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Coach Brad Childress Fired

Coach Brad Childress Fired - The chance to be an NFL head coach finally came to Frazier on Monday, when the Vikings fired Brad Childress and named Frazier the interim head coach. Frazier, 51, has six games to convince owner Zygi Wilf that he should look no further for his coach for the future. The Vikings (3-7) are not making the playoffs, but this is Frazier's chance to make a lasting impression.

"Leslie is just a top-quality guy, man," said Eagles coach Andy Reid, who hired Frazier as a defensive backs coach in 1999. "A sharp, sharp, football man. He's been interviewed for a lot of head coaching jobs because of the success he's had with the Vikings. I'm sure he'll do a nice job for them."

It will not be easy.

The Vikings have grossly underachieved this season, and during Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Packers it looked like some of the players had quit. Frazier must quickly identify which players he can count on and demote or dismiss the others.

The Vikings are not mathematically eliminated from the NFC playoffs, but everybody can read the standings. Barring a miracle, the Vikings are just playing out the season and that makes it harder for Frazier to motivate a veteran team that began with Super Bowl expectations.

"I know I'm not packing it in," Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said after Sunday's loss. "If I see somebody packing it in, I'm going to call them out on it."

That sounds like one player Frazier can count on. And it was interesting Monday that Frazier said without hesitation that Brett Favre would remain the starting quarterback. Favre and Childress obviously clashed behind the scenes, and Childress was not above criticizing Favre's play publically. Frazier is taking much different approach.

Coach Brad Childress Fired


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