Rand: Burns at top, Steckel at bottom in Vikings coaching likability list

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  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 7:08 AM

Mike Zimmer hasn’t even had his first news conference in Minnesota, and already he’s winning the battle of public opinion. In a startribune.com poll, 84 percent of respondents said they either “love” or “like” his hire as the new Vikings coach. ¶ Of course, it doesn’t really matter where you start. What matters is where you finish. As such, here is a ranking of the six Vikings coaches who preceded Zimmer but came after Bud Grant (the first time) in terms of where they wound up in franchise likability lore.

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scoops13Jan. 16, 14 9:39 AM

Where's Bud ????

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dmulville72Jan. 16, 1412:17 PM

Lest we forget, Didn't Tice also lead the Vikes to their only playoff win over Green Bay? Who know what he could have done with a full staff and a legitimate payroll?

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strib1991Jan. 17, 1411:51 AM

Bud Grant is the King of the Frozen Tundra! #1 in my book!

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imperatorgJan. 18, 1411:47 PM

The article clearly says it is a ranking of coaches who came after Bud. Why are there always so many people who comment without really reading the article?

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imperatorgJan. 19, 1412:01 AM

Tice's record in his final season could have just as easily been 5 - 11 instead of 9 - 7. If you look at what happened in each game that year it is obvious the Vikes got incredibly lucky, winning a couple games on very questionable referee calls and a couple more on last minute mistakes by their opponents. Sometimes you lose undeservedly and sometimes you win undeservedly. Nice guy does not necessarily equal good coach, unfortunately. Btw, I've been a Vikes fan ever since their very first training camp opened up down the street from my house. Can I please see a Vikes Super Bowl while I can still appreciate it!

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lhildebrandtJan. 21, 14 9:03 AM

imperatorg, you've seen 4 Viking Super Bowls already! Bud was a given as the most liked coach, as the article states

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Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija 1
St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 3
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton 3
Toronto - WP: S. Delabar 3 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski 2
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 11 FINAL
Detroit - LP: D. Smyly 6
Atlanta - WP: A. Harang 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 0
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 8 FINAL
Boston - LP: J. Lackey 4
NY Yankees - LP: A. Warren 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. McGee 11
Seattle - LP: Y. Medina 4 FINAL
Miami - WP: S. Cishek 8
Chicago WSox - LP: F. Paulino 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: M. Perez 12
Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco 0 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas 5
Philadelphia - LP: J. Pettibone 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: T. Chatwood 12
Houston 3 Top 9th Inning
Oakland 11
San Francisco - LP: M. Cain 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: T. Ross 2
Arizona 2 Top 10th Inning
Los Angeles 2
Montreal 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 1 FINAL
Boston 0
Dallas 2 FINAL
Anaheim 3
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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