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Childress says A.P. and L.T. would be "1 and 1A"

In a Friday morning interview with KFAN in Minnesota, Vikings coach Brad Childress made a stunning disclosure regarding his team’s intended plan for free-agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

“I really look at it as a guy that if we were fortunate enough to get
him, we would have a 1 and 1A,” Childress told Mike Morris of KFAN.

And so it appears that there ultimately will be some accountability for Adrian Peterson’s inability to hold onto the ball at key moments.

Meanwhile, we’re told that Tomlinson’s choice between the Vikings and the Jets will come down to one simple concept:  Fit.  Tomlinson will pick the place that he believes will be the best overall match for him, regardless of money or playing time or any other factor.  That said, money and playing time and factors like Super Bowl prospects will guide that visceral feeling that Tomlinson will likely develop regarding the next stop for a train that ultimately will end its run in Canton.

As to money, we’re hearing that the Jets were not willing to pay Thomas Jones more than $2 million in 2010; it’ll be very interesting to see whether they’d exceed that ceiling for L.T.  With PSL’s to sell and a glaring need at tailback, perhaps they will.

Still, with the Vikings having a stout defense, an impressive array of offensive weapons, and an apparent commitment to employ a Michael Scott/Jim Halpert co-starter approach at tailback, the Jets really will have to blow L.T. away in order to change his mind.

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31 Responses to “Childress says A.P. and L.T. would be "1 and 1A"”
  1. LBPACKFAN says: Mar 12, 2010 10:48 AM

    LOL
    God the Vikings are annoying…wow.

  2. realitypolice says: Mar 12, 2010 10:51 AM

    As to money, we’re hearing that the Jets were not willing to pay Thomas Jones more than $2 million in 2010; it’ll be very interesting to see whether they’d exceed that ceiling for L.T. With PSL’s to sell and a glaring need at tailback, perhaps they will.
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    It seems to me that a better PSL-selling move would have been to keep the back who was already extremely popular with the fans.
    I’m not sure how dumping a 1,400 yard back and replacing him with a 700 yard back for more money makes people inclined to fork over THEIR money for PSLs.

  3. pkrlvr says: Mar 12, 2010 10:52 AM

    1A is just another term for backup. Chilly’s just trying to be diplomatic in hopes of luring LT. Smart move IMO.
    I think bringing LT in might help Brett’s decision too…..
    Can’t wait to see the 2 match ups vs. the pack this year. I predict they split ‘em.

  4. Bob S. says: Mar 12, 2010 10:53 AM

    1 and 1z

  5. BBB82 says: Mar 12, 2010 10:53 AM

    LT should choose the Jets. I hear that Braylon Edwards is a fantastic run blocker…

  6. HarrisonHits says: Mar 12, 2010 10:54 AM

    “the next stop for a train that ultimately will end its run in Canton.”
    If they let this guy into the HOF it will be a total joke. He plays great in the regular season and has failed miserably in the playoffs in the biggest games of his career. Canton should be for people who succeed in those games and not choke and sit crying on the sidelines.

  7. pacstud says: Mar 12, 2010 10:55 AM

    Have fun Minnesota.

  8. itsacurse says: Mar 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    Shonn Greene and Leon Washington constitutes a glaring need?

  9. bonafide says: Mar 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    That’s a pretty big drop off between 1 and 1A.

  10. SoCalSean says: Mar 12, 2010 10:57 AM

    Even though I am a Vikes fan, LT would be a better fit in NY.. That offensive line they have in NY is pretty impressive.

  11. East Bay Ray says: Mar 12, 2010 10:58 AM

    This would be interesting to watch. The RBs start off at 1A and 1B. Then, AP averages a yard more per carry than LT (you know that will happen), and AP is clear #1. Then AP starts fumbling and it’s back to 1A and 1B. Round and round she goes.

  12. Floyd the Barber says: Mar 12, 2010 10:58 AM

    Before the Vikings get too frisky with their plans, they really need to address their run blocking. APs lack of long runs was directly tied to seeing first contact in the backfield way too often.
    What chance would an aging back like LT have?

  13. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Mar 12, 2010 11:00 AM

    Hey Percy,
    Your a shart stain!

  14. RuggSkins says: Mar 12, 2010 11:00 AM

    Although the Vikes have a good O-Line… The Jets have an Awesome O-Line. If I were running behind an O-Line, I would choose the Jets.
    Playing time… I think the Vikes can offer more plating time for LT than the Jets… who already have an excess of talent at that psoition. Why do think the Jets weren’t worried abount losing T Jones?

  15. jimicos says: Mar 12, 2010 11:01 AM

    And so it appears that there ultimately will be some accountability for Adrian Peterson’s inability to hold onto the ball at key moments.
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    Florio, this seems to be a huge leap of faith. To look at the brief comment quoted from Childress and draw that into a threat of benching for Peterson seems like a real stretch. Even for you.
    I’m no Brad Childress apologist, but take the man at his word. Don’t stuff extra words in his mouth.

  16. drumbug71 says: Mar 12, 2010 11:03 AM

    Anytime you can merge The Office references with NFL news, you win in my book.

  17. Verbal Kint says: Mar 12, 2010 11:04 AM

    This can’t happen because it would be disastrous to my fantasy team!

  18. Chapnasty2 says: Mar 12, 2010 11:06 AM

    First of all, Childress just proved how dumb he is if he even thinks that LDT should even be considered as a 1 with anything next to it with any team, but especially with Adrian Peterson. Next Florio and Vikings fans obviously have Short memories, the Jets finished in the same place in their division as the the Vikings did in theirs.

  19. recent says: Mar 12, 2010 11:06 AM

    Unless the Jets have a time machine that goes back to 2006, I’d rather have TJ than LT anyday. Not only based on talent, but durability, as Jones is in great shape for his age, while LT has began to deteriorate.

  20. Big Stretch says: Mar 12, 2010 11:10 AM

    so he just means AP is the A and LT is the B….
    isn’t that the same a #1 and #2?
    this 1A 1B — is just BS

  21. purplefever10 says: Mar 12, 2010 11:10 AM

    It never ceases to amaze me how big of a doofus Childress can be. Why the hell would he risk alienating Adrian Peterson for a free-agent 3rd down back that hasn’t even signed? Now if the Vikes don’t sign LT, AD knows that Childress is looking for a “1A” The Vikes should invest some money in a personal P.R. Rep for Chilly…someone to tug at his shirt every time he feels the urge to open his mouth.

  22. MNRunLeft says: Mar 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    Chilly is really just sugar coating the fact that LT would indeed be the backup, I don’t care what he calls it 1A is still the backup to 1 but hey whatever works. Not only do I want LT to sign because I’m a Vikings fan, but also because I’ve got Greene in my fantasy keeper league…. Come back to Minnesota LT.

  23. pkrlvr says: Mar 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    Love how the first comment on a Vikings article is always from a pissed off packer fan. You guys give us normal packer fans a bad rap……

  24. jlbay says: Mar 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    Nice of Chilly to dismiss the importance of your #1 offensive weapon. If I was Peterson, I would be looking to play out my contract and sign with a HC/Team that truly appreciated my talent.
    Why does Childress think he has the luxury of making statements like, we can wait for Favre to make up his mind, because with Favre we are a good team and without Favre we are a good team. It’s because Peterson is in the backfield making teams pay attention to the run on 100% of the downs that he is in the game . . . teams stack the box when AP is in the game trying to not get burned by 50 yard runs.
    Boy talk about biting the hand that feeds you . . . 30 other teams (note: Vikings have AP and Titans are happy with C. Johnson) would kill to replace their current backfield with AP, fumbles and all. Another thing, since Chilly is going to hold AP accountable for the fumbles (instead of working with him to correct the problem – see NY Giants/Tiki Barber) is he going to hold is butt buddy Brett Favre accountable for the INTs he threw in the playoffs to end the Vikings chances at a Superbowl?
    Talk about idiotic statements, you are going to diss your best player to chase after an over-the-hill, tank-empty, has-been, future HOF running back. I wish Childress was in my Fantasy Football league, then he could waste his first round pick on LT and maybe his second round pick on Terrell Owens – who by the way would probably help the Vikings more than LT. Then again it was Childress that TO got in the face of in Philadelphia, so he is probably scared TO will beat him up if he signed with the Vikings.

  25. Vikes2011 says: Mar 12, 2010 11:15 AM

    LBPACKFAN why don’t you keep your stupid opinions to yourself. At least the vikings do something in free agency not sit there and twiddle there thumbs like the puckers do. Keep on talking so we can spank you guys again next year.

  26. Lurch says: Mar 12, 2010 11:15 AM

    Ah … Now I understand how the Vikings count.
    That means they had 11 and 11A in their huddle.

  27. PurpleRaid12 says: Mar 12, 2010 11:16 AM

    SackFan says:
    “God the Vikings are annoying…wow”
    ___________________________________________________
    How desperate are you for attention? really? because for a team that’s so annoying, you sure do love to read articles and post, in fact, you were the first to post on this article…. how ‘pathetic’ is that? There ya go, I acknowledged you SackFan. Did you wet your pants a little?

  28. cbrianwatkins says: Mar 12, 2010 11:18 AM

    HarrisonHits says:
    March 12, 2010 10:54 AM
    “the next stop for a train that ultimately will end its run in Canton.”
    If they let this guy into the HOF it will be a total joke. He plays great in the regular season and has failed miserably in the playoffs in the biggest games of his career. Canton should be for people who succeed in those games and not choke and sit crying on the sidelines.
    ————————————————–
    just curious as to what should happen with great players on shit teams that never make the playoffs, should they be excluded from the HoF?

  29. Supersuckers says: Mar 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    What a dumb dumb dumb move for Minnesota. It makes no sense. New York does.

  30. Big Stretch says: Mar 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    jimicos says:
    March 12, 2010 11:01 AM
    And so it appears that there ultimately will be some accountability for Adrian Peterson’s inability to hold onto the ball at key moments.
    —————————-
    Florio, this seems to be a huge leap of faith. To look at the brief comment quoted from Childress and draw that into a threat of benching for Peterson seems like a real stretch. Even for you.
    I’m no Brad Childress apologist, but take the man at his word. Don’t STUFF EXTRA WORDS IN HIS MOUTH
    ————————————————-
    Yeah Chilly already has Favre’s Balls in there.

  31. BenRapistberger says: Mar 12, 2010 11:23 AM

    I wonder if Chilly made this comment as a joke while pouring some A1 on his steak at dinner with LT.

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