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The Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress on Monday, one day following their 31-3 loss to the...

The Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress on Monday, one day following their 31-3 loss to the Packers. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Brad Childress and named defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

The move comes just a day after the Vikings suffered an embarrassing 31-3 home loss against Green Bay and fell to a disappointing 3-7 for the season.

Childress' job was said to be in jeopardy following the Randy Moss issue, as the coach apparently decided to waive the controversial wide receiver against the wishes of owner Zygi Wilf on Nov. 1.

The Vikings appeared to save the coach's job with a stunning comeback in a 27-24 overtime win over Arizona on Nov. 7 to set up a two-week stretch against NFC North division contenders Chicago and Green Bay.

After the Bears notched a 27-13 win on Nov. 14 at Soldier Field, Sunday's debacle apparently sealed Childress' fate.

"We felt we made the best decision for the team moving forward," Wilf said.

Childress was in his fifth season as Vikings head coach and compiled a record of 39-35 with a pair of NFC North titles. The Vikings were 10-6 in 2008 and lost to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs, then tried to improve the offence by luring Brett Favre out of a second retirement to play in 2009.

Favre led the Vikings to a 12-4 mark last year with a trip to the NFC Championship Game, but the club came up just short of the Super Bowl with an overtime loss to New Orleans.

With a majority of the same cast from 2009, the Vikings asked Favre to come back for another year with Super Bowl aspirations. Another loss to the Saints in the nationally-televised 2010 season-opener was followed by a loss to Miami in the home opener for an 0-2 start.

A win against Detroit preceded the club's bye week and the ill-fated decision to acquire Moss from New England at the start of October. The Vikings managed only a win over an equally-disappointing Dallas team during the month with losses to the Jets, Packers and Patriots.

Then came the decision to release Moss after the Patriots game and the ever- growing speculation surrounding Childress' job security.

"The past five years have been a tremendous experience for my family and I as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings," Childress said in a statement released through the team. "I have a great respect for the players and coaches who I have worked with and for their dedication to each other and to the organization. I am proud of our accomplishments and believe the foundation of this football team is stronger today than when I became head coach in 2006. I appreciate the opportunity that Zygi and the whole Wilf family afforded me and wish them success as they move forward."

Frazier is in his fourth season with the Vikings and his 12th as an NFL coach. He was the defensive backs coach in Philadelphia from 1999-2002, then served as defensive coordinator for Cincinnati for two seasons before moving on to Indianapolis as DBs coach for two years.

The Vikings became the second team to change coaches this season, as Dallas fired Wade Phillips on Nov. 7. The Cowboys, who lost to Minnesota in the divisional playoffs last year, also had Super Bowl hopes entering this season, but a 1-7 start cost Phillips his job.

Minnesota will hope to duplicate what Dallas has done since the change, as the Cowboys have won two straight with Jason Garrett as interim coach.

Frazier's first game as a head coach will come Sunday at Washington.


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