCE that they'd like Daunte to be in Minnesota just so they could evaluate his rehab, but once Chuck Barter went to Florida to see Culpepper, and he saw that everything was going great, nothing untoward has been said by the team since with regards to where Daunte does his rehab.

See? A little analysis and the whole house of cards comes crashing down..

COJOMAY
02-24-2006, 03:51 PM
The end of the article was the columnists opinion, not something the coaches said or wanted.
But PEP has always had a knock against him that he is a poor "study." Maybe the coaches want him up here to study film with them or something like that. I certainly don't know but the saga will continue for awhile.

NordicNed
02-24-2006, 04:23 PM
Looks like the other storm front on Brad is coming to an end, thank God...

I'de like to see Brad stay and start the season for us till PeP is 100%..

They are both our QB's for now, and thats how I'll approach this till things happen elswise.....


One thing I will say, if Brad starts for us, and we get on a great roll of winning and looking really good on O.......I wouldn't just put PeP back in because he was close to 100% or even at 100% Brad should be given the chance to lose the position back to PeP.......

This probably wouldn't go over so good for many, but I've always felt that way for any NFL player who steeps in and takes over and does a great job over the original starter.

ChezPizmo
02-24-2006, 04:28 PM
Man, looks like Brad really wants it. And after the rush he had of coming in following DC and doing as well as he did, who can blame him?

I'm not questioning Daunte's desire, but it looks like Brad is itchin.

NodakPaul
02-24-2006, 04:52 PM
I like the idea of bringing both DC and BJ into training camp knowing that they have to compete for the starting spot. Let's face it, a 100% healthy DC is a better choice at QB than a 100% healthy BJ. But having Dante back to 100% by camp is pretty close to impossible, even for Dante.

So the question will be, is a 85-90% healthy DC a better choice than a 100% BJ? I don't know. I think Dante will be fine with the mental aspect of the game (despite what some other posters may say). He is simply a player that needs to be coached well in order to preform. But I have a feeling that BJ will be able to edge him out physically.

Whoever gets that nod, the starting position will be theirs to lose. If BJ starts and begins the season 7-2 like he ended the season, he will be Minnesota's golden boy again. But if he starts the same as DC did last year, he will be yanked by mid season. Same goes for DC. I think we will just have to wait until training camp to see.

Freya
02-24-2006, 11:23 PM
My main observation of the info out there is that DC is not as proactive about his playing career as he might need to be. Being in rehab or not, he still should be keeping his foot stuck firmly in the door. I find it rediculous that he is only the 'victim' of speculation and doesn't even seem to be in the know as to where his career is going. Frankly, I'm disappointed.
In aparent contrast, BJ is casting his own shadow and actively seeking what he wants.

VikesfaninWis
02-24-2006, 11:49 PM
I don't think that DC should have to come to Minny to rehab, but he should come to Minny to get to know the new coaches. He sure got to Minnesota in a hurry when he wanted to talk about his contract. He went there 3 different times to talk about contract crap, but when he has a time to meet the new coach, he bails and heads back to Florida and talks with him on the phone.

He has already stated that he is rehabbing in Fla because he has a 1 level home there, and the weather is better suited for his rehab work. I agree 100% with that, but when he was in Minnesota and supposed to meet with Childress he didn't and chose to go back to Fla. That wasn't a very good move on his part. Now Johnson comes to Minnesota and talks face to face with Childress. Now are we supposed to believe that BJ did that to be friendly? I am sure he did that for a couple reasons, first and foremost because he wants on Childress's good side while this crap is going on with Pepp. He may have just moved himself into the #1 position on the Vikes.

singersp
02-25-2006, 12:22 AM
"VikesfaninWis" wrote:

I don't think that DC should have to come to Minny to rehab, but he should come to Minny to get to know the new coaches. He sure got to Minnesota in a hurry when he wanted to talk about his contract. He went there 3 different times to talk about contract crap, but when he has a time to meet the new coach, he bails and heads back to Florida and talks with him on the phone.

He has already stated that he is rehabbing in Fla because he has a 1 level home there, and the weather is better suited for his rehab work. I agree 100% with that, but when he was in Minnesota and supposed to meet with Childress he didn't and chose to go back to Fla. That wasn't a very good move on his part. Now Johnson comes to Minnesota and talks face to face with Childress. Now are we supposed to believe that BJ did that to be friendly? I am sure he did that for a couple reasons, first and foremost because he wants on Childress's good side while this crap is going on with Pepp. He may have just moved himself into the #1 position on the Vikes.

Or he's just sucking up to the coach.

Why wasn't Johnson meeting with Childress a month ago? Why all of a sudden now, right before free agency & the latest talk that Wilf is not shopping Culpepper? :wink: