Vikings fans were left to wonder that Sunday night when Childress appeared on a Twin Cities Sunday night sports talk show with a freshly grown beard and a Hawaiian shirt. As the featured guest on "Rosen's Sports Sunday," Childress looked like he had been booked on "Extreme Makeover." But, it was refreshing to see Chilly letting his hair down (as it were) and discussing the coming Vikings season.
As expected, when host Mark Rosen asked Childress about the Brett Favre saga playing itself out, he couldn't be too forthcoming about any interest the Vikings might have in Favre. Since he is not a free agent, teams can't discuss potential trade offers or make public their interest in having that player come to their team.
But, Childress did seem somewhat amused, saying, "It really is an interesting soap opera to watch from the hinterland up here, watch (it) transpire down South."
Childress also pulled out some "A" material when asked if he thought Favre's retirement announcement in March would stick. After the announcement was made, former Favre teammate Darren Sharper seemed quite clairvoyant in predicting that after four months of fishing and golfing, Favre would have the now-famous itch to come back. Childress said he had thought Favre might hang it up earlier than he did (or didn't) earlier this year.
"I thought a couple of years ago that maybe would have headed to the sideline," Childress said. "In fact, I would have liked him to head to the sidelines because he's 4-0 against us since we've been here with the Vikings."
Who would have thought Childress could have used a drummer firing off rim shots? Well played.
Childress had good things to say about both Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian, saying that A.D. is going to look much better in pass-blocking assignments. Last year, Peterson routinely came out on third downs because the team didn't have confidence in him picking up blitzers. If he has improved, it will allow him to be even more dangerous in the Vikings offense. He also had kudos for Berrian, who he said is working hard to establish himself as Tarvaris Jackson's go-to target.
While it refreshing to see Childress talking Vikings, it was even more refreshing to see his demeanor on camera. He actually seemed to be enjoying himself. While we aren't likely to see him show up at practice in bell bottoms and tie-dye or do a 15-minute set at Open Mike Night at The Chuckle Hut, it's great to see a different side of Childress. For two years, he's reminded some fans of Joe Friday from "Dragnet." Who knew he had some "Magnum P.I." in him too?