Brad Childress was fired by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday morning, ending a horrific chapter to the 2010 season. The Vikings are going to be hosting a press conference about their decision later in the afternoon on Monday, with the preliminary announcement coming at 4 p.m. ET.
According to ESPN, in the wake of firing Childress, the Vikings have promoted defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier into the head coach position. He will serve as the interim coach for the rest of the 2010 season, at which point they will probably re-evaluate the direction this team is heading.
Childress is going to shoulder the blame of a terrible Minnesota Vikings team, one that was supposed to contend for the NFC Championship again, and one which many thought could make it to the Super Bowl this year. The team is only a shell of its former self, though, and struggles from many players have only shone more light on what is going wrong behind the scenes. There was no covering up the fact that this team is not just playing terribly, but is getting mismanaged from a coaching standpoint when they were drubbed 31-3 by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Losing to their rival that badly was the last straw for Childress with the franchise.
The Minnesota Vikings are now mired in a 3-7 record that has them placing only slightly better than the Detroit Lions right now. This could spell the end of Brett Favre behind center as well, showing that he really isn’t the player he was just a year ago. His struggles on the field have been compounded by the defense giving up far too many points as well, and the combined efforts have led to quite a few lop-sided games for the Vikings this year. It goes without saying that a chance was necessary, and the Vikings are going to have to figure out if they want to continue using Favre as the starting quarterback, or if it is time to start giving someone else the snaps.
At 3-7 so far in 2010, it’s not impossible for the Vikings to still make it into the NFC Playoffs, but it just became pretty implausible after this last weekend. If they could win the last six games on their schedule, the Vikings could finish 9-7, and hope that other teams fall as well. That could possibly allow them to sneak into the playoffs as a wild card team, but quite a bit would have to go their way for that to happen. The Minnesota brass has to decide rather quickly if they want to hold out hope for the playoffs, or if it is time to pull in the sails and prepare for the 2011 season right now.