Brad Childress Fired As Vikings Head Coach Following 3-7 Start

The Vikings fired Brad Childress on Monday after Minnesota lost to Green Bay, 31-3, sending them to a disappointing 3-7 record on the season. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is the interim head coach.

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Leslie Frazier Says Brett Favre Will Start For Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings fired Brad Childress on Monday morning and by Monday afternoon interim head coach Leslie Fraizer was already faced with a big decision. Does he keep a struggling and banged up Brett Favre in at QB or does he turn to the backup, Tarvaris Jackson?

Frazier opted for the former at his press conference Monday afternoon announcing "without hesitation" that Brett Favre would remain the starting QB. And, really, what options did Frazier really have? I'd imagine a move like replacing Favre wouldn't be something a head coach does in his first few hours on the job. At some point -- probably repeatedly -- the Favre question will come up and Frazier will be asked this same question again.

Favre will start for the 3-7 Vikings this weekend against the Washington Redskins in Frazier's first game as head coach. If history is any indication, it will be a struggle for the Vikings. Frazier's task is tall as he looks to turn the Vikings into a comeback story instead continuing story that is the failed 2010 season.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Vikings QB situation.


Firing Brad Childress Doesn't Bode Well For Vikings In Week 12 Vs. Redskins

Now that the news of the Minnesota Vikings firing Brad Childress has been out, it's time to look at how the 3-7 Vikings can finish out the season. They've lost four of their last five including last week's embarrassing 31-3 beat down courtesy of the Green Bay Packers.

History says interim head coach Leslie Frazier will have a tough time winning next week against the Washington Redskins. Mike Prada of SB Nation DC has done the research and the last 16 interim head coaches have combined for a 3-13 record in their first game. Check out SB Nation DC for the full breakdown.

It sounds crazy to write but if the Vikings have even the slightest hope of salvaging this season they would definitely need to win out the rest of the season. Even 9-7 may not do it. Yes, it is definitely crazy to think the Vikings could do this with all of their problems. Childress may be only one chunk of the problems with Brett Favre and everything that surrounds him on the team.

The Redskins need a win next week and, if history has anything to say about it, they'll probably get it against the Vikings.


Brad Childress Releases Statement After Being Fired By Vikings As Head Coach

The Minnesota Vikings fired Brad Childress on Monday following the 31-3 blowout against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Childress released a statement shortly after news of his demise in Minnesota was made public.

"The past five years have been a tremendous experience for my family and I as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings. I have a great respect for the players and coaches who I have worked with and for their dedication to each other and to the organization. I am proud of our accomplishments and believe the foundation of this football team is stronger today than when I became Head Coach in 2006. I appreciate the opportunity that Zygi, Mark, and the whole Wilf family afforded me and wish them success as they move forward."

It's a pretty standard statement and one he didn't want to have to make. But after setting expectations so high last year, the Vikings had no other choice to relieve him of his duties following the 3-7 start. The failed Randy Moss experiment and all Brett Favre's issues likely didn't help Childress' cause but he was the one making those calls in the first place.

The Vikings now turn to interim head coach Leslie Frazier to turn this season into something other than a complete disaster.


Brad Childress Fired, But Still Owed Over $6 Million By Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings fired Brad Childress on Monday after his team was blown out by the Green Bay Packers, 31-3, in Week 11.  The timing of the firing -- Nov. 22, 2010 -- is curious because it was just over a year ago -- Nov. 19, 2009 -- that the Vikings handed him a shiny contract extension.

The contract extension was reported at the time to take him through the 2013 season with plenty of guaranteed money. ESPN's John Clayton reported details of the contract last week in the wake of the Brad Childress firing watch.

The contract Childress signed last year was advertised as extending through the 2013 season. In fact, the final year is a team option. That means the guaranteed portion of the deal ends after 2012. Clayton reported that Childress is due a total of $6.6 million over those two seasons.

Owing Childress over $6 million over the next two seasons is even more reason for the Vikings to hang onto defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier -- named the interim head coach -- as the full-time head coach after the season. That, plus the possible ramifications of a NFL lockout, puts Frazier in a good position to try and win the full-time job.

So Childress will still be collecting a paycheck from the Vikings despite not getting the opportunity to finish the job.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Brad Childress firing.


Brad Childress Fired; Leslie Frazier Named Vikings Interim Head Coach

The Minnesota Vikings surprised very few people when they reportedly fired head coach Brad Childress on Monday after getting blown out by the Green Bay Packers, 31-3, on Sunday. The interim coach will be Leslie Frazier, according to a statement from the Vikings.

Frazier has been the team's defensive coordinator since the 2007 season and has interviewed for head coaching jobs in the past, including reportedly the St. Louis Rams job in 2009. He has a solid history on the defensive side of the ball including stop as a defensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002), Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04), Indianapolis Colts (2005-06) and then the Vikings.

Frazier will be under difficult circumstances to win the head coach job outright by the end of the season. Brett Favre said after Sunday's game that he would "re-evaluate" the season -- who knows what that means -- and the rest of the team will figure out a way to salvage a 3-7 season.

While his task is indeed difficult, Frazier may also have an edge on getting the job full-time because of reasons related to the potential NFL lockout. As Peter King of wrote on Monday morning, in-house candidates will be given a harder look this year because any new head coaches may not be able to work with the team until a new labor deal is completed, which could be late into the summer (if not longer). That would encourage continuity, which would help Frazier's position as someone who is already on staff.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Brad Childress firing.


Brad Childress Fired As Vikings Head Coach Following 3-7 Start

The Minnesota Vikings have finally done it. They've fired head coach Brad Childress. Jay Glazer of reports the Vikings have fired Childress just a day after his team lost in embarrassing fashion to the Green Bay Packers, 31-3.

The Vikings were preseason Super Bowl contenders prior to the season but after 10 games they stand at 3-7 and all but eliminated from playoff talk. To say this season has been a disappointment is an understatement. From the 1-3 start to the season to the botched Randy Moss incident to the Brett Favre scandal, the Vikings season has been an absolute disaster.

The news of Childress' firing comes three days and a year after the Vikings handed him a contract extension through the 2013 season. Unfortunately for Childress and for Vikings fans, he couldn't replicate the magic he created in Minnesota in 2009

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs over the past few years so he will likely be the in-house favorite to become the interim head coach.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Brad Childress news.

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