On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress following Sunday’s 31-3 loss to their division rival, Green Bay Packers. Last season, Childress led the Vikings to within a field goal from going to the Super Bowl.
The team decided not to tell quarterback, Brett Favre, about Childress’ departure, and put Favre on an information lockdown. On Monday, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told reporters, “It is important not to upset Brett (Favre) with only six games left in the season. He does not deal with change very well. We all saw what happened when he left Green Bay. We’re just trying to minimize the damage. His old body can’t handle this kind of news.”
Tuesday afternoon, in an attempt to get a coach in place without Favre noticing, the Minnesota Vikings hired former “Major Dad” TV star, Gerald McRaney, as Childress’ replacement.
Wilf told reporters, “The decision was easy. I mean, look at him. He looks exactly like Brad (Childress). Just slap some glasses on him and we’re good to go.”
When asked about Favre possibly noticing the age difference between McRaney and Childress, offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell said, “It’s only a 9 year difference. Sure “Major Dad” looks a bit older than Chilly, but Favre’s eyes also aren’t what they used to be. Look at his 17 interceptions this year. He’s throwing balls to everyone. If I had a dollar for every time Brett has come to me this season and said ‘sorry coach, thought it was one of our guys’, I’d be able to buy like 17 McDonald’s double-cheeseburgers.”
Favre and McRaney met for the first time Wednesday morning in the Vikings locker room. A team representative said, “It was great. McRaney played it so casual. I haven’t seen him act this well in years. Brett didn’t seem to notice the difference, but gave us a close scare when they first crossed paths. He stopped and gave a very dramatic and confused stare into the distance. You know, kinda like they do on soap operas. After about two minutes he shrugged and kept walking. No harm done and we’re happy to have ‘Major Dad’ in the locker room.”
McRaney has yet to speak out about his new job, but a close family friend told reporters that, “He’s just happy to have steady work and hopefully help out the Vikings. Gerald has always had a soft spot for charities.”