Hartman: Vikings in need of stability at coach

  • Article by: Sid Hartman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2014 - 12:01 AM

The Vikings had only five coaches in their first 40 seasons of their existence. But with the firing of Leslie Frazier last week, the team now is starting the process of hiring what will be its fourth coach in 10 seasons.

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davholbJan. 5, 14 1:18 AM

I had commented on Souhan's article indicating I enjoy controversy! With that said, and the results of the Robins, Zelle findings forthcoming, in which Wilf will not appreciate, it it is time to continue "housecleaning!" Fire Spielman! Hire Shanahan as GM and Head Coach! Do everything you can to hire "Johnny Football." PSL's will be gone in three days. Zigy should put away his "microscope," as the only owner that can survive as a "micromanager" is Elway. He played the game! Go Vikings!!

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fishanhunt2Jan. 5, 14 8:03 AM

Hartman: Vikings in need of stability at coach. Meaning no disrespect Sid, but is this headline a typo? Shouldn't it read, Vikings in need of, > ABILITY < at coach? Neither Childress or Frazier were NFL upper tier coaches and the results of their dismal tenure with the Vikings bear that out.

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fishanhunt2Jan. 5, 14 8:42 AM

No mention today Sid of what the NDSU Bison did yesterday or this season? With all the Minnesota boys playing on the Bison team wouldn't even a couple of lines be warranted? What do the Bison have to do? Come down and beat the Gophers at home? Oh wait, the Bison used to do that before the Rodents ended that embarrassment...

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realtybitesJan. 5, 14 9:51 AM

Not a single coach in the history of Minnesota sports deserved to be fired according to Sid. If you wnet through the teams he listed, I'll bet most, if not all of their head coaches were ever hired again in that post or at least succeeded. The problem is finding the right coach, not how many you have to sift through. We once had stability because we found a great coach in Bud Grant. Unfortunately, we're still searching for his replacement. Hopefully we can also find that great QB the fans deserve and have been waiting for since Sir Francis retired.....

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partskcojJan. 5, 1411:52 AM

Ya sure Sid. Like the stability the Twins have with Ryan and Gardy and his Flying Circus. How many years in a row will these clowns lose 90 games.

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money2Jan. 5, 14 4:45 PM

I just wanted to make another comment: I really think that Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague is doing an outstanding job for Gophers athletics. I KNOW he will raise the full $190 million and that within the next 10 years or so the Gophers facilities will be amoungst the best in the BIG. And I really LOVE the coaches he's hired and I KNOW he will hire more GREAT coaches. Now that we have a President and an AD that wants to win, the Gophers are JUST getting started. GO GOPHERS!

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dynalee10Jan. 5, 14 6:09 PM

You need to have a decent coach to have stability and the last decent not great coach we had was Denny Green and he was smart enough to hire good coordinators . The NFL is different now , if you show nothing or very little in three years your gone

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prplmiseryJan. 5, 14 7:13 PM

If Sid had his choice I'm sure he would love to have Colonel Klink back as head coach. To be honest with you Sid has bent over backwards to make sure that nothing bad was ever printed about any viking's head coach even though none of them (including any future coach of this loser jinxed franchise) has ever been able to deliver a Super Bowl / World Championship to the ever dwindling number of purple homers.

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crashman1962Jan. 5, 14 8:13 PM

So Sid you want a long term Coach like Gardy with 3 90 loss seasons in a row ??? that's worked out good.

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vikeladyJan. 5, 1410:17 PM

Vikings do need stability at head coach. Finding the right coach would obviously create that stability. We need a coaching staff that can install a new and creative offense and defense. Wish we could have kept Frazier at defensive coordinator. Thought he did fine there. However, I think Spielman is getting too much credit. Our 2011 draft didn't create much outside of Ponder and Rudolph. Yes, Ponder. With the right coaching, allowing him to use his strengths (roll-outs, scrambling, no huddle and some decent offensive line protection) and not trying to make him into something he isn't, I believe he would do well. He's young and still developing. The rest of that draft was pretty bad. The 2012 draft wasn't much better, although it is early yet. Kahlil and Smith were great picks. We did get Wright in the 4th but after that, not much again. The 2013 draft produced Rhodes and Patterson. Jury's still out on Floyd. However, we gave up too much for Patterson. That is one of the reasons I believe this team hasn't shown enough improvement. Also, Spielman didn't do anything to improve the offensive line with free agency or the draft last year and it showed big time. I'm not saying Frazier was necessarily worthy of one more year as head coach, but I really have my doubts about Spielman. And who really was behind the signing of Josh Freeman and playing him?

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