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Maybe there's hope for Coach Chilly

After a misguided decision to open the game with an onside kick (fail) and the tossing of a red flag on a play that shouldn’t have been challenged via replay review (second fail), Vikings coach Brad Childress finally has made a decision that saved his team four points.

In the second quarter, a deep pass down the left sideline resulted in Minnesota cornerback Cedric Griffin mugging Browns receiver Braylon Edwards, who nevertheless made a nice catch (for a change), snatching the ball inches from the turf at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The penalty for pass interference was declined, and the touchdown counted.

Enter Coach Chilly.

Childress challenged the play, because Edwards had gone out of bounds as a result of the interference.  The FOX crew working the game erroneously believed that the ruling hinged on whether Edwards had been pushed out because of the interference.  It didn’t.  Even with the interference, the player must re-establish himself in bounds before catching the ball.

And so the call on the field was overturned, the Browns got the ball at the Minnesota six due to the interference penalty, the Vikings’ defense stiffened, and the touchdown became only a field goal.

Still, even with Brett Favre on the team, Chillyball (i.e., keep it close and hope for a late break) is still alive and well for the Vikings, who lead a bad Browns team by only four points late in the first half.

You can follow the action right here at NBCSports.com.

UPDATE:  And just as we praise him, Chilly earns further criticism.  The porous Vikings’ special teams from a season ago surrendered a punt return for a touchdown by Josh Cribbs of the Browns.

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24 Responses to “Maybe there's hope for Coach Chilly”
  1. BaldDancer says: Sep 13, 2009 2:26 PM

    Can the commentators stop fellating Favre?

  2. Eddie Drycleaner says: Sep 13, 2009 2:28 PM

    Not to mention, why are u throwing a shotgun pass on 3rd and 2 from your own 35 with a min to go? I hope the browns get a fg or t’s. God I hate chilly.
    Go Lord Favre!

  3. Eddie Drycleaner says: Sep 13, 2009 2:29 PM

    Not to mention, why are u throwing a shotgun pass on 3rd and 2 from your own 35 with a min to go? I hope the browns get a fg or t’s. God I hate chilly.
    Go Lord Favre!

  4. Erik the Red says: Sep 13, 2009 2:30 PM

    I am watching this game and, boy, Brian Billick (announcer for the FOX coverage) has his lips firmly planted against Favre’s rear end. The degree of ass-kissing in that booth for Favre would put John Madden to shame.

  5. Wiscdave says: Sep 13, 2009 2:32 PM

    Paul Allen and the KFAN crew were all over this call. So much for TV coverage. Turn down the sound and listen to the radio broadcasters.

  6. copes cabana says: Sep 13, 2009 2:33 PM

    On his first challenge for the fumble, the ruling on the field was down by contact. he challenged. Down by contact was overturned for a fumble but with no clear vikings recovery. Why did he lose the timeout when the call on the field was overturned for a fumble?

  7. Eddie Drycleaner says: Sep 13, 2009 2:38 PM

    @copes cabana
    because from time to time the NFL just makes rules as it goes, well, because it can…
    The answer’s somewhere in my brain but their has also been a steady flow of beer into my bloodstream since 9 so I don’t feel like thinking.
    Can anybody held out our boy copa cabana?

  8. myasylum says: Sep 13, 2009 2:41 PM

    So far the Vikings are looking pretty poor.
    Favre has no protection to throw the ball what so ever, and the Browns are stopping the run.
    Nice special teams too.
    I hope they can muster a little more then this the second half because this is a poor showing of a “dominate” team.

  9. Run1out says: Sep 13, 2009 2:43 PM

    He’s dead to me

  10. The Bear says: Sep 13, 2009 2:45 PM

    Kiss it Florio, you donkey. In case you haven’t noticed, this “Bad Browns team” has stood pretty stout against a very good Minnesota defense. Their defense has also looked greatly improved over last year. Prick!

  11. zangy says: Sep 13, 2009 2:54 PM

    The Edwards force out catch call was BS…should have been a touchdown. That is a stupid rule.

  12. nosferatu says: Sep 13, 2009 3:07 PM

    As a Packer fan I plead with minny mgt not to fire chilly

  13. Bob Loblaw says: Sep 13, 2009 3:39 PM

    And the returned punt was Brad Childress’ fault how?
    Did he call for the team to let Josh Cribbs run it back for a TD? Were the players told to miss the tackles?
    Come on, blame head coaches for bad decisions. But a breakdown on special teams is not the head coach’s fault. It was one or more players not doing their job correctly.

  14. itfitzer says: Sep 13, 2009 3:42 PM

    Brian billick and friends are now in charge of the farve ball-licking club! I’m not a brown or vike fan, but if I was a brown fan i’d bitchslap the announcers in the booth…….guess ap and the lord judas brett are the only players on the field in cleveland….what a joke!!

  15. jimicos says: Sep 13, 2009 4:09 PM

    After a misguided decision to open the game with an onside kick (fail) and the tossing of a red flag on a play that shouldn’t have been challenged via replay review (second fail), Vikings coach Brad Childress finally has made a decision that saved his team four points.
    ————————–
    I’m no Brad Childress apologist, but I have a hard time faulting him too much for starting the game with an onside kick. When you’re facing a team that hasn’t scored an offensive TD in 6 games led by a QB with 3 career starts to his name, and when your defense is the #1 ranked rush defense… I don’t think it’s a terrible idea to try to catch them with their pants down.

  16. BigSnert says: Sep 13, 2009 4:38 PM

    Per Bob Sansavere of the Pioneer Press, Childress says he’s a two ll. and one i. kind of guy. Hence, “Chilli.”

  17. Eddie Drycleaner says: Sep 13, 2009 5:29 PM

    For the record, Madden has not relinquished his position as the leader of the Favre ball licking club.
    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
    I need a tattoo, “Madden+Favre 4ever”

  18. DailyNorseman says: Sep 13, 2009 6:26 PM

    “I hope they can muster a little more then this the second half because this is a poor showing of a “dominate” team.”
    ————
    When you have the best running back in the league. . .you know, the guy that’s probably the best player in the league overall. . .and a great defense, you generally don’t need a whole lot else to be “dominate.” Or “dominant,” even.
    Adrian Peterson humiliated the entire city of Cleveland today, and prior to Cleveland’s last garbage-time drive, the Vikings destroyed that team in every meaningful way.
    I now away the legally retarded folks that masquerade around here as Packer fans starting the chant of how the Vikings are going to lose to Detroit next week. . .like Green Bay’s worthless team doesn’t have enough to worry about.

  19. Beer Cheese Soup says: Sep 13, 2009 7:50 PM

    I now away the legally retarded folks that masquerade around here as Packer fans starting the chant of how the Vikings are going to lose to Detroit next week. . .like Green Bay’s worthless team doesn’t have enough to worry about.
    _____________________
    You call people legally retarded, yet your grammar is like it is. Hmm.. Also, we don’t need to “masquerade” as anything. We’re fans. Viking fans are the bandwagoners who disappear midway through the season and can’t sell out playoff games, not us.
    That said, congrats to the Vikings on a very strong showing today. It’s always nice when you can set the tone for the season with an early win like that. I only hope we can do the same.

  20. Bird Man says: Sep 13, 2009 8:48 PM

    Why do you hate this guy so much?

  21. tobago says: Sep 13, 2009 8:57 PM

    remember who they played the next laughing stock of the NFL, the Browns.

  22. Gary says: Sep 13, 2009 9:26 PM

    I agree with some of the people on the broadcast of the game by brian billick. it’s like brett favre can do no wrong is his mind. he must be kissing favre’s ass.

  23. sand0 says: Sep 14, 2009 1:03 AM

    Slow start but over all that team looks very impressive. They have the ability to bust long explosive gains out of ultra conservative play calls which is pretty scary for other teams. And their D was stout.
    Special teams stunk on that Cribs return but overall I’d say the Vikes specials outplayed the Browns actually. Coverage was great on every other kick and the Vikings averaged high return values on punts and kicks.
    This defense is great as well. Garbage TD late and a punt return TD and that silly onside kick leading to a field goal but otherwise the D gave up almost nothing today.

  24. vikes backer says: Sep 14, 2009 2:08 PM

    the vikings will get better with each game and each practice, especially farve getting in sinc with the offense. This team will dominate this year! There are to many great offensive weapons and also a great defense for me not to say this.

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