BBAO: NFL to fine Brad Childress

We're Black and Blue All Over:

This one was almost expected. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the NFL is certain to fine Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress for critical remarks he made Sunday night about Scott Green's officiating crew after a 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Among other things, Childress called it the "worst-officiated game I've seen."

I also wonder if part of the discipline will revolve around Childress' decision to reveal the details of a private conversation he had with Carl Johnson, the NFL's vice president of officiating, about two calls that went against the Vikings that night. Childress told reporters Monday that Johnson admitted the Vikings should have been awarded a touchdown on Visanthe Shiancoe's 17-yard reception in the second quarter. It's also possible that Packers tight end Andrew Quarless would have had a 9-yard touchdown reception reversed if Childress had challenged it.

I'll repeat that I'm all for more transparency when it comes to the NFL's officiating. For that reason, I'm glad Childress told us what Johnson said. But the bottom line is the NFL has a strict policy: No public criticism of officials, and no revelations from private conversations. Childress violated both of them.

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