What has been expected for weeks finally occurred on Monday as the Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress in the wake of being embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. So really the only question now is if the Vikes will give any effort in the remaining weeks of the season and whether interim coach Leslie Frazier, previously the team’s defensive coordinator, will keep the job.
Childress had reportedly lost the locker room a few weeks ago and upset his owner, Zygi Wilf, when he cut Randy Moss without letting Wilf know about it beforehand. Childress also had gotten into an argument with receiver Percy Harvin and criticized Brett Favre to the media after a loss.
Clearly Sunday’s 31-3 loss to Favre’s former team, the Packers, was the final straw. It was the most lopsided home loss in Childress’ Vikings career and dropped his record against the rival Pack to 3-9. Wilf stormed out of the locker room afterward. Overall Childress will finish his Minnesota career at 40-37, including 1-2 in the playoffs. He took over for the fired Mike Tice in 2006 after spending seven years with the Eagles, including four as the offensive coordinator.
On Sunday, Favre told ESPN that he was still stung by Childress’ postgame criticism following the 28-24 loss to Green Bay at Lambeau Field in Week 7.
“It’s a damn shame,” Favre said about the game in which he suffered two fractures in his left foot. “What I think about is going to my press conference knowing he had taken some shots at me.”
Favre, meanwhile, said he was going to go home and “re-evaluate” following Sunday’s loss. Could that mean he finally retires with Minnesota’s playoff hopes gone at 3-7? The Vikings are at Washington this week – bet on it with Bodog’s NFL odds.
There have now been two coaches fired in the NFL this season and both happened the day after they lost to Green Bay. The other was Dallas’ Wade Phillips.
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