The 2011 Minnesota Vikings Starting Quarterback is…

There isn’t really a sense in denying the fact that the 2010 NFL season has been an apocolypse for the Minnesota Vikings. After being mere seconds away from a game winning field goal attempt in the NFC Championship Game last January, the downward spiral of the team has been swift and painful.  The explanation for the demise is so multi-faceted that it would be more productive to shove your face into your computer monitor and then spend the next 24 hours tediously putting the screen back together by hand. Instead, let’s look forward at what can be different.

(note: this is being re-run from December 5th, it’s very topical today with that whole McNabb thing)

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What Brad Childress Should Do With His Contract Buyout

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has been fired

According to the Delaware County Daily Times (PA) on November 22nd, the Vikings now owe Brad Childress over six and a half million dollars to walk away from a team that he left in shambles.

What follows is a list of suggestions for what he should do with this windfall. As Robert Downey Jr. or Vince Neil could testify, a lot of free time and mountains of money can be a dangerous combination.

By Patrick Herbert

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How Leslie Frazier Can Keep the Vikings Job

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Leslie Frazier is the current head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, acquired by default through the incompetence consistently demonstrated by his predecessor Brad Childress.

Some might think that this is taking over a club under adverse conditions, but then again how else could a vacancy like this exist? If everything was on the up and up, Childress would still be roaming the sidelines. Like Jason Garrett with the Dallas Cowboys, Frazier takes over a roster that had Super Bowl aspirations at the start of the season. Thankfully for him, Frazier does not have to deal with a micro-manager like Jerry Jones.

There are ways that Frazier can be in the same position during the foreseeable future.

By Patrick Herbert

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The Backdoor Cut on the Brad Childress Firing

The Backdoor Cut on the Minnesota Vikings and Brad Childress parting ways and what’s in the cards for the future of the team… [Read more…]

Brad Childress Fired, Vikings Still in Flux

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has been fired

The end is here.

No, that’s not meant to sound prophetic, apocalyptic or ominous by any means. For Vikings fans, it’s meant to sound joyous. The Brad Childress era has reached it’s conclusion and for that, we should celebrate with a very tiny bottle of champagne. Really tiny.

By Peter Christian

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Vikings Funeral? Minnesota’s 2010 Season Officially Lost at Sea

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The Minnesota Vikings have come to a breaking point in their season. They were pummeled by their rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday. And Brett Favre wasn’t even listening to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after his interception. It is well known that Favre and Brad Childress don’t see eye to eye despite the fact that the latter is the on-again off-again chauffeur. If Favre isn’t accepting coaching from the rest of the staff at this juncture, then it is time for one or the other to change.

ByPatrick Herbert

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Minnesota Vikings Can’t Pester Devin Hester

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Brett Favre threw three interceptions Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Two of the three picks can be put on his receivers since they lost their footing.

Favre was required to force the football even more than normal because none of the top three starting receivers played the complete game for the Vikings. They are the antithesis of Favre-who would be in the line-up even if he was relegated to a wheel chair.

By Patrick Herbert

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Brett Favre Is A Better Bargain Than Matthew Stafford

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Jenn Sterger recently met with NFL officials for three hours in an undisclosed location in New York. It is arguable what’s the bigger issue for Favre: this or the Minnesota Vikings current record of 3-5?

Their opponent, the monsters of the midway are actually limping into the game even though their wins and losses are inverse of the Vikings. Most sports books in Las Vegas place Minnesota as a slight favorite even though Percy Harvin is doubtful.

Although, NFL injury reports are about as reliable as investment advice from Bernie Madoff.

Matthew Stafford went down last week in the Detroit Lions loss to the Jets. He once again injured his right shoulder, which haunted him earlier in the season. Shaun Hill is ready to take over once again in his absence.

By Patrick Herbert

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Brad Childress: A Complete Laughing Stock

Given his lack of credibility and ineffectiveness in leadership, Vikings Coach Brad Childress should be in Washington; and not with the Redskins.

Chili came to a boiling point earlier this week when Percy Harvin exchanged words with the head coach regarding his sprained ankle. To say that this organization is not a NFL team and instead a soap opera would be a disservice to its level of dysfunction. Prior to his release, Randy Moss was more friendly with a man (Bill Belichick) who traded him for a third round pick than he was with his current leader.

By Patrick Herbert

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Vikings’ Childress not Letting Brett Favre be Brett Favre

Brett Favre is not currently having the season that Viking fans or Brad Childress had anticipated. After reaching the NFC title game last year against the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings have struggled thus far- amassing a record of 2-5 through the first seven games. Only the Dallas Cowboys have been more disappointing to this point. The Vikings went into New England yesterday with a new lease on their proverbial lives.

They had the ace in the hole to their game plan. It came in the form of Randy Moss.

His perceived experience and knowledge of the Patriots offensive and defensive schemes certainly would be invaluable to the Vikings preparations throughout the week. Unfortunately, this plan did not come to fruition for Childress. Randy Moss was only able to achieve one catch on Sunday for a grand total of eight yards. This is largely due to Bill Belichick’s game plan to shut him down by having his safety positioned extremely deep downfield.

By Patrick Herbert

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Disappearing Act of Vikings WR Bernard Berrian

Bernard Berrian was brought to the Vikings from the Chicago Bears with a lot of promise and expectations for future success. To say that he has been a bust is a major understatement. He continued his unsuccessful ways during Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys.

According to the NFL’s website, the receiver had one catch for four yards. He also committed a key penalty at a crucial point in the game. Berrian is in his seventh season out of Fresno State who only has six receptions for forty two yards all season. He should be able to compile these statistics in a half, not in five complete games.

By Patrick Herbert

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Points of Vikings Emphasis for Brad Childress During Bye Week

The Minnesota Vikings have finally lived up to 2010 expectations and won their first intra-division game against the Detroit Lions. This is certainly a weight lifted off the shoulders of all associated with the organization, especially Brett Favre and Head Coach Brad Childress. All’s well that ends well, but they are still in the infancy of their sixteen game regular season schedule and there are certainly still areas of concern surrounding the squad.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has to find ways to cut down on Favre’s interceptions. The latter has always had the label of a gunslinger who can make a gigantic play in crunch time…with the downside that you get a negative outcome half the time. The common denominator with the winless high profile teams coming into this week is that neither Childress nor Wade Phillips is perceived as a mastermind with a headset.

There is only one Bill Belichick in the NFL, so the staff should open the possibilities to things that worked for Favre in Green Bay and various ways to set him up for success through safe plays to Visanthe Shiancoe. The leg injury that he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions is not considered serious.

By Patrick Herbert

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