With the team sputtering to a 3-7 record and Brett Favre showing signs of age, the Vikings cut ties with head coach Brad Childress the day after a 31-3 loss to the Packers.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been elevated to interim head coach for the remainder of the season. There is a good chance Frazier will get the job on a permanent basis after the season.
The Vikings fell to 3-7 after the loss to the rival Packers, signaling the end for Childress after four-plus seasons in Minnesota. It dropped his overall record to 40-37.
Childress led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game last year after convincing Favre to come out of retirement. He wound up having his most productive statistical season with 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. This season, Favre has just 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Childress found it difficult to communicate with his players, once cutting dissatisfied wide receiver Marcus Robinson on Christmas Eve, and releasing Randy Moss just a week after trading away a third-round draft pick.