Brad Childress Fired: Vikings Decide To Can Failing Coach

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2010

Brad Childress Fired: Vikings Decide To Can Failing Coach

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Head coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings reacts late in the second half the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Brad Childress has been fired by the Minnesota Vikings in the wake of Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

    Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported this story on his Twitter account.

    Childress' removal hardly comes as a surprise with the Vikings sputtering to a 3-7 record in what has been a tumultuous season in the Twin Cities.

    Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will take over for the remainder of the season on an interim basis.

    Here's a closer look at what led to the removal of Brad Childress as head coach of the Vikings.

Failing Relationship With Players

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    EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18:  Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress (L) walks with Brett Favre #4 after finishing  a passing drill during a Minnesota Vikings practice session on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Favre has r
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    Brad Childress had completely lost the support of his players in recent weeks, especially Brett Favre.

    Already with a tenuous relationship with his star quarterback, Childress wasn't afraid to criticize Favre on several occasions this season.

    In addition to his running feud with Favre, Childress also clashed with young receiver Percy Harvin.

    It was clear Minnesota was a team divided during yesterday's embarrassing loss to the Packers.

Failing Results On The Field

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings on the sidelines against the Green Bay Packers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    In many ways, Brad Childress' fate was linked to the performance of Brett Favre.

    With Favre struggling, Childress had little chance to save the Vikings' season and ensure his future in the Twin Cities.

    Prior to last year's sparkling season, Childress was tabbed as an underachiever.

    Constantly searching for better results out of Tarvaris Jackson, he never managed to find consistent success despite having Adrian Peterson in the backfield and a solid defensive unit.

    Signing Favre before 2009 brought stability to the quarterback position and turned the Vikings into Super Bowl contenders.

    It also created an instant clash of egos with both men seeking control of the offense.

    Childress finished his four-plus seasons in Minnesota with a 39-34 record and won just one playoff game during that span.

A Look At Leslie Frazier

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings watches as his team takes on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13.
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    Leslie Frazier is widely regarded to be one of the most attractive head coaching candidates in the NFL.

    The Vikings elevated Frazier to interim head coach Monday following Childress' firing.

    He has his work cut out for him in Minnesota.

    Although the offense has taken much of the blame for the 3-7 record, the defense has underachieved dramatically under Frazier's watch.

    The pass rush that was dominant at times last season has struggled this year.

    With Jared Allen and the front four unable to get to the quarterback, the secondary has blown numerous assignments in coverage.

    Much like Jason Garrett in Dallas, Frazier suddenly finds himself as a head coach despite being a major part of the problem.

    The Vikings have scheduled a press conference today at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.