This is just my opinion, but Minnesota coach Brad Childress (whose team is 24-24 in his tenure) might want to focus on making sure he doesn't lose his job instead of taking shots at Bill Belichick.
In a column by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Sid Hartman, Childress is quoted as saying that New England believed versatile Florida athlete Percy Harvin would fall to the Patriots with the 23rd overall pick in the draft, but the Vikings scooped up Harvin at number 22.
"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."
The coach that Childress is referring to is Chad O'Shea, who spent three years as an offensive assistant in Minnesota before recently being hired as New England's receivers coach. And Harvin may be talented, but he was also a character risk, having reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine; there are also questions about his behavior while at Florida and he was suspended from athletic competition by the Virginia High School League his senior year because of an accumulation of incidents and previous suspensions. Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf has tried to stress character since the so-called Love Boat incident a couple of years ago, and Childress said New England believed the Vikings wouldn't draft Harvin because of that.
This isn't the first time Childress has made some interesting comments about the Pats' coach: in 2007, Belichick asked Childress not to claim TE/FB Garrett Mills off waivers because New England wanted to sign him to its practice squad. Childress declined, claimed Mills, and then talked about the discussions he'd had with Belichick in the media.