Brad Childress has been fired as coach of the Minnesota Vikings and is being replaced on at least an interim basis with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Frazier and owner Zygi Wilf will address the media at 3 p.m. today.
After a 12-4 season in 2009 that sent the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game, the team has fallen on hard times. A 31-3 drubbing at the hands of the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Mall of America Field was the final straw.
"The past five years have been a tremendous experience for my family and I as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings," Childress said in a statement on vikings.com. "I have a great respect for the players and coaches who I have worked with and for their dedication to each other and to the organization. I am proud of our accomplishments and believe the foundation of this football team is stronger today than when I became head coach in 2006. I appreciate the opportunity that Zygi, Mark, and the whole Wilf family afforded me and wish them success as they move forward."
Wilf declined to talk about Childress' status before Sunday's game and walked briskly by reporters after the game without comment as he headed for the elevators.
Childress was in his fifth season coaching the Vikings and had compiled a 40-37-0 record (including the playoffs) in his time in Minnesota, but after back-to-back losses to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, the Vikings were frustratated with their performances.
"We played atrocious, bad football in all phases," Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. "Special teams. Offense. Defense. Just couldn't get anything going. Green Bay just outplayed us. They're a great team and they showed it today. A lot of things we have to work on. No excuse for nothing. That's embarrassing.
"It's something that people just (have got to) get their extra work in. Period. End of discussion. If you see something that you have flaws in or you're not good at, you have to stay extra, you have to work at it, correct these mistakes that we're making. We can't make these types of mistakes anymore."
Players coming off the field and in the locker room following the game were vague in their support of Childress.
"It ain't my job, so I'm going to play hard," said veteran defensive tackle Pat Williams, who has been with the Vikings during Childress' entire time. "… Whatever happens, happens. That's what it is."
Linebacker E.J. Henderson, the captain of the defense, was a bit more expansive after Sunday's loss.
"He's our head coach. What else can you do? It's definitely not a time for finger-pointing," Henderson said. "I don't think anybody played the perfect game. The coaches would probably agree that they didn't coach the perfect game, but that's what it is. That's NFL football. Coach Childress is our head coach. We're behind him as long as he's our head coach. It is what it is. It's hard to put all the blame on the head coach when us 53 are out there suiting up. I think it works both ways."
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