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Favre, other Vikings players respond to coaching change

Brett Favre, Sidney Rice

On Monday, the Vikings fired coach Brad Childress.  The team then handed the reins to defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

The team has now circulated quotes from nine players, including quarterback Brett Favre.  And it’s hard not to read the glowing words about Frazier as reflecting roundabout criticism of Childress.

For the full set of quotes, read on.“Leslie is a respected, knowledgeable coach and a quality person,” Favre said.  “I’ve enjoyed being around him the past couple years and I know he’s going to take this opportunity and make the most of it.  What you see is what you get with Leslie.  He has a background of winning Super Bowls as a player and coach and he knows what it takes to win in the NFL.  He can relate to players having been in their shoes himself and will prepare the team well.  Brad Childress is a good guy, a man with strong faith and a great family; I wish him the best in the future.  I think we all, starting with me, could have done more to make this a successful season.”

Defensive end Jared Allen was ambivalent about the move.  “Today is really a mix of emotions,” Allen said.  “I’m going to miss Coach Childress.  Brad brought me here back in 2008, and I’m thankful for that.  I wish him nothing but the best.  At the same time, Leslie is a stand-up guy who has our respect.  He helped turn this defense into a top ten unit year in and year out.  Now this will be a chance for him to lead the organization.  Leslie’s great at managing players and coaches, and I know the guys will play hard over the next six weeks.”

“Leslie is a good man and will do a great job as the interim coach,” said running back Adrian Peterson.  “He’s got great football smarts and players can relate to him and vice versa.  He has a certain vibe and energy that everyone can feel when they’re around him.  When he speaks, guys perk up and tune in.  I feel for Coach Childress today.  I’ve got the utmost respect for him and I will always owe him.  One of my goals when I was drafted here was to win a championship with Coach Childress.  He took a chance on me and I’ve always wanted to accomplish our ultimate goals together; I’m sad it didn’t work out that way.”

Said guard Steve Hutchinson, “It’s a tough day because I respect the work that Brad Childress put into this team.  Nobody in this locker room would have thought we would be in this position at the start of the season but we have to try to make the most of it now.  Brad wanted to win more than anybody, and for whatever reason, it hasn’t happened.  I have confidence that Leslie will do a great job moving forward.  He’s a standup guy and has a great demeanor.  I know Leslie will be a positive presence for the guys on the team and we’re going to be behind him.”

Kevin Williams kept it simple.  “We’re excited to go into the rest of the season with Leslie,” Williams said.  “We’re ready to roll from here and get back on the field.  I wish Brad the best in the future.  He and his family were always great to me and my family.  As players, we’ve got to move forward from here with a new focus.”

Linebacker Chad Greenway said that the blame should have fallen on the players, not the coach.I’m saddened and humbled by the firing of Coach Childress,” Greenway said.  “He gave me the opportunity to play for this organization and was responsible for bringing me into the NFL.  He shouldn’t have to take the fall for our performance on the field, but now we have to move on.  I have a lot respect for Coach Frazier.  Leslie is a guy we’re very comfortable with. He’s never too up and down, and he does a good job with game-planning and preparing for opponents. He deserves the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL.”

I’m excited for Coach Frazier to have an opportunity to be a head coach,” kicker Ryan Longwell said.  “At the same time, it’s disheartening to see Coach Childress go.  Ultimately this game comes down to players playing, and we weren’t getting the job done.”

“I’m sad to see Coach Childress leave,” defensive tackle Pat Williams said.  “I respect him as a coach and a person, but we have to keep fighting as a team for the remainder of the season.  Leslie has my full support.  He’s a good person and a good coach.  He deserves to be a head coach in this league. Whether it’s here or somewhere else after this season, he deserves the opportunity.”

“Coach Frazier is very capable of stepping into this role,” linebacker Heath Farwell said.  “He’s an even-keel type of guy who has the respect of the locker room.  This is a great opportunity for him to showcase his skills as a head coach, and I support him 100%.  I feel bad for Coach Childress.  Unfortunately he’s the guy that took the fall for us as players who haven’t been playing as well as we should.  I have a lot of support for Brad and I wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

Moving forward, Childress will receive a multi-million-dollar buyout.  Unless, of course, the Vikings decided to take a page from the Raiders playbook, firing Childress for cause.

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49 Responses to “Favre, other Vikings players respond to coaching change”
  1. majikbullet says: Nov 22, 2010 5:26 PM

    Is it me or does it sound like some of them didn’t want him to go?

    Maybe Brett should have left!

  2. luvthatdirtywatah says: Nov 22, 2010 5:26 PM

    whatever.

  3. kochnick says: Nov 22, 2010 5:26 PM

    The Vikings are a quick fix team,,,trying to buy free agents etc…..they should do it the old fashioned way,,,,with hard work and the draft..

  4. eskinsux says: Nov 22, 2010 5:38 PM

    Since these comments were made by a bunch of Quitters, what’s the point in reading them?

  5. purpleguy says: Nov 22, 2010 5:44 PM

    Look, most everyone is glad that Klink is gone, and many players probably are too; however, I don’t know how you could read praise for Frazier from those quotes as trashing the former coach.

  6. contra74 says: Nov 22, 2010 5:46 PM

    Allen said. “I’m going to miss Coach Childress. Brad brought me here back in 2008, and I’m thankful for that. I wish him nothing but the best. At the same time, Leslie is a stand-up guy who has our respect.”
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    Oof, the respect issue was brought up. I really hope the players play their ass off for Frazier.

  7. ingloriousmaster says: Nov 22, 2010 5:50 PM

    hmm really seems like the locker room was against this guy…NOT. The Vikings are a bad team this year because Favre is woeful and the D is inept at best, not because of their coach – who was screwed by Brett, Rice, and Jared “A step late” Allen.

  8. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 22, 2010 5:51 PM

    I hope the Vikings secondary are put on waivers. They suck.

  9. backdapack says: Nov 22, 2010 5:51 PM

    3-7…..at least it’s not the worst record in the league….so you got that going for you….which is nice.

  10. 4sacroc says: Nov 22, 2010 5:52 PM

    My God, can the PR Dept. be any more transparent? Brett Favre does not speak that way.

    This is BS …

    What a fustercluck up there.

    Frazier wants a full-time gig so he’s staying with Favre as QB cuz he would rather try and win now rather than see what the future holds with Jackson and/or Webb.

    And, of course, Favre just is happy to collect more coinage and – wait for it – PRESERVE HIS BELOVED (MEANINGLESS )STREAK.

    If Favre had an ounce of class, he would step aside.

    The Vikings season is OVER. Starting Favre is a waste of time. He’s gone.

  11. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Nov 22, 2010 5:55 PM

    It sounds like everyone used the same speech writer.

  12. arnoldziffel says: Nov 22, 2010 5:57 PM

    Not a bad parting gift – walking away with a shopping bag full of cash. He’ll never have to work again unless he wants to.

    And, as a bonus gift, starting tomorrow morning he won’t have to associate with this bunch of underachievers and excuse makers. Not too bad Chilly … not too bad.

  13. bender4700 says: Nov 22, 2010 5:57 PM

    So basically:

    Childress: Hey, good luck, we’ll “miss” ya.

    Frazier: ABOUT TIME MAN! WOOOOO

    That’s how they are reacting. At least that’s how it seems.

  14. diehard15 says: Nov 22, 2010 5:58 PM

    “Leslie is a respected, knowledgeable coach and a quality person,” Favre said.
    ==================
    So he calls him Leslie from the get go. Tomorrow it will be, “Hey Les, pick me up and drive me to practice. He’ll consider him knowledgeable as long as Frazier is smart enough to let Bert call the shots.

  15. tudefit says: Nov 22, 2010 6:04 PM

    I don’t like Childress. Having said that, how do you come up with what the players said as being roundabout criticism of him? They seemed to have nice things to say about him and good things to say about Frazier.

  16. champs794 says: Nov 22, 2010 6:05 PM

    I feel like Troy Williamson might have something to say about this unceremonious firing.

  17. vdub144 says: Nov 22, 2010 6:06 PM

    The issue is Favre. No doubt about it. He can’t be coached, his ego is too big. But placing the blame anywhere else rather than the player who divides the team is just as big of of a sin. Too bad.

  18. shaggeez says: Nov 22, 2010 6:10 PM

    “Leslie is a respected, knowledgeable coach and a quality person,” Favre said.
    ==================
    So he calls him Leslie from the get go. Tomorrow it will be, “Hey Les, pick me up and drive me to practice. He’ll consider him knowledgeable as long as Frazier is smart enough to let Bert call the shots.

    ____________________________________

    What did you want him to call him? Brett is an old man already who has paid his dues with being in the league for what feels like forever. I don’t think a first name basis is a show of disrespect like you’re trying to make it out to be. I just don’t see how you can turn that quote into a negative. Get over yourself.

  19. tcweller says: Nov 22, 2010 6:10 PM

    I have been reading this site for a long time and finally had to sign up to comment. You people read more into things then anyone I know. It seemed most of the comments were fairly respectable with respect to Childress. Did he deserve to be canned absolutely? Do your opinions deserve to be more closely supervised? Absolutely!

  20. rockstart42 says: Nov 22, 2010 6:13 PM

    Favre should have been the first to be cut then Chilly should have been fired.

  21. runwright44 says: Nov 22, 2010 6:24 PM

    They all know their season is over. Some of them won’t be there next season, if there is a next season. They’ll mail it in for the next six games.

  22. purpleman527 says: Nov 22, 2010 6:24 PM

    kochnick says:
    Nov 22, 2010 5:26 PM
    The Vikings are a quick fix team,,,trying to buy free agents etc…..they should do it the old fashioned way,,,,with hard work and the draft..
    ————————————————
    T-Jack second round draft pick
    A.P. first round draft pick
    P.Harvin first round draft pick
    C.Greenway draft pick
    S.Rice draft pick

    These are just the ones I know of off the top of my head.

    Granted, they have signed high end free agents.

    But to imply that they have no “drafted” talent on the team is idiotic.

  23. abninf says: Nov 22, 2010 6:29 PM

    No quotes from anonymous players? That’s a first from the Vikes.

  24. swschrad says: Nov 22, 2010 6:31 PM

    so… since these quotes were gathered and released by the Vikings organization from players who actually want to come to work, the message is “Brad Childress. We are not blackballing him. But he is not going to lead us to the dead bottom of the league.”

  25. spelbc says: Nov 22, 2010 6:35 PM

    kochnick says:
    Nov 22, 2010 5:26 PM
    The Vikings are a quick fix team,,,trying to buy free agents etc…..they should do it the old fashioned way,,,,with hard work and the draft..

    ========================
    Dumb comment, the vikings core best players have been obtained through the draft. Harvin, Rice, Peterson, Mckinnie, Loadholt, Greenway, EJ Henderson, K Williams, Edwards, and Jared Allen was obtained by trading picks.

    Just because the vikings have ownership who are willing to sign some free agents doesn’t mean they have not been doing well building through the draft. I would say their last 3-4 drafts have been some of the better in all of football.

  26. brasho says: Nov 22, 2010 6:37 PM

    Who wrote these players’ note cards they were reading from for the interview? It was either their agents (being careful not to burn any bridges with Childress in case the became free agents for a team he was the QB coach or OC… or Brad Childress, because he has Favre-style nudey pics of them all on his cell phone).

  27. acanniv says: Nov 22, 2010 6:38 PM

    Continued Peterson…”Now hopefully Coach Frazier can convince #4 to just turn around and give me the God damn ball.”

  28. snarkygurl says: Nov 22, 2010 6:42 PM

    I call PR “Spin Doctor” on this one. No way these players spouted all of this drivel. Mainly because I’ve never seen or heard an NFL player of any team string together more than 3 sentences at one time. LOL

    At any rate, I hope this doesn’t turn out like the Cowboys after Wade was shown the door. The Bears still have to go to the Dome and face Minny. Hopefully NYG a.k.a. the QB killers can wear them out for us the week before!

  29. dbellina says: Nov 22, 2010 6:45 PM

    @kochnick says: Nov 22, 2010 5:26 PM

    “The Vikings are a quick fix team,,,trying to buy free agents etc…..they should do it the old fashioned way,,,,with hard work and the draft..”

    HAHA Are you serious? The Vikes have done a pretty darn good job in the draft. We brought in two big time players in the FA, Jared Allen and Favre (not really through FA either.) They have built a good team with very good players. They just aren’t meshing for some reason this year. Maybe now they can with a fresh start.

  30. momoney4td says: Nov 22, 2010 6:50 PM

    His buyout was $6.6 million….

  31. demolition510 says: Nov 22, 2010 7:05 PM

    And what cause would that be? Did he go try to find another coaching gig? Talk bad about the club? Fail to prepare them?

  32. cgallaway says: Nov 22, 2010 7:08 PM

    To all the favre haters…he is part of the problem, but saying he should have been fired before Childress is idiotic…..who made the decision not to bench favre? Childress! Who calls the worst plays on offense? Childress, rather than Bevell. Who misuses timeouts and challenges? Childress. Who has been a good talent scout? Childress. Who has been horrible in using the personnel to their strengths? Childress. Who suggested, at the beginning of the season, that the issue was Favre not having enough practice time with his receivers? Childress. who remedied that problem by bringing in new receivers for Favre to try to work with? Childress. Who put 9 receivers on the roster rather than looking for depth at a front line that can’t block for longer than 2 seconds? Childress. Who keeps running a prevent defense that ends up allowing more points scored against the Vikings? Frazier, however, Childress as head coach has the responsibility to tell him to change it up or get a new system. It is possible that Childress has told Frazier what he can/can’t do with the defense and Frazier played within those boundaries. Who makes the horrible call to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1 putting AP to the weak side of the Oline, without stretching out the defense with any receivers? Childress. Who traded a draft pick for Moss, then never utilized Moss to his abilities? Childress. Who cut Moss for free, instead of keeping him to the end of the season when he becomes a free agent (where the Vikings would have gotten a compensatory draft pick should Moss have been picked up by another team)? Childress.

    Childress deserved to be canned several years ago. Just because the team won, doesn’t mean it was because of him and his game plan. In fact, the last 3 yrs, the Vikings record was a lot better than the way they played. Much like the last super bowl losing Chicago Bears….They may have won games with Rex Grossman at qb, but they didn’t win because Rex Grossman was qb, they won because the defense and special teams outscored the (very) offensive unit.

  33. jimmy1smith says: Nov 22, 2010 7:10 PM

    Who cares what they say, at 3-7 after being in last year’s championship game and just a 12 man huddle from being in the Superbowl, this same group of players talking are the ones stinking it up every Sunday. Instead of talking, try playing decent and maybe we might listen to what you have to say.

  34. pervyoccam says: Nov 22, 2010 7:12 PM

    shaggeez says:

    “Leslie is a respected, knowledgeable coach and a quality person,” Favre said.
    ==================
    So he calls him Leslie from the get go….”

    Errrrr. So did everyone else.

    I keep telling you guys that it’s not a good thing to allow your hatred for a complete stranger make you look stupid, but you just don’t want to listen to me. Oh well.

  35. tprt2 says: Nov 22, 2010 7:25 PM

    Frazier’s words at the presser pretty much should remove all idle chatter about Favre not being a leader and being washed-up when Leslie said Favre is the unquestioned leader and that “Brett needs the other players on the team to help him, help them.”. Translation: If the 52 other guys on the team played the game like Brett Favre, Minnesota would not be in the situation they’re in.

    I’m really disappointed so few people either didn’t want to admit this, or couldn’t see it.

  36. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 22, 2010 7:26 PM

    An anonymous Vikes player said “Coach Frazier was tellin’ us about a better catering company he knows for our friday meals, so it’s cool.”

  37. thejuddstir says: Nov 22, 2010 7:30 PM

    Florio…..here’s a tidbit for you that you can ask your pal (the homer himself) Paul Allen from KFAN. The Wilf’s are not done with making moves, the entire Vikings front office is being scrutinized and reviewed for change. I would tell you who’s name is being whispered about as a possible GM for the Vikes but it then wouldn’t be too hard for the brass to figure out where the leak came from. Paul Allen claims to be “in tune” with everything purple but I bet not even he knows yet……it should be leaked out before the end of the week.

  38. charleswoodson says: Nov 22, 2010 7:30 PM

    More quotes from the PR Dept. that you missed publishing:

    Bud Grant:
    “Chilly was a good 12th man for the team, but it’s too bad he thought that’s how many players should also be on the field. Leslie can count better, I hope.”

    Zygi Wilf:
    “I looked over my Excel budget sheet and it’s a mess — with Favre guaranteed $16 million and Chilly another $6.5, if he doesn’t get another head coaching job. That’s $22.5 million for zero production.”

  39. twinsvikes says: Nov 22, 2010 7:36 PM

    “Leslie is a respected, knowledgeable coach and a quality person,” Favre said.
    ==================
    So he calls him Leslie from the get go. Tomorrow it will be, “Hey Les, pick me up and drive me to practice. He’ll consider him knowledgeable as long as Frazier is smart enough to let Bert call the shots.

    —————————————————-

    Diehard, If you read the rest of the quotes, several of them called coach Frazier by his first name. Quit being a hater, just to be a hater.

  40. footballrulz says: Nov 22, 2010 8:15 PM

    “Brett needs the other players on the team to help him, help them.”. Translation: If the 52 other guys on the team played the game like Brett Favre, Minnesota would not be in the situation they’re in.
    ___________________________________

    Or, the other translation could be, If the other 52 players played like Favre we’d already be in LA. Did you not see all those high, way too fast balls yesterday. Favre needs to go home. Well, if you pull for the Vikes he does. Frazier is screwing the pooch here. Anxious to see how this turns out.

    By the end of the season Favre will be calling him Lezzie. Wait & see

  41. 1mge says: Nov 22, 2010 8:46 PM

    Packers 7-3
    Vikings 3-7

  42. stixzidinia says: Nov 22, 2010 9:41 PM

    I love how Frazier contradicted himself in royal fashion during the presser…….talking about how the rest of the team needed to “help Brett” and yet out of the other side of his mouth he said no player is above the team. Well, way to deflect blame off the guy guilty of 23 turnovers and shift it to the other guys on the team. It’s all good though, that’s what people have been doing for Favre for years…..deflecting blame and accountability off of his shoulders. That’s why he has the biggest ego and entitlement complex in the history of sport. And it’s also why there are still idiots out there who actually believe BrINT “The Season/Coach Killer” Favre is a good QB.

  43. stixzidinia says: Nov 22, 2010 9:44 PM

    Frazier’s words at the presser pretty much should remove all idle chatter about Favre not being a leader and being washed-up when Leslie said Favre is the unquestioned leader and that “Brett needs the other players on the team to help him, help them.”. Translation: If the 52 other guys on the team played the game like Brett Favre, Minnesota would not be in the situation they’re in.

    —————————–

    If the rest of the team played as badly as BrINT has played this year the Vikes would be 0-10. Newsflash: having the 32nd rated passer in the NFL who has committed 23 turnovers through 10 games (70+ points off those turnovers the other way) is not a good thing and is nothing to admired.

  44. vikesfansteve says: Nov 22, 2010 9:48 PM

    12 men in the huddle

    Cutting Robinson & then 4 yrs later Moss without consulting anyone

    He was his own worst enemy

    Unwillingness to create an offensive game plan that played to the players strengths

    He was just a tool when it came to dealing with people also

  45. didiwags says: Nov 22, 2010 11:47 PM

    Wow over the last few weeks everyone was yelling fire Chilly, and now it is done and everyone is acting like it should not have been done!!

    Those quotes are totally a PR thing!!!

  46. mnmaverick says: Nov 23, 2010 2:47 AM

    You Favre haters are friggin’ clueless. Where would we have been last year without Brett Favre? How many wins would we have this year without Brett Favre? Even Frazier knows that Favre is vital tio thgis team’s success.

    It’s a team game though. Favre can’t win without an offensive line. The defense can’t hold without safeties to help out the corners and a consistent passrush.

    This team has the talent to do what Dallas has done under Jason Garrett. With coaxching , game preperation and ateam inspired to play for Frazier like Dallas is for Garrett.

    T-Joke sucks ass. Playing him would be throwing in the towel.

  47. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 23, 2010 6:11 AM

    @ vikesfansteve

    Don’t blame it all on the offense. Your secondary sucks too. Allen, the cornerback, is the worst I have seen this year. I saw that game against the Packers and the offense never gave up.

    Chilly wasn’t the Vikings’ problem. It’s a poorly run organization and your players lack the will to win.

  48. calloustongue says: Nov 23, 2010 8:52 AM

    Frazier is responsible for coaching one of the worst defenses in the league.

    I don’t see any reason for optimism.

    The Vikings have played terribly regardless of playcalling. They are just a heartless team with no real chemistry this year.

  49. footballrulz says: Nov 23, 2010 10:09 AM

    How many wins would we have this year without Brett Favre
    ___________________________________

    Oh, I’d say probably, about 3. Last year was last year. Did you not see all those throws he just absolutely missed last week? The man’s had a great career, but it’s over…..

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