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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Pittsburgh - WP: B. Morris 8 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland 9 Bottom 8th Inning
LA Angels 7
Colorado 3 Top 8th Inning
San Diego 2
Los Angeles 2 Bottom 7th Inning
San Francisco 1
New York 109 FINAL
Brooklyn 98
Denver 94 4th Qtr 2:58
LA Clippers 105
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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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