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Pat Williams To Childress: “I’ve Got Your Back, Coach”

November 12, 2010

For close to a decade, Sean Jensen covered the Minnesota Vikings for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Prior to the final regular season game last year, Jensen left Minnesota to cover the Chicago Bears for the Chicago Sun-Times. Despite his abrupt departure from the Saint Paul newspaper, Jensen appears to have retained some of his contacts inside the Vikings locker room. Earlier this week, Jensen cited six unnamed players as saying “they want Childress fired but that they refuse to give up on their teammates.”

Armed with Jensen’s report, the current crop of Vikings beat reporters hit the locker room following Thursday’s practice. Although they did not uncover any of the sources, they did manage to find a couple of veterans who were happy to share their opinions on-record.

“That’s just all reports,” defensive lineman Pat Williams said. “Ain’t no names. … So I really don’t pay no attention to that. That’s all he-say, she-say stuff. They ain’t going to put no names out there, so I don’t know if it’s true or not.”

When head coach Brad Childress was asked if he addressed his team about Jensen’s allegations, he replied he didn’t have to because Pat Williams had already told him, “I’ve got your back, Coach.”

Williams’ teammate and fellow defensive lineman Jared Allen added that if his teammates had something to say, they should address their coach directly.

“If you’ve got something to say, say it,” Allen told reporters. “If not, there are some things that should be kept in-house. There’s some things that you guys [the media] don’t need to know about.”

Whereas ESPN1500’s Patrick Reusse called Jensen’s report “journalistic sham,” Allen chose to focus on the task at hand.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you work here, the coach is here, the game still has to be played.”

As the Vikings found out last week, the best cure for locker room turmoil is a victory. This team is too talented not to make a late run, and with Adrian Peterson’s past success at Chicago’s Soldier Field, this may be the week the Vikings’ offense finally finds their spark.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    November 12, 2010 7:39 am

    Good on Pat.

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