Vikings finally pull the plug on Childress

Written by Chris Kolb

Topics: Minnesota Vikings, NFC North

Mired in the midst of one of the most disappointing seasons in team history, the Vikings finally decided to put an end to the dysfunction and animosity that’s permeated the team’s locker room this season, firing head coach Brad Childress with six games left on the team’s schedule.

For the time being, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will step up into the head coaching position, and there’s little doubt that he’ll receive a long look in the off-season from team owner Zygi Wylf to keep that job going forward.

For Childress, the end is likely to be a blessing in disguise, as he is now removed from an extremely volatile situation where he was constantly pitted against his quarterback in a battle for locker room and sideline supremacy. That said, his dismissal today could prove to be problematic for his future job prospects in the league, as he’ll almost certainly have to take a low level position elsewhere and work his way back up after this debacle.

One potential landing spot is Philadelphia, where Childress’ best friend Andy Reid is the head coach, and while all of the team’s positions are currently filled, an opportunity could come up in the off-season.

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