Vikings' blowout loss fuels recrimina...

Vikings' blowout loss fuels recrimination and more speculation about the future of Brad Childress

There are 139 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 20, 2010, titled Vikings' blowout loss fuels recrimination and more speculation about the future of Brad Childress. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Red-faced owner Zygi Wilf scurried from the locker room to the elevator after the game as quickly as his best wide receivers, barely evading reporters looking for answers.

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Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Nov 21, 2010
Coach needs to go...as do many of his players...season is gone
Chuck Norris

Maple Grove, MN

#2 Nov 21, 2010
Personally, I feel it's like Stockolm syndrome. I am no longer comfortable on Sunday unless I see Loadholt kill a drive with a stupid penalty, or McKinnie miss his guy completely, or Favre throwing an idiotic interception or Asher Allen(and now Chris Cook) getting beat deep or our D-line playing like 8th graders. This reminds me of a more-talented Les Steckel team. Goodbye Superbowl, Goodbye season, Goodbye Favre, Goodbye Childress and Bevell, Goodbye New Stadium, Goodbye Minnesota Vikings.
Dick L

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 21, 2010
This has to be one of the worst efforts I have ever seen. This entire organization should be ashamed of themselves. And to think they want a new stadium, you stink this one up just fine.
Harry

Anaheim, CA

#4 Nov 21, 2010
Chuck Norris wrote:
Personally, I feel it's like Stockolm syndrome. I am no longer comfortable on Sunday unless I see Loadholt kill a drive with a stupid penalty, or McKinnie miss his guy completely, or Favre throwing an idiotic interception or Asher Allen(and now Chris Cook) getting beat deep or our D-line playing like 8th graders. This reminds me of a more-talented Les Steckel team. Goodbye Superbowl, Goodbye season, Goodbye Favre, Goodbye Childress and Bevell, Goodbye New Stadium, Goodbye Minnesota Vikings.
Stockholm syndrome!

Our hostage takers are Childress, Favre, Allen and a few others........

I'm over it.

New coaching staff, all blue-chip players will be blown out to stockpile draft picks........
Loving it in Wisconsin

Eau Claire, WI

#5 Nov 21, 2010
Wow, if Packer fans had any doubts about keeping old no. 4 they should be dispelled by now. He really looks like a grandpa out there. He was gunshy and rushing throws (overthrows) and sliding before anybody was close to him. His decision making looks worse than in his first 2-3 seasons. Well, Viking fans you got what you deserved when you thought an ex-Packer whom you all hated for 16 years was the answer to your prayers.
If Favre had any sense or class, he'd announce his retirement tomorrow to stop the ugliness and tarnishing his legacy and tell the Vikings he won't take the remaining amount left on his 2010 salary.
It's pretty sad when a franchise is celebrating it's 50th anniversary and every "Great" season ended with a loss! It's like being the Cubs of football.
You better be careful because the word is out that Los Angeles will be building a new stadium to get a team into the 2nd largest media market and it's going to be an existing team that is ready to move. Just imagine what it would be like if the Vikings moved only to have 1 class NFL franchise (Green Bay) within 300 miles of the Twin Cities...oh yeah, that's already the case!
smarty pantz

United States

#6 Nov 21, 2010
hot chilli seat
Crankenstein

Mankato, MN

#7 Nov 21, 2010
Things to remember:

1) This team turned down a chance to grab Matt Schaub for a second rounder....ok, they don't all work out.

2) This team just gave up a third rounder for Moss....ok, two of these aren't the end of the world.

3) This team moved up in the draft to grab Jackson....ok, they took a shot and it didn't work out.

4) This team took AP (gift falling into lap but credit none-the-less), Harvin, Greenway, Cedric Griffin, Rice but I bet you forgot that...

5) Childress INHERITED: McKinnie, EJ Henderson, Kevin Williams, Matt Birk, Herrera, Kleinsasser, Pat Williams, Winfield and forgot that Wilf opened the checkbook for...

6) Steve Hutchenson, Favre, Chester, Berrian and traded a number one and TWO # threes for Jared Allen and also a FG kicker who has saved their bacon from time to time and may have also forgotten that:

7) In 2008, the Vikings per Childress's obvious influence, had an ENTIRE draft that left them with ONE player on their roster; John Sullivan.

Let's recap:

The Vikings took a flyer on Childress. He "inherited" an outstanding core of players and has an owner committed to winning. For years, Childress has been able to "influence" the configuration of this team; not all bad mind you. Unbelievable talent fell in their lap with Adrian Peterson....and to a lessor extent, Harvin. Despite all of these advantages, the Minnesota Vikings are a pedestrian 37-30 (including playoff games) since Childress started.

Further, during his tenure, no viable QB has been cultivated and he will end his last season as their head coach with a -.500 record after making it to the NFC Championship the year before.

Add it all up with the understanding that the current safety play on this team is attrocious, that they have absolutly nothing in terms of depth on their offensive line or WR corp and parade out the likes of Hank Basket and Greg Lewis in a year when they are suppose to "compete" for a championship and relied soley on the ability of a 40+ year old QB to carry the team and all I have to say is:

This franchise has no option but to relieve the head coach and ALL staff of their duties, hire a competent and proven football mind for GM and build off of what they do have, which is about a half dozen center-pieces to a very solid team in a couple of years.
Play to Stay

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Nov 21, 2010
This season is over. Time to start working on next year. Zygi, Some free advice...

Step One: Fire Childress.

Step Two: Sit Favre down for a game or 6. Give T-Jack & Webb some game time. It's unlikely Grandpa will be back next year (even if he wanted to come back.)

Step Three: Don't even MENTION a new stadium before a major turn around has happened for this team. The way they are playing right now, You couldn't get a new football, much less a new football stadium.
BagOverMyHead

United States

#9 Nov 21, 2010
Wilf is an idiot. He needs to stop calling those 1-800-psychic numbers and believing that Childess will inspire any more victories. What a putz.
Kevin

Lakeville, MN

#10 Nov 21, 2010
Don't blame Favre at all. Our O-line sucks. Every year they talk about how great they are. But every year, they can't protect the QB for more than half a second.

How is ANY QB supposed to accomplish anything if he's constantly get defensive lineman chasing him down as soon as he snaps the ball??

Fire Childress
Fire our entire offensive line
cursed franchise

United States

#11 Nov 21, 2010
NO!!!! don't fire childress. Lynch him!!!!!!!
Common Sense

Ada, MN

#13 Nov 21, 2010
Ok, now the wheels have come completely off.

I saw this train wreck coming way back when they lost to the Saints.(No heart)

The fork was in them weeks ago.

Playing for this team is like working for the government. You still get paid well, even when you perform sub-par or totally screw something up. He's another Gum-a-ment man.
Fire Chilly Now

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Nov 22, 2010
Five Reasons to fire Childress:
1) Predictable, conservative play calling. In addition to 'standard plays', a new coach should allow shovel passes, flea-flickers, hook and ladder plays, etc. Anything to keep a defensive opponent guessing.
2) Letting go Matt Birk, Darren Sharper, Chester Taylor, and Jevon Walker.
3) Misjudging the talent of T-Jack. A new coach needs to give Joe Webb a chance.
4) He doesn't have the courage to replace Favre. It was a gutsy move for Chilly to bring him here in '09, but it's not working anymore. Chilly is too rigid. In his mind, changing a decision indicates he was wrong in the first place. A new coach needs to experiment and change whenever things don't work.
5) He didn't draft replacements for McKinney, Pat Williams, Jim Kleinsasser and other old timers. Phil Loadholt is a bust, and the defensive secondary needs a makeover.
NOTICE TO WILF

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Nov 22, 2010
For what it's worth Mr. Wilf, I too sent a letter to Miller Lite informing them I would no longer drink their beer as long as they sponsor your team.

I enjoyed a Tecate during the first and only quarter I watched.

Yes, you've spent millions on the team. However, you did it due to the fact, we the fans send it back. Fire Chilly!! Got it?!!

!!!!!!!!!!IT'S THE MORALE STUPID!!!!!!!!!!NOT THE PLAYERS!!!!!
Hmmmmm

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Nov 22, 2010
Not a big Favre fan but for the love of god, can we get an offensive line that could block for at least 2 seconds to give him some time. These guys in the line look worse than the gophers!
SeaShark

Eden Prairie, MN

#19 Nov 22, 2010
Brett Farve might use the team's collapse and his injuries as an excuse to retire now after the NFL announced Friday that the league's technology consultants are conducting a forensic examination of Jenn Sterger's cell phone in addition to reviewing phone records and other documentary evidence that she gave to the NFL's security officials. Farve admits sending Sterger text messages but told NFL Commish Roger Goodell that he didn't send her the risky business starkers photos alleged by deadspin, and if Farve fears that the forensic exam will prove that he lied to Goodell he may decide to retire immediately---which will likely stop the league's investigation and save him the humiliation of being suspended without pay and being branded a liar. Farve may want to avoid any more damage to his personal reputation, spare his family additonal heartache, and prevent his commercial endorsement partners from dumping him. And of course, Farve may decide to ride out the season if he's confident that the forensic cell phone exam will confirm that he told the truth and didn't send the bad boy pics to Sterger.

“Obamacs at it's finest!”

Since: Mar 09

Anytown, Minnesota........

#20 Nov 22, 2010
how shameful and embarassing..time for The Diva and his coach to go away...NOW.........
Vike fan Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

#22 Nov 22, 2010
These games could have huge repercussions for the future of even having a franchise in Minnesota which really blows. Finally, we have an owner that will open up his wallet then we have idiots that are not competent enough to manage the talent both on and off of the field. Make changes quickly before we cant turn back on this mess!
Steveb

Willmar, MN

#23 Nov 22, 2010
I'm done with this team until they have a new head coach!
Coach Favre

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Nov 22, 2010
Kal el wrote:
Boycott the remaining games until Childress is gone. No one in the seats, no revenue. Zygi understands one thing: money! It's obvious that the players are sick of Chillys bonehead calls and have given up. Make Favre the head coach. Nobody understands offenses and defenses better than him.
I like the sound of Coach Favre. Now that is a winning idea!

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