After a 3-7 start to the 2010 NFL season, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf fired head coach Brad Childress. It was a particularly difficult and expensive decision because Childress had just received an extension last season.
The firing, like that of Wade Phillips just a few weeks ago, was not a surprise to many.
Childress had been fighting with several players including Brett Favre and Percy Harvin. His decision to waive Randy Moss after just a few weeks was a decision that irked Zygi Wilf, particularly because of the money owed to Moss and the draft pick spent to acquire him.
Eventually, a poor record in a season that had Superbowl aspirations was pushed over the edge by these reasons and Wilf had no choice but to fire Childress.
In steps in Leslie Frazier.
Frazier has been mentioned and interviewed for several coaching vacancies over the past few years. He is considered one of the top defensive coordinators in the NFL.
Frazier may be the perfect man for the job. The Vikings need to refocus on a strong running game and stout defense. Brett Favre simply cannot get the job done throwing the ball 35-40 times a game.
While playoff aspirations for the 2010 season are all but finished for the Vikings, the rest of the season will become a tryout for Frazier. With his record, Frazier has an excellent chance of continuing on to coach the Vikings next season.
If he doesn't here are 10 other possible candidates for the Vikings head coaching job in 2011.