A win would have kept the Vikings only a game or two out of the playoffs, but instead a run to the Super Bowl has become unlikely for last year's NFC runner-up. After a 14-point loss to the Bears, it is time for Brad Childress to get the boot.
A sloppy performance by the Vikings showed signs of change needing to be made in Minnesota. With the majority of the locker room against Childress already, hope is lost for him of being the head coach of this team past 2010.
Owner Zygi Wilf has been contemplating the possibility of firing Childress since the release of Randy Moss two weeks ago. Last week, Favre bailed his coach out from a two-touchdown deficit and won the game in overtime.
Last night, in an interview with ESPN.com, Wilf mentioned he would not fire Childress during the season. However, Jerry Jones said the same thing about Wade Phillips and look how that situation ended up.
Against Chicago, Favre continued to show the signs of a 41-year-old quarterback, and Childress' offense looked in disarray. The defensive unit also had trouble stopping Jay Cutler, who has continually faced pressure by opposing defensive fronts.
The controversy facing this team is finally catching up to them. A second straight comeback couldn't be made by Favre, and the team is now three games out of the division lead.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been the coach-in-waiting for a few years now. It may be time to hand him the reigns midseason and let him earn the job as head coach in the near future. Frazier is one who likes to fire up his unit.
Can he light a spark for a late run for the Vikings? Anything can happen, considering that the Vikings are in the NFC.
The situation is very similar to the Wade Phillips firing in Dallas. Brad Childress is giving Zygi Wilf a reason to relieve him of his duties as head coach. Players began speaking out against Childress earlier in the week to the media, and now the madness continues to translate onto the field.
Don't be surprised if within the next 24 hours we see Brad Childress get the cold shoulder, and get the anticipated boot in Minnesota.
Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.
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