Most Viking fans were over-the-rainbow with happiness when Brad Childress got fired as head coach after starting the 2010 season 3-7. It’s a safe bet Miami Dolphins fans are not experiencing an equal sense of jubilation at the news that Childress will be interviewed on Saturday for that team’s vacant offensive coordinator position.
Then again, maybe Dolphin fans like the idea of bringing in an OC who is known for favoring a grinding, run-first brand of the ancient West Coast over anything remotely resembling a 21st century offense?
Childress himself broke the news of his impending interview to the Star Tribune. “I don’t have any preconceived notions,” Childress said. “If there’s a good opportunity there with good people, and that’s the key, I’ll coach again this year. If not then I’ll pass and do something next year.”
Under Childress, the Vikings became a top defensive team – largely thanks to the hiring of Mike Tomlin and then Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator – and an adequate, rather boring offensive one. But that all changed in 2009 when the addition of Brett Favre and the emergences of Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin transformed the tedious Chillyball operation into a dynamic TD-scoring machine.
Things took a big step backward in 2010 though, thanks to a combination of factors including Brett Favre’s drop-off, Rice’s injury, the disintegration of the offensive line and Childress’ inability to compensate for these problems either through personnel moves or game plan tweaks. Chilly’s woeful inadequacy in the face of disaster – plus that whole mess with Randy Moss – prompted Zygi Wilf to can him ten games into the season and replace him with Leslie Frazier who has since been given the full-time head coaching job.
My only advice to Tony Sparano and the Dolphins? If you do hire Childress, don’t let him call the plays. Ask Andy Reid and Brett Favre why.