Odds and ends as we await Frazier
November, 22, 2010
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- We've reviewed the presumed thought process of Zygi Wilf and the tenure of former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress. We're going to shift gears to interim coach Leslie Frazier after his 4 p.m. ET news conference. In the meantime, here are some random thoughts pinging through my brain:
More in a bit.
- I'm stunned at how many people are hoping/believing that quarterback Brett Favre will follow Childress out the door. (Favre said Sunday that he would re-evaluate his future after a 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers). Many of you are clamoring for Frazier to bench Favre and give backup Tarvaris Jackson a chance. Come on. The only coach in the NFL who considered Jackson a viable long-term starter got fired Monday. Do you really think Frazier's first decision as a head coach will be to put his career in Jackson's hands?
- As ESPN.com's John Clayton noted last week, the buyout on Childress' contract is relatively reasonable considering he signed an extension just over a year ago. The Vikings will owe Childress the remainder of his 2010 salary, plus $6.6 million to cover the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
- Clayton is working on a speculative list of candidates to replace Childress on a permanent basis, of which Frazier is one. I'll say this off the top: Wilf will have to make substantive changes to his leadership structure if he wants to hire a veteran, accomplished coach. As of now, the Vikings' coach shares responsibility with vice president of player personnel (Rick Spielman) and vice president of football operations (Rob Brzezinski). It's doubtful that a Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher would agree to work under that structure.
- While we’re on that topic, here’s another thing to consider about the attractiveness of the Vikings’ head-coaching job: They have no long-term answer at quarterback. Quarterback issues is the No. 1 coach-killer in the NFL.
- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith might want to start looking for real estate agents. Surely he knows that his next opponent, the Packers, have now gotten two consecutive head coaches fired. First it was the Dallas Cowboys' Wade Phillips, then it was Childress. Now Smith is on the Packers' hot seat. After that, we'll have Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions. Not saying anything. Just sayin.'
More in a bit.
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