Brad Childress could choose to sit out the 2011 season and collect $3 million from the Vikings. Like many football coaches, he’d rather get back to work even if its essentially working for free.
Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Childress will interview with the Dolphins Saturday about their open offensive coordinator position. Childress has also been mentioned as a possible candidate in St. Louis if Pat Shurmur leave for Cleveland, as expected.
The Dolphins have already interviewed four candidates, so it’s no guarantee Childress will get the job. If he does, the Vikings would owe him less money for next season. There just aren’t many other industries where men take a step down the corporate ladder to work long stressful hours, essentially for free.
“I really don’t know what I want to do,” Childress said. “I may just sit out this year and maybe two years. But I’ve coached for 33 straight years and if the right position comes up, I’m going to give it strong consideration. I’m a football coach.”
That kind of dedication is impressive, and speaks to how addictive being around football becomes for coaches. Childress surely wants to be a “lifer” in the business, so he may as well get back to work because you never know if those job offers will keep coming in.