Vikings coach Brad Childress, also known to certain 40-year-old quarterbacks as “Chilly,” is in the fourth year of a five-year contract.
And Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (cue the “don’t ever listen to that guy!” crowd) thinks that the question of whether Chilly gets a new contract could be tied to whether the Vikings get a new stadium.
The thinking is that, if the Vikings won’t be getting a new stadium, Wilf might be selling the team. And having a quarterback under contract for some finite period of time beyond the sale date could be a factor in the transaction, since new ownership might want to hire its own staff.
But another significant factors is at work here. Chilly needs to show that he can take the team that Favre calls the best on which he ever has played to the similar heights as the best Packers teams on which Favre also played. One of Favre’s Packers teams won the Super Bowl; another one made it there. The team about which he raved in 2007 lost in overtime of the NFC title game, thanks to a horrible throw in overtime made by Favre.
We think that anything less than an appearance in the divisional round of the playoffs gets Childress fired based on merit, or lack thereof. Even a trip to the conference championship round might not be enough to keep Childress around, if the Vikings lose in 41-0 fashion or due to a blunder from Brad.
Of course, getting to the Super Bowl and winning it would make Chilly more attractive both in the short-term and beyond, regardless of ownership.
If also would increase the chances of the Vikings getting a new stadium, too.