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Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress walks the sideline in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Andy King)

ANALYSIS: Vikings players privately say team in turmoil with Childress at helm

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ST. PAUL - In January 2006, still stinging from the infamous Love Boat scandal, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf hired Brad Childress to clean up his dysfunctional organization.

One of eight NFL owners with a head coaching vacancy that offseason, Wilf was enamored of Childress' pedigree -- Childress had been offensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin and with the Philadelphia Eagles -- and he quickly signed Childress to a five-year contract.

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