The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress Monday and named Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier the Interim Head Coach. Childress went 39-35 in more than four seasons with Minnesota and 1-2 in the playoffs, including losing in the NFC Championship game last season.
Vikings Offense Through 10 Games
The Vikings lost 31-3 to the Green Bay Packers at home Sunday, the second time in two weeks that a big Green Bay win has led to the opposing coach being fired. In their last game two weeks ago the Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 and Wade Phillips was fired the next day.
Childress is an offensive coach, and the Vikings offense has struggled this season. They are down in almost every category, but their struggles start with turnovers.
After having the fourth-fewest giveaways in the league last season, only two teams have turned the ball over more often than the Vikings have this season.
Perhaps as a result, the Vikings have attempted 210 passes when trailing this season which amounts to 63.1 percent of their total pass attempts. Last season the Vikings attempted just 172 passes when trailing which accounted for just 31.3 percent of their total pass attempts.
Vikings’ Pass Rush, 4-or-Fewer Rushers
Last 3 Seasons
And although Minnesota's defense is in the top 10 in yards allowed per game, they are not getting to the quarterback nearly as often.
After finishing in the top eight in sacks in each of the last three seasons -- and first in 2009 -- the Vikings rank near the bottom of the leauge this season.
They don't blitz often, sending four or fewer players on 70.4 percent of opponent dropbacks the last three seasons. In 2008 and 2009, the Vikings led the league with a sack every 13 dropbacks when rushing four or fewer. This season, they rank in the bottom half of the league.