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Minnesota Vikings fire Coach Brad Childress [Updated]

November 22, 2010 |  9:46 am

Childress The Minnesota Vikings fired Coach Brad Childress on Monday, hours after the Vikings dropped to 3-7 following a lopsided home loss to the Green Bay Packers.

[Updated at 9:44 a.m.: The Vikings announced defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will take over as interim coach for the rest of the season.]

Childress coached the Vikings for 4 1/2 seasons, compiling an overall record of 40-37 with the franchise. He helped lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2009 before they fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

It was that playoff run combined with quarterback Brett Favre's return that made the Vikings one of the preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl. However, the Vikings have never recovered since losing three of their first four games.

The Vikings lost 31-3 to Green Bay on Sunday.

The team did not immediately announce who will replace Childress as coach. The team has scheduled a press conference at 1 p.m.

We'll have more on Childress' firing soon at

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Brad Childress. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/ Getty Images