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Former Vikings coach Childress considers Bucs 'a good, young football team'



While it remains to be seen what the Bucs think of former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress, it's clear what his impressions are of their team and especially quarterback Josh Freeman.

Childress, 55, interviewed for the Bucs head coaching job on Monday.

"They have a good, young football team,'' Childress said Tuesday. "I liked Josh when he came out of college. You know, if you don't have (a quarterback), you're always looking for one and I believe he can be that guy and I like him a lot.''

Childress certainly has the credentials to get Freeman back on track. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2002 and helped with the development of Donovan McNabb. He also served as the Eagles offensive coordinator from 2003-05. Freeman led the Bucs to a 10-6 record in 2010 with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. But this season, he threw only 16 touchdowns and 22 INTs.  

Childress already has a job next week working with young football players in Tampa Bay. He will be one of the head coaches organizing practice, installing game plans and leading a team onto Tropicana Field for the East-West Shrine college all-star game Jan. 21.

But Childress wouldn't mind staying awhile to perform the same duties for the Buccaneers. When reached by the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday, he declined to give details of the meeting.

"I wouldn't want to characterize that (meeting), I'll leave that up to (general manager) Mark Dominik,'' Childress said. "All I can say is we talked and I'd prefer to leave it at that.''

Childress went 39-35 and won two NFC North titles in nearly five seasons with the Vikings. He went 1-2 in the post-season, leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in the 2009 season before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. He was fired after a 3-7 start in 2010.

He said the East-West Shrine college all-star game will give him a chance to do what he does best, work with young football players.

"For me, it's getting back to my roots,'' Childress said. "Gary Moeller gave me my first job as a grad assistant and I hired him for this game as defensive coordinator. It's great to work with young kids and give them a great exposire to what a week is like in the NFL in terms of installation, the tempo of practice and playing against different guys that are very talented with scouts and other people around all week.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:52pm]


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