The soap opera in Minnesota took another turn this week.
Six players spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times anonymously, voicing their issues with head coach Brad Childress. They told the Sun-Times they would like Childress to be fired.
"We got too many good football players, and we won't lay down like Dallas," one player said.
"As much as I hate Childress, I will keep playing," another player told the paper.
With a 3-5 record over the season's first half, the Vikings have been a team in turmoil and it's unsure if Childress has control of his squad.
"We know that (Brad) Childress doesn't have our backs, so why should we have his? We're playing for us, and we're winning despite him," one player said.
Childress received criticism for his desperate attempt to get QB Brett Favre to return, and it reached a boiling point with the Randy Moss disaster. Childress traded for Moss, then waived the wideout, a very unpopular move around Minnesota. All of that is in addition to the fact that the team has underachieved.
The way we see it
This is damning evidence that Childress has lost his locker room in Minnesota. It's rare to see players, albeit anonymously, speak that harshly about their head coach in the middle of the season. This is likely Childress' final year, so the question is can he survive the rest of the season considering it looks like his own team wants him fired.