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A Goodbye To Childress And Welcome To Frazier

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 22, 2010 – 2:31 pm

Although it comes one day after a game we’d all like to forget, the decision to part ways with Brad Childress and name Leslie Frazier the interim head coach will go down as an important day in Vikings history. The Vikings have a proud history and through nearly 50 seasons have hired just 7 head coaches – Frazier has a chance to be named the 8th head coach in team history.

But before we kickoff the Leslie Frazier era with a 3:00 p.m. CT press conference this afternoon, I wanted to take a moment to wish Childress well. He’s come under heavy fire from fans recently and was never fully embraced, but there’s no denying that he put every fiber of his being over the last 5 years toward making the Vikings better. And he did make the Vikings better.

Under Childress the Vikings improved their win total by 2 each year, going from 6 wins in 2006 to 12 wins in 2009 and a trip to the NFC Championship Game. Childress, in conjunction with VPs Rob Brzezinski and Rick Spielman, won back-to-back division titles, built a stingy defense and boasted one of the most productive and entertaining offenses in the NFL during the 2009 season. Childress was also a big part in adding quality character players to the locker room and improving the veteran leadership. Over the last 3 years, each player on the 53-man roster has participated in at least 1 community outreach initiative.

“The past five years have been a tremendous experience for my family and I as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings,” Childress said on Tuesday. “I have a great respect for the players and coaches who I have worked with and for their dedication to each other and to the organization. I am proud of our accomplishments and believe the foundation of this football team is stronger today than when I became Head Coach in 2006. I appreciate the opportunity that Zygi, Mark, and the whole Wilf family afforded me and wish them success as they move forward.”

As great as the 2009 season was under Childress, the 2010 season has been every bit as disappointing. And as head coach, the buck stopped with Childress. The result is what happened today – Childress being dismissed and Frazier being promoted. Regardless of your feelings about the 2010 Vikings season and the reasons you’ve assigned to the inadequacies, it’s appropriate to wish Childress well as he goes forward. From a personal standpoint, I’m thankful to Childress for many reasons and I’m also thankful to him from a professional standpoint.

In Frazier, the Vikings have a coach who has been to the top in the NFL. Frazier has won a Super Bowl both as a player and coach and he’ll look to rely on his past experiences as well as his past 3+ seasons with the Vikings to try and turn the Vikings in the right direction.

Frazier’s first steps have likely been taken today as he met with coaches and players. His next step is to meet with the media, which he’ll do shortly. From there, it’s time to prepare for the Washington Redskins and welcome a new era of Purple Pride.


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68 Responses to “A Goodbye To Childress And Welcome To Frazier”

  1. By Justin on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    I wish Childress the very best of luck in the future. It’s no fun when you get fired from something I’m sure he really loved to do. But Zygi had to do what’s best for the team. The Vikings were already in a depresssed state of mind and Childress didn’t make that any better. Hopefully Frazier will provide a breath of fresh air to a really stale Vikings team. I’m not expecting us to all of a sudden win every game from now on, but hopefully the morale will be significantly larger now that a new coach is in.

  2. By Gabriel on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Yes very Happy about the Move we made and in the end Childress is not to blame for everything that has gone wrong this season but When we needed a leader most he did not deliver, and though that is immense pressure when you have done all you can to solidify your post by making the team better and improving the record every year but the NFL or Not For Long League One must be ready to make changes and continuesly evaluate your approach to the game and change things to keep your team playing at an elite level. No matter how many missed tackles or missed coverages one thing no one can deny is the good job that Leslie has done he gets us in a 3rd down situation almost every drive with an oppertunity to make plays and get the ball back to the offense something that usually gets done. I hope Lezlie the best of Luck and hope we have a good turn around to keep him around for a few more years he has been a great leader of the Vikes D that usually recieves the heighest praise from everyone around the league.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Fly, You have 2 super bowl rings?

  4. By Frederick Jones on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Smokin’ Leslie Frazier

  5. By vikes blogger on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    http://cole-wolvesvikingsblog.blogspot.com/ follow my blog, and find out what is next for the Vikings.

  6. By Betsy on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    It is about time that Brad Childress is fired! Childress did not know how to “mix it up” with 3rd downs and also mix up the offensive line when needed! Brad Childress let Shawn Rosenthal go after the pre-season games and he was the best “back-up quarterback”! Some very bad moves with Childress in not tightening up the offensive line and learning to mix-it up with plays, especially in 3rd down situations and also pulling Brett Favre out of the game in the 3rd and 4th quarters when he is making too many mistakes. Let Travaris Jackson and the other quarterback see if they can turn games around when Brett is not doing well.

  7. By dwk on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    As usual Minnesota “nice” will prevail and Leslie Frazier will make a smooth transition but no doubt about it Brad Childress was a very fine coach for the Vikings. He was an important part of the run last year that brought us to the
    brink of another crack at the Superbowl. He was clearly no Les Steckl and will
    be dealt with kindly in the history of my favorite team! Watching the Wilf press conference I want to say how very professionaly Leslie Frazier and Mr. Wilf handled a sad day so we can all move forward. Since 1960 my team has been
    through good times and bad but now is the time for us all to support our team to not just go to a Superbowl again but to win it!! I hope the fans embrace a new opportunity. We did not win our previous superbowls against KC, Miami, Pittsburgh and Miami but now we can follow Frazier into the future to win one.
    Go Vikes!

  8. By martin on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    this move was needed…i hope spielman is at least on the clock as his performance this year has been far from stellar

  9. By vikingsfan1955 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    I also wish childress well because he did put his all into this team and he made great draft choices. he put us in position to be contenders but just couldn’t get over the hump. We now have that chance again and for those that didn’t believe in t-jack start believing because he will be our qb and frazier will show u how he should have been used. Finally we don’t give away a superbowl caliber coach and I say that because he has been here with the other coaches. We will get a good idea the rest of the year of his capibilities and I know him taking over will help keep the players that were at one time truly contemplatimg jumping ship. Congrats Frazier.

  10. By VAvikefan on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Yall hear that press conference?? that’s the type of coach i want leading this team! str8 forward, clear and cut delivery! Welcome Coach Frazier!

  11. By PurpleParody on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Dámn Mike, I didn’t know that you already looked into the future!

    “‘The past five years have been a tremendous experience for my family and I as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings,’ Childress said on Tuesday. ”

    It’s clear why you liked Childress, and that is because he gave you a job. Childress may have put forth a lot of effort to making the Vikings better, but it was too clear that he was more interested in keeping absolute cõntrol over the team than on doing what it takes to win. That’s why we have seen so many poor coaching choices on the field, that’s why he fired Moss, that’s why Brett is cônstantly biting his toüngue, and that is why the offense cõntinues to underperform.

    We can now only hope that things change for the better moving into the future.

  12. By Frederick Jones on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Marty, How do you KNOW Spielman hasn’t done a good job? Keep in mind that the Vikings have had low draft choices because they were a playoff team the last two years!!!

  13. By Garrett on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Frazier as of right now, “you da man!”

  14. By Frederick Jones on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    The GM, personnel director, etc. How can you KNOW they are doing poor jobs??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  15. By Bruce on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    OKAY YOU VIKING PLAYERS, YOU GOT A HEAD COACH THAT YOU CAN RELATE TO AND FORM A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH. NOW PLAY YOUR A S S E S OFF THE REST OF THE SEASON TO BRING HIM BACK NEXT YEAR!!

  16. By Bruce on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    So what is going to be “Fire Childress”s new name on this blog LOL “Thank you for firing Childress” ?

  17. By Paul on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    THANK YOU SO MUCH CHILDRESS! for all the good times, for drafting adrian peterson, percy harvin, chad greenway, cedric griffin, phil loadholt, picking up ryan longwell, trading for jared allen, and bringing brett farve to minnesota last year to almost go to the superbowl. Good luck in the future

  18. By VAvikefan on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    “FireD Childress”…lol

  19. By Cole R on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Brad was the most unappreciated coach i’ve ever seen……we all need to sayTHANK YOU BRAD FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE………He almost brought us to the superbowl….he would’ve (favre messed up)

  20. By VAvikefan on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Yes thank you Chilly for the great team building of the past…but thank you Zygi for realizing its time to move on to the future

  21. By arahn on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Great day!!! Go Frazier!!!
    We finally got a COACH instead of a commandant!!!
    It’s a new season for us in MN!!
    It’s too bad we don’t still have Moss but at least we are rid of the dumb@zz who fired him!

  22. By PAT on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    TO ALL THE VIKING PLAYERS. THE TIME FOR WHINING IS OVER. YOUR SCAPEGOAT IS GONE. NO ONE TO BLAME NOW BUT YOURSELVES. LETS SEE HOW GOOD YOU REALLY ARE.

  23. By VAvikefan on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    lol…take a look at Tennessee. I bet we get Moss back next year and retire him in the purple where he belongs!…under a REAL coach by the way..lol

  24. By arahn on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    PAT: go back your own teams web site! We are having our own time of healing here.

  25. By Bruce on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Cole R, frazier wouldnt have had 12 men in the huddle and we would have gone to the superbowl!

  26. By Bruce on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    People have to realize that being a good coach with good relationships with his players wins games. It’s like when you are at a job and the people despise their boss. They don’t work as hard for him and their attitude isn’t the best it can be. But then at another place you have a boss who is a great boss, treats his employees to bonuses, has all their respect. Those employees will work their a$$es off for that boss. This is a FACT!

  27. By JWashburn on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    This should have happened weeks ago. Zygi – why did the fans have to tell you what to do during a nationally televised game? How embarassing. Also, way to waste the amazing Brett Favre’s talent during his final year of football. Maybe you should stay in Minnesota more than 3 hours a week and get to know what’s really going on.

  28. By yagz on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    You could see this move from the Wilf brothers all season long. They were just waiting for an excuse but didn’t get a good one until now. The Dallas game was a “one or the other” situation where the losing team’s coach was toast. Then, after Chilly let 5-time pro bowler Randy Moss go without consultation with team ownership and other assorted coaching staff, Chilly had sealed his fate. Either win the rest of the season, including the Super Bowl, or pack your bags. An embarrassing loss to our division rivals was more than enough to nail this coffin closed. He’s never been the best coach for the job, and I’d like to say that he will be missed but no one will miss losing as much as the Vikings have under Chilly’s reign.

    I welcome Leslie Frazier with open arms. I don’t expect a winning season, division title, nothing like that, but having a head coach who has been in the trenches is what we need right now. As to the rest of the season, we’re just going to have to ride it out as best we can and let our new head coach get some experience under his belt. Let’s face it, this season is pretty much over (short of a miracle) so we’re just going to have to enjoy watching football for what it is; just a game.

  29. By Bubrave10 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    THANK YOU MR WILF!! Im sure childress was a nice guy and indeed did clean some things up but time for a big change. The thing I couldnt stand the most was listening to his press conferences and boring monotone attemp at a sense of humor. I want someone with a personality that isnt a control freak. Im sure everyone in that locker room is thankful this change was made. I really hope Wilf demands to Frazier that the Brett Favre saga is over. I know he wants his streak and is a hall of famer but this seaon is going nowhere and Brett isnt a part of the future. Time to give T-Jack a shot the final 6 games and see what the future holds. Im tired of bringing in older QB’s at the end of there careers. hope Frazier can get this team to stop underachieving. At least we get new hope!

  30. By arahn on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Cole R: you can follow chills brilliant career wherever he goes next…what team will want him?

  31. By William Blunt on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Childress, I wanted to write you a letter after seeing the special on your visit to Afghanistan. I know it must have been a relief to be able to visit with your son on the tarmac before you departed country. I’m sure your wife was elated you were able to spend some time with him. The time having a child deployed is draining. I’ve had two children deployed and now one will deploy again soon. No one knows the stress a parent feels when the phone rings at odd hours unless you have had a child deployed. Thank you for raising a patriot and good luck in the future. It’s hard to keep good people down. This is from a Stevens Point grad whose kids went to St Norbert and Marquette.

  32. By Hal on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Farve….that will solve the problem……………………….He is the Has been here

  33. By Siyrah on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    omg come on now.. don’t blame Favre after watching the horrible play calls each game in and each game out. Childress was VERY predictable on his play calls. For example, just because AP runs the ball twice for good yards, doesn’t mean you keep running it.. you mix it up, you confuse the defense. After a 4 yard AP loss, why are you running WR slants? it was obvious the playcalling didn’t fit to Brett Favre’s strengths and you HAVE to value every players opinions and strengths and USE THEM.

  34. By TW VIKE on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Should have fired him in pre-season

  35. By VAvikefan on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    @Siyrah…just as childress is predictable w/ his play calling, favre is predictable with his throws! lol thats why he’s been picked off so much! I’ll give favre another week under frazier but if he continues to play at a poor level, I will be calling for his benching as well! lol

  36. By arahn on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Now that Child is fired he can start a new career as NFL TV Personality….ahhahahahhahhhaaaaaaa

  37. By vikingsgod on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    now they need to leave farve in the locker room
    as we all should know by now farve is the most orver rated player in the history of the nfl

  38. By plaxico furris on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    is fire childress going to get a new screen name now??

  39. By Ironman on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    I hope you all know that Leslie Fraizer is/was our defensive coordinator and if you look at the defensive plays this season you would realize were in trouble. He better make soon serious changes to the defense and plan a lot of new plays that actually work for this horrible defense or the vikings are gonna come out of wasington 3-8. Also, i think FAVRE needs to get benched, he WAS a great QB but now is throwing interceptions like their on sale. TJack would do better then this come on he is more mobile and what is there to lose with starting him?The season is done.

  40. By 1 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    THIS MAKES UP FOR THE LOSS OF ARE MOSS LES IS ARE NEW LEADER!

  41. By 1 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    T.JACK.ASS.SUCKS. PUT IN #14 JOE WEBB HE’S FLEXIABLE TALL AND CAN RUN AND JUKE HE’S THE REAL DEAL THE TRUTH THE ANSWER THE PRODIGY THE HAND OF G.O.D. GO VIKES GO

  42. By 1 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    WEBB ALSO IS VERY VERSATILE

    he’s
    a
    true
    vike .::

  43. By 1 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    THANK’S VIKINGS FANS FOR GETTING RID OF CHILLY I SAW THE AMERICAN FLAGS FIRE CHILDRESS I LOVED IT THANK’S AGAIN THTS WHATS UP FOR SURE LES WILL TURN IT UP A KNOCH TIME TO BRING THE HEET BULK UP BRING BACK THE OL’SCHOO PURPLEATERS!

  44. By 1 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    THANK’S VIKINGS FANS FOR GETTING RID OF CHILLY I SAW THE AMERICAN FLAGS FIRE CHILDRESS I LOVED IT THANK’S AGAIN THTS WHATS UP FOR SURE LES WILL TURN IT UP A KNOCH TIME TO BRING THE HEET BULK UP BRING BACK THE OL’SCHOO PURPLEPEOPLEATERS!

  45. By Julian S on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Best of luck to you Brad Childress! You have my support! You did great things for this team and I am very happy for all the acquisitions you have given us from the draft, better players, and most importantly…a team that I will always love! Thank you again and best of luck to you!

  46. By 1 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    MOONESOTA VIKINGS NEED TO LET SOME ANGER OUT SOME FAKE INDIANS FRAZIER TIME THE PURPLE WALL #93#94

  47. By 1 on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    YOU RIP WHAT YOU SOE CHILLY YOU NEVER SHOULD OF HAVE GOTTEN RID OF RANDY YOU PULLED YOUR LAST STRAW CHUMP! NOW GO FIRE SOME CACA ROACHES!

  48. By fireD childress on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    i changed my name, added a d via request from VAvikefan. we did it , but alittle too late this year. going to be a long healing year

  49. By jimthebassman on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    First, I wish Brad the best of luck in the future and would like to thank him for getting rid of “THE TROUBLE” that the team had had the past few years before he got there, but on the other hand, this move HAD TO GET DONE!! In the most important game of the year, and with a chance for a superbowl trip,how can you send 12 players out to a huddle? That is all that is needed to be said. He was good enough to turn the ship around, but he did not have what it takes to take the next big step to go to, or to win the big game.

  50. By KeepChillyInMinny on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Zygi Wilf told Brad Childrens to GO PACK!

  51. By paully on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Enjoy Viking fans, next year your team is in L.A.

  52. By Tennessee Boy on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to know why Frazier is such a genius. Its always the new coach who is the smartest guy in town. Just what has this defense done the past two years and especially this year. You people go look at the plays during games this year when this defense stopped no one when it counted. Stats mean nothing if you cant get the ball back at the 2 minute mark of a game and your down by 3 points. Get your heads out of the clouds and move forward with a knew coach at the end of the season. A proven commodity from somewhere that can win. Frazier will not succeed, no experience and we will see how the boys like him now that he is HC! BTW….. when does Farve and some of these other player imposters get sent packing. I guess Chilly made him throw all those picks and fumbles. I guess Chilly made all those miss blocks and tackles by O Line and Defense!. Dont forget the special teams that can stop a 50 yard return on any given punt or kickoff. Chilly took the hit but everyone of these guys in purple ought to be ashamed!!!! Now you got no one to blame but yourselves!! Enjoy the rest of your season cause this aint gonna be no Dallas turn around!

  53. By all things purple on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Betsy,

    Did you mean Sage Rosenfels? I’m thinking you
    might not know what you’re talking about.

  54. By chitown vike on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    To Paul: Childress, as do most other head coaches have a very small input on these draft picks. They are asked for their opinion on the strengths and weaknesess on both sides of the ball but they do not make the picks. Dennis Green and Mike Holmgren had alot to do with making their picks as head coaches but most teams have a small army of draft assistants to scout and give their recommendations. Chilly probably agreed with all the other scouts concerning these standouts…

  55. By Lito on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    With Childress out, let’s see what you got Vikes!

  56. By all things purple on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Tennesee Boy,

    I guess it was Wade Phillips that committed all those penalties.
    Just sayin.

  57. By Mary Beth Cox Vickers on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats from a SD Lee HS classmaste, Leslie!! Love ya! You’ve deserved this for a long time!! Hope you can make it to the next class reunion, but it really looks doubtful now!! And that’s a good thing!

  58. By dan on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    What happened to team? Brad was just one part of the team’s successes and failures. From what I saw there were many parts to the unraveling including player effort, which may have transpired from attitude or respect of authority. It appears the change came about when Brett joined the team, when some players accepted the change and others did not. A gunslinger can’t win superbowls on last second plays. All superbowl championships have been won with a quarterback leader, strong running game, and solid defense. We had that last year, but it seems to have escaped us this year. I wish Brad good luck with his future!

  59. By sigg07 on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    To dwk , last time the Vikings played in the superbowl it wasnt Miami Knocklehead it was John Maddens &Al Davis Team. Can you name them?

  60. By Joe Micielli on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    It was ok to punt under childress, but not to kick a field goal and take a two possession lead along with momentum. good to see him go in my opinion, great with gathering players, but that was about it.

  61. By Sean G on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    “”By PAT on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    TO ALL THE VIKING PLAYERS. THE TIME FOR WHINING IS OVER. YOUR SCAPEGOAT IS GONE. NO ONE TO BLAME NOW BUT YOURSELVES. LETS SEE HOW GOOD YOU REALLY ARE””

    Pat: If you don’t mind I would like to add ALL THE FANS to this. The Viking players are not the only ones to blame. The fans gave up to.

  62. By purplekoolaiddrinkers on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    well looks likes you guys wont finish in front of the lions good luck with LA viqueens your fanbase has always been one of the most pathetic vikings fans do not deserve a team abohoohoo bye bye you bunch of purple chokin losers btw this is your superbowl case ( ) 0-4 it will always be empty and your organization will be remembered as the chokers in history

  63. By mrsmiff on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Pile on Favre-haters. Pile on.

  64. By Pete on Nov 23, 2010 | Reply

    Wilf has only made decisions to help the Vikings WIN, to help us get interceptions, get sacks, score TDs, make blocks etc…

    I have good confidence that he knows whats best when he let Chilly go.

    And why would anyone hate anyone in this sport. Except, we all hate those Green Bay packers and their fans.

  65. By DRS on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Why hate anyone? Well for one thing, hate may be too strong of a word. I would say it is a strong dislike of anyone who gets paid big sums of money to play a game that most of us would play for free. They boo who about their contracts and do not play up to their capabilities. Most have no real talent but get to the big times because they have been coddled because of their place in the towns hierarchy or the color of their skin. Them who cannot or will not play to their capabilities should be let go at once and replaced.

  66. By Frederick Jones on Dec 10, 2010 | Reply

    Please remember this my friend, when you look up into the sky, do you see the clouds and yet not see the light! That’s right!

    Fact: Wade Phillips and Brad Childress were outstanding coaches. It was a few stars on each team that caused them to be unpopular, and ultimately led to their dismissal.

    The last few weeks even Frederick knew they had to go.

    That don’t not make it right. That don’t not make it right!!!

  67. By William Snipes on Dec 28, 2010 | Reply

    I can not tell the disappointment I feel about the way Brad Childress was treated by some of the players on this years team. I have been a long time fan of the Vikings and I have never felt this badly about the team. I am 52 now and have been a fan of the Vikings as long as I can remember. I hope the Wilf family takes charge and dismisses the needed bad attitude players that refused to play for Coach Childress. I wonder how Bud Grant feels about the team this year. I still can remember the teams of the 70’s with the Super Bowl runs and they had another possible set of runs coming, but not now. It will take years to rebuild this team now. The players don’t seem to realize how rare the opportunity is to get to the Super Bowl. Well good luck now players. I wonder how many years it’s going to take now!

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