April 28, 2009
Here's something you don't see every day ... or ever, really. It's one coach with a little post-draft smack talk directed at another coach. Vikings draftmaster Brad Childress wants to make sure that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knows that Childress just beat him like a rented mule in the first round of the draft.
The Vikings, as you know, got Percy Harvin at No. 22 in the first round. Childress is convinced that the Patriots wanted Harvin at No. 23. Here he is, courtesy of StarTribune.com, virtually giving Belichick the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag:
"New England was right in there. They were right behind us [with the 23rd pick]," Childress said. "No, they didn't think we'd take him [because of off-the-field] issues. Remember, they have our receivers coach there now. So they thought they could hold ... and he'd come to them.
"They were down there working him out the day after I was there. And [Harvin] wasn't supposed to tell anybody, and I was trying to pull that out of him, who that was. So, it was a little cat-and-mouse game that occurred."
"And my cat just tore his mouse a NEW ONE. WOOOO! HOW 'BOUT THAT BRAD CHILDRESS, ladies and gentlemen? CHECK HIM OUT. (Flexes biceps, tears his shirt off, and flexes some more.) Bill Belichick, this is MY DRAFT. MY DRAFT. Don't you COME in my draft and try to steal my Harvin, or you'd like to get DEALT WITH. Son, I can eat two apples and spit out a fruit salad, because I'M CHILLY BRAD CHILDRESS and I'd just got damn CHILLY in here, sucka."
That last part, I added myself. But I think Childress was thinking it.
In the days, hours, and minutes leading up to a draft pick, there's so much misinformation being put out there. That the Patriots really wanted Percy Harvin might be exactly what Belichick wanted Brad Childress to think. It's just as likely that Childress got played as it is that Childress just yanked the pants off of Belichick.
I'm glad he's happy with himself, though. Self-esteem is important.
Gracias, Pro Football Talk.
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