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|Following their loss to the Chicago Bears, the Vikings step into the examination room.|
We'll dive into this in more detail later this week, but here is the broad question: Why is Childress still employed? I think that question could be answered reasonably by owner Zygi Wilf, but his silence has left us in a speculative state. We know the Vikings are 3-6 despite a payroll north of $150 million. Childress and players are openly and publicly contradicting each other. It's a mess, to be sure. You don't necessarily fire a coach just because his team is a mess at the moment. But it would be instructive to know what Wilf is basing his inaction on. Does he consider Childress equipped to resuscitate the team and franchise? Is Childress' long-term contract a factor? Does he not hold defensive coordinator and presumptive replacement Leslie Frazier in high esteem? Is he just tentative at the switch? Who knows.