Today's EMBARRASSING loss marks the beginning of the end for Brad Childress. Actually, this entire week marks the end. After a spectacular home win last week, the Vikings should have been all good feelings. But then Troy Williamson was treated callously by the Vikings after his grandmother died. And now the team has been utterly destroyed by the Packers. And Adrian Peterson got injured and did not finish the game.
I think the Viking players are this close to quitting on Brad Childress, and the rest of the season will be a complete and total bust.
Today's EMBARRASSING loss is a microcosm of everything that has gone badly for the Vikings during the entirely Childress era. Lack of talent at the quarterback and wide receiver positions left the Viking offense impotent. The Vikings could not mount any reasonable pass rush, and could not cover opposing wide receivers, and thus got destroyed by the opposing team's passing game. The Vikings even had some of the bad luck that has characterized this era, as (with the game already out of hand) Brett Favre threw a pass so bad that two Viking defenders should have intercepted it, but they ran into each other and the ball bounced into a Packer receiver's hands.
A shutout. 34-0. A horrible defensive performance. A horrible offensive performance. Adrian Peterson injured.
Among Viking bloggers, I've been one of the strongest supporters of Brad Childress. It's not that I've been thrilled with anything he's done. I've just blamed poor passing game personnel for the Vikings' struggles, and believed we needed more patience to see what Childress could build. But now we've seen 25 games. Now I'm convinced. This isn't going to work.
And the remaining seven games of the season could get worse. As Edgar says in King Lear,
"And worse I may be yet: the worst is not
So long as we can say, 'This is the worst.'"
If, as it appears, the team no longer plays hard for Brad Childress, he cannot return as head coach next season. I think this is it. I think the Brad Childress era is coming to an ugly close.
Be healthy, Adrian Peterson.