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. Chuck Finley

    Oh thank the LORD!!!! Now im going to have to thank my packer backer friends for getting him fired. Hrmmmmm Maybe i can get them to take farve back too......

    November 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      haha! not a chance!!! :pppp

      November 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • wipackerfan

      Oh no, we had enough of him, you all are welcome to keep him!

      November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      No thanks, the Vikings can keep Favre. You betca, don't ya know.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • learn to spell

      F-A-V-R-E people, not FARVE.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      No thanks!!! You can keep the whiny little diva!~

      November 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Who cares about the pack or vikings? They can't even beat the Dolphins at home...neither are going anywhere!

      November 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • AP 28

      I love all the Packers fans ripping Favre, say has Rodgers won a playoff game yet? Yes – please learn how to spell Favre, generally, proper spelling and grammar strengthen an argument.

      November 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      We will take Favre back if its his head on stick...

      November 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      @ Chris. . .NOPE, but the BEARS have!!! 16-0 baby!

      November 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • GB-believah!

      There is a higher probability that we crush the Falcons next week and get Mike Smith canned (3rd opponent coach firing in 3 GB games) than taking Favre's sorry old ass back!

      November 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Steel

      Wow, the Packers are great at getting their opponents coach fired. They have gotten 2 head coaches fired in the last 3 weeks, and they had a bye in the middle. Sorry Mike Smith, but I hope you have a golden parachute ready.

      November 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Spears

      @learn to spell – Hmm why do we Vikings call him 'F-A-R-V-E' then ? Maybe we've got the wrong guy all this while and that why we've been losing !

      November 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cog In The Wheel

      Surprised at the venom towards Favre from Green Bay (and elsewhere.) Football is a team sport; he's no longer able to carry a team on his back for a whole season, but very few QB can.....He had a great season last year, and if the Vikes had the same personnel on the field as they did in 2009, I think they'd be at the top of the NFC. Obviously didn't happen, but certainly not all Favre's fault. I think inclement weather affects his performance more now than it did when he was yonger, but otherwise he's an amazing athlete.

      November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Even the NFL misspells Favre ..

      IF you are a head coach in the NFL, and if you have yet to play the Packers this year, I'd suggest you don't make any large purchases. The Packers have caused the sacking of 2 coaches this year and counting.


      November 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brad

    Now fire Farve...

    November 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Otis Zeon

      Yeah farve Needs to go

      November 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Doubt the Vikes would keep Favre around even if he dreamed of playing another year.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I agree fire Farve and spend half the money to buy so real and young talent. Not washed up old men.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • geraldh


      Farve has already stated he won't be back next year in no uncertain terms. The question is do they play him the last 6 games, not does he come back. For my money it would be pointless. Some argue that he would give a better chance at a win than Jackson or Web. The way he is playing? Some say Jackson has proven himself not to be an NFL quarterback. I say he was young when he played before. We need to see if he has learned anything the last two years. They did go 10-6 with him two years ago so he wasn't all bad. Web probably isn't ready but it might not hurt to give him playing time as well. Farve should retire now. The rest of the season is pointless for him except for 300 wins and I don't think that has any benefit for the team.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason D

      Get Vince Young..i hear hes available or soon will be

      November 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      They shouldn't fire him, they should make him honor his contract. . . by sitting on the bench for the remainder of the season.

      November 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Steel

      Who is this Farve you are talking about? The Viks have a Favre, maybe you mean him.

      November 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew Williams

      Oh, Favre has stated in "no uncertain terms" he won't be back next year ... well, that makes it iron clad then. No, in '11, Favre won't have the option of playing coy for 6 months with any NFL team ... no one will want him.

      November 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Be Quiet

    Hilarious! Now question #2: Will Frazier bench Favre?

    Us GB fans are loving life! GO PACK GO!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • nflsuperfan

      That would be WE packer fans. Educated in Wisconsin?

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

      @nflsuperfan: Dude, it's a blog, not a college entrance exam. Calm down.

      Bitter crybabies tend to pick on grammar and word usage when they have nothing else to offer.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoPACKGo

      @BEQUIET: Nice come back! Like seriously who goes on an CNN blog and spends their time being a "human spell checker"?

      Any ways, I must agree. Wisconsin residentls are very content with Rodgers and the Packers! 🙂

      November 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Packer Girl

      Haha great come back @Be Quiet! Considering we have one of the highest rated education systems in the country, and who really cares on a blog? GO PACK GO!

      November 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KINGbaby

    As repayment does Farve drive Chilly to the Airport?!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chargerfan27

      HAHAHA .... That's awesome....

      November 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spike

      Now thats funny I don't care who you are!!!

      November 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      That is hilarious!! 🙂

      November 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Funny!! Love it.

      November 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Todd

    Well the owner must have heard the Fans.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ismael martinez

    a very good team ruined by an old fart(favre) the quaterback should have beeb fired not the coach.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heydummy

      Farve is not the reason they lost that game. Everyone seems to forget all the dropped passes and being forced to throw early because of the pressure. How come no one is talking about firing the offensive line who let Farve get hurried, scrambled, and knocked down most of the game? How come no one is talking about the missed interception? Or penalties? The entire team was one big mess of bad. And that my friends falls on the coaches shoulders.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatKindOfStupidAreYou

      Yes, because the Vikings were doing so great in 2008 and last year's success had nothing to do with Favre. Doubtless, he needs to retire (for good), but there are much bigger problems in the team than just him. If you knew anything about the game, you'd realize the athleticism he still demonstrates at 41 is amazing. I honestly wouldn't be surprised with what he'd be capable of if the offensive line didn't have bigger holes than Bernie Madoff's investment strategy.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heydummy

      You obviously know nothing about football. Let me clue you in. The offensive line couldn't stop any defender from making Favre scramble, hurry, flushed out of the pocket, or knocked down. Why is no one talking about the qb protection? What about the fumble? What about the missed interception? What about the penalties? The QB is NOT the reason they lost that game, the entire team was one big mess of superbads and that my friend falls on the coaches shoulders. It is the coaches job to get everyone to play as a cohesive unit, not the quarterbacks.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rick

    Get a grip Brad.......Who do you think got Childress fired?????????

    November 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. samot

    The ViQueens did get screwed royally by terribly bad officiating this season; however, Childres was very ineffective as a team coach and as a game strategist. No imagination at all. Anyone could easily anticipate the next play call. Really dumb ! While I am not particularly a Farve fan, I do not fault him for the Queen's ineffective play. It was moreChildress' fault

    November 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    Hang in there Ismael, maybe someday you will understand the game of football. Your statement "should have fired the quarterback and not the coach".......who are you kidding!!!!!!!!! Everyone seen that coming, you don't fire a receiver without letting your owner know.......thats what sealed his little ass up..............

    November 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Finley

      Especially when we tossed a 3rd round draft pick to get him and then waived him after 1.5 games. And when also the mass majority of people in Minnesota seemed happy to have Have Randy Back.

      November 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • geesopinion

      "Everyone seen that coming...." I think seen and saw were covered in second grade. Brilliant.....

      November 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BurnTHalO

      To be fair, they both need to go. Childress has never been a good coach, and Favre has not been a consistantly good QB for, well, I think he was when he was in his first 5-7 years, but I was only 12 at the time so I couldn't tell you. Now I know, everyone points to last year and how they would get the ball to the 1 yard line and throw it in every time, and how Harvin turned his 2 yard screen passes into 50 yard TD passes, but I saw almost every single Vikings game. Trust me, he was way overvalued for what he was bringing, and once the pressure was on, well, I think we all know what happened.

      November 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick

    Any misfortune the Viqueens suffer is music to my ears. But I was REALLY hoping the Packers had ended favre's career too, I guess we'll have to wait until Sunday to see. GO PACK!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. usafbiker

    I bet he regrets hiring Farve, now.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wildcat

    Rumor has it that Childress has already been contacted by Dancing With The Stars.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikieD

      They can pair him up with Palin and they can both dance off toward the sunset!

      November 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ramtruck2500

    I don't really care for childress but I care even less for Farve. Both should be gone. You cant win without 'team' and with farve you will never achieve that. I know what happened with him here quite the Diva.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Reggie Tallickson

    Real Good......a little to late....we still stink....OH well!!!!! #1 DRAFT PICK HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike P

      Not if the Panthers have anything to say about it.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve709

      Forget about the number 1 pick. The Detroit Lions are "on the clock".

      November 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatKindOfStupidAreYou

      Have you ever played football? Do you really know anything about the game at all? Granted he's past his best years, but he plays amazing for a 41 year old. In fact, his skill easily trumps many of the current quarterbacks in their 20s. People like you who want to blame this on one person need to look at the bigger picture and realize there's a huge mess in MN that goes way beyond a coach and a quarterback. Perhaps if your head wasn't as full of holes as the Vike's offensive line, you'd be able to see that.

      November 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • What????

      Most overrated player in NFL history??? LOL You are a complete moron! Bret Favre, Hall of Fame.

      November 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • BurnTHalO

      Stats prove that he is right, Favre is one of the most overrated. You say he is playing great for a 41 year old. Well, maybe, but great for a 41 year old is apparently 32nd rated QB in the NFL.

      Over the past 12 years he has (and I'm approximating. I saw the stats before, but I'm not going back and calculating again) a 4-7 record in the playoffs, has single handedly lost 3 of those games, lost at Lambeau in the playoffs multiple times (which had never happened before), and lost to teams which were a good deal worse than the Packers were (I want to say three times they were double digit favorites). He has also had a passer rating in the bottom half of the league more times than he has been in the top half. I think he has been a top 5 rated passer once or maybe twice in the last 12 years, and a top ten something like four times (meaning 8 times out of the top 10). Now, people put him as one of the 5 best QBs to ever play football. You tell me, is that top 5 calibur? Is that even top 10 calibur? Just because you play WAY longer than everyone else doesn't make you good.

      November 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • okaybutdoit

      Well he did break historic records at QB, but I do believe Favre should go sit down...I hate to admit it but he is done. Happy they fired Chilly tho. Dang that's 2 coaches fired in a season, first Wade Phillips now Childress. wow.

      November 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Steel

      I am pretty sure one of those historic records is most career interceptions. I would prefer he retire. And for real this time. Then I can quit hating him and turn all the rage against AP.

      November 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • crump

      He's not even the best Packer qb.

      November 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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