Childress keeping an eye on the Saints

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By Sean Jensen and Rick Alonzo
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Posted: December 3, 2009

Once in a while, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress fires up film of the New Orleans Saints.

“I’ve seen New Orleans on tape, a couple of times, just out of curiosity, just to see what they’re doing,” Childress said. “I admire some of the things they do offensively.”

The Saints are the top-seeded team in the NFC with an 11-0 record. They also boast the league’s top-ranked offense.

The Vikings are the second seed, with a 10-1 record, and they have the league’s fifth-ranked offense.

The Saints and Vikings are not scheduled to play during the regular season but certainly could meet in the postseason.

Childress said Saints head coach Sean Payton is “very creative,” noting that he runs an offense not too different than the West Coast system he uses here in Minnesota.

And Childress was thoroughly impressed by the Saints’ 38-17 victory over the New England Patriots at the Superdome on Monday night.

“It was a wow. It was a big wow,” Childress said of the Saints’ win. “That’s typically a very good, well-prepared New England team that goes on the road and can hang with you, punch for punch. And for (the Saints) to win the way they did speaks for itself.

“Not a lot of other adjectives you can use.”

Herrera on the mend
Starting right guard Anthony Herrera said he feels fine and plans to play against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’m good,” he said. “Everything’s smooth.”

This is the second concussion Herrera has suffered. He had one in college.

Asked about his remarks Tuesday during an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio that it’s important to put your health first, Herrera declined to elaborate.

“You saw the transcript,” he said. “I don’t want to make anything bigger than what it is.”

Herrera said during the radio interview that Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward is being selfish for questioning Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for missing Sunday’s overtime loss to Baltimore with a concussion.

“Honestly and truly, in our locker room, no one questioned my toughness or whether I could play or not. They knew it was a concussion and it was bigger than just football.

That’s why you see all these (ex-players) right now at 50 years old who are suffering from all kinds of different things. They put football ahead of themselves.”