November 22nd, 2010
12:31 PM ET

Minnesota Vikings fire coach Brad Childress

The Vikings have given coach Brad Childress the axe.

The Minnesota Vikings have fired their head coach Brad Childress. A statement released by the team says he will be replaced by assistant Leslie Frazier.

It’s been a controversial and disappointing season for the Vikings who went to the NFC championship game last season. Childress had public disagreements with quarterback Brett Favre, and got in trouble with owner Ziggy Wilf when he didn’t tell him about his plans to release big-name wide receiver Randy Moss.

The last straw came yesterday when the Vikings were humiliated at home 31-3 by Favre’s old team and arch-rival Green Bay Packers. That dropped the Vikings record to 3-7 and virtually eliminated any chance of them making the playoffs this year.

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  1. pachy

    Why is this even news?

    November 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Carlson

      Why did you even comment???

      November 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbie

      Why did I reply to the rhetorical question and rebuttal?

      November 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • okaybutdoit

      yea why even comment??? if you don't like football then you should go sit down please.

      November 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Apple7

    Hey, play the Pack and get fired..First Dallas now Vikings! LOL

    November 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rastaman

    You can say all you want about Favre, but you don't play 20 + season in the NFL without knowing a thing or 2 about the game. Bottom line is that it is easier to get rid of a coach vs. a player or number of players...this is nothing new.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason B.

      I don't care if you've played 2 months or 20 years, you still answer to the coach. I don't care how swelled your head is. (and Brett's is swelled plenty)

      November 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Packer Girl

      @Jason B has a valid point. Favre argues with the coaches on the sidelines and in public. No player should be able to do that... 20 seasons or not. He pulled the same stuff with the packers. He's a glorified baby.

      November 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john doe

    awesome,next up off the bus...favre...too late to save the season tho

    November 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hjs3

    He was already half-way out the door three weeks ago....
    This shouldn't be news to anyone....

    November 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ZOOMER165

    FOOTBALL IS NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF OVERPAID LITTLE CRY BABIES . IT MAY BE A NATIONAL PAST TIME
    BUT PEOPLE NEED TO DRAW THE LINE ON HOW MUCH TO PAY FOR JERSEYS AND FOOTBALL GARB.
    I MEAN COME ON THIS MONEY IS PAYING THERE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR WAGES . MAKE THEM PLAY FOR LESS....

    November 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • okaybutdoit

      Just because you are a weak "poo-butt" don't hate. The NFL rocks period...go play soccer if you don't like it weakling! bahahahahahaha

      November 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JohnnyInSNJ, Blackwood, NJ

    Whatever you do, don't fire the Old, Broken, Interception machine that sits behind center. God forbid.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. falconfan

    Favre wasnt the only problem..He doesn't play defense...i guess when he has just thrown an interception he's on defense...i stand corrected....
    LOL

    November 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ELH

    Although Chilly was not a particularly good coach, he is not the one that caused this season's meltdown. That distinction belongs to Fahvreee and his inability to eat the ball instead of trying to force a completion thru tight coverage. Chilly's error was in not sitting His Lordship down and giving TJ a chance.

    In any event, our next challenge is keeping a bunch of fawning politicians, millionaire owners and idiotic sportswriters jam a new stadium down our throats.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason B.

    Childress has been on thin ice all season, but a lot of blame has to go to Favre too. You know the team's catering to him and they refuse to admit he's long past his prime. What kind of lesson have you given a team when your "star" QB can show up to practice camps whenever he pleases?

    November 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • RH of WI

      Right you are. Favre should have retired when he was on the up swing...but he got greedy and now can't play worth a damn. So, glad he's not in WI.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Slim

    Asspackers 🙄

    November 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    who didn't see this coming.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wildcat

    Rumor has it that Favre text Childress after the game and invited him to his hotel room.Supposedly,he sent some nude photos.The NFL is looking into it.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mario

    It's about time! Now retire Favre!

    November 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    GO BEARS!! (Although firing Childress might actually make them play better for their remaining games, and Da Bears still have one game remaining against the Vi-Queens...)

    November 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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