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Darrell Bevell, Brian Murphy on their way out in Minnesota

Leslie Frazier AP

Although new Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has yet to part ways with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell or special-teams coordinator Brian Murphy, it’s just a matter of time.

Frazier has informed both men that they are free to look for other jobs.

We’re trying to get some things done,” Frazier told Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.  “We’ll make some decisions here real soon.”

In other words, Frazier will soon be hiring a new offensive coordinator, and a new special-teams coordinator.

“One of the things I’m trying to do with all of our coaches, whether you’re on the offensive side, defensive side or special teams is just look at everything with an eye towards winning a championship in Minnesota,” Frazier said. “Whichever direction we go in any of those positions or coordinators — running backs, linebackers, defensive backs — I just want our fans to know that the point of it is that we’re working towards winning a championship with every decision, and that’s the whole goal of it.”

Bevell’s looming departure means that the Vikings will be ditching the West Coast offense.  It also means that the chances of yet another Brett Favre return have plummeted to less than zero percent.

Former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels recently interviewed for the position of offensive coordinator, which would put the Vikings in play for Tim Tebow or, perhaps more likely, Kyle Orton.

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41 Responses to “Darrell Bevell, Brian Murphy on their way out in Minnesota”
  1. jimmy1smith says: Jan 9, 2011 10:21 PM

    Can my day get any better? First, the Packers win and advance. And now this news, that Josh “I’ve got to film the 49ers to beat them” McDaniels, short of morals, character and brains, is about to be the next OC of the Vikings.

    Wait, it even gets better. He wants to bring Tim TeBLOW with him. The Lions and Bears fans are all smiling right now and penciling in 2 wins in 2011.

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worst than Col Klink comes this news.

  2. natelan says: Jan 9, 2011 10:22 PM

    Tebow or Orton would be a plus for this team.

    McDaniels on the other hand, is probably a mistake for any football team, including Pop Warner teams.

    Besides, McDaniels has already been hired as Belicheat’s basement gimp, a position for which he seems perfectly suited.

  3. monkeesfan says: Jan 9, 2011 10:30 PM

    Why would the Vikings want Brett Favre anymore anyway? He cost them a Superbowl berth and then destroyed the team with his selfishness and locker-room lawyering.

  4. arktz says: Jan 9, 2011 10:30 PM

    Vikings have Joe Webb though. So I would think that would cut Tebow out of the picture.

  5. jhorton83 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:31 PM

    Orton would be a vast improvement over Jackson and Webb. If they could get him for a 3rd or even 2nd round draft pick, they should go for it.

  6. jimmysee says: Jan 9, 2011 10:32 PM

    Another Vikings blunder — Bevel should have been the head coach choice.

    No QB, all new coordinators, big free agent issues,Williams Wall coming down , can’t see Rice coming back to all this turmoil, suspect drafts.

    This team’s butt will be firmly in the NFC North’s basement for years.

    (No matter what Pervy says.)

  7. saberstud75 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:34 PM

    Let the rebuilding in Minnesota begin, and I am not talking about the hole in the dome.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:37 PM

    @jimmy1smith,

    Josh may have been too young to be HC and needed more experience, but he’s a great OC and a hell of a QB coach. Look at what he did in NE in 2007 and 2008.

    Put him back in his specialty and I think you’ll find those wins you’re counting on won’t come very easily.

  9. gunner1970 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:50 PM

    Hold the short bus here….Orton??? Tebow???

    Favre is gone, T Jack is gone, Webb proved he is worth developing and perhaps given a shot at starting. QB’s are not made over night, and Orton has proved he’s a life long backup. Webb is our development project, Teblow can go to the Raiders.

    The Viking still have a very talented team that needs a solid QB. Doesn’t have to be Brady or Manning like, just solid.

  10. FinFan68 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:54 PM

    If Favre wants to play the Dolphins will give him a shot. His waffling will fit right in with the owner’s

  11. buhbay1c says: Jan 9, 2011 10:57 PM

    You know what’s good news jimmy? Another week of Mike McCarthy’s gutless play calling. I know you’ll be avoiding next week’s message boards like the plague, so have a good offseason.

  12. hendeeze says: Jan 9, 2011 11:17 PM

    Haha, hire Coach Dingleberry.

    He’s a great OC.

    Run, Run, Run, Punt.

    You have the personnel for that

  13. jwil444 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:18 PM

    vikings are the new detroit lions

  14. bucks12965 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:18 PM

    Why would anyone want McDaniels? The only time he hasn’t looked like a moron, is when he had Brady (who may end up as the best QB of all time)actually running the offense.

  15. holyroller23 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:24 PM

    Many failed head coaches make excellent coordinators

  16. contra74 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:28 PM

    jimmy1smith says:
    Jan 9, 2011 10:21 PM
    Can my day get any better? First, the Packers win and advance. And now this news, that Josh “I’ve got to film the 49ers to beat them” McDaniels, short of morals, character and brains, is about to be the next OC of the Vikings.

    Wait, it even gets better. He wants to bring Tim TeBLOW with him. The Lions and Bears fans are all smiling right now and penciling in 2 wins in 2011.

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worst than Col Klink comes this news.
    ——-
    what are you talking about? You clearly have no football knowledge!

    Where did it say he wants to bring in tebow? That’s a guess the editor made not a Viking decision.

    Once again you prove to be the reason why packer fans are ridiculed.

  17. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jan 9, 2011 11:38 PM

    Mike, you’re making a TON of assumptions from the little info you actually quote.

    Even if Bevell is canned, how can you know for sure the next OC won’t be another WCO guy?

  18. therealjcannon says: Jan 9, 2011 11:39 PM

    Hire McDaniels NOW

  19. phuckyouall says: Jan 9, 2011 11:44 PM

    Ahhhh Jimmy, you’re such a chode. Sounds like your butt still hurts from your whoopins last year by the hands of Brett and your ass kicking against Arizona. I hope and pray that Atlanta exposes Green Bay as the chumps they are.

  20. moneymike23 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:48 PM

    So McDaniels and Singletary together? after the Spygate II debacle. This ought to be very very interesting.

  21. northernbeaches says: Jan 9, 2011 11:51 PM

    lol @ jimmysmith – you are such a gimp. McD and or singletary are huge upgrades, not having favre is a huge upgrade, handing the team over to someone who is legit in leslie is a huge upgrade, giving it to AP more – enough said, having the 12th pick in a stacked draft, its all looking good for the vikes in 2011 + do you really think it could be worse than 2010?!

    I hope Clay enjoys it when you pull his hair when you pack him from behind.

  22. gdeli says: Jan 10, 2011 12:39 AM

    I disagree with jimmy that the vikes will hire josh. I have a feeling that frazier is smarter than that. But I could be wrong, those 2 disaster blowouts near the end of the season didn’t help frazier but any coach needs decent players. The Vikes could get Asomugha freed from the raiders. I think he was an all pro. But I agree that the Vikes do not need tebow or orton. I will laugh my head off at the coming Packers/Bears demises that will happen soon! The Saints loss was a thing of utter beauty. It made my year. What fun could top that game? ha To monkeesfan I say the Vikes imploded in 2009, farve just put the final nail in it like vick did today. Brett if your reading this we wish you luck/health/happiness but what gives with all the drama? It was ridiculous.

  23. pappavike says: Jan 10, 2011 12:43 AM

    With McDaniels at Oc Tebow would be a good fit it could not be any worse than Bevells scheme and T-Jack The Vikes have always stop doing what works they should keep doing what works until the other team can stop them! No KILLER INSTINCT

  24. piemasteruk says: Jan 10, 2011 1:45 AM

    “It also means that the chances of yet another Brett Favre return TO MINNESOTA have plummeted to less than zero percent.”

    Fixed your post

  25. calloustongue says: Jan 10, 2011 7:50 AM

    I guess when you’re the laughing stock of the NFL, there’s no where to go but up.

    The Vikings won’t win a Super Bowl. Ever.

    Kinda funny they are replacing one idiot squad with another. If you thought Favre and Clink destroyed team chemistry, just wait until Mike “Pants on the Ground” Singeltary and that dope McDaniels get in there.

  26. pappavike says: Jan 10, 2011 7:58 AM

    Brett Farve is Done! period! Frazier has already said so! So let Brett Retire in peace!

  27. theytukrjobs says: Jan 10, 2011 8:36 AM

    Lol at these Packer fans. For 4 years they say Chilly is the only thing holding them back. Now not even knowing the next OC they are proclaiming whoever it is will be even worse.

    McDaniels has never run an offense that ranked as low as the Vikings did this season. That includes the last two seasons in which the Broncos offense ranked better than average despite not having much of anything to work with with skill players.

    I’d like to see what Belichec’s offensive system could do in Minnesota. Bring in Orton, draft some defense, get the O line working again. We still have good WR’s and the best RB.

  28. youngs79 says: Jan 10, 2011 8:44 AM

    Hey Jimmy Smith, nice grammar you moron. The thread suggests Tebow and Orton. Where did you see Leslie Frazier saying he was going after them? You have got to be the biggest tool that posts on this site. Enough of your tired Klink references, he was gone a half season ago. Wow, and as far as bragging about the Packers, if Akers doesn’t miss two makeable field goals, Packers lose by one.

  29. hscorpio says: Jan 10, 2011 8:56 AM

    While I’m disappointed that the toadie Darrell Bevell is moving on, I’m glad that Josh McDaniel is a leading candidate to replace him. Unless he’s bringing Tom Brady and Bill Bellichek with him, I think what happened in Denver is more likely than what happened in NE.

  30. blaz0037 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:11 AM

    Another vikings article?…cue the spite-filled rant from ‘jimmy1smith’.

    I swear this guy has SO much spite, he spends his whole day OBSESSING over the Vikings.

  31. cusoman says: Jan 10, 2011 9:26 AM

    Jimmy, admit it, you didn’t even watch the game last night because it didn’t have anything to do with the Vikings. You instead poured over Vikings.com and the StarTribune website looking for something new to obsess over. You’re not a football fan, you’re just a hate filled moron.

  32. didiwags says: Jan 10, 2011 9:51 AM

    Getting rid of Bevell is a GREAT thing!!! Frazier is rebuilding and it is about time someone does!! The team fell apart last season and they had a glimmer of hope when Chilly got fired and Frazier was HC! Now that Frazier is the official HC the Vikings can unite once again!!
    McDaniels is not a bad choice for OC cause that is the one thing he is good at! Just need a clause in his contract saying he cannot touch a camcorder ;p

  33. vikinghater says: Jan 10, 2011 9:54 AM

    Now that the Queen season is over, I have a couple of questions. Who next year will come in to lead the Queens to the promised land?? Who will be the super hero?? There is always someone to spur on the cornheads in stupid debates. I can’t wait. GO PACK!!!

  34. cull1224 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:59 AM

    Actually it took Josh McD. a good year before Pats’ fans were happy with his play-calling in NE. This comes from a transplanted NE fan. Being a lousy head coach does not necessarily mean you’ll also be a lousy assistant coach, witness Wade Phillips – he’s fine as a coach of the defense,just don’t let him touch the team (so to speak) as head coach. Vikes No. 1 task, aside from QB is to get the O-line up to speed so that #28 has some holes to run through. And to a number of those posting on this site — thanks for the comedy.

  35. dayglo80 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:59 AM

    bucks12965 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 11:18 PM
    Why would anyone want McDaniels? The only time he hasn’t looked like a moron, is when he had Brady (who may end up as the best QB of all time)actually running the offense.

    11-5 in 2008 with Matt Cassell at QB… The Matt Cassell who didn’t start one game in college or NFL until then.

    McDaniels is a good OC and great QB coach, he lacked the experience to be a head coach but no one should over look his offensive mind. He had Orton up as the overall passing leader this season and made Brandon Lloyd a pro bowl WR when he failed with 3 other teams prior. The problem in denver was not the offense, the defense couldn’t hold anyone down, and that is where the inexperience of McDaniel’s came in.

    Vikes would be lucky to get him for a year or two and Frazier knows this.

  36. fan555 says: Jan 10, 2011 10:02 AM

    Frazier could not trust McDaniels.
    I see Orton as a lock for the Vikings.

  37. purpleguy says: Jan 10, 2011 12:00 PM

    Sounds like McDaniels may be headed to Miami anyhow. I can see dumping Bevell, but I thought special teams improved quite a bit under Murphy.

  38. farminfool says: Jan 10, 2011 2:07 PM

    Bring Kyle Orton in here no ego and a good solid quarterback ..

  39. northernbeaches says: Jan 10, 2011 4:25 PM

    Last season: Vikings 2, Pack 0. NFC Championship game.

    This year: Pack 2, Vikings 0. (GB loses this week)

    Next year, a much easier schedule, a solid coaching lineup and hopefully solid QB play.

    Enjoy it while it lasts Pack.

  40. jimmy1smith says: Jan 10, 2011 9:45 PM

    northernbeaches says:
    Last season: Vikings 2, Pack 0. NFC Championship game.

    This year: Pack 2, Vikings 0. (GB loses this week)

    Next year, a much easier schedule, a solid coaching lineup and hopefully solid QB play.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Much easier schedule?, you still have to play the Lions twice and you finished behind them this year. And hopefully is the operative word, T Jack Off is coming back, that’s all you need to know about the QB play. As for solid coaching, I suppose you could consider anything after Col Klink as being solid so I might give you that one. The $64K question is whether the Vikes can climb out of last place, the Lions don’t think so.

  41. northernbeaches says: Jan 11, 2011 4:31 AM

    Tjack is coming back and we should be scared of playing the lions twice?? Wow, clutching at straws there Jimmy. Come and comment with the big kids when you get some NFL knowledge.

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