Childress watch: Clock ticking?

Posted: November 14, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CT

By Patrick Donnelly

Brad Childress likely saved his job with an overtime win over the Cardinals on Nov. 7. But how long will that reprieve last?

Despite published reports that Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was headed to Minneapolis on Sunday evening, a source close to the team told late Sunday that Wilf wasn’t believed to be en route to Minnesota, and if he were to make an appearance at Winter Park on Monday, the reason for his visit might not necessarily be tied to Childress’ job status.

After the Vikings’ 27-13 loss to the Bears in Chicago on Sunday, the subject of Childress’ future in Minnesota was on the minds of Vikings fans from Twitter to the KFAN Vikings Fanline postgame show. Childress has been a lightning rod for criticism in Minnesota — even when he led the Vikings to a 12-4 record and a berth in the NFC Championship Game last year, many fans believed the team won in spite of their head coach.

Now, after a 3-6 start to a season that’s also included the Randy Moss trade fiasco, the constant drama surrounding Brett Favre, and reports of dissension in the locker room, the “Fire Childress” chorus is once again rising in the Northland.

After the game, Childress addressed the question of his job security head-on. “It’s not something you’re happy to deal with, but you deal with what’s

out there,” he said. “My name’s behind the Vikings team and it all starts with me,

so if it gets directed there, that’s part of the equation”

Wilf didn’t speak with reporters after the game, and a postgame trip to the Twin Cities would be out of the norm for the owner, who usually returns to his home in New Jersey after games. However, the team source told that Wilf’s wife, Audrey, will be participating in a community event in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, meaning his presence in Minnesota wouldn’t necessarily indicate that Childress’ firing was imminent.

Check back for more on this story Monday — Childress is scheduled to hold his weekly press conference at 12:30 p.m., and if he’s still the Vikings coach (or even if he’s not) you’ll read all about it here on