This was a long time coming..... well maybe not a long time, but since the Miami loss, the Vikings have been completely exposed. Teams can run against the Vikes this season, and Childress went ALL IN for Favre and banked his job on it. This man is pathetic as a Head Coach but he DEFINITELY has value as an Offensive mind, and will be an OC again by New Years.
Question is.... Is he worth bringing to Miami? I pose this not to bring the whole, lets take another team's scrub and hope he can turn it around. But given his reputation in the West Coast Offense, and his successes. He led a Andy Reid Eagles team to a Super Bowl berth against the Patsies 5 years ago. He climbed the Vikings from a 6-10 team to the NFC Championship game in 4 years offensively last season.
Given our personnel. While we are by no means a West Coast style Offense, we do have the personnel for it. It is 100% clear that we need a new offensive direction. Could this be the answer? We have a young QB that has been coached NOT TO MAKE MISTAKES, but also shows tendencies of mentor Chad P, and often dinks and dunks. Childress would be able to UNLEASH the Henne, and play to his tendencies with a West Coast Style..... Bess became a Dolphin after 4 years in the Run N' Gun in Hawaii, and would be a perfect complement to a West Coast Style. Marshall would be able to excel in a system designed not to feature a #1 WR, but one that spreads out the coverage and allows him to see more one-on-ones. We all know that Williams is an experiences pass blocker, and has escaped out of the pocket for an outlet more times than he gets looked upon. Hartline could get more looks in a 3 WR set and enhance his own development (plus, not to be racist, there always seems to be a WHITE receiver on the better WC teams). If Ronnie Brown is resigned for next season, we all know what Cam Cameron was able to do with him as a catching threat. Our OL, when it was healthy, was giving MORE than enough time to let Henne throw it....
Given his track record, Childress will be one of the top Offensive Coordinators on the market this offseason. This team's offensive potential has been held in check by bad play calling, an outdated OC, and poor execution. They only seem to find their stride when EVERYTHING is going right, and that is not how to win football games. Calculated risks are what is to be coached, not the lets not lose this one guys mentality that this regime has been holding on to. With Parcells packing up and leaving, Ireland is in charge.
We do not need to fire Sparano. He has done an admirable job with what he has had to work with. This team is young, and if we were in any other Division not ending in the word East, this team would be sitting on a playoff seed, even with the injuries. Do we need a new OC? YES.
If we go the logical route and promote from within, Lee may get the job. This would not retard the Offense with new terminology and could be the most effective in the short term. BUT, what if we radically changed direction. Keep the regime in place for what it is, and bring in an experienced OC, one that brings a more exciting flavor. I think with Childress, maybe our defense wouldnt be relied upon to carry us to under 20 point victories.
Could Sparano and Childress co-exist. I doubt it. They have different philosophies all together. But what a marriage it would make. Sparano, the hard nosed, blue collar, lovable coach paired with an abrasive disciplinarian OC. Maybe. Just maybe. I would like to see this avenue at least addressed this off-season. We are known to bring in the big name. All we need is an OC, not a new HC. What if we take a pro?