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Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress blamed the man in the mirror for the special teams shortcomings that proved decisive in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears.

Special-teams play has been a big disappointment this season, but Childress didn't single out anybody as the source of the problem Monday, a day after Chicago scored touchdowns on a fumbled punt that was blocked and a punt-return miscue. When asked whether he holds special-teams coordinator Paul Ferraro accountable, Childress shouldered the blame.

"You know what? It all comes back to me," Childress said. "I'm not going to pin it on a coach or a player. It all comes back to me. That's what it is. I'm the guy that's got the wins and losses by my records, so it's not the special teams guy. It will always come back to me with wins and losses."

Chris Kluwe dropped a snap in the first quarter, picked up the ball and then had his punt blocked. After Kluwe kicked it again on the ground, the Bears recovered it and scored en route to a 48-41 victory. Another key play came in the second quarter when Charles Gordon decided not to catch a punt. He tried to block a man to allow the ball to bounce into the end zone for a touchback, but the ball took a funny hop and hit Gordon. The Bears recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Asked if he would be more hands-on with the special teams, Childress said: "I'm in the special teams meeting every day. We got specialists out there every day kicking the football, catching the football, punting the football, punt, catch and kickoff returning, and they get coached every day. And there's somebody back there with them; they're not standing there in a vacuum.''

Source: Pioneer Press

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