In watching the slow but sure deterioration of the Minnesota Vikings this year, I've figured out the primary culprits in a season that has so far been very disappointing:
Brett Favre and Brad Childress!
Basically, Childress went all in with Favre and is about to lose everything. Favre had a great year last year, but cost his team a chance to go to the Super Bowl by throwing that interception against New Orleans in overtime. Fast forward to today and Childress, Favre's greatest enabler, has officially thrown his quarterback under the bus during a press conference for his performance against Green Bay that cost Minnesota and Favre another victory in Lambeau. It's a sign that Childress is in over his head with this whole thing and should be shown the door after the season has ended. As a matter of fact, it has gotten so bad with Childress that the Vikings should consider letting him go now and promoting defensive coordinator Leslie Frasier to head coach because the defense is playing well under him now, but Childress' offense is sometimes great and sometimes not-so-great and he clearly doesn't have control of Favre or the locker room for that matter. Okay, I admit that's an extreme measure and won't happen. Nonetheless, unless Favre somehow changes his ways in a hurry, he's going to continue to make throws he shouldn't make and Childress won't do the right thing about it, which is:
Send Favre to the bench where he belongs!
That's going to be Childress' undoing. He yielded way too much power to the primadonna Favre. Now, he can't even do the right thing and give Tarvaris Jackson a chance. I realize Jackson is not the long-term answer at quarterback for Minnesota, but he does in fact give Minnesota the best chance to win right now because he is younger, is hungry for playing time and is very athletic. And, that athleticism would come in handy given the inconsistensies of Minnesota's offensive line this season. On top of all that, what has Minnesota have to lose given they are below .500 and in 3rd place in the NFC North? On the other hand, Favre has one of the lowest quarterback ratings in football this season and has already matched his interception total from last season. On top of that, he's playing on a gimpy ankle that clearly needs time to heal and has an inflamed elbow to boot. It begs the question:
What is Childress waiting for?
If he is a good head coach, he can make a tough decision and show faith in more than just one guy on the offense. I personally don't think he's a good head coach and that's why he's in the situation he's in. However, he can show who's running this team on the field by making a tough decision that just so happens to be the right one. Besides, throwing Jackson into the fold will allow for Adrian Peterson to get the ball more. And, since Peterson is not so fumble-prone after working on that during the offseason, that may not be a bad idea. And, Jackson would have plenty of targets to fire the ball to in the names of Randy Moss and Percy Harvin, among others. It just makes sense. But, is Childress gutsy enough to pull the trigger? I doubt it.
In conclusion, it's not too late for Childress to show his mettle as a head coach and send a very strong message to his flagging troops. If he doesn't and Minnesota fails to make the playoffs or goes out in the first round, then Zigi Wilf is going to have to make some tough decisions of his own and send Favre and his advocate, Chilly, packing. Until next time, keep on keepin' on in the name of sports...