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Report: Josh McDaniels to meet with Vikings

Josh McDaniels, Steve Spagnuolo

Josh McDaniels would rather be an assistant coach in Minnesota than a head coach in San Francisco.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that McDaniels is scheduled to meet Friday with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier about an undefined assistant coaching job.   (Very likely the offensive coordinator position.)  McD passed up a chance to interview for the 49ers head coaching job earlier Thursday.

Don’t forget the Vikings still have an offensive coordinator:  Brett Favre’s BFF Darrell Bevell.   While nothing has been made official about Bevell’s status, this news strongly indicates the Vikings are looking to go in a new direction.   The Childress-Favre-Bevell offense appears to be on the way out.

McDaniels seems to have learned from Eric Mangini’s mistake in Cleveland.  Jumping into another hazardous head coaching job right after getting fired isn’t necessarily the best way to learn your craft, achieve coaching longevity, and maximize a potential second chance.

It’s very rare to get three chances, so you better make the second one count.

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  1. ttommytom says: Jan 6, 2011 7:30 PM

    Actually on the brilliant side.

  2. rhythmfish says: Jan 6, 2011 7:31 PM

    Good post, Greggy.

  3. commoncents says: Jan 6, 2011 7:31 PM

    Smart choice Josh.

  4. infinitig says: Jan 6, 2011 7:38 PM

    Denver wasn’t a hazardous coaching job until he was fired. He took over a team that went 8 – 8 and turned it into a 4 – 12 team. He will probably be an outstanding offensive coordinator.

  5. commandercornpone says: Jan 6, 2011 7:39 PM

    but will there be a real qb to work with

  6. 4sacroc says: Jan 6, 2011 7:40 PM

    LMAO!

    Guy goes 5-17 and flames out.

    He’s as hirable as Matt Millen.

  7. rcunningham says: Jan 6, 2011 7:47 PM

    A shockingly good move by the Vikings if it goes through. McDaniels is an awful head coach but still a very good offensive coordinator.

    Sometimes a new staff makes all the difference. Look at the Chiefs, they added Romeo Crennell and Charlie Weis and won their division, something NO ONE thought would happen a year ago.

    The Bears added Mike Martz, Cutler played better, and the Bears won the NFC North.

    Skol!

  8. smartbutlazy says: Jan 6, 2011 7:48 PM

    I wish egos could be put aside and he could be denver’s oc.

  9. cusoman says: Jan 6, 2011 7:49 PM

    I LIKE this move, hope it works out. Now get Singletary in as an o-line coach and we’re talkin.

  10. ditkaditkaditka says: Jan 6, 2011 7:49 PM

    Please god, take this job and convince Wilff that AP needs to be traded…to The Bears.

  11. truefan2 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:51 PM

    Seems like a smart move to me for him.

    Getting a chance to be an assistant, and the opportunity to work with some talent might work out well for him at this point in his career.

    However, with the issues the Viking’s offensive line has, and the lack of a veteran QB… Maybe being the OC there is kind of risky.

    Maybe he’ll try to recruit Tebow to come with him. ;-)

  12. bigred12 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:57 PM

    as a vikings fan, this is awesome! mcdaniels did some good things in denver (offensively, at least), his work in new england was great, and the vikings offense is lame.

  13. contra74 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:58 PM

    NOOOOOO!

  14. thejuddstir says: Jan 6, 2011 8:00 PM

    McD as OC and Singletary as defensive coach would be huge signings by the vikings to go along with a dungy-type HC in Frazier.

  15. hobartbaker says: Jan 6, 2011 8:01 PM

    Replays will show that Josh’s “first strike” was a missed call. He was actually hit by a wild pitch. Deliberately.

  16. irishgary says: Jan 6, 2011 8:05 PM

    Probably Brett’s new Chauffer

  17. drstrangelust says: Jan 6, 2011 8:19 PM

    What makes this guy a good pick?

  18. carson9 says: Jan 6, 2011 8:19 PM

    What better way to appease the Vikings fan base? I know, lets bring in McDaniels!!

  19. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 6, 2011 8:29 PM

    No-brainer for the Vikings. Bring in McDaniels and let him choose his bargain basement QB to mold into a winner. Hell, Orton will probably be available too.

  20. vikesdynasty says: Jan 6, 2011 8:33 PM

    i’ll take mcdaniels over bevell any day because he is terrible…the whole offensive scheme was pathetic and i cant believe it worked last yr…maybe its just the stupid zone blocking that made it look bad but a change is welcome especially with our weapons

  21. ndgarretjax says: Jan 6, 2011 8:44 PM

    Maybe he’ll force Brett Favre out of Minnesota! Wouldn’t that be a funny way to end Brett’s career… LOL

  22. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 6, 2011 8:45 PM

    Since Belichick started coaching New England, many of his coordinators have become head coaches. Romeo Crennel, Al Groh, Josh McDaniels, Eric Mangini, Nick Saban, Charlie Weis and Jim Schwartz. With the exception of Nick Saban, none of them have been tremendously successful, and Nick Saban wasn’t all that successful on the NFL level.

    I think this season we’ve learned why. Back when it was announced that Belichick was going to be taking over both the Offensive and Defensive Coordinator positions a lot of football observers were saying that he was taking on too much. Instead the Patriots are having a marque year despite the team being extremely young. After watching the way the Patriots have played this year, I’m not sure any of the coordinators in the last decade have done anything at all, that Belichick has been pulling all the strings all along, only this season he isn’t pretending.

    In other words I’m not convinced that Josh McDaniels ever did anything in New England other then repeat the plays that Belichick told him to call.

    Interestingly a lot of the scouting and managing staff that worked with Belichick have gone on to work for teams as general managers like the Falcons, Chiefs and Jets which have had a resurgence since their arrival.

  23. therealjcannon says: Jan 6, 2011 8:50 PM

    This is the best news Ive had all day! Mcdaniels is the only O coordinator I am certain can maxamize the talent on this roster. I have often wondered what an O coordinator with a great imagination would be able to do with the likse of Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. I don’t want to get too exited but this would be a dream come true for me!

  24. contra74 says: Jan 6, 2011 8:51 PM

    Im all for cleaning house and starting fresh but come on! Get someone that doesnt have a tainted perception.

  25. footballgeek11 says: Jan 6, 2011 8:55 PM

    How does McNightmare get a second chance doing anything in pro football?

  26. packfannchitown says: Jan 6, 2011 8:55 PM

    I guess taking an offense job in Chicago wouldn’t go over very well…

  27. jagerbmb says: Jan 6, 2011 8:57 PM

    Smart to turn down the 49ers

  28. Deb says: Jan 6, 2011 9:01 PM

    The Vikes need to dump Bevell and McDaniels is is good offensive mind and skilled at developing QBs. And the fact that he’s opting for coordinator positions rather than jumping into another head coaching opportunity means he’s smarter than I gave him credit for being–or at least he’s wise enough to listen to smart people.

    But McDaniels can be a loose cannon and is something of a weasel. Frazier seems to be a good guy, and I’d hate to see him get burned.

    Although Vikes fans are high on Webb, they really need a more experienced QB. Might be interesting to try for Vince Young and see if McDaniels could help him reach his potential. Young coupled with Harvin, Peterson. Could be a dangerous offense.

  29. dolphinatic says: Jan 6, 2011 9:02 PM

    This guy still has the stink of a cheater on him. I wouldn’t touch him. I wonder if he even knows how to do it without a spy cam guy.

  30. jimmy1smith says: Jan 6, 2011 9:34 PM

    For those that think he was a great OC, remember he had Tom Brady at Qb. But this is typical flawed thinking of the part of the Vikings, grab the recognized name and make it appear like you are doing something.

    Look, anybody is better than Bevell, I will grant you that. But take a hard look at the Offense. They have to replace about 2/3’s of the O line, they have one WR and he is about to leave, they have AD and a TE that loves to show his dong more than catch passes over the middle. I realize the Viking fans will welcome Orton, Young, or Leinhart and immediately declare the QB situation has been resolved and they are going to the Superbowl but reality isn’t like that. They have a lot of holes to fix and not that many draft picks.

    McDaniels can’t afford to be picky because he is such a dumbass but hey, that’s how Minnesota rolls.

  31. 4sacroc says: Jan 6, 2011 9:37 PM

    3-13

  32. Bubby Brister says: Jan 6, 2011 9:44 PM

    “Since Belichick started coaching New England, many of his coordinators have become head coaches. Romeo Crennel, Al Groh, Josh McDaniels, Eric Mangini, Nick Saban, Charlie Weis and Jim Schwartz. With the exception of Nick Saban, none of them have been tremendously successful, and Nick Saban wasn’t all that successful on the NFL level.”

    Yeah, that’s obviously the case considering how Crennel and Weis became coordinators again and ran Kansas City into the ground. I think most people would agree Jim Schwartz has the Lions in the right direction.

    Or, maybe, coordinating a playbook and the plays to be called is completely different than coordinating every nook and cranny of a team consisting of 53 grown men and having said grown men buy into what you’re selling and follow your lead. Completely different breeds of work.

  33. dtrb10 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:51 PM

    I’m liking Les Frazier. Watch out in 11′

  34. marcinhouston says: Jan 6, 2011 9:54 PM

    Peterson and the Vikings OL are burned out, while Rice and Harvin have trouble staying healthy. The Vikings have nothing at QB. McDaniels should keep his options open.

  35. ande9202 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:59 PM

    #

    he even knows how to do it without a spy cam guy.
    #
    jimmy1smith says: Jan 6, 2011 9:34 PM

    For those that think he was a great OC, remember he had Tom Brady at Qb. But this is typical flawed thinking of the part of the Vikings, grab the recognized name and make it appear like you are doing something.
    ______________________________

    So one year his offense sets the record for points, and the next he helps get 11 wins from a back up QB who hadn’t started a game since High School. Im sure McDaniel’s being the QB coach as well 4 years prior had nothing to do with the development of that backup QB.

  36. fullerm14 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:59 PM

    Could trade for Orton then. He looked good in McDaniels offense.

  37. tradebait9 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:01 PM

    jimmy1smith………..you couldn’t resist another dong reference in your post, further evidence that you really love looking at them, first Brett’s and now Visanthe’s.

  38. therealjcannon says: Jan 6, 2011 10:06 PM

    @Deb your football mind is sexy

  39. gbfanforever says: Jan 6, 2011 10:07 PM

    I hope that Bevell gets the respect he deserves as an assistant. The guy has been steadily working his way up as a coach and proved he is a good strategist and play caller. I think he isn’t as arrogant or attention seeking as McDaniels is and therefore gets less hype surrounding promotions. Brett Favre is ruining the reputations of coaches across the NFL. I’d say he’s killed Mike Sherman’s pro coaching career, Mangini’s, and Childress’s. I hope Bevell isn’t guilty by association.

  40. mattlion says: Jan 6, 2011 10:12 PM

    Remember, he ran the offense in NE during the Matt Cassel 11-5 season as well. It’s not all Brady’s laurels for him.

    This would be an excellent move for the Vikings, particularly if they can land Orton. Look at Orton’s #s with McDaniels the last 2 seasons. Pair his passing game with Peterson and it’s suddenly a formidable offense again.

  41. richm2256 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:14 PM

    ANY coordinator could look great driving the Patriot’s offense, with Tom Brady under center, and a cabinet full of solid players provided by Belichick.

    Most likely McDaniels wasn’t the whiz kid everyone thought he was, and proved that by his record in Denver.

  42. mattlion says: Jan 6, 2011 10:14 PM

    #
    dolphinatic says: Jan 6, 2011 9:02 PM

    This guy still has the stink of a cheater on him. I wouldn’t touch him. I wonder if he even knows how to do it without a spy cam guy.

    Well, his record as OC AFTER SPYCAM was 29-5 in NE. So, you’re a typical Dolphin fan…. dumbest fans in football.

  43. didiwags says: Jan 6, 2011 10:14 PM

    That could be a good thing!!

    And why does everyone have to bring up Favre? He retired, he moved out of MN and Frazier even said he was moving on w/o him END OF STORY!!!
    Go find another player to drool over!

  44. richm2256 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:15 PM

    cusoman says:
    Jan 6, 2011 7:49 PM
    I LIKE this move, hope it works out. Now get Singletary in as an o-line coach and we’re talkin.

    Ummmmm…… you know Singletary was a linebacker, right?

  45. cull1224 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:15 PM

    Check out Belichick’s days as coach of the Browns in the early ’90s. Not a smashing success. But he certainly learned and got better. McD is very young and was formerly O-co in NE under Belichick. Probably not the worst hire they could make — that would be Chilly. Except for the QB spot , which obv. needs to be solidified, this team is really loaded.They are hardly in a rebuilding mode. A good coach would or should love to come to Minny.

  46. dolphinatic says: Jan 6, 2011 10:38 PM

    mattlion …. Don’t get your panties in a bunch… He got fired for it. How dumb is that right? You sympathizers make me sick. MC D to big pappa belicheat..”but I learned it from watching you dad!!!” ASTERISK.

  47. snaponrules says: Jan 6, 2011 10:59 PM

    As a Denver fan I hope they hire the little Napoleon and he talks frazier into trading for mcdimmwitts favorite QB ever. Tebust and McDimmwitt together again.

  48. Deb says: Jan 6, 2011 11:17 PM

    @therealjcannon …

    Thank you ;)

    @gbfanforever …

    Understand why you’re making that argument, but it’s not really valid, certainly not with Mangini. You don’t take a horse that’s been trained 18 years to run outside and suddenly think you can make it ride the rail. Favre was a poor fit for the Jets, then Mangini mismanaged him. But Mangini walked directly into another HC opportunity. He’s had enough time in Cleveland to put his stamp on the Browns. His failure to succeed there can’t be blamed on Favre.

    I’m not familiar enough w/Sherman to comment, but Childress made a lot of mistakes. Although he apparently had some contractual basis for acting unilaterally in dumping Moss, he still should have consulted Wilf. He also made poor play-calling decisions and wasn’t great at getting his meaning across and putting himself in a positive light with players and fans.

    Whatever damage Favre did to Mangini and Childress’s careers was because they bet everything on him and lost. You could blame that on him–but they were the ones placing the bets.

  49. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 6, 2011 11:24 PM

    Frazier is cleaning house. I am happy. I expect him to let alot of guys go. Hopefully Madieu Williams is one of them.

  50. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 6, 2011 11:28 PM

    @ Deb

    It’s nice to see a other’s perspective on the Vikings from time to time from someone who isn’t a fan of a team in the NFC North. Who doesn’t constantly attack the franchise and fans when an actual intelligent conversation could be formed instead. Thanks.

  51. goldsteel says: Jan 7, 2011 12:31 AM

    McDaniels has a fine record as an offensive coordinator. I trust Leslie Frazier to make the right decision for the Vikings.

  52. aaronrodgerschokes says: Jan 7, 2011 1:58 AM

    McD may have been a failure as a HC, he is definitely an offensive genius. Great move.

  53. jebdamone says: Jan 7, 2011 4:04 AM

    love this. obviously mcdaniels was a failure at the head coaching position but he will be a great offensive coordinator for the vikings. bye bye bevell

  54. bigbeefyd says: Jan 7, 2011 8:17 AM

    cusoman says:
    Jan 6, 2011 7:49 PM
    I LIKE this move, hope it works out. Now get Singletary in as an o-line coach and we’re talkin.

    Ummmmm…… you know Singletary was a linebacker, right?

    ——-

    Ummmmm….Rick Dennison, OC in Houston (and prior to that, O-Line coach in Denver when they COULD run the ball)- linebacker. Lots of times that crossover factor (“I know what would have been tough for me to play against, so that’s what I will coach them to do”) creates a lot of success.

  55. youngs79 says: Jan 7, 2011 8:32 AM

    Jimmy Smith there is no shame in being gay. Come out of the closet. We know it kills you to have a positive piece on the Vikings. Please though, limit the dong references, you’re making your attraction to certain anatomy parts too obvious.

  56. theytukrjobs says: Jan 7, 2011 8:50 AM

    Hire him. Straight up. Let’s bring the Patriots offensive system to town. We might be going for Orton or Teebow if we get McDaniels in here.

    I’d like us to hire Singletary to a special “motivator” position. He just wanders around practice, both offense and defense, and gets on guys.

    I think Bevell might be offered the QB’s coach position if we go this route. Otherwise he’s just on the staff as a safety valve.

  57. theytukrjobs says: Jan 7, 2011 9:00 AM

    McDaniels ran and called plays for potent Tom Brady offenses, a potent Matt Cassel NE offense, and in the last two seasons the Broncos ranked average offensively with what I would call pretty low talent level. I’m not sure how their line is.

    For the Vikings new coordinators could make a huge difference. Or it could set us back a couple seasons in rebuilding mode as we get guys in who can play the system. We’ll see.

    Regardless, McDaniels will be a better play caller if anything than what we’ve had recently. Assuming he even GETS the job. He might want too much money.

  58. quentincosta says: Jan 7, 2011 9:58 AM

    dolphinatic says: Jan 6, 2011 10:38 PM

    mattlion …. Don’t get your panties in a bunch… He got fired for it. How dumb is that right? You sympathizers make me sick. MC D to big pappa belicheat..”but I learned it from watching you dad!!!” ASTERISK.

    ————————-

    And the Fins could have cheated for the past 20 years and it still would not have brought them a win in the SB…

  59. Deb says: Jan 7, 2011 12:43 PM

    @canadianvikingfaniii …

    Thanks!

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