Childress wants to leave sign-stealing ‘in the past’
|10.27.10 at 12:27 pm ET|
[Click here to listen to what Brad Childress had to say Wednesday about Patriots sign-stealing.]
[Click here to listen to Bill Belichick's response Wednesday.]
Vikings coach Brad Childress stood by his comments of earlier in the week when he suggested Bill Belichick and the Patriots are “some of the all-time great signal stealers” in the NFL. But he added, during a conference call to Patriots reporters on Wednesday, that every coach does it and they should be credited for being a great organization.
“I said what I said,” Childress explained. “That’s in the past. We all try to get any tips we can get or glean standing on the sidelines. I’m sure it’s done throughout the league and we do it as well just let those [comments] stand. I have a great deal of respect for coach Belichick and the way he’s formulated that program in the last 10 years and I’ve told him so. He has a mentally tough team that are great competitors that I hope one of my teams play one of these days.”
Childress said he didn’t believe that Belichick had any unusual advantage in their last meeting in 2006 when the Patriots blasted the Vikings, 31-7, at the Metrodome.
“I don’t have any knowledge of that at all,” Childress said. “I didn’t mean any offense to any of those people, just the way I viewed it.”
Belichick’s response with the Patriots’ media on Wednesday?
“Yeah, I”m not really too worried about 2006,” Belichick said. “I’m worried about this Sunday against Minnesota. I’m not worried next Sunday, last Sunday, ’06, ’02, ’89. Really, it’s just this Sunday. Really, I’m just trying to coach this team and get ready for the Vikings. You have to talk to the other coaches. I don’t know.
“We’ve talked about some other games before but really, my focus is the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. That’s what I’m here for.”
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