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Paid leave for Cook not popular with Vikings players

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We’ve written before about the dysfunction in Minnesota this season.

Defensive players are ignoring coaches. The front office and coach Leslie Frazier disagreed on Donovan McNabb.

Getting rid of Brad Childress has reduced drama, but seemingly only pushed it under the surface. The latest issue to bubble up: Players and possibly Frazier weren’t happy about the handling of cornerback Chris Cook after his arrest.

The team decided to keep Cook on the roster after suspending him two games, but not play him. Essentially, he got a paid leave.

Judd Zulgad of espn1500.com says that move was “highly, highly unpopular” among Vikings players for a variety of reasons. The feeling was that Frazier was sending mixed messages about condoning conduct. The team cut Bryant McKinnie for being overweight, but not Cook for serious arrest.

The team was also allowing Cook to get paid for doing nothing, while they worked hard. At a time when Frazier was trying to sell a message of competing, the team decided to just give up a roster spot for half the season.

Zulgad suggests that Frazier wasn’t in support of retaining Cook, but the front office wanted to keep him.

That divided power structure — with vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman on one side and Frazier on the other — is an issue the Vikings need to solve this offseason.

That divide seems to be the cause of a lot of finger pointing and continued drama in Minnesota.

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67 Responses to “Paid leave for Cook not popular with Vikings players”
  1. richm2256 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:45 AM

    There have been a slew of personnel issues for the Vikings, going back years.

    They can’t ALL be Frazier’s fault, and Wilf needs to take a hard look at this.

  2. test2402 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:46 AM

    Why are my posts from the mobile app not being posted? That takes all the fun out of it.

  3. riverhorsey says: Dec 21, 2011 9:46 AM

    Must be frustrating for a Viking fans to have a lot of talent with no one to give it direction.

  4. vikesfan67 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:53 AM

    Get rid of all of them!! Not that hard to figure out.

  5. santolonius says: Dec 21, 2011 9:54 AM

    gotta say, those players who were ticked off have a pretty good point.

  6. cubano76 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:56 AM

    It’s reading stuff like this that makes me not feel so bad about the Redskins. lol

  7. tubaplayingprof says: Dec 21, 2011 10:00 AM

    Remember when the only postings about the Vikings here on PFT were from their fans complaining about the Saints in the NFC championship game? Seems so long ago.

  8. elgaffo says: Dec 21, 2011 10:01 AM

    too bad for MN fans. Frazier has lost the locker room, and the front office. The front office has lost the fan base and the politicians. The politicians have lost the general public, and the general public will lose their team.

    Get Well Soon

  9. bigjdve says: Dec 21, 2011 10:02 AM

    You know this is a good reason for the players to be ticked off.

    The front office should know this, and should find a way to placate them or at least give them good reasoning as to why they did this.

  10. tropicpurple says: Dec 21, 2011 10:02 AM

    I’d say FIRE Frazier, but our dysfunctional owner has painted himself in a corner by giving Childress and Frazier extensions without merit.

    Now, to fire Frazier (and the entire staff), which he should, he’d have to pay three coaches, but that’s his fault. We’re told to be patient when he hired Childress. Now we’re being told to be patient again, and again.

    Hey Ziggy, we’ve been patient for 51 years! Anti-up and get us somebody who knows what they are doing! The fact that you have to pay for your mistakes is not our problem.

    You’re asking for our money to fund your stadium – I guess you’ll just have to be patient.

  11. toddm6d says: Dec 21, 2011 10:04 AM

    It’s really a shame Chilly is still on the payroll next year otherwise Wilf might have the balls to fire Fraizer after showcasing he’s not fit for primetime.

    The Wilfs need to not hire the first coach they talk to everytime. It’s obviously not working out.

  12. joesuhunka says: Dec 21, 2011 10:05 AM

    I hate that i was born in Minnesota.

  13. sodaknick says: Dec 21, 2011 10:05 AM

    In the words of the Common Man – “Throw into that a terrible team, with a terrible stadium, in a terrible city with terrible fans and you might get a grasp on the little slice of heaven we call home”.

  14. jimmysee says: Dec 21, 2011 10:09 AM

    The stadium deal also appears to have disappeared — and the Vikes season ends in two weeks.

  15. tjacks7 says: Dec 21, 2011 10:11 AM

    Employees are upset they’re at work and someone is getting paid to stay home? No way!

  16. norseyapper says: Dec 21, 2011 10:11 AM

    When you are losing no one’s happy. The head coach, the GM, the players, everyone is a screw up and everyone is going to bitch and every decision is second guessed.
    Start winning and everyone is a genius (or a gift from God as in a player to remain nameless.)

  17. skiptebow says: Dec 21, 2011 10:13 AM

    FIRE Spielman!!!! The guy is worthless!!!

  18. buckhuckster says: Dec 21, 2011 10:13 AM

    Vikings players and coaches not on the same page?

    One way to release the tention and make up is to throw a YACHT PARTY!!!

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 21, 2011 10:16 AM

    Redskins, it’s about time you ended your 6- or-7 game losing streak against rookie qb’s…..no excuses here Saturday, Rex keep your eyes open for Jared Allen coming after you!

  20. waldoampere says: Dec 21, 2011 10:16 AM

    I thought this was going to be a story about Randy Moss dissing a chef.

  21. roastbeefsandwich says: Dec 21, 2011 10:17 AM

    Wow, all these posts, and no Packer fans to somehow blame Favre for this mess?

  22. mnajb says: Dec 21, 2011 10:17 AM

    Could we just end the season now? Lets all just take a year off from football, and maybe we’ll forget about all of this. This one is getting cruel for Vikings fans, and it would really be much more kind if the whole league just stopped for a while.

  23. nflcraziness says: Dec 21, 2011 10:25 AM

    The Vikings have enough talent on that team to be at least a .500 team. It is clear to even the casual fan that the coaches should all be fired. Nice doesn’t cut it in the NFL. We need a kick a** and take names later head coach who has leadership, passion and fire in his heart. With a change, the Vikes can be a .500 team next year, without a change they will be 3-13 and will probably make a change mid season anyway. Leadership starts at the top! Ziggy, please make a change for the fan base and for the future of your organization.

  24. tyso4 says: Dec 21, 2011 10:32 AM

    This was the kind of stuff that went on under Millen in Detroit… I kinda feel sorry for Viking fans… Naaa!

  25. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 21, 2011 10:34 AM

    What a freaking joke. Get your crap together Vikes. Too many chiefs. Not enough Indians. Also Leslie, give us something to work with. Get angry or excited anything. Enough with standing there acting cool. Show some emotion and get the team fired up. Still a ton of talent but leadership isn’t doing their job.

  26. cags777 says: Dec 21, 2011 10:35 AM

    I read the story last night and I am not surprised by the amount of dysfunction. I’ll admit that I was surprised and disappointed with the Vikings decision to keep Chris Cook on the roster and give him paid vacation – given the circumstances in his upcoming trial. But I would also hate to see the Vikings flat out release a talent like without getting anything in return – something we wouldn’t be able to do for Bryant McKinnie and Bernard Berrian (weight issues for McKinnie and attitude problems from both players).

    If I am Zygi Wilf at this point, I would get rid of Rick Speilman and hire a real general manager to run the day-to-day operations for the franchise (something Wilf can’t or won’t do himself). This general manager should not only be a proven winner, but also be able to effectively communicate with players, the coaching staff, and the general public.

    I will never give up on my Vikings and stay with the team thick and thin. These things happen to franchises in all sports (and sadly, this also played out with the Minnesota Timberwolves). However, given the amount of dysfunction not only in the Vikings organization, but also in the state’s Republican Senate caucus, I am not as confident the team will be able to get a stadium any time soon – something that is needed badly in order for this team to stay and keep our state relevant in sports and entertainment.

  27. svcfilmguy says: Dec 21, 2011 10:35 AM

    “The team cut Bryant McKinnie for being overweight, but not Cook for serious arrest.”

    Riiiggghhhhtttt….Because McKinnie had no other incidents in the past. He was just a hard-working, good-natured soul with a palatable contract who got cut because he had a little baby fat. Does anyone proofread these articles?

  28. gdeli says: Dec 21, 2011 10:49 AM

    Not good with us either and lesies getting mccrabb was an act of desperation. stupid vikes gotta get their organiztion together and also add a decent GM. duh.

  29. mackie66 says: Dec 21, 2011 10:49 AM

    Get rid of Rick Spielman, hes the major problem. Spielman sees himself as a headcoach and not GM. You cant have a two headed headcoach.

  30. dukemarc says: Dec 21, 2011 10:54 AM

    Why is Rick Spielman never tied to these stories. That guy has never held accountable for the mess the Vikings are in.

  31. orangeflh says: Dec 21, 2011 10:55 AM

    I can’t help but enjoy every minute of this after listening to Vikes fans spew nonstop nonsense when they brought in Favre, especially after that worked out so well for them.

    Skol Failure!

  32. 4gone says: Dec 21, 2011 11:03 AM

    I tend to disagree. With the stadium situation looming and all the discord, now it the perfect time for Wilf to make a real statement to his fanbase that regardless of how many coaches he has to pay, etc., that he is committed to not stand for mediocracy. Clean house, bring in a real GM and a coach like Gruden who could work with Ponder or Fisher who is hard nosed and not docile like Frazier. Yes, the franchise looks horrible now but you still have some pieces (Peterson, Harvin, Allen) to build around. Prove to the purple-faithful that you are not going to let Frazier stay simply because you don’t want to pay 3 coaches. You will get your stadium and your fanbase back.

  33. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Dec 21, 2011 11:17 AM

    Bud Grant was 3-8-3 in his first year. I’m glad they didn’t fire him for not being emotional.

  34. arnoldziffel says: Dec 21, 2011 11:22 AM

    This is all Bret Favre’s fault.

    They hired him, and then all the wheels feel off the wagon.

  35. dcviking says: Dec 21, 2011 11:23 AM

    In the midst of the dreary season, I give you this nugget Vikings fans — apparently, Chris Cook isn’t the only one who knows how to choke:
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    A Wisconsin woman is accused of choking her 11-year-old daughter after becoming angry because the Green Bay Packers were losing.

    The 36-year-old Grand Chute woman was charged Monday in Outagamie County with felony child abuse.

    Police were called Sunday night to a hotel where the girl told police her mother grabbed her by the neck during the football game.

    According to the complaint, the woman was drinking alcohol and became upset because the Packers were losing. The girl said that after Green Bay lost for the first time this season, her mother choked her again with enough force that the girl couldn’t breathe.

    ————————————

    Proving the phrase “Drunken Sconnie” isn’t a stereotype, but rather a way of life….

  36. dragonfly99 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:24 AM

    It’s blatantly obvious the Wilfs have no idea how to operate a professional sports franchise.

  37. vikesfan320 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:27 AM

    “The team was also allowing Cook to get paid for doing nothing….”

    The team is allowing a lot of Vikings to get paid this year for doing nothing.

  38. bcar1023 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    As a Lions fan I really want to find humor in this story but it’s hard having been through it with my team. All you need now is to have Peterson retire abruptly and hire Matt Millen and the story would be complete. Good luck.

  39. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Dec 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    orangeflh says:Dec 21, 2011 10:55 AM
    I can’t help but enjoy every minute of this after listening to Vikes fans spew nonstop nonsense when they brought in Favre, especially after that worked out so well for them.

    Skol Failure!

    ————————————————-
    It worked quite well, in fact. Seeing Favre beat up on you guys TWICE, especially at the Frozen Trailer Park, is a memory that will bring a smile to my face for years to come. And please don’t try to convince me that it didn’t drive a rusty nail of pure hatred into your cheesy heart!

    I hope it hurt. You can stop crying now.

  40. mikesvikes says: Dec 21, 2011 11:43 AM

    At least we suspended him. across the border they are pretending erik walden didnt do anything.

  41. asublimeday says: Dec 21, 2011 12:07 PM

    Man, this team is gonna suck for a longgggg time.

  42. 49tinakane says: Dec 21, 2011 12:11 PM

    A few things come to mind about my beloved vikes:

    a. was i surprised that cook wasnt released, (YES) however i can see why they didnt release him, he was the vikings best corner when he was in there and to release a guy in his 2nd year when the vikes are very talent thin even when all of them (CBs) are healthy would be a huge mistake. I think back to the Ray Lewis situation when he was on trial for murder, they ravens didnt release him, now hes revered as one of the best defensive players ever. My point is cook may not ever hold a cup to ray lewis but to give up on talent is a tough thing to do.
    b. Releasing Mckinney was a mistake, C johnson is terrible at tackle, and I would be shocked if the Vikes didnt draft the USC tackle in the 1st round.
    c. Its very easy to pile on things when the team is loosing, in most games the team has been competitive, (aside for the 2nd GB game and Aints). You take your draft picks, draft well, get help for the O-line to protect ponder (Who by the way if you look at rookie qbs in the last 10 years is ahead of the curve in terms of production) get DB help and sign a decent starting WR and take a shot next year. I dont think things are as bad as they look. LEt the ripping begin

  43. orangeflh says: Dec 21, 2011 12:15 PM

    imaginesuperbowlwin says:
    Dec 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    It worked quite well, in fact. Seeing Favre beat up on you guys TWICE, especially at the Frozen Trailer Park, is a memory that will bring a smile to my face for years to come. And please don’t try to convince me that it didn’t drive a rusty nail of pure hatred into your cheesy heart!

    I hope it hurt. You can stop crying now.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Typical lose mentality. “Oh yeah? Well at least we won these 2!” Wow… all 2 of them, huh? It’s almost sad that that’s all you can hang your hat on… almost. Mostly, it’s just funny.

    At least your user id is appropriate, as imagining a Superbowl win is as close as those of you in “The Land Of 10,000 Meth Labs” is ever going to get.

    Skol Failure!

  44. knew8411 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:20 PM

    As a Vikings fan &with what Cook has been arrested for, this decision is not popular w/Vikings fans either.

  45. threedeep1998 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:23 PM

    ^^ exactly. At least Cook isn’t playing and Walden is out there like nothing happened.

    Frazier has made some good decisions though:

    Bring in McNabb and cut him when he started to fail (chilly would have never done it)

    Cut McKinnie, Mad. Williams, etc.

  46. captaintriumph says: Dec 21, 2011 12:31 PM

    Our secondary is in shambles; it would be stupid to get rid of Cook.

  47. contra74 says: Dec 21, 2011 12:42 PM

    Yea how is Erik Walden these days? Still collecting a Packer paycheck for his exploits I see.

  48. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 21, 2011 12:53 PM

    roastbeefsandwich says:Dec 21, 2011 10:17 AM

    Wow, all these posts, and no Packer fans to somehow blame Favre for this mess?
    __________________________________

    That Favre and pony show started the mess you have up there….and things have spun out of control ever since…nice work. Wait until AP is asking for a trade next year. Bet he’s really loving that he re-upped now, eh? Your team is the twin sister of the early 90’s Lions…great RB, but no other talent…and led by a Wayne Fontes proto-type. Dumb & Dumber Part III.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    imaginesuperbowlwin says:Dec 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    It worked quite well, in fact. Seeing Favre beat up on you guys TWICE, especially at the Frozen Trailer Park, is a memory that will bring a smile to my face for years to come. And please don’t try to convince me that it didn’t drive a rusty nail of pure hatred into your cheesy heart!
    __________________________________

    Your version of success is classic….and very fitting for a Vikings fan. As much as it stung to watch Favre beat the Pack twice, it was 3 fold back when he pi$$ed the bed at the end for your team…LIKE WE ALL PREDICTED HE WOULD.

    Calling Lambeau a frozen trailer park is a good one. Seeing how your team is still playing in the worst venue in all of sports. I always love the twisted rips on WI. Funny how half of the Midwest comes here every summer to vacation….they come to your state for a fricken mall. And to make fun of WI residents??? Really. You need to get out of the Twins and actually head north or west to Hibbing or Thief River Falls. Places where the inbreeding you speak of run rampant. The quality of life for most of your state is only rivalled by Northern Mongolia as the worst place to live…anywhere. And we heard they actually bathe and brush their teeth in Mongolia. Good luck getting a high profile coach to come “up nort'” to the frozen cess pool. I hope they actually get an open air stadium built so we can watch 7 people go to your games. Blackouts in 2012 would be guaranteed at the tuna tarp if the rest of the division wasn’t so stellar.

    Your username says it all, champ. Imagine all you want….or head east and live it in reality. Enjoy being the doormat of the division for the next 5 years…if your team is still there. My guess….

  49. randallcobb says: Dec 21, 2011 1:12 PM

    Anyone doubting the power of #4 should just shut it. Favre picked this sorry franchise and took it to the NFC title game on his shoulder in 2009. Fans of the Pack should really shut it. Guy’s the ultimate gunslinger.

  50. fwippel says: Dec 21, 2011 1:15 PM

    For starters, McKinnie’s weight and his (lack of) motivation had been a problem for years. He wasn’t cut just because he showed up out-of-shape in July.

    It sounds like Spielman and Frazier can’t get on the same page. This divide authority structure isn’t working, and it’s time Wilf recognized this, and went out and hired a real personnel man. Spielman was an ESPN analyst before landing this gig. If you’re not going to give the head coach final authority on all player personnel matters, he at least needs a GM who’s on the same page.

    Normal organizations hire a GM, who then hires the head coach, and the head coach answers to the GM, and the authorities are defined (who has final say over the roster) as part of the deal. It’s time Zygi Wilf figured this out.

    I

  51. fngs1 says: Dec 21, 2011 1:20 PM

    mikesvikes says: Dec 21, 2011 11:43 AM

    At least we suspended him. across the border they are pretending erik walden didnt do anything
    —————————————————–
    And how has the last 4 games against GB gone for you?

  52. fngs1 says: Dec 21, 2011 1:24 PM

    Sorry
    mikesvikes says: Dec 21, 2011 11:43 AM
    ——————————————————
    My comment was meant for imaginesuperbowlwin says: Dec 21, 2011 11:40 AM

  53. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 21, 2011 1:54 PM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow you know Minnesota and Wisconsin is devided by a river and sometimes not even that right? To the rest of the country MN, WI, ND and the UP are all pretty much Canada….

  54. ogre2010 says: Dec 21, 2011 2:13 PM

    When Moss said what he said about this organization and saluted the Patriots for being a class organization, everyone laughed at him. Who’s laughing now?

  55. bdickey33 says: Dec 21, 2011 2:21 PM

    Paid leave for Cook not popular with Vikings players

    or

    Paid “players” not popular with Vikings Fans – Fans wish they would take leave.

  56. pigskinswag says: Dec 21, 2011 2:35 PM

    Sam Hurd probably wishes he would have signed with Minnesota in the offseason now…

  57. lnfinite says: Dec 21, 2011 2:51 PM

    Frazier will probably step down because now it is plain to see he has lost the players due to this. Spielman should go as well because of his poor draft record outside of Ap and Harvin.

  58. svcfilmguy says: Dec 21, 2011 3:04 PM

    “When Moss said what he said about this organization and saluted the Patriots for being a class organization, everyone laughed at him. Who’s laughing now?”

    I’d say fans are pointing and laughing at those who think the Patriots are a class organization.

  59. joekappedyourass says: Dec 21, 2011 3:39 PM

    vikings

  60. dtrb10 says: Dec 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    Wow, I read a post on here about someone saying something about the NFC championship in 09.

    Let’s be honest if any Saints fan thinks that they actually beat us that day they are all brainless hillbillies like they area sterotypes them to be. You were given a gift by the NFL so everyone would quite bitching about Kitrina and have something to hold dear. The Saints used to be patethic.

  61. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 21, 2011 4:18 PM

    Wow, I read a post on here about someone saying something about the NFC championship in 09.

    Let’s be honest if any Saints fan thinks that they actually beat us that day they are all brainless hillbillies like they area sterotypes them to be. You were given a gift by the NFL so everyone would quite bitching about Kitrina and have something to hold dear. The Saints used to be patethic
    ————————————————–

    Huh?

  62. mossnomore says: Dec 21, 2011 4:34 PM

    I thought most of the Vikings secondary was on paid leave?

  63. skinsrock says: Dec 21, 2011 4:56 PM

    Sounds like this team has serious trust issues & they should start over with a new GM & coach.

  64. dd393 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:44 PM

    Time for Zygi to clean house. First, hire a strong general manager with the power to run the football side of things, no questions asked. Second, get the hell out of his way.

  65. stellarperformance says: Dec 22, 2011 6:33 AM

    randallcobb says: Dec 21, 2011 1:12 PM
    Anyone doubting the power of #4 should just shut it. Favre picked this sorry franchise and took it to the NFC title game on his shoulder in 2009. Fans of the Pack should really shut it. Guy’s the ultimate gunslinger.
    ———————————————————-

    He’s a self-centered egomaniac that deserves every bit of the negative attention coming his way. It is fitting that the Viking fans hold him in such high regard….he led them to two meaningless “SuperBowl” victories over the Packers, a favor for which was returned in spades ever since, while the Vikings are left in the Packers dust.

  66. vikesfansteve says: Dec 22, 2011 11:48 PM

    Frazier has made some questionable decesions.

  67. Troy Larson says: Dec 23, 2011 12:50 AM

    2012:

    Chris Cook: Cut
    The rest of the secondary: Cut – nobody else wants these idiots.
    Frazier: Fired
    Pagac: Fired
    Wide Receivers: All gone but Harvin
    Robison: Back to B squad
    Loadholt: traded
    Quarterbacks: Anybody but the idiots we got.

    Huge roster turnover next year.

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