Undercover Brother: Former Bear Frazier Takes over in Minnesota

Former Chicago Bears cornerback Leslie Frazier has taken over as interim head coach of the Minnesota Vikings after head coach Brad Childress was relieved of his duties on Monday following a 31-3 loss to the division rival Green Bay Packers.

Childress looked like a genius last season after bringing Brett Favre out of retirement and got to within a play of the Super Bowl, earning a hefty contract extension en route to the NFC Championship game.  This season, Chilly dispatched some players to Mississippi to drag Favre back, but apparently his heart – or his body for that matter- are up for the challenge.  With the Vikings in the midst of a disappointing 3-7 season and a player revolt unfolding, owner Zygi Wilf had no choice but to fire Chilly.   Live by the Favre, die by the Favre, I guess.

Frazier, a member of the championship 1985 Bears defense, has been a head coaching candidate for a number of years finally gets his chance.  He is considered a member of the Tony Dungy coaching tree and adhering to the same Cover-2 defensive philosophy as our very own Lovie Smith.

Speaking of Lovie, he reacted to the news from Minnesota in his Monday press conference.  Here are some of the highlights:

“I’m very surprised,” coach Lovie Smith said. “I just found out about it a few minutes ago and it’s a shame a little bit when you have your team a play away from being in the Super Bowl one year and he’s without a job the next year. But that’s our business. When we get in it, we realize that. Looking at it from a different point of view, it’s always good to see a guy like Leslie Frazier get an opportunity.”

Frazier’s first move as head coach?  Keep the struggling Brett Favre as the Vikings’ starting quarterback.  Maybe he’s working undercover for the Bears?

Topics: Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Childress Fired, Lovie Smith, Minnesota Vikings, Zygi Wilf

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  • Mr. Pickles

    I bet Lovie was surprised. After making it to the Superbowl his franchise has been in a nosedive and he still has a job. Always glad to see a former Bear get a shot at a coaching job, too bad its gotta be with the Vikings. Watching to Vikes fight on the sidelines Sunday was way more fun than watching the actual game.

  • Windy Cynic

    Heeheee Boomer, good one…..live by the Favre, die by the Farve……

    The mess that is the vikings is still talented and we’ll have our hands full if they just run the ball and play D like they can.

    • Boomer

      As bad as Grampa Favre has been, it’s actually the Vikings D that has been most disappointing. Where has Jared Allen been? Where’s that Williams Wall that no one can run on? Maybe Favre’s outstanding performance last season covered up for an aging, crumbling defense.

  • http://www.healthandwholeness.info Health and Wholeness

    God love Merrill Hoge, I believe he’s the last one out there still making excuses for the Ol’ Dongslinger’s wretched season…same refrain that’s always spouted when he gets all interceptiony again
    It’s such a joy that he came back this year, if he’d retired after sweeping the Packers and being an OT away from the Super Bowl it would have been a nice capper but as it stands he had to stand there and watch Rodgers have his fun in the biggest romp they’ve ever had at the MetroDome

  • windy Cynic

    Trouble on the horizon boys…. the topic of extending Lovie is being floated at the Trib.

    Unbelievable.

    The ghost of Dick Jauron and JOhn Shoop strike again.

    • DeCon

      while i will say, i have had a foot on the Fire Lovie bandwagon all year, can we really argue with the results to date? sure, i think he cost us the Washington game, by not challenging JC’s TD, but JC throwing 4 picks to DeAngelo Hall did its fair share to solidify the loss too. while i am not advocating extending Lovie right now, if the Bears end up winning the NFC North, i wouldn’t be dead set against it either. i think it is a pipe dream to believe the McCaskey’s will be able to bring in a big name like Cowher or Gruden anyway…the fact is the defense has looked solid all season, say what you want about Lovie’s Cover Who defense. and the offense seems to be starting to pull things together, especially on the offensive line. do we really want JC and our young WRs to have to learn yet another offense for the 3rd time in 3 years? i would like to see JC grow into Martz’s system, because, let’s face it, his system works with the right personnel and JC is a heck of a QB who is VERY early in his career. i think the needle is definitely pointing up for this team, so let’s wait and see how the next 6 games pan out. if they can go 3-2 up to the final game vs GB, that game could be for the NFC North crown and that is where Lovie could earn his extension if we go north of the border and whoop some Packer A**!!!

      • Mr. Pickles

        I agree, especially with the Cowher/Gruden pipedream sentiment. I think Lovie is well on his way to saving his job but it’s a little premature for extension talk. I think the bigger travesty is that Lovie may be saving Angelo’s job. Provided things continue the way they have I can stomach more Lovie; however, I still doubt Angelo has any clue as to how to build this team into a perennial contender. Even though the defense is playing lights out right now the core of it isn’t getting any younger.

  • City

    Thought I would pipe in here with some doom and gloom.

    I don’t think there’s a need to worry about the Lovie extension just yet. The next few games are gonna be killers. The Bears need to beat Detroit, Minnesota and at least one of either the Eagles, Pats, Jets, or Packers. The question is: can they beat a good team? And I think the verdict is still out there. It’s very likely that the end of this season is going to require some great gametime coaching, and we all know what that means.

    I will say this, however: if Lovie and his coaching staff can get us to 11 wins, they absolutely deserve another season with the team.