Here's something for Brad Childress to ponder as he fills up that box with his office belongings on his way out the door: Would you chase Brett Favre all over the place if you had to do it all over again?
When Childress sold his soul for a 40-year-old quarterback, one that clearly isn't the same player he was years ago, it was the beginning of the end for him as coach of the Vikings.
When Childress was fired Monday, replaced by defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on an interim basis, it marked the ending of a up-and-down ride that would have kids asking for an express pass to ride it since it was so filled with highs and lows.
Can we ever forget the images of Childress playing Al Cowlings to Favre's O.J. Simpson when he picked him up in his black SUV from the airport two summers ago, playing chauffer-boy to the quarterback who he expected to lead him to a Super Bowl?
Instead Favre led him to the unemployment line.
When you relax rules and requirements for one player, it immediately forms a divide in the locker room. Childress, never on solid ground inside of his, lost it with his sick courtship of Favre.
"Chilly" was not only his nickname, but that's the reception he often received from his players.
You can't win that way. He clearly lost his locker room. The players looked like quitters Sunday in their 30-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The word was owner Zygi Wilf was livid as he left the stadium, setting the stage for this move.
I have great respect for Leslie Frazier. I think he can turn this thing around and earn himself the top job on a permanent basis. When he worked as an assistant in Indianapolis, people inside the building raved about him. They said he was a lot like Tony Dungy, and the two bonded like brothers. That's high praise.
Frazier brings that cerebral approach to the game. He's also an aggressive defensive coordinator, which you need in this pass-happy league.
The first thing he should do is bench Favre. Play Tarvaris Jackson and find out if he's the long-term answer. If he is, then all the things Childress did to keep Favre as his quarterback will be laughable. Insert jokes here.
Childress had this arrogance about him that players sensed and despised.
Frazier is the exact opposite. That's a good thing.
I doubt you'll ever see him sending a plane to pick up a player or chauffer that player around. Frazier played the game. He knows what it takes for a coach to have and earn respect.
This was a move that had to be made.