Evidence has mounted all week that Zygi Wilf may be pondering making a coaching change, including a report that Wilf met with multiple veteran Vikings, including Brett Favre, to discuss their feelings about the embattled Brad Childress.
Now, Ed Werder of ESPN has come across with the most solid proof yet that Wilf is down on Chilly enough to consider getting rid of him. Werder’s report concerns the curious one day gap that appeared between Brad Childress’ apparently unilateral decision to cut Randy Moss and the Vikings officially placing Moss on waivers. According to Werder, Wilf used that extra day to consider keeping Randy Moss…and firing Childress.
Ultimately, Wilf elected to let Moss walk, and keep Childress as his coach. However, the fact that Wilf so seriously pondered sending Chilly packing demonstrates how deeply Childress’ actions irritated the Vikings owner, and how shaky the ground remains below Chilly’s feet heading into Sunday’s do-or-die match-up with Arizona.
When asked this week by reporters if his relationship with Wilf has changed since the Moss mess, Childress was his typical evasive self. “Not as far as I’ve seen,” the coach said. “But you could ask him. It takes two to tango you know.”
It takes two to tango, but it only takes one to fire a head coach, if that one is an owner who has sunk millions of dollars into building a team only to watch one man’s giant ego tear it apart.