A lot of people thought Brad Childress would’ve been fired had the Vikings lost last week to Arizona. After the Vikings beat Arizona, the same people wondered how many more losses it would take for Zygi Wilf to jettison his embattled coach.
Six losses, apparently, won’t be enough to do it. After today’s frustrating defeat at the hands of Chicago, the Vikings’ sixth in nine games, Wilf told ESPN’s Ed Werder he is not considering firing Childress.
Note that this remark was made before the Dallas Cowboys, who just got rid of coach Wade Phillips and replaced him with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, went to 1-0 under Garrett by defeating Zygi’s life-long favorite team the New York Giants. Maybe, after watching the Cowboys turn it around (for at least one week) under a new coach, Zygi will want to re-assess his position.
Whatever Wilf does decide, no reasonable person can claim Childress was the main culprit in today’s loss. That was a complete team failure from the top on down. That being said, if you’re going to can Childress after the season anyway, perhaps there would be some value in getting rid of him now and hoping the move might spark your team to a run of badly-needed victories. Yes that would be a desperation move by Wilf…but at 3-6, desperation moves are about all this team has left.