Game 699 | July 16, 2007
The Vikings improved from 6-10 to 8-8 under second-year coach Childress, but failed to make the playoffs for the third straight year. Childress said he was excited about the drafting of Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson. His enthusiasm was rewarded as Peterson was named NFL Rookie Offensive Player of the Year. The defensive line, anchored by Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, was the best in the NFL against the run, but the offense struggled all year under the direction of second-year quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.
Game 722 | October 1, 2008
The 2008 Minnesota Vikings were already off to a 1-3 start when Coach Childress made his annual appearance. He explained his decision to replace struggling quarterback Tavaris Jackson with veteran Gus Frerotte. He said that free agent defensive lineman Jared Allen should give the team the most dominant defensive line in the league and that he expected running back Adrian Peterson to pick up from where he left off as the 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Game 742 | September 29. 2009
The Minnesota Vikings coach talked about the discussion that led to Brett Favre’s decision to join the team midway through the pre-season schedule. He referred to Favre as “the missing piece,” and predicted that first-round draft choice Percy Harvin would make a major contribution to the Vikings offense and kick return team.
Game 758 | July 28, 2010
Steve Hutchinson, Brad Childress
Hopes were high for the Vikings as they approached training camp in Mankato. They had come within a single play of going to the Super Bowl five months earlier. The 2010 season didn't start as well as expected as the team lost seven of its first lO games. Childress was fired as head coach, and Hutchinson, an all-pro guard, battled injuries most of the season.