Dear Zygi Wilf: No Time Like the Present To Fire Brad Childress
Minnesota Vikings fans are screaming it, the owner is thinking it and Brad Childress is waiting for it. At this point the question isn't if, but when, Childress is going to be fired.
In the past couple of weeks, if Childress' goal was to divert attention away from Brett Favre and his amateur photography club, congratulations to Mr. Childress. This is the second touchdown he is responsible for this season—the other being the Andrew Quarless TD catch he failed to challenge, ultimately costing the Vikings the game against the Green Bay Packers.
I hate to say this, but Childress could be suffering from Turner-Phillips Syndrome—a coach who is nothing more than a coordinator.
I haven't seen someone this disliked since George W. Bush's second term.
So I guess the next Vikings coach will be an African American with a full head of hair, common sense and people skills.
Leslie Frazier fits the bill.
When talking to a friend this past week, a huge Vikings fan, he too shouted for Childress to be canned. Although he had a solution with an explanation.
He told me that he didn't want another Mike Tomlin situation, where the Vikings keep the wrong guy too long and the other guy signs somewhere else and enjoys great success. He wants to find out if Frazier can be a head coach.
I have heard from a few different Vikings fans that they would be willing to lose every game until Childress is fired.
Mr. Wilf, is that the kind of fan support you want to engender?
In recent weeks, Vikings fans are justified in feeling this way about Childress. After a tough loss to the division rival Packers, he blamed the QB and the officials when he was just as big of a reason for the loss as any of them.
He also acquired Randy Moss, only to cut him because his feelings got hurt. The rumors that Moss told Wilf to fire Childress are probably true and justified. The rumors that Percy Harvin and Childress got into a shouting match are also justified—it was no coincidence that Harvin's numbers increased with Moss on the team.
Finally, not even consulting the owner before making a drastic roster decision appears to be a fireable offense.
If I was the owner of a restaurant and some chef changed one of the major ingredients to my signature dish without checking first, I would find a new chef.
There is never a good time to break up with someone. But if there was, it would be after a win at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
If they lose this weekend I believe Childress is gone. However, even if they win, why keep stringing him along when the team doesn't even want him around.
If the demise of Childress is inevitable, there is no better time than the present—send him packing on Monday, November 8.
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