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Vikings may lose defensive line coach to Tampa

The mild sense of euphoria that has greeted the hiring of Leslie Frazier as head coach of the Vikings has arisen in part from the all-star (or at least fallen-star) cast of potential assistants to be hired.  With men like former Niners coach Mike Singletary and former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels possibly joining the team, optimism has quickly returned to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

That sense of positivity has now been disrupted by the news that defensive line coach Karl Dunbar may be taking the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Dunbar has coached the Minnesota defensive line since 2006, installing and presiding over the four-man front that anchored the team’s Tampa Two defense.  His contract is expiring, so the Vikings have no way to prevent him from jumping to another team.

Todd Wash served as Tampa’s defensive line coach in 2010, but his contract is expiring, too.

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  1. damayan5 says: Jan 11, 2011 7:11 AM

    Nice! Todd Wash wasnt that great.
    Tampa got spoiled with Rod Marinelli who was probably one of the best D-line coaches ever.
    This should be a good upgrade for them.

  2. gbfanforever says: Jan 11, 2011 7:18 AM

    That’s fine, vikings fans can spin any news as good news. To them, this vacancy simply means that they are planning on hiring Dick LeBeau and Brett Favre’s “retirement” simply means that Peyton Manning will be acquired for a 5th round pick.

  3. longthao82 says: Jan 11, 2011 7:26 AM

    Karl dunbar is good but I don’t know about great! Our d-line sucked ass this year and he couldn’t do nothing about it! If wencant retain him I’m sure Leslie can find someone through his connections around the league!

  4. jimmy1smith says: Jan 11, 2011 8:48 AM

    I have to give Carl his props, the Vikings traded away valuable draft picks and paid $70 million for a DE that was one DUI away from suspension and Carl somehow kept him out of the bars and newspaper headlines. It didn’t buy the Vikings much in the way of sack totals in the first half (one sack for those keeping score at home) of the season when the Vikings really needed the production but $70 million doesn’t go as far as it used to. Come to think of it, $1 million per game for one of the lowest QB rating in all the NFL wasn’t such a bargain eitehr.

    But the fact that he is leaving should give you insight into how he thinks the Vikings will fare in 2011, which is to say, not much better than the last place finish of 2010.

  5. blaz0037 says: Jan 11, 2011 9:06 AM

    I wonder if ‘jimmy1smith’ is still sleeping. If so, he is probably dreaming about the vikes. Rest assured he will be here to further his obsession and fascination by spewing hate on the thread.

  6. purplescar says: Jan 11, 2011 9:33 AM

    I believe ‘jimmy1smith’ is really a vikings fan cuz he sure is obsessed with them.

  7. blaz0037 says: Jan 11, 2011 9:34 AM

    oh woops, I guess he beat me to the punch. I swear this guy just waits and hopes that PFT writes about the vikings. Just can’t get enough, huh Jimmy1smith?

  8. jimmy1smith says: Jan 11, 2011 9:59 AM


    I view this as my contribution to society to keep the Viking fans grounded in reality. Any free agent signing, draft pick or coaching change seems to result in collective delusional behavior, as in, “This is the Year we are going to win the Superbowl!”

    And I’m sure you are a student of history so I don’t need to remind you that it hasn’t happened in 50 years and the next 50 aren’t looking too good either.

  9. michfan says: Jan 11, 2011 10:28 AM

    Remember, Millen is available and will accept the job as redemption. This franchise needs help in a lot of ways!

  10. theytukrjobs says: Jan 11, 2011 10:36 AM

    Packer fans just care more about the Vikings than their own team at times. It is strange but true. I think Sconnies are envious of Minnesota for whatever reason (maybe why so many of them move here?) and sports are the only thing other than cheese they can compete with us in so…

    Well I don’t really know actually. I’ve never been that obsessed with a rival team or state. I can’t understand it.

  11. seals1 says: Jan 11, 2011 11:06 AM

    I use to hate Jimmy but now I just feel sorry for him. Hang in there Jimmy, You will always have a home on Viking posts to try to find what you are looking for.

  12. blaz0037 says: Jan 11, 2011 11:16 AM

    Jimmy1Smith, yes, we all know the Vikings haven’t won a superbowl. This is something we’ve known for…..50 yrs.

    The question is, what about the Vikes makes you so obsessed and so fascinated that you MUST comment on every article. If you hate the Vikes so much, why do you spend every waking moment thinking about them.?

    I know your type, you would be happier watching the Vikings lose than watching your team win. Its as simple as that. Spite and fascination at its best.

  13. supersuckers3 says: Jan 11, 2011 12:09 PM

    Let the blow up job commence!! Way to destroy a NFL franchise 101. Class began in 2009…

  14. macaracoon says: Jan 11, 2011 2:40 PM

    JimmySmith posts because people respond to his post (like I’m doing now), usually negatively, but if anyone still thinks that does anything less than elate him, they’re sadly deluded.

    Obviously he dislikes the Vikings and has a talent of writing reasonably clever negative things, so the combination is perfect.

    All anyone really wants is to be noticed, and people notice this. It’s utterly pointless to tell him to stop posting, or insult him, or whatever. Unless of course it’s done as banter, in which case, carry on.

  15. vikingsguy says: Jan 11, 2011 2:53 PM

    @Jimmy1Smith is bitter toward Viking fans cuz that’s all he’s got: his favorite team has won championships and their rival to the west is 0-50. Sounds like bowling-ball-shaped-man-who-lives-with-mother-and-lives-in-state-where-it’s-legal-to-marry-your-cousin syndrome to me.

    Yes, Jimmy, Vikings fans are tortured. Yes, Jimmy, our favorite team is 0-50. Loveboat, BrINT, Whizinator, Whiskey Bottle, 12th man in the huddle, Gary Anderson, Darren Nelson, 41-doughnut, the jerseys are purple (color of choking), the stadium collapsed and it’s symbolic irony, Randy Moss traffic cop, Randy Moss 3rd round pick, four lost SuperBowls, five consecutive NFC Championship games lost, not in the playoffs in 2010…

    We get it. But guess what, we’ll still cheer for ‘em next year. And someday, the championship will be that much sweeter.

    Get a life.

  16. footballrulz says: Jan 11, 2011 3:54 PM

    Nice post Vikings guy. I’m a Pack fan but I do respect true fans of any team.. Again, nice post

  17. contra74 says: Jan 11, 2011 4:14 PM

    Yea nice post Vikings guy. I love how PFT doesnt post my normal stuff. Doubt they will with this one but watch they will.

  18. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 11, 2011 5:49 PM

    vikingsguy says:

    Vikings fans are tortured. Yes, Jimmy, our favorite team is 0-50. Loveboat, BrINT, Whizinator, Whiskey Bottle, 12th man in the huddle, Gary Anderson, Darren Nelson, 41-doughnut, the jerseys are purple (color of choking), the stadium collapsed and it’s symbolic irony, Randy Moss traffic cop, Randy Moss 3rd round pick, four lost SuperBowls, five consecutive NFC Championship games lost, not in the playoffs in 2010…

    We get it. But guess what, we’ll still cheer for ‘em next year. And someday, the championship will be that much sweeter.

    Respect! I say, if all Vikings fans were like you, no one would ever have a problem with them.

    All around great post. It’s good of you, first of all, to recognize facts. Your team sucks, it has sucked for 50 miserable years, it has consistently been one major disappointment after another, intercut with more hilarious off-field incidents than any other sports franchise on earth. Worst of all, you’re forced to share a division with the two most storied and most successful teams in football history, whose fans continuously remind you of all of the above.

    So many Vikings fans try to deny all of that, spin it, or attempt to deflect it by either bringing up the few Packers scandals of the 70’s and early 90’s, or trying to make their team look good with the most irrelevant stats possible.

    Not you though. You freely admit all of it, you elaborate on it, and then you go on to say that despite all of it, you love your team and would never turn your back on them, and never curse football and switch to watching hockey or go fishing midway through a losing season.

    As someone who absolutely loathes fairweather fans of any team, I take off my cheese hat to you. Congratulations. You are a true loyal fan. Great work.

  19. vikingsguy says: Jan 11, 2011 8:34 PM

    Thanks all. And @Beer Cheese Soup, the Vikes haven’t ‘sucked’ for 50 years. They’ve historically been very good in the regular season. So good, in fact, that many of their disappointments/chokings have been high-profile due to their good record. That’s what makes us tortured (Copyright Bill Simmons, ESPN); high expectations, epic failure.

    All I’m saying is that they’re not the Cardinals pre-Warner or the Bucs in orange on orange. Or, the Lions!

    Cheers to civility.

  20. stfudonny says: Jan 12, 2011 10:40 AM

    You will have to excuse Beercheesesoup. He is having the toughest time in dealing with his team’s recent success. For 3 years running, he has been telling anyone on here who will listen that the Packers will never be successful with Ted Thompson running the show. They are showing a little success now, and he is reveling in it. He knows he is being a hypocrite and it bothers him. He’s like the Randy Quaid character in the 2nd major league movie who says the Indians suck all year and then at the end of the movie says I knew they’d be good all along. It’s got to be so hollow for him to cheer this team.

    As for his post, I would take it with a grain of salt.
    He thinks he’s the resident expert and his pompous drivel, is just that , drivel.
    He measures success by superbowl victories, so in essesnce, his team has sucked for 42 out of the last 45 years. Ours has sucked for 45….idiocy.

    He calls the bears and packers storied franchises, which is laughable. They are storied for crap that happened 60-80 years ago, great, the teams were around from the start, now what? Has nothing to do with right now.
    None of us Vikings fans deny the failures the team has had, we root for them in spite of thier failures, what is wrong with that? Right now, if I cam on here as a fan of the Steelers, after having been a bositerous Vikes fan, that is something to be mad fun of, not for sticking by my team for years and years. beer is a blithering idiot.

    His pomposity to “take his cheesehead off to you” like he’s some great judge of fans is pathetic.

    Nice backhand compliment there Cheese.

    Deal with your own hypocritical fanhood before you judge others. Isn’t it time for you to go wok your dog or something?

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