After a disappointing 27-13 loss to the division rival Chicago Bears on Sunday, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says he will not fire head coach Brad Childress this week. He tells ESPN’s Ed Werder, Childress will be with the team as it prepares for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
“Wilf did say, though, that he would be traveling to Minneapolis after the Vikings (3-6) fell three games behind Green Bay and Chicago in the NFC North.”
Despite what the owner says, many Vikings players want Childress gone. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports they anonymously called out their coach.
‘We know that Childress doesn't have our backs, so why should we have his?' one player said. 'We're playing for us, and we're winning despite him.'”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Wilf would like to keep Childress around for the whole season, but that it might not be possible.
“The bottom line is Zygi Wilf said after the game he’s not going to be making a change at this point, he doesn’t want to make a change this season at all. But think about this: the Vikings on Sunday play the Green Bay Packers in Minnesota. Should the Vikings lose that game, you can only imagine the reaction of the crowd and what it will be like in Minnesota on Sunday. It’s going to be ugly.”
Firing a head coach during the season isn’t a common occurrence, and many analysts say it wouldn’t help the Vikings out of the hole they’ve dug. SB Nation believes the Vikings problems go way beyond Childress.
“Firing Childress won't make the front four suddenly able to rush the passer. It won't make the offensive line suddenly perfect at protecting the quarterback. It won't make Bernard Berrian back into a decent receiver, [and] it won't keep Favre out of the NFL Security limelight.”
For now, Childress tells NFL.com, the only thing he and his team can do is focus on the present.
“I can’t worry about chances and the big picture. Just like I told these guys today coming out for the second half, all our focus has to be on what’s directly in front of us. We’re the best when we’re that way. We weren’t able to get done what we needed to get done today, but all our focus has got to go to Green Bay and we can’t worry about all the other eventualities in the NFL.”
So what do you think? Will Childress make it through the season as the Vikings head coach? And, what does the future hold for this team?
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