The Minnesota Vikings need Bill Parcells. Well, maybe not. But they do need someone who commands respect like Parcells does. He may not be liked by everyone of his players and in fact they may hate him, but one thing always rings true with Parcells and that is players respect him.
He runs a tight ship instead of a sinking one, like Brad Childress has been accustomed to this season. Childress tried to channel his inner Parcells this year and it failed miserably. Calling out your future Hall of Fame quarterback after an emotional loss is no way to gain the respect of your players.
Childress wanted to show who was boss this time around after last season Brett Favre seemed to have more control than Chilly would have liked. Instead of embracing Favre, stroking his ego, and taking input from him, Childress shut him out to show he was the one calling the shots.
While Childress stood up to Favre and Randy Moss, he lost credibility in the locker room, which forced owner Zygi Wilf to make a coaching change—promoting defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to head coach and giving Childress the axe.
Frazier is respected in the Vikings locker room and around the NFL. We will see whether or not the team responds to him on the field. If they don't, Wilf will need to bring in a guy with credibility.
Parcells would be a great fit for any team that needs a kick in the butt. It's just a matter of whether he wants to return to the sidelines and endure the cold Minnesota winters.
Outside of Parcells, here are nine other candidates that could turn the franchise around (Tony Dungy would have been a viable candidate, but he has already reportedly said no).