Childress to Saints: 'Hit him the right way'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- I appreciated two comments Wednesday from Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress.

The first was his apology for having two assistant coaches misrepresent the absence of three key players from Tuesday's practice.

The second was a word of advice for the New Orleans Saints, words that will no doubt come in handy on this blog as we approach the teams' Sept. 9 season opener.

Asked whether he thought quarterback Brett Favre could absorb the kind of pounding he took from the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, Childress said: "He knows there somewhere he's going to get knocked on his keister. That's going to happen. As long as we're doing it in the spirit of the rules, he's all good with it and I'm all good with it. In terms of not doing it that way, hey, everybody talks about hitting the quarterback. Let's just hit him the right way."

Asked then if he thought the Saints unduly punished Favre in that game, Childress said: "In my opinion, yeah."

To be honest, there isn't much to argue here. The Saints were called twice for unsportsmanlike conduct on hits to Favre, and the NFL later admitted there should have been a third. On that play, defensive end Bobby McCray twisted Favre's ankle and pulled him down from behind.

I could be wrong, but I'm guessing Childress' complaint won't be enough to curb the Saints' aggression. We'll see soon enough. To be continued.