It's been almost over a week since the Minnesota Vikings have fired Brad Childress. He has done a lot of wrong this season, releasing Randy Moss without the team's permission and bunch of other things that result in hoopla. But the Vikes succeeded without Childress, as they won 17-13 on Sunday. 
"What a difference 365 days can make," Childress said in a telephone interview with the newspaper from his beach home in Bonita Springs, Fla. "You pull yourself into your work the best way you can each and every week, and you never expect something like this to happen. You go into every week thinking you'll win." 

After getting blown out by the Green Bay Packers, Childress was fired. He led the Vikes to a 40-37 record and was received with a contract extension earlier in the off-season after leading the Vikes a field goal away from the Super Bowl.

"I don't know if it's shocking," Childress said of the firing, according to the newspaper. "All you have to do is look around the league to know this happens. I didn't do everything perfectly, but I felt I coached my way. I left that job in a lot better shape than we were [in 2006]." 

Childress helped the Vikes play well, but it was really helped by picking up Brett Favre. But Favre has been struggling this season and leads the league in interceptions and turnovers. 
"If you pull a couple of quotes from a locker room, it all gets exacerbated a bit," Childress told the Pioneer Press. "By and large, I know the support I had. It's a good group of guys in that locker room." 

Favre wants to finish out the season strong with the Vikes. If they keep playing well, maybe they can end on a high note.

By Josh Dhani


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