Vikings have options: NFL head coaches come in all shapes and sizes

  • Article by: Mark Craig , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 11:54 PM


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vikeforlifeJan. 4, 14 9:44 PM

All the current coaching candidates for the teams looking for a coach involve the same 10-12 coaches. The would probably be ok, but no one stands out as the next Tomlin. Pittsburgh took a chance on Tomlin and it paid off. Spielman needs to find the next Tomlin and get him on the Vikes sideline. After the Kao Chili brought to town and the bland defense the Vikes have played since Frazier was head coach this team needs fire on both sides of the ball. I for one am hoping the next Vikes head coaches name has not been mentioned yet in the interview rumors. Take your time and get it right.

paul44Jan. 4, 1410:27 PM

The Twins may be in a bad swing but they have proved they can come out of it. The Vikes have a management problem from ownership on down. Until this o Is addressed, the Vikes will be a second-rate organization.

melonicityJan. 4, 1410:46 PM

bud grant has been quoted saying that its all about the players that are drafted and that anyone can coach talent. i for one think the coach is somewhat over valued. if the guy running the draft misses with picks even the best coaches will find it difficult to win games. i dont care who they hire to coach, i care how well they draft talent.

elo_62Jan. 4, 1410:54 PM

Although I am a huge Vikings fan I am not optimistic about how the choice of a new head coach will turn out. When you have non-talented and incompetent people choosing a candidate who needs to be of high quality the chances for success are diminished greatly. The inept front office staff of the Vikings should have been replaced before the head coach. Once again the Vikings got it wrong. Maybe pure luck will prevail. I am hoping so.

dougmac1Jan. 4, 1411:24 PM

Article answers its own question. Every NFL team today faces rapid roster turnover. Therefore immediate results can be expected as every team faces the same issue of amalgamating young talent. So, if Frazier doesn't do it in Year 1 or Year 2 or Year 3, then why should he get a Year 4? Find someone else who can amalgamate young talent amidst rapid roster turnover.

kfanvikeJan. 4, 1411:37 PM

If Frazier is suggesting that patience, given the Steeler's approach, is the way in the context of his dismissal, he loses that argument instantly: The Steelers have shown a winning formulary for decades - still in place when Tomlin came aboard. The Frazier way - or formulary was a losing formulary, based on horrid personnel judgements on many levels, a horrible assemblage of crap as a coaching staff at the assistant and coordinator level, low-eb motivation, politicing, wishy-washiness and overall NO confidence. No fire at all. Dead pan all the way. No commitment to personal excellence. That isn't something to *wait out* with patience, and he stinking well knows it. Frazier the pretender - and lousy defensive coordinator (Colts bottom 10 defense when he was there - all offense with Peyton at the helm). Bucs will be sorry...

gadflyJan. 5, 14 2:16 AM

paul44 Jan. 4, 14 10:27 PM "The Twins may be in a bad swing but they have proved they can come out of it." The Twins have lost 99, 92, and 96 game in the last three seasons, while the Vikings were 10-6 and in the playoffs just last year. So how does that "prove" that the Twins are more likely to rebound than the Vikings?

gadflyJan. 5, 14 2:18 AM

Tomlin won the Super Bowl in his second year as a head coach. If Frazier had done the same, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have been fired.

comment229Jan. 5, 14 4:37 AM

Put yourself in an established and dominant head coaching frame of mind and you are offered the Minnesota job. You probably lost the ability to draft a franchise QB because you draft eighth, your defense has two, maybe three legit NFL caliber players, Peterson is going to run on grass for the first half of the season, mud during the second half, you are going to play in a relatively small stadium for the next two years, and your bosses are going to be the Wilfs. Wanna sign a contract?

realmnfanJan. 5, 14 4:39 AM

It's all about the quarterback in the NFL. Zygi should have fired Spielman for not producing a playoff caliber QB. Johnny Football is our man. Spielman needs to trade up to make sure het gets him in the draft. I repeat, it's all about the quarterback in the NFL.


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