Brad Childress has consistently demonstrated his inability to manage his best players and gameplan effectively as an NFL head coach. Last season’s wildly successful playoff run to the NFC Championship was largely due to Brett Favre’s imprvisational abilities at the line of scrimmage, and his frustration with Childress’s playcalls led to constant friction.
Chilly’s problems in Minnesota started when he took it upon himself to pick Brett Favre up on the tarmac the day he first signed with the Vikings. He gave up his reponsibilities as a leader of men to cowtow to one player. The success of last year helped his cause, but with an older, more injury-prone Favre this year, Childress is back on the hot seat.
This week’s revelation that members of the Vikings locker room have completely lost faith in their coach, and have no confidence in his ability to support them or lead them to victory. Owner Zygi Wilf nearly fired Childress after he released Randy Moss without the owner’s consent, and despite the comeback win against the Cardinals, Wilf should take this opportunity to find a new coach ASAP.
Despite the Cowboys struggles, I did not support Jerry Jones’ decision to fire Wade Phillips. I don’t think it is a good idea to fire an NFL coach midseason unless there is a competent coordinator on staff that can take over immediately. Jason Garret is not qualified to be the head coach of the Cowboys, but the Vikings have one of the best defensive coordinator in the league: Leslie Frazier.
The Vikings are lucky that he has not taken a head coaching position elsewhere already, and Wilf should make the move now to fire Childress and promote Frazier. If he doesn’t do it soon, some other team will snatch him away.