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Vikings to interview Colts’ Alan Williams for defensive coordinator

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Last week the Vikings removed the defensive coordinator title from Fred Pagac. This week they’re interviewing potential replacements.

The Vikings requested permission to interview Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams for the defensive coordinator position, and the interview is set to take place on Tuesday morning, Jason La Cannfora of NFL Network reports.

Williams has been with the Colts since 2001 and worked with Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier when both men were on the Colts’ staff in 2005 and 2006.

The Colts have not yet announced whether head coach Jim Caldwell will return, so it’s not known whether he’ll still have a job in Indianapolis if he doesn’t get the job in Minnesota.

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33 Responses to “Vikings to interview Colts’ Alan Williams for defensive coordinator”
  1. cletusvandam says: Jan 16, 2012 8:32 PM

    The Colts DB’s were outstanding this year.

  2. wtfru2 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:44 PM

    Can’t find any real names so they will now settle for leftover nobodies. How was the Colts record this year, defensively? Not good I suspect.

  3. tropicpurple says: Jan 16, 2012 8:51 PM

    Anybody but Singletary! His on the field football knowledge has not transferred to coaching.

    Leslie should dump Singelary as well. But I suspect he won’t. Leslie seems to follow his heart and not his head.

  4. knucklehead93 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    Every Vikings post seems to be about Frazier wanting to hire one of his old friends. He should be worried more about hiring winners.

  5. coleman121280 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:54 PM

    Wow. just Wow. I can’t even go in to all of it. just Wow!

  6. coleman121280 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:56 PM

    This just in

    Frazier hires Jon Gruden as Assistant Head Coach and then flourishes under the new offense while he maintains oversight on his lack of ability to coach D.

  7. coleman121280 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:03 PM

    Frazier is a constant Cliche machine when talking or answering questions. He has no persona outside of that. It worked for Tony Dungy b/c he had an eye for surrounding himself with quality players through draft and free agency, not mentioning having the task of trying to make a winner out of Trent Dilfer. but quality coordinators as well.

    Just get a magic 8-ball. honestly, I would be much happier with that running our defense coordinator and free agent decision aquistions a la Mcnabb then Frazier.

    I can’t wait for another year of incompetence under Frazier. Here’s to next years top 3 pick again…

  8. earthtopft says: Jan 16, 2012 9:07 PM

    There are still some who say that the only reason Williams got the Colts job in the first place was because he drew a blue horseshoe on his dress shirt in the waiting room prior to the interview. Right above his heart.

  9. petersonisthepurplejesus says: Jan 16, 2012 9:17 PM

    As bad as the Colts were last year, their pass defense was 15th in the league…middle of the road if you ask me…he’s worth interviewing, I don’t know about hiring…whole candidate pool seems like slim pickin…

  10. tjacks7 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:47 PM

    Seriously, what’s with this franchises inability to interview and/or hire ANYONE with experience for the position, let alone success?

  11. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    Well, as Vikings fans, we always use the old cliche’ … “there’s always next year.”…. Problem is, i’m going to make a motion that we start a new one… “there’s always the LFL..”…

    With Frazier and Spielman running the show, it’s pretty much safe to say, this team will be picking high in the draft until both of them are gone. Spielman can’t find talent in the draft. He usually screws up a team and sets it up for 10 years of mediocrity, and Frazier… Well,…. he can’t make up his mind on anything.

    So as i was saying… There’s always the LFL..

  12. vikingsftw says: Jan 16, 2012 10:33 PM

    If this guy gets hired (yes another nobody with no experience to take on the whole D)…we’ll be saying end of next year again…”down goes Frazier…down goes Frazier”…hopefully for good this time. The guy is not a winner.

  13. chatham10 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    I have no idea if Williams will get hired or if he will be any good but another Williams left the Saints to be with his buddy Fisher in St. Louis and his defense was terrible but Williams is talked about as a genius. I hear how Don Capers is wanted as a head coach and his defense he coached at Green Bay was the worst in the league so who is good or bad I have no idea.

  14. breastsmoosh says: Jan 16, 2012 11:04 PM

    But the colts DBs were terrible….

  15. handlethehandles says: Jan 16, 2012 11:06 PM

    so lets see the vikings have interviewed what 4 candidates… anyone else realize all the candidates look like frazier…. Problem is when people only hire there own and dont even look at anybody else… not hating just saying… dont be one sided..

  16. redbullenergydrink says: Jan 16, 2012 11:09 PM

    knucklehead93 says:

    Every Vikings post seems to be about Frazier wanting to hire one of his old friends. He should be worried more about hiring winners.
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    Exactly what I was thinking!

  17. ugk612 says: Jan 16, 2012 11:27 PM

    People, I don’t think Mike Tomlin was a household name when he was the defensive backs coach with Tampa. Then Brad Childress gave him the DC job with the Vikes. Tomlin stayed for one year & coached that unit to a top 5 defense. In the off season he was hired as THE HEAD COACH of the Steelers and the rest is history. Sometimes these guys come out of nowhere.

  18. dtrb10 says: Jan 16, 2012 11:40 PM

    At a boy Fraizer and Spielman interview someone on a more loser team than your own. I would expect nothing less.

  19. purplengold says: Jan 17, 2012 12:42 AM

    Offense sells tickets, and defense wins ballgames. The Vikings have neither, not even a stadium. I know, let’s hire the secondary coach of the worst team in the league as our new DC. With the first pick in the 2013 draft, the Vikings select…

  20. donniebmc says: Jan 17, 2012 1:46 AM

    The Colts were 28th in total defense last year. That’s certainly not a highlight on the resume…

  21. skol80 says: Jan 17, 2012 2:31 AM

    Who?

  22. handlethehandles says: Jan 17, 2012 6:29 AM

    Little confused… If leslie was the old Colts DB coach before… and he cant fix our secondary.. What will little Fraz be able to do… Are we still gonna be drafting Mike tyson( c cook) and using old small slow winfield? Things dont get better cause you talk about them.. you have to draft them…

  23. zappa69 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:50 AM

    Nice not having the Green Bay trolls around, but i would have to agree with them if they were to post on this potential hire.

  24. vikingdoode says: Jan 17, 2012 7:49 AM

    Yawn who another loser…..

  25. fertacrit says: Jan 17, 2012 8:26 AM

    Jeez people. RELAX!!!!!!!!!!!! Patience. Everyone is acting like the guy is already hired. Your condeming somone before he even steps into the position. Give whoever is hired a chance to prove themselves. I am getting sick of all these people who immediately dislike someone either because they never heard of them, or because everyone else it hammering them. Who heard of Tomlin before he got the DC here? No one. Oh, and Spielman was NOT the only voice for roster moves the last few years. Now he is, give the guy a chance. Whoever the new DC will be, give the guy a chance. No one comes out of the womb knowing how to coach, play or manage. Sorry, I just don’t buy it. This isn’t Madden or Fantasy Football. You can’t just pluck the best of the best every year. You can’t make absurd trades/drafts that you can pull off in Madden. Just let it play out. Who knows, Leslie could go 11-5, Ponder could go for 4000 30/10, Speilman could hit on all roster moves this year and the new DC could have the #1 def. And all the sudden a year later everyone will think they’re geniuses. But living in MN, I know better, there will still be knucklehead “fans” that will find something to hate on. Let me guess if Allen only gets 10 sacks next year everyone will say he’s old n washed up and needs to be cut. What a difference a year makes. Not trying to be a Vikes apologist, just a level headed fan that looks at the big picture.

  26. fwippel says: Jan 17, 2012 8:33 AM

    It won’t matter who is coaching the DBs if the Vikings don’t get some better talent back there.

    Winfield is past his prime and can’t stay healthy, which is unfortunate, because he was great a few years ago. The Vikings are better off severing ties with Chris Cook instead of waiting out his legal proceedings. The only guy that might be worth keeping is Cedric Griffin, but only if he can play safety. He’s got the size for the safety position, and his two reconstructed knees have robbed him of the speed to play cornerback.

    This team needs at least three new starters in the secondary, or it won’t matter who is coaching them. And I wouldn’t be so quick to jump all over the Colts. Prior to the meltdown they had this year, they had a streak of success the Vikings didn’t have during the last decade.

  27. tropicpurple says: Jan 17, 2012 9:08 AM

    In regards to fertacrit’s post (above); dude, I’ve been waiting for over 50 years for a damn championship, yes I AM that old.

    I’ve been told (er, we’ve all been told) to be patient each and every time a new coaching staff is hired — that it takes time for them to get it right.

    Well, it’s been over 50 years! Is that long enough? I’m tired of being told to be patient.

  28. adantsa says: Jan 17, 2012 9:22 AM

    As a vikes fan, all you bandwagon haters can run over to the Lions or Pack. Leslie is held to a very high regard in coaching circles, this is his first shot as a HC. He at least gets 2 years. Come on.

  29. vikefan says: Jan 17, 2012 9:25 AM

    People, I don’t think Mike Tomlin was a household name when he was the defensive backs coach with Tampa. Then Brad Childress gave him the DC job with the Vikes. Tomlin stayed for one year & coached that unit to a top 5 defense. In the off season he was hired as THE HEAD COACH of the Steelers and the rest is history. Sometimes these guys come out of nowhere.
    ——————————————————–
    he did not come out of nowhere, he was on a lot of teams radar the previous 3 years, Tampa denied teams requests for interviews with him.

  30. zn0rseman says: Jan 17, 2012 9:34 AM

    “With Frazier and Spielman running the show, it’s pretty much safe to say, this team will be picking high in the draft until both of them are gone. Spielman can’t find talent in the draft. He usually screws up a team and sets it up for 10 years of mediocrity, and Frazier… Well,…. he can’t make up his mind on anything.”
    ———————

    You know, I could see why some people aren’t fans of Fraiser, but Speilman has been as awesome GM/VP of Player Personnel. His draft picks have been consistently better than the rest of the league. The only draft picks that have completely washed out were the result Brad Childress over ruling Speilman. (Tavaris Jackson for example .)

  31. Robert Chandler says: Jan 17, 2012 9:34 AM

    @tropicpurple

    I too am older and have been faithful to this franchise (Vikings) for 50 years. And I feel your pain. This iteration is the most pathetic (front office to water boys) I have yet seen.

    Write this down:

    -Frazier is NOT the guy. No personality; no strategic advantages; dull and lifeless; soon to be unemployed (not soon enough).

    – Webb and Ponder are NOT the guys at QB. This team seems Hell-bent on never having a real NFL star QB. I am tired of it. Tarkenton was the only one who had the brains to match his talent, but he was even against-type, too small, and had to produce miracles to win (which he somehow did).

    – The “new” GM is mediocre in evaluating talent, and is NOT the right guy either. He is another politician who says what the media wants to hear. He is NOT the answer this team needs.

    – Next year looks like another debacle. 4-5 wins would be a surprise. The NFC is getting stronger, while the Vikings seem set on self-destruction from ridiculous decisions. This team is cursed, to be sure, but also helps avoid success with asinine decisions from the top.

    I won’t ever see a Vikings Super Bowl win, because I will be long dead by then, if it ever even happens. To think, the Lions will hoist a Lombardi before the Vikings… write that down, too.

  32. vikefan says: Jan 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    unfortunately there are several things going backwards for Vikings right now. Frasier is a semi dead duck coach. 1 year left on contract gives others from outside looking in on situation a perspective of no stability and they may be one & done C. Stadium issue is also in play as currently no one knows where they will be playing next season or 2. Plus the fact that this orgainization has zero brain power to thing outside the box on any given issue is disheartening. Im not saying Frazier cannot do it, but i continually go back to the Wilfs interview process with Frazier & Spielman, this one and done crap is really for the birds and how can anyone REALLY KNOW if you have the right person in charge if you never give yourself 2 or 3 options!! The Wilfs have NEVER interviewed more than 1 person for any major position, that is scary and killing the team right now with no fresh perspective on anything.

  33. Robert Chandler says: Jan 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    I agree about the one-interview tendency. Ridiculous. No one runs a business like that and succeeds, and this IS a business. Wilf seems clueless about NFL personnel, so he is hands-off with the GM and front office – to a fault. It is wrong to meddle too much (Jerrah Jones!) but it is also dangerous to know nothing about football and take your hands off the wheel completely. He seems to not understand that a Head Coach either needs to be a supreme tactician or a supreme motivator, but hopefully a nice blend of the two. Frazier shows me little to nothing in both departments. Not liking his potential as a coach at all!

    On a side note, do any of you ever read the quotes by Spielman, Frazier and (previously) Childress? They all seem to speak in some nonsensical style. I mean, all three of them are very weird in how they patch sentences and phrases together. It is something that I have noticed for years now, and it really is disturbing because it reflects lack of intelligence, in myh opinion. I never hear other coaches speak in quite the same gibberish. Longtime Vikings followers will know what I mean. Speilman worries me, because he seems in over his head, and now they give him the reins?? Yikes.

    We are in for a bumpy ride again, and perhaps in another state. The stadium issue has NOT yet resolved, so all bets are off until a lease is inked! I am sick with embarrassment over this franchise. Hard to stay faithful in light of all the disappointments.

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