TORONTO - The executioner has parked his guillotine discreetly out of sight of the Minnesota Vikings and Brad Childress, but heís still available at a momentís notice.
Childress is still the Vikings coach but only because Brett Favre was able to pull off a miracle, down 14 to the pathetic Cards with five minutes to go. Two feverish touchdown drives tied the game and then an overtime field goal won it.
Now owner Zygi Wilf canít fire Childress despite near mutiny last week by the players, including Favre and Percy Harvin, who were instrumental in winning the game. Wilf was upset also that Childress didnít inform him that he was placing Randy Moss on waivers last week. Moss, it was said, had gone to Wilf to ask him to fire Childress.
The irony of his role in saving Childressí bacon was somewhat lost on Favre.
ďIf I was sitting here with a loss, we should all feel like we have one foot in the parking lot,Ē Favre said.
One victory doesnít get Childress off the hook. A loss to division rival Chicago next week would leave the Vikes at least three full games off the pace in the NFC Central and the death watch will be revived.