Minnesota Vikings' Errors Rest on Brad Childress' Shoulders
With every loss, Brad Childress only adds to the list of reasons of why he shouldn't be a head coach in the NFL.
His poor decision-making has destroyed the season thus far for the Minnesota Vikings. In every game the Vikings have lost this season, they have had a chance to win. However, they continue to shoot themselves in the foot.
Don't just tell someone you thought of benching Brett Favre. Have the balls to do something about it.
How Childress still has a head coaching job is beyond me, as well as many other Vikings fans. With the talent the Vikings have, they should be 4-2 at the absolute worst.
When the game is on the line, you don't take out your best offensive weapon in Adrian Peterson for a rookie tailback who rushes for less than 3.0 YPC. On back-to-back plays, Peterson was forced to the sidelines.
Again, this guy had picked up over 130 yards on the ground and added several other key receptions on the final drive.
Okay, now it makes sense. Peterson and his 150-plus yards on the day was obviously hurting the team, while Favre's three interceptions were character building and thus, were deemed helpful to the game.
Peterson, despite his MVP-worthy season thus far, can only do so much for the offense. When Childress puts the game in Favre's hands, things have gone bad.
Probably the worst move of the day was the decision by Childress to walk into the locker room with a three-point lead before the half. The Vikings had not one, but two, timeouts and 25 seconds to go 25 yards for an easy field goal for Ryan Longwell.
Randy Moss was clearly pissed off about the decision, as was Favre.
What was Childress' response? Well, he wanted to take one shot down the field and call it quits for the half. They didn't get what they wanted and felt it was best to go into the locker room.
Alright, in unison now, "WHAT THE (insert any expletive)!?"
Childress publicly called out Favre during his post-game interview, criticizing Favre's interceptions. He really laid into Favre for the pick-six to Desmond Bishop. In a play that was designed for Percy Harvin to the right, Favre instead threw it to a well-covered Randy Moss on the left.
Was it necessary? Probably not. However, it's time someone inside the organization called out Favre for his poor play.
Don't get me wrong. I think Favre deserves just as much blame for the season long collapse. His poor play has resulted in losing all four of their games this season.
Favre has not only been the center of a "sexting" scandal recently, but injuries have mounted for Favre. As the NFL's Ironman, Favre will refuse to sit out regardless of what he tells reporters.
According to the Vikings website, an MRI on Monday has revealed a stress fracture in Favre's ankle. He is currently listed as day-to-day, but it's hard to imagine that Favre will be sitting on the sidelines for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Does anyone really believe that Favre will watch someone else quarterback his team?
That being said, I think it's time someone finally did. Favre has played the worst football of his career, and it's finally time to see if Tarvaris Jackson can lead this team.
The offensive line of the Vikings has been terrible since Week 5 of last season. They are showing no signs of improvement, and something needs to be done.
Bryant McKinnie and Phil Loadholt are 6'8" and 340-plus pounds each, but neither of them can effectively block smaller speed-rushers. While McKinnie hasn't played poorly, he hasn't been anything great this season either.
On the other side, Loadholt has been the worst offensive lineman in the NFL. He has received at least two penalties in every game this season and has been fined several times for his dirty play.
His repeated holding, face mask grabbing and false starts are killing this offensive line.
How do the Vikings save the season? Well, firing Childress, benching Favre and getting a new offensive line could be a good start.
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