How true this song seem's this season. A season that seems never was, could still be, but will never be. I know that some will deem this as being pessimistic. I for one, am still holding out the last bit of hope for a big swing and a miracle finish, much like last week's game. I have to let reality sink in as well. Before the start of the season, I predicted the Vikings would finish 10-6 with a Wild Card. At least, I think, but too tired to go look right now. That record was with Favre being 70% of what he was last year. I had us 9-7 or 7-9 with Jackson. Well, at 3-6, it's looking like 7-9 might be a pipe dream right now, with a 3-13 nightmare of almost 30 years ago replaying itself. Given another game against the Bears, Lions (Who I would not count out), Giants, Philly and next week against the Packers, the odds are not in our favor. The game against the Bills might be ugly too as they seem to play anyone close and tough. None of us could have envisioned what has happened this season. Both on the field and off. That's why I think it has indeed become time to make some changes, in the now, not the future, as we have to protect the Vikings future.
The first thought, it has come time for Childress to go. Yes, he has had a 2 game per year improvement in his record. Yes, he helped guide this team to a NFC Championship game last year. Yet, his play calling has seemed to come into question more this year then any other year, with the exception of this game, he has made some very questionable "challenge" calls. Also, it has become apparent that he has also lost control of this team. From his "hidden" criticism's/spat's of Favre in press conferences, his not so hidden feud with Harvin last week to the Moss debacle. Whether or not the article in Chicago earlier this week was true or false, I would have to think there is some truth to it, along with the exaggerations as well. In either case, he has lost respect of his team, the fans and the owner. He seems to have lost the control he desires and the locker room situation has spun out of control. No, a coach is not supposed to be your friend. Though someone tell me when Vince Lombardi, George Halas or Paul Brown had this many issue's in the locker room through their entire career's, let alone one season?
Would Leslie Frazier be the answer? Who knows. Some say yes, some say no. At this point, would it hurt to find out? Players seem to have more respect for him. Yes, the Defense hasn't looked great at times, other times, has looked good. One could make the argument they are getting worn down due to a lackluster offense. I think that is partially true. Yes, I also think it's some players not living up to expectations. However, is it due to Frazier, or due to Chilly? Also, how much freedom does Frazier have in running the Defense? Is there possibly some hidden input from Chilly as well? On Chilly's part, there does seem to be a bit of the control freak status. Who knows. But at this point, Chilly has become a non factor it seems, and at this point, we would not be worse off then we are now. If the slide continues, then you part way's with Frazier in the offseason. But at least I would be willing to see what he could do with the rest of the season, salvaged or not.
What to do with Favre. Yes, this will stir up even more debate, but at this point, I think it is time to part way's as well. Yes, I do mean give him his release. At 41, he is playing like the QB that I had predicted to play last year. Yes, I was happy to be very wrong last year, but sad he has become that this year. By releasing him now, it will keep his consecutive start streak intact as he would not be starting anymore, but also allows him to walk away from a situation that he, nor anyone else, has chance of improving. It would also signal to the fans and players that the Vikings have realized things are not good, and willing to make a change to help things for the future. Whether you like him or not, it is time for Jackson to prove, or as I think, disprove himself from here on out. If he fails, so be it. Again, like a coaching change, we would not be worse off then we are now. Yes, I still have doubts about Jackson, but I blame more of Chilly for that. Throwing him into the starter role as a rookie when he obviously was not ready for it. Sadly, I don't think he will ever recover, even sitting behind Favre the past season and a half, but time has come. Would Webb be a starter next year or at any point beyond? None of us knows, just like none of us knows if Jackson will ever be a starting QB. But we need to find out now.
Just as it has come time to find out now about many things, from coaching to players. The Vikings need to look at this season from the perspective of the future. The season is not going good, is it time to change to a coach that will be strong in the future? Is it time to look at the QB's we have now to see if they will be in our future? I do think it is time, now, for that to come. Time for the Vikings to jettison the Now, and look towards the Future.
We have several Free Agents coming up. Greenway, Edwards and Rice to name a few. The Williams Wall is about to ride off into the sunset. Wilf needs to make changes now to convince those guy's to re-sign, as there will be an attempt to re-sign them. As well as other teams to go after them. There has to be an attempt by Wilf to show that he does see what is going on. He has to do it to show any potential new player, whether rookie, free agent or trade, that he will not settle for the status qou. If he does settle, not only will this season be truly lost, but the future lost as well, as players will not want to work for a coach that the team has given up on, the fans have given up on and that has seemingly lost any shred of control and respect both within and outside the organization.
SKOL to the now and to the future