It's official: Head Coach Brad Childress has been given the axe by the Minnesota Vikings, who have promoted defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to the position of interim head coach.
The move was highly anticipated after losing four of their last five games, forcing most of his players to give up on the team, and effectively ending Brett Favre for good. Childress had to be fired.
Let's take a look at some of the stuff that was really hurting him:
1. Losing: I did just mention this, but I feel like it bears repeating. As a head coach, your job depends on how many games you win. Childress has more than enough challenge at his disposal, but he has somehow failed to take advantage of that, rolling the Minnesota Vikings to a disappointing 3-7 record.
2. Respect: Childress did not have the respect of his team. Many players have said some pretty nasty things about him over the past few weeks, and that simply proves that Childress is unable to control his players, and that renders him completely ineffective as a head coach.
3. The Infamous Randy Moss Debacle: I think we'll make that the official name, "The Randy Moss Debacle". This bit deserves a separate article, but I'll try to distill it down to a few brief comments.
A. How could you give up a third round pick to simply rent a player. Randy Moss played for the Minnesota Vikings for four games, and he barely helped them at all. In that span, Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
Was it the right choice to fire Brad Childress mid-season?
B. How could you give up a third round pick??? Randy Moss is a great player, but for someone with clear behavior problems, it was way too much of a gamble. A third round pick is a big deal, especially since they are going to need that pick to make up for the talent that they failed to pick up in the last draft.
C. There were better solutions to the problem: When your passing game stops working, injuries are one place to look. With the Vikings, that was fairly true. However, there is no doubt that some of the blame had to fall on Brett Favre.
So, the question remains, why did Childress decide to rent Randy Moss instead of giving a starting chance to Tarvaris Jackson?
In the end, Childress got the fate that he earned himself, and it really does come as no surprise to fans, players, and the Vikings organization.
On the other end of things, the decision to tab Leslie Frazier as interim head coach was a great decision. He seemed like the kind of guy who would be getting offers in the off season, so this gives him the chance to make a case in front of the Vikings organization for the permanent job.