It’s borderline painful to write an article about the Minnesota Vikings. I may just start covering the Timber-puppies… then again maybe not just yet.
Sunday may have marked the last time you see on the Vikings sideline that mustached man hiding behind his laminated, color coordinated cue card. I know you all are grieving.
Zygi Wilf claimed after the 13-point butt-kicking that Childress’ job was safe, but you have to wonder when enough is truly enough.
I have never been a quick-to-react fan. I have given and will continue to give Childress credit and criticism when he deserves it.
The truth: Brad Childress went 6-10, 8-8, 10-6, and 12-4; He oversaw the drafting of Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Cedric Griffin, Chad Greenway, Ray Edwards, etc.; He took the Vikings from Loveboat and Whizzinator to accountable; and coached the Vikings to last years NFC Championship game.
The Ugly Truth: Brad Childress brought in Brett Favre for one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history, but this year backfired on him – Favre simply is not the same player; the Vikings are currently 3-6; Childress has a painfully hard time adjusting to games that don’t go as scripted; and rubs members of his team and media the wrong way.
Of course that was just a snapshot of a much more detailed picture, but it provides a realistic, fair look at the highlights of Brad Childress as the Vikings head coach.
Fans are far to eager to forget the good. The good is not an excuse for the bad. However, both have to be looked at when assessing how Childress is doing.
Removing Brad Childress earlier than this week would have been a mistake. He didn’t deserve it, the team would have been put in a very vulnerable position, and, from all indications, the players had not quit once in the previous 5 losses (all were very close).
This week was drastically different. Take away a Favre to Harvin 51-yard strike and this game was a blowout. The team looked unprepared and more importantly unmotivated. The Vikings quit.
Huge blame deserves to be put on the individual players, but you can’t cut all the players who were disappointing on Sunday – especially considering how good we know they can be (referencing last year).
This situation reminds me of NBC’s show The Apprentice. Donald Trump holds a boardroom meeting after every task in which he fires one person from the losing team. Trump takes into account how the person has performed in the previous tasks, but 90% of the time Donald fires the project manager because they headed and conducted the challenge. Sure, the people on the team did things wrong and sometimes it’s really unfair for the project manager to get fired, but that’s the life of the business.
Brad Childress is the Vikings project manager. Zygi Wilf is Donald Trump, or something like that. Though a lot of blame resides with the players and Childress has accomplished a lot of good things for the Vikings, he is still is the project manager.
This season’s poor performance is a Wilf assigned task gone wrong. And sometimes, whether fair or not, you have to sit in front of the boss and hear “You’re fired.”
*Sorry for the fifth grade video editing skills. It’s not exactly my forte.