Clearly, Brad Childress didn’t believe the hype. In the opening statement of his postgame news conference following Sunday’s 34-3 thumping of the Cowboys, Childress let loose with an unsolicited swipe at the perceived underdog status of the Vikings heading into the game.
At least, that’s what it sounds like. Without reading too close in between the lines, Childress appears to have been offended by something someone said or wrote. Childress said he asked his players to keep quiet.
“Our deal was this: we got a good football team. I told them that all year long,” Childress said. “I heard all that nonsense and all the hype about Dallas Cowboys coming to town, the hottest team in the playoffs. I asked my team early in the week to choke it back and shut up. We will play the game when we get here on Sunday. The game is always won on the football field. I am tickled to death for those guys; I knew they would play their tail off and be able to dispel that myth of (who) was coming to town.”
When asked by a reporter to clarify what he meant by the phrase “choke it back and shut up,” Childress had this to say:
“Just that the Tasmanian Devils that were coming from Dallas that were about to bombard the state of Minnesota and run through us like Sherman through the South. That was the aura that was left after last weekend’s games. All of us kind of felt that quite palpably. All of it, and then we had about enough of it come Tuesday. They did a great job with that. It’s hard to get guys like this to stifle themselves.”
With just one follow-up question on the matter, it’s difficult to know exactly why Childress appeared feel so disrespected. But in this case, he did not choke it back.