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Report: Vikings told Parcells to “name his price”

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On Tuesday, we reported that the Saints aren’t the only team that recently has pursued Bill Parcells.  In a roundabout way, we hinted that the Vikings (owned by lifelong Giants fan Zygi Wilf) are one of the teams that has inquired about acquiring Parcells services.

Given that the Vikings chose to keep coach Leslie Frazier and elevate Rick Spielman to G.M., it’s easy to assume that the Parcells pursuit went nowhere, and that the Vikings aren’t actively chasing Parcells at this point.

A report in the New York Post suggests otherwise.  According to an item in the Post that identifies no specific author or reporter, the Vikings currently are “putting the hard sell” on Parcells to “run the show” in Minnesota.

The report specifically points to a dinner last week attended by Parcells, Saints coach Sean Payton, and several of Parcells’ close friends.  At one point, Parcells said that Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told Parcells to “name his price” for overseeing the team’s football operations and coaching the team.

But while that may have happened in, say, December, it would be bizarre, to say the least, for Wilf to jettison Frazier and Spielman in April.  The hiring cycle has ended; by taking the job now, Parcells would face the difficult, if not impossible, task of putting together a staff and staffing the front office, especially with the draft roughly three weeks away.

So while we definitely buy the notion that Wilf pursued Parcells at some point before settling on Frazier and Spielman for 2012, it’s more than a little far-fetched to think that Wilf is still trying to bring Parcells on board.

It’s not far-fetched to think that Parcells is pushing that idea as he tries to squeeze every possible ounce of leverage from his current circumstances.  By taking full advantage of the fact that the Vikings and the Saints are (or, in the case of the Vikings, were) trying to get him, Parcells at a minimum will come out of this with even more money to stay put at ESPN.

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  1. txbearmeat says: Apr 4, 2012 9:12 AM

    What a mess this franchise is. If I were a tax paying Twin Cities resident, or a fan of the Vikes, I would be embarrassed.

  2. saints25 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    if it’s not 5.8 million for 9 months,then he’ll be in NOLA…

  3. vikescry1 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    the vikings need more than parcells, besides if he did go there he usually only stays for a couple of years. what good could that do for them? the big tuna didn’t win a SB in dallas, or miami? stay the course minny and see what happens.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 4, 2012 9:14 AM

    Interesting. I guess things aren’t going quite as well as c-ntra, pvyhvn, and seven would have us believe….

  5. tjacks7 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:14 AM

    Maybe Wilf isn’t as dumb as I thought he was. He tried to dump Speilman and Frazier. But at the end of the day, we’re still stuck with both of them – and one got a promotion. Hopefully he can find replacements next offseason.

  6. wipackman1265 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:15 AM

    All stadium selling tactics …….. Hope it works

  7. buhbay1c says: Apr 4, 2012 9:17 AM

    Anonymous sources, no time given for when the offer was made, blah, blah, blah, who cares? The NY Post is the biggest rag in the newspaper biz.

  8. jonny42671 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:18 AM

    Anything is a upgrade over Frazier and Spielman, but I don’t think Viking fans would want a guy who is friends with a guy who will always be remembered as a cheat with a TAINTED Championship.

  9. canonroad says: Apr 4, 2012 9:20 AM

    Yeah….because the New York Post is a really credible ‘source.’

    NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

  10. jacunn2000 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:20 AM

    I hate to here this. I certainly would not want Bill to get a big ego.

  11. harbaughshandshake says: Apr 4, 2012 9:21 AM

    sure is a lot of hoopla for a 70 year old coach who’s success could be dated back to when michael jackson was still black…

  12. shelovesfootball says: Apr 4, 2012 9:21 AM

    Ha! Wait til Sid Hartman finds out he’s been scooped!

  13. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 4, 2012 9:21 AM

    The NFL is a better place with Bill Parcels. He is one of the few coaches who can get a team to be a super bowl contender without a stud quarterback. I would love to see him come back and coach for a couple of years.

    Go to the Vikings Parcells! Show the world there is no one better at turning franchises around.

  14. okldr8daz says: Apr 4, 2012 9:25 AM

    William Shatner will be his agent.

  15. castleofcheese says: Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM

    I don’t understand why everyone is so enamoured with this guy. He won one Super Bowl and went to another in 1996. After that, he never won another playoff game again… He has accomplished nothing in 16 years. Not as a coach or an executive…

  16. abninf says: Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM

    But he would have had to interview a minority coach before telling Parcells to name his price, even though he already has a minority coach.

  17. tenotnamedmiller says: Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM

    Vikings said the same thing to John Carlson. Good policy.

  18. spawn201 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:28 AM

    While I would love to see this happen. It really would not make much sense in the long run.

  19. delray76 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:29 AM

    Parcells hasn’t been relevant for the past decade and a half. The game has clearly passed him by. Just look at the state he left the Dolphins in. Maybe he could bring in Pat White to play QB for the Vikings.

  20. getadealdonealready says: Apr 4, 2012 9:30 AM

    Has the league went away from the coach/gm format, because of the lack of success it brings? I hope this isn’t being actively pursued at this time. It is silly on many fronts.

  21. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 9:33 AM

    MF hit the nail on the head. No way is Zygi still pursuing Parcells. It made sense for him to see if he was interested a few months ago, but now they have their management in place for next season. Sounds like they’re going to be on the hot seat, though.

  22. 7ransponder says: Apr 4, 2012 9:35 AM

    This would be the ULTIMATE slap in the face to the Saints after what they did. If anything, I hope the Vikings get him to stick it to those criminals.

  23. nflfollower says: Apr 4, 2012 9:38 AM

    Parcell’s had his day and it’s in the past. He’s been away from the 100 hour weeks of X’s and O’s too long, and the game has changed since his heyday by leaps and bounds, he’s practically a dinosaur. Scouts look for players who fit the mold to win in today’s NFL, not the NFL that Parcell’s had success in. Look at these coaches come back and try to have success after time off, Joe Gibbs with the Skins, Parcells with the Cowboys, Ditka with the Saints. Forget about it. Take the Jimmie Johnson route and never look back.

    Fans should be looking for their team to find the next trendsetter in coaching, not the guy who had success over a decade ago, and has been out of coaching for years.

  24. jenniferxxx says: Apr 4, 2012 9:43 AM

    What he really said was, “What’s your price … it’s not my money.”

  25. musicman495 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:44 AM

    castleofcheese says: Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM

    I don’t understand why everyone is so enamoured with this guy. He won one Super Bowl and went to another in 1996. After that, he never won another playoff game again… He has accomplished nothing in 16 years. Not as a coach or an executive…
    ————————————
    Perhaps “everyone is so enamored” because they actually know Parcell’s record – two Super Bowl wins, and multiple examples of turning around perennial losers and making them playoff teams in one or two years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Parcells

  26. 7ransponder says: Apr 4, 2012 9:44 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:14 AM
    Interesting. I guess things aren’t going quite as well as c-ntra, pvyhvn, and seven would have us believe….

    ———————–

    Read the article man, they aren’t looking to nab him anymore. I don’t think it’s far fetched to think they wanted to go for a bigger name before they named Spielman to the GM role. Who wouldn’t want to at least try there?

  27. mp42245 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:45 AM

    So while we definitely buy the notion that Wilf pursued Parcells
    _____________________________________________

    I think you’ll buy almost any notion laid out for you.

  28. omegalh says: Apr 4, 2012 9:45 AM

    castleofcheese says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM
    I don’t understand why everyone is so enamoured with this guy. He won one Super Bowl and went to another in 1996. After that, he never won another playoff game again… He has accomplished nothing in 16 years. Not as a coach or an executive…

    ——

    ’86 and ’91

  29. duanethomas says: Apr 4, 2012 9:45 AM

    Parcells is good a taking a horrible team and organization and giving them a sense of direction, discipline and structure. He did that will the Pats and Jets, but with both one those teams and his SuperBowl winning team there was onething he had that he didnt have in Dallas and Miami. Bill Belichick. Parcells now doesnt know how to coach players or even draft them. He will be good in N.O. as the one year “bus driver”. Then Payton doesnt have to worry about an assistant taking his team to the SB, and him being out a job.

  30. upyoursnfu says: Apr 4, 2012 9:46 AM

    I am sure he’d rather coach in XFL than Minnesota

  31. omegalh says: Apr 4, 2012 9:46 AM

    castleofcheese says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM
    I don’t understand why everyone is so enamoured with this guy. He won one Super Bowl and went to another in 1996. After that, he never won another playoff game again… He has accomplished nothing in 16 years. Not as a coach or an executive…

    ———-

    won playoff games with the Jets after ’96. nice facts though.

  32. thetooloftools says: Apr 4, 2012 9:47 AM

    I wondered what was keeping him from committing to the Saints. Parcell’s is turning the NFL’s version of Larry Brown.

  33. tv426 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:47 AM

    castleofcheese says: Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM

    He won 2 SBs and he is one of only like 2 people to bring 2 different teams to a SB, in addition to getting every team he has been associated with to the playoffs – as coach or as an executive. So I have no idea what you are talking about.

    As to Minn – I’m sure their current staff is thrilled to hear about Wilf courting other coaches. Nice!

  34. nflsucker says: Apr 4, 2012 9:47 AM

    Because it worked out so splendidly in Miami?

  35. Puddy says: Apr 4, 2012 9:49 AM

    Why would Parcells want to go to the Vikings?? A pathetic franchise that without AP wouldn’t even win 2 games a year. This team is going nowhere anytime soon, except for making California

  36. kane337 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:49 AM

    @castleofcheese – Parcells won 2 Super Bowls (1986 and 1990)

  37. newguy925 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:51 AM

    He rebuilt Dallas only to have Jerry Jones take the reigns back and drive the team in the ground. He got the Dolphins from 1-15 to a division title.

    Anything is an upgrade for a Viking team that is wasting APand Jared Allen, and loaded up on tes for their franchise qb with a weak arm.

    I wouldn’t give this joke of a franchise a new stadium either, their division is going to pound them for years to come.

  38. ascensionparish says: Apr 4, 2012 9:52 AM

    Where’s all the screaming from Florio, et al about the Rooney Rule sham?

  39. mediasloppy says: Apr 4, 2012 9:53 AM

    castleofcheese says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:26 AM
    I don’t understand why everyone is so enamoured with this guy. He won one Super Bowl and went to another in 1996. After that, he never won another playoff game again… He has accomplished nothing in 16 years. Not as a coach or an executive…
    ————–
    They are enamored, because of articles like this who lets a man be his own press machine of how enamored we should all be…

  40. ammarradhi says: Apr 4, 2012 9:56 AM

    @txbearmeat
    “What a mess this franchise is. If I were a tax paying Twin Cities resident, or a fan of the Vikes, I would be embarrassed.”

    Why would this be embarassing? After a 3-13 season I would hope they were trying to change something, it is embarassing that they don’t change anything

  41. kingfish4242 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:58 AM

    jonny42671 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:18 AM
    Anything is a upgrade over Frazier and Spielman, but I don’t think Viking fans would want a guy who is friends with a guy who will always be remembered as a cheat with a TAINTED Championship.

    ———————————————-

    keep clicking your heels together and it might come true one day. Ooops, this isn’t a dream. Saints SB 44 Champs. Deal with it. it isn’t going away. The History book of the Super bowl is constantly being written. Chapter 44 Saints 31. Colts 17.

  42. seals1 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:59 AM

    Zygi??? C’mon,,,,,,,,I defend you all the time but why is this happening 3.5 weeks before the draft and not 4 months ago.

    As good as Frazier seems as a person the guy does not talk to anyone during a game. The statue does not open his mouth with any advice to any player on a 3 win team. You watch Bill in New England and they guys is contstantly in his players ears.

    Frazier doesn’t have it but the timing Zygi,,,,,,,,,,,,it’s bad. You can assure a melt down with staff now that they heard about the axe the month of the draft.

    Wow,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,as much as I bleed purple how much more can we take?

  43. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 4, 2012 10:03 AM

    Not only is Parcells an average coach, he is an above average jerk. The facts to back up both assertions are numerous.

    Fanboy owners throwing money at him are just idiots.

  44. 13curtjp says: Apr 4, 2012 10:03 AM

    Its just a leverage move by bill…it’s not actually going to happen

  45. mrvikingsfan11 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:03 AM

    castleofcheese.—— So very true.

  46. xpensivewinos says: Apr 4, 2012 10:04 AM

    Dolphins fans are running to temples, churches and mosques as quickly as they can so they can pray for this to happen. If someone else was actually stupid enough to hire this fat old lady to run their team (straight in to the ground), he may look to hire the “So, Hey Kid,” Jeff Ireland. May be the only way Miami gets rid of that parasite.

  47. gdeli says: Apr 4, 2012 10:09 AM

    It IS emabrrassing and it HAS ALWAYS been embarrasing being a vikes fan. Steve young just ran through their defense to win the nfc playoff game? He made it look easy? last year NOT upgrading the horrib;e secondary and this year not doing the same?(we look for a miracle in the draft huh? ). WR’s that don’t catch? good lord. 50-51 years of this crap. uh

  48. wtfru2 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:09 AM

    I just don’t see the infatuation with the tuna. He hasn’t done anything for 25 years. Yes he was good with the Giants but that’s ancient history.

  49. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 4, 2012 10:10 AM

    7ransponder says:Apr 4, 2012 9:44 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:14 AM
    Interesting. I guess things aren’t going quite as well as c-ntra, pvyhvn, and seven would have us believe….

    ———————–

    Read the article man, they aren’t looking to nab him anymore. I don’t think it’s far fetched to think they wanted to go for a bigger name before they named Spielman to the GM role. Who wouldn’t want to at least try there?

    _____________

    Why don’t you read the article, man. The story says they are currently “putting the hard sell” on Parcells. Intead you just go with the conjecture of he who shall not be named in comments. Of course, no matter what happens it’s a win-win – vikes either hire a washed up, over the hill coach/GM and waste three more years and millions of dollars or Frazier and Speilman get to work under the cloud of “Zygi doens’t want us.” skoal vikes.

  50. fkajames says: Apr 4, 2012 10:19 AM

    Florio’s right – this is the Tuna trying to use whatever leverage he can muster to get the ‘Aints to pay him (and the truth be damned). Wilf might have tried to get Parcells at some point, but there is NO WAY this can happen now – Spielman and the coaching staff would quit and Tuna would have to scramble to get any coaches to come to MN.

    Not to mention that this “Post Staff Report” is so sketchy, it reads like another one of Charley Walters’ poopshoot dreams (aka “a little birdie says …”).

  51. jimyritz says: Apr 4, 2012 10:20 AM

    Did Wilf call Stephen Ross for advice on this one?

    Parcells is done–maybe nothing more than a consultant…

    Wilf should just move the Vikings or sell them already….

  52. rugdog100 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:22 AM

    @txbearmeat — You sound like Natalie Maines / Dixie Chicks… lol

  53. fargovikesfan says: Apr 4, 2012 10:32 AM

    maybe this will give Spielmillen and Frazier a sense of urgency to do their work and draft some quality players. Let them know they’re on the hot seat this year. I would guess this conversation occurred shortly after the season ended, not recently. Although after Spielman’s stellar FA period where we signed a bunch of 3rd and 4th string towel boys who knows…

  54. crazycane says: Apr 4, 2012 10:33 AM

    Hard to imagine the Vikings could get much worse….wait, Dolphins are much worse and Parcells did that. Forget my previous message.

  55. zn0rseman says: Apr 4, 2012 10:33 AM

    Speilman has been huge asset to the Vikings organization. His draft selections, not those where Brad Childress pulled rank and made bad selections (see Tavaris Jackson and Tyrell Johnson), have consistently been among the best in the league. While it’s possible Wilf may have pursued a replacement for Fraiser, Speilman was never going anywhere, and my guess is that he did so well before he promoted Speilman from VP of Player Personel, to General Manager.

  56. vikefan says: Apr 4, 2012 10:36 AM

    Parcells is done?, maybe but far from washed up. He has a great mind for talent, he and Sparano had a great wildcat idea for 2 years in miami, and had lots of potential for success in Dallas if a self centered self concious owner does not get in the way….and would be a major upgrade compared to anything the vikings have now. his better coaching days may be behind him but still has one of the best eyes for talent on the field and entire organizational control than most out there. if you believe over rated, then google jeff fisher.

  57. brutus9448 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:40 AM

    I mean he did such a great job in miami that I think he should get another shot.

  58. kozmo50 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:40 AM

    There is a reason Parcells was not voted into the HOF………..he’s a hired gun….no heart or loyalty!

  59. mountaindont says: Apr 4, 2012 10:41 AM

    Who is surprised by this impulsive move ? The Vikings have had decades of ineptness.

    Why the Vikings are the most inept team in professional sports history

    ** 4 Superbowl losses

    ** 5 straight losses in NFC Championship games

    **Gary Anderson who had just completed the first perfect regular season in NFL history (not missing a single extra point or field goal attempt the entire year), missed a 38-yard attempt with less than 2 minutes remaining in NFC championship game that most likely puts Vikes in Superbowl in 98.

    **in 2003 Arizona’s last second touchdown on 4th and 28 against Vikings eliminated Vikings from playoffs. The moment of Arizona’s touchdown was actually the first moment the entire season in which the Vikings hadn’t led their division. The Vikings became the second team in football history to miss the playoffs after getting off to a 6-0 start

    **The “Hail Mary” pass Drew Pearson caught against the Vikes in 75 NFC championship to give Dallas the win in the final minute.

    **Jim Marshall’s wrong way run

    **The Herschel Walker trade in which Vikings gave Dallas three 1st rounders, three 2nd rounders, plus a 3rd and a 6th rounder in addition to 5 players. Walker lasts only 3 seasons in Minnesota
    ** In 1999 the Vikings select Michigan State Defensive end Dimitrius Underwood with the 29th overall pick. Underwood spent one day in camp and walked out. It was eventually shown Underwood suffered from mental Illness. The ineptness of the Vikings comes into play because his coaches at Michigan State warned NFL scouts that he was not mentally stable enough to play in the NFL.
    .
    **Vikings despite being favored, The Vikings lose 41-0 in NFC championship game in 2000.
    **Green Bays Antonio Freeman makes one of the all time great miracle catches in overtime to defeat Vikings in 2000
    **2003 In yet another move of ineptness the Vikings are on the board in the first round of the 2003 draft with the 7th overall pick. The Vikings missed the deadline to make the pick. Meanwhile, the two teams immediately behind Minnesota on the board Jacksonville and Carolina rushed their cards to the podium in New York and made their picks before the Vikings.
    ** With 19 seconds remaining in the 2010 NFC Championship game the Vikings call a timeout on 3rd and 10 at the Saints 33 yard line. They had one timeout remaining, so the smart money was on them running the ball and hoping to gain four to five yards — thus setting up an approximately 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. On that next play the Vikings are penalized for 12 men in the huddle. The penalty pushed them out of FG range and most likely cost them a trip to the Superbowl. See below for nail in the coffin on the next play
    **2010 Favre`s 4th down 4th quarter interception with seconds remaining vs Saints in NFC championship puts New Orleans in Superbowl.
    * Between 1986 and 1990, nine Vikings were arrested for drunken driving, and receiver Buster Rhymes was treated for cocaine dependency.

    * In 1988, citing “overwhelming negative response” from the public, the Vikings released convicted sex offender Mossy Cade.

    * In 1994, Joey Browner is charged with third-degree rape in Minneapolis. Charges are later dismissed.

    * In 1995, running back Keith Henderson pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    * 1995, Star Minnesota Vikings quarterback Warren Moon is arrested in Houston and charged with misdemeanor assault after he slapped his wife, choking her “nearly to the point of unconsciousness.” Moon is later acquitted after his wife refuses to testify. A few months previously, Moon had been charged with sexual assault by a Vikings cheerleader in a case that was settled out of court.

    * That year, Moon allegedly struck his wife in the head with an open hand and choked her to the point where she almost passed out, according to police in Missouri City, Texas.

    She did not press charges and, although the case went to trial anyway, Moon was found not guilty.

    * In 1995, the Star Tribune reported that the Vikings paid $150,000 to head off a sexual harassment suit against Vikings assistant coach Richard Solomon, coach Dennis Green’s closest friend on the staff.

    * In 1996, James Harris, Minnesota Vikings defensive end, pleads guilty to third-degree assault for beating his wife.

    * In 1999, safety Orlando Thomas was disciplined by the NFL after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge of simple battery on his wife.

    * In 2002, receiver Randy Moss knocked a traffic cop to the ground with his car, then was charged with drug possession. He later reached an out-of-court settlement with the officer.

    * In 2002, two women claimed to be sexually assaulted at the team’s Arctic Blast fundraiser.

    * In 2004, linebackers E.J. Henderson and Michael Nattiel and tight end Steve Farmer were arrested after officers said they saw the players assaulting a man outside the Tabu nightclub in Minneapolis.

    * In 2005, running back Onterrio Smith was suspended by the NFL for a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two months after being caught at an airport with The Original Whizzinator, a kit designed to circumvent drug tests.

    * Also in 2005, coach Mike Tice was fined by the NFL for scalping Super Bowl tickets, and defensive tackle Kevin Williams was arrested on charges of domestic abuse.

    * Wide receiver Kelly Campbell driving a stolen SUV high with a stolen and weapon, with 16 grams of marijuana

    * Daunte Culpepper’s SUV involved in drug arrest

    * Former running back Ted Brown was indicted by a Mille Lacs County grand jury in late 2003 on first-and third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges after an incident at a team function on Lake Mille Lacs. He remains free on bail.

    Brown is charged in a February 2003 incident during the Vikings’ annual Arctic Blast event at Eddy’s Resort. Prosecutors allege that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman who was unable to consent.
    *Koren Robinson getting a DUI
    * Tommy Kramer DUI
    * Donald Igwebuike involved in drug trafficking
    * Robert Tate threatening to have the mother of his child beaten up by his cousin
    * Kenny Mixon not 1, not 2, but 3 DUI’s while with the team
    * Former Executive Mike Kelly getting a DUI going to bail out players at the Arctic Blast
    * Denny Green Sexual Harassment Allegations
    * EJ Henderson DUI * *While every team makes draft blunders I especially like this one. In 2005 the Vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers … twice. Once, to draft wide receiver Troy Williamson at No. 7 and again at No. 18 picking defensive end Erasmus James. Neither lived up to their hype and even more noteworthy both aren’t on the roster
    * January 2011 Vikings De Everson Griffin being arrested 2 times within 3 days. He was Drunk in public and then 3 days later was tased by the police after trying to run away after being pulled over for suspicion of felony battery.
    * 2010 Vikings trade a 3rd round draft pick to Patriots for WR Randy Moss. Moss is cut 4 games later

    *Oh, yeah, that whole sex boat scandal too.
    *2011 Former Vikings qb Warren Moon came up with this genius quote regarding Auburn QB Cam Newton. ” A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based, Moon told Freeman. “ thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans…”
    *2011 September 2011 Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson arrested for suspicion Impaired driving
    *2011 October Vikings Cornerback Chris Cook was arrested on two charges: domestic assault and intentional attempts to inflict bodily harm on another. Misses October 23, 2011 game against Packers because he was still in jail.
    *2011 With the arrest of Minnesota Vikings cornerback, Chris Cook, on charges of felony domestic assault/strangulation and fifth degree domestic assault, the Vikings have managed to pull into first place as the most arrested team in the NFL.SignOnSanDiego.com has been tracking NFL player arrests dating back to 2000 and offers a great database for looking up the NFL’s tax subsidized misfits.As of 10/14/2011, Sign on San Diego’s database had the Minnesota Vikings tied for #1 with the Cincinnati Bengals, which was gain (in a negative way) for the Vikings who were two arrests behind Cincinnati (32-30) back in July 2010:
    *Dec 2011- Vikings DB Benny Sapp has been cited for fifth-degree assault and careless driving, both misdemeanors, after a run-in with security at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

    I`m sure there are things I missed but this is why

    I believe the Vikings are the most inept team Professional sports history

  60. purplereign28 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:47 AM

    txbearmeat says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:12 AM
    What a mess this franchise is. If I were a tax paying Twin Cities resident, or a fan of the Vikes, I would be embarrassed.

    ____________________________________
    Yeah, so an unattributed source says the Vikings want Parcells and now what is basically heresay becomes gospel… Just like a Bear fan to say something like that…

  61. hdmoyer says: Apr 4, 2012 10:47 AM

    Christian Ponder = not a contender

    Drew Brees = contender

    The Tuna wouldn’t coach for long and would still want to win so why would he go to the Vikings.

  62. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:47 AM

    does the price include the cheerleaders? Minnesota has some stone cold foxes up there. gooseberry slim jim.

  63. ruvelligwebuike says: Apr 4, 2012 10:55 AM

    Parcells: “Now, Zygi, a couple things. First, the building isn’t going to fall down again while I’m in it, right? Second, where are we going to play football next year? Third, there aren’t any passive aggressive snobs around here are there? You know, the type that think they are all art and culture, but they don’t know jack about either, and they are really just a suburban white dude who does data analysis for Target Corp.? Minnesota doesn’t have a lot of those types, do they?”

    Zygi: “Ahhh…well…let’s go check out our trophy roo….I mean…The Guthrie Theatre just got a $300 Million renovation on government money. Wanna check that out?

  64. bigpurple72 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:06 AM

    No way there’s any truth to this other than Zygi MAY have contacted Parcells a few months ago. This is purely Parcells trying to get more money from Saints.

    Nothing to see here, please move along.

  65. farmmbig says: Apr 4, 2012 11:06 AM

    mountiandope— you have alot of time on your hands.

    Thanks for the rundown of the Vikings’ past.

    care to include Cincinnati?

  66. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:08 AM

    @mountaindont

    I’m sure looking all that crap up, copying it and pasting it in was a very productive use of your time. But then again, I’m sure you probably had nothing better to do than that…

    It’s laughable how seriously people take NFL teams that none of them will ever even dream of having anything to do with.

  67. bozosforall says: Apr 4, 2012 11:10 AM

    duanethomas says:
    Apr 4, 2012 9:45 AM
    Parcells is good a taking a horrible team and organization and giving them a sense of direction, discipline and structure. He did that will the Pats and Jets, but with both one those teams and his SuperBowl winning team there was onething he had that he didnt have in Dallas and Miami. Bill Belichick. Parcells now doesnt know how to coach players or even draft them. He will be good in N.O. as the one year “bus driver”. Then Payton doesnt have to worry about an assistant taking his team to the SB, and him being out a job.

    ___
    Belichick hasn’t won a SB since Spygate, so I guess he is washed up as well.

  68. bencoates57 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:14 AM

    “Anything is a upgrade over Frazier and Spielman, but I don’t think Viking fans would want a guy who is friends with a guy who will always be remembered as a cheat with a TAINTED Championship.”

    First of all — they’re not such great friends. Secondly, you’re a jealous idiot.

  69. deadmanwalking47 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:18 AM

    Parcells is the most underated coach in history.I Can’t see him back running any team day to day because of his health,which includes a heart problem he has said that effects him too much for him to dedicate 100% to running or coaching ever again.

  70. jonny42671 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:19 AM

    @kingfish…you forgot the ASTERISK. Only the inbred Who Dat nation actually acknowledges the Superbowl.

  71. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 11:25 AM

    Mountaindont –

    I’m glad to see that you didn’t update your typos while you were updating your list. How about updating your brain?

  72. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 11:28 AM

    IF this happened at all (and Paul Allen is reporting that there’s no truth to it), it probably happened in 2010. Why wouldn’t Zygi check on Parcells’ interest when he was looking to hire a head coach? This is the biggest nonstory of the year, passing “Percy Harvin is having shoulder surgery.”

  73. cereal blogger says: Apr 4, 2012 11:29 AM

    Dont be silly Adrian Peterson

  74. glac1 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:31 AM

    and what has parcells done since he was in NY.. Dallas and Miami certainly didn’t flourish!

  75. erod22 says: Apr 4, 2012 11:32 AM

    How about 28 octillion?

  76. nowillrepeat says: Apr 4, 2012 11:37 AM

    Mountaindont
    ————————-
    You forgot the whole Corey Stringer “incident”

    That franchise is a complete joke.

  77. scottie2naughty says: Apr 4, 2012 11:38 AM

    Wake me up when Tebow has beat out Sanchez and they are playing the Pats he is 2 for 36 and its the 4th quarter and of course it’s tebowtime dude. Don’t waste my time with speculation.

  78. randomjim says: Apr 4, 2012 11:41 AM

    According to an item in the Post that identifies no specific author or reporter,

    This is a lot of speculation for an article with this ^ line in it.

  79. rushmatic says: Apr 4, 2012 11:42 AM

    wtfru2 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 10:09 AM
    I just don’t see the infatuation with the tuna. He hasn’t done anything for 25 years. Yes he was good with the Giants but that’s ancient history.

    _________________

    He won two Super Bowls, followed it up by turning around DISMAL Patriot, Jet and Dolphin franchises, and had the Cowboys organization stolen from him by Jerry Jones. That’s recent memory. Wonder who your coach is?

  80. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 11:45 AM

    So here’s how the conversation went:

    Zygi: “Hi Bill, it’s Zygi. We’re just finishing up a 6-10 season. Leslie Frazier is our interim head coach and I think he’s doing great but the Rooney Rule requires that I interview a white guy. Would you like to coach our team? Name your price.”

    Bill: “I don’t know, Zygi. I think the game has passed me by.”

    Zygi: “Yeah, you’re probably right. Bye.”

    16 months later…

    Bill: “Yeah, Sean. I was talking to Zygi and he told me to name my price.”

  81. sfsaintsfan says: Apr 4, 2012 11:47 AM

    Bill Parcels has a track record in the NFL. In the first year he shows up with a new team, that team averages over 6 wins more than the previous year. If Parcells would go to the Vikings he would be expected to improve the team from a 3-13 record to 9-7.

    Now, on the other hand, if he went to the Saints, what can he do? Improve the team to 19 wins and negative 3 losses???

    The best he can possibly do in New Orleans would be 19-0. It would be a “down year” for Parcells.

    What is that smell in New Orleans……TUNA!!

    HAHA to the haters. Saints to the Super Bowl. :)

  82. Puddy says: Apr 4, 2012 11:49 AM

    mountaindont,

    “* With 19 seconds remaining in the 2010 NFC Championship game the Vikings call a timeout on 3rd and 10 at the Saints 33 yard line. They had one timeout remaining, so the smart money was on them running the ball and hoping to gain four to five yards — thus setting up an approximately 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. On that next play the Vikings are penalized for 12 men in the huddle. The penalty pushed them out of FG range and most likely cost them a trip to the Superbowl. See below for nail in the coffin on the next play
    **2010 Favre`s 4th down 4th quarter interception with seconds remaining vs Saints in NFC championship puts New Orleans in Superbowl.”

    AWESOME, GLORIOUS BEST EVER POST but everybody (Queen fans) knows that they lost to the Saints because of the refs and bountygate. It had nothing to do with the 6 turnovers.

  83. castleofcheese says: Apr 4, 2012 11:51 AM

    Looks like I was a little off on my Parcells facts. He had 2 super bowls, not 1. I was 2 and 6 years old when he won them… I’m now 27. If anything, that supports, my original statement.

    To whoever said that he has a track record of turning teams around and making them contenders, I believe the Miami Dolphins may disagree with you.

    He was a great coach two and a half decades ago. The trouble is that it’s 2012 and not 1986.

  84. drunkenagitator says: Apr 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    Why would ANY team seriously want Parcells at this point? He always bails before the job is finished, he did it to the Jets, Cowboys and the Dolphins. If you hire the guy you’re automatically taking a huge risk that he’ll suddenly decide to “retire” again out of nowhere, leaving you with a roster full of “his” guys and a FO & coaching staff full of his hires.

  85. jimbo75025 says: Apr 4, 2012 12:11 PM

    mountaindont says:
    Apr 4, 2012 10:41 AM
    Who is surprised by this impulsive move ? The Vikings have had decades of ineptness.

    ** With 19 seconds remaining in the 2010 NFC Championship game the Vikings call a timeout on 3rd and 10 at the Saints 33 yard line. They had one timeout remaining, so the smart money was on them running the ball and hoping to gain four to five yards — thus setting up an approximately 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. On that next play the Vikings are penalized for 12 men in the huddle. The penalty pushed them out of FG range and most likely cost them a trip to the Superbowl. See below for nail in the coffin on the next play
    **2010 Favre`s 4th down 4th quarter interception with seconds remaining vs Saints in NFC championship puts New Orleans in Superbowl

    ____________

    Not a Vikes fan, but 2010 is a little too recent to get your facts wrong. Favre’s interception came on 3rd down-he was trying to make a play in typical Favre fashion after the bonehead 12 men on the field penalty. Nothing else to really say as most Minn fans I talked to know they would have never made it that far with Tjack and they look back on that season fondly as overall it was a fun ride.

    The interception did not send the Saints to the Super Bowl-a field goal in OT did which came after a questionable pass interference call.

  86. gb4mn0 says: Apr 4, 2012 12:16 PM

    I think Frazier is perfect for the vikequeefs. Since Chilly got the boot Frazier has gone 6-16. I hope the vikequeens keep up the same pace with Frazier for many years to come. LMAO

  87. nflfollower says: Apr 4, 2012 12:36 PM

    I agree with castle of cheese. The goal is to win a super bowl. Parcells hasn’t since 1996. That’s 16 years. Where did he leave the dolphins and cowboys? Both in disarray. I don’t care if they lost in the first round of the playoffs once while he was there. Big whoop, is that what u want? Parcells has done NOTHING since all his great assistants (belicheck, coughlin) left him to become great head coaches. Find the next Sean payton minus the bounties or the next mike mccarthy, this league rewards leaders, not followers picking up scraps from decades past.

  88. Puddy says: Apr 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    fkajames says: Apr 4, 2012 10:19 AM

    Florio’s right – this is the Tuna trying to use whatever leverage he can muster to get the ‘Aints to pay him (and the truth be damned). Wilf might have tried to get Parcells at some point, but there is NO WAY this can happen now – Spielman and the coaching staff would quit and Tuna would have to scramble to get any coaches to come to MN.

    =====================
    In order for Parcells to get some ‘leverage’,the Saints would have to believe that he would actually go to the Vikings. Everybody knows that he would never go to that pathetic franchise, plus Frazier has that confidence building Jim Caldwell blank stare down pat.
    Good luck with him…..HAHAHAHA

  89. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Apr 4, 2012 1:35 PM

    jonny42671
    ….. Man you need a hug? Here’s some xoxo to you from Who Dat Nation.
    You need to come on down here and get you some good old fashion craw daddies, gumbo, oysters on a half shell, and wash em down with some Louisiana beer, Abita Amber or Lager if you prefer.
    Either way my man … You need a hug!

  90. vikefan says: Apr 4, 2012 1:38 PM

    Who is surprised by this impulsive move ? The Vikings have had decades of ineptness.

    Why the Vikings are the most inept team in professional sports history

    ** 4 Superbowl losses

    ** 5 straight losses in NFC Championship games

    **Gary Anderson who had just completed the first perfect regular season in NFL history (not missing a single extra point or field goal attempt the entire year), missed a 38-yard attempt with less than 2 minutes remaining in NFC championship game that most likely puts Vikes in Superbowl in 98.

    **in 2003 Arizona’s last second touchdown on 4th and 28 against Vikings eliminated Vikings from playoffs. The moment of Arizona’s touchdown was actually the first moment the entire season in which the Vikings hadn’t led their division. The Vikings became the second team in football history to miss the playoffs after getting off to a 6-0 start

    **The “Hail Mary” pass Drew Pearson caught against the Vikes in 75 NFC championship to give Dallas the win in the final minute.

    **Jim Marshall’s wrong way run

    **The Herschel Walker trade in which Vikings gave Dallas three 1st rounders, three 2nd rounders, plus a 3rd and a 6th rounder in addition to 5 players. Walker lasts only 3 seasons in Minnesota
    ** In 1999 the Vikings select Michigan State Defensive end Dimitrius Underwood with the 29th overall pick. Underwood spent one day in camp and walked out. It was eventually shown Underwood suffered from mental Illness. The ineptness of the Vikings comes into play because his coaches at Michigan State warned NFL scouts that he was not mentally stable enough to play in the NFL.
    .
    **Vikings despite being favored, The Vikings lose 41-0 in NFC championship game in 2000.
    **Green Bays Antonio Freeman makes one of the all time great miracle catches in overtime to defeat Vikings in 2000
    **2003 In yet another move of ineptness the Vikings are on the board in the first round of the 2003 draft with the 7th overall pick. The Vikings missed the deadline to make the pick. Meanwhile, the two teams immediately behind Minnesota on the board Jacksonville and Carolina rushed their cards to the podium in New York and made their picks before the Vikings.
    ** With 19 seconds remaining in the 2010 NFC Championship game the Vikings call a timeout on 3rd and 10 at the Saints 33 yard line. They had one timeout remaining, so the smart money was on them running the ball and hoping to gain four to five yards — thus setting up an approximately 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. On that next play the Vikings are penalized for 12 men in the huddle. The penalty pushed them out of FG range and most likely cost them a trip to the Superbowl. See below for nail in the coffin on the next play
    **2010 Favre`s 4th down 4th quarter interception with seconds remaining vs Saints in NFC championship puts New Orleans in Superbowl.
    * Between 1986 and 1990, nine Vikings were arrested for drunken driving, and receiver Buster Rhymes was treated for cocaine dependency.

    * In 1988, citing “overwhelming negative response” from the public, the Vikings released convicted sex offender Mossy Cade.

    * In 1994, Joey Browner is charged with third-degree rape in Minneapolis. Charges are later dismissed.

    * In 1995, running back Keith Henderson pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    * 1995, Star Minnesota Vikings quarterback Warren Moon is arrested in Houston and charged with misdemeanor assault after he slapped his wife, choking her “nearly to the point of unconsciousness.” Moon is later acquitted after his wife refuses to testify. A few months previously, Moon had been charged with sexual assault by a Vikings cheerleader in a case that was settled out of court.

    * That year, Moon allegedly struck his wife in the head with an open hand and choked her to the point where she almost passed out, according to police in Missouri City, Texas.

    She did not press charges and, although the case went to trial anyway, Moon was found not guilty.

    * In 1995, the Star Tribune reported that the Vikings paid $150,000 to head off a sexual harassment suit against Vikings assistant coach Richard Solomon, coach Dennis Green’s closest friend on the staff.

    * In 1996, James Harris, Minnesota Vikings defensive end, pleads guilty to third-degree assault for beating his wife.

    * In 1999, safety Orlando Thomas was disciplined by the NFL after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge of simple battery on his wife.

    * In 2002, receiver Randy Moss knocked a traffic cop to the ground with his car, then was charged with drug possession. He later reached an out-of-court settlement with the officer.

    * In 2002, two women claimed to be sexually assaulted at the team’s Arctic Blast fundraiser.

    * In 2004, linebackers E.J. Henderson and Michael Nattiel and tight end Steve Farmer were arrested after officers said they saw the players assaulting a man outside the Tabu nightclub in Minneapolis.

    * In 2005, running back Onterrio Smith was suspended by the NFL for a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two months after being caught at an airport with The Original Whizzinator, a kit designed to circumvent drug tests.

    * Also in 2005, coach Mike Tice was fined by the NFL for scalping Super Bowl tickets, and defensive tackle Kevin Williams was arrested on charges of domestic abuse.

    * Wide receiver Kelly Campbell driving a stolen SUV high with a stolen and weapon, with 16 grams of marijuana

    * Daunte Culpepper’s SUV involved in drug arrest

    * Former running back Ted Brown was indicted by a Mille Lacs County grand jury in late 2003 on first-and third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges after an incident at a team function on Lake Mille Lacs. He remains free on bail.

    Brown is charged in a February 2003 incident during the Vikings’ annual Arctic Blast event at Eddy’s Resort. Prosecutors allege that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman who was unable to consent.
    *Koren Robinson getting a DUI
    * Tommy Kramer DUI
    * Donald Igwebuike involved in drug trafficking
    * Robert Tate threatening to have the mother of his child beaten up by his cousin
    * Kenny Mixon not 1, not 2, but 3 DUI’s while with the team
    * Former Executive Mike Kelly getting a DUI going to bail out players at the Arctic Blast
    * Denny Green Sexual Harassment Allegations
    * EJ Henderson DUI * *While every team makes draft blunders I especially like this one. In 2005 the Vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers … twice. Once, to draft wide receiver Troy Williamson at No. 7 and again at No. 18 picking defensive end Erasmus James. Neither lived up to their hype and even more noteworthy both aren’t on the roster
    * January 2011 Vikings De Everson Griffin being arrested 2 times within 3 days. He was Drunk in public and then 3 days later was tased by the police after trying to run away after being pulled over for suspicion of felony battery.
    * 2010 Vikings trade a 3rd round draft pick to Patriots for WR Randy Moss. Moss is cut 4 games later

    *Oh, yeah, that whole sex boat scandal too.
    *2011 Former Vikings qb Warren Moon came up with this genius quote regarding Auburn QB Cam Newton. ” A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based, Moon told Freeman. “ thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans…”
    *2011 September 2011 Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson arrested for suspicion Impaired driving
    *2011 October Vikings Cornerback Chris Cook was arrested on two charges: domestic assault and intentional attempts to inflict bodily harm on another. Misses October 23, 2011 game against Packers because he was still in jail.
    *2011 With the arrest of Minnesota Vikings cornerback, Chris Cook, on charges of felony domestic assault/strangulation and fifth degree domestic assault, the Vikings have managed to pull into first place as the most arrested team in the NFL.SignOnSanDiego.com has been tracking NFL player arrests dating back to 2000 and offers a great database for looking up the NFL’s tax subsidized misfits.As of 10/14/2011, Sign on San Diego’s database had the Minnesota Vikings tied for #1 with the Cincinnati Bengals, which was gain (in a negative way) for the Vikings who were two arrests behind Cincinnati (32-30) back in July 2010:
    *Dec 2011- Vikings DB Benny Sapp has been cited for fifth-degree assault and careless driving, both misdemeanors, after a run-in with security at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

    I`m sure there are things I missed but this is why

    I believe the Vikings are the most inept team Professional sports history

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    wow, ur brilliant, why rnt u a gm somewhere? like this decision or thought process has any bearing that happened within the organization from its inception to 2007. owned by different ppl, run by difft ppl, roster has been turned over almost completely since chili’s departure already. we r all dumber for having to have passed by your thread

  91. finsfrontofficeisajoke says: Apr 4, 2012 2:23 PM

    Do any of these people in the front offices even WATCH football? Bill Parcells just took the Dolphins for a multi-million dollar cash grab and these other teams are all tripping over themselves to be the next in line to get robbed!

    He finagled a deal that would pay him whether he stayed or not.

    He hired Jeff Ireland, possibly the worst GM in the history of the NFL (maybe right below Randy Mueller and Matt Millen)

    He freaking RECOMMENDED Rex Ryan to the Jets while in the Dolphins employ. This is unforgivable, in my opinion, because if you thought Rex was so good, why wasn’t he IN MIAMI???!

    He set the Dolphins organization back AT LEAST 4 more years. I say “more” because they’ve been behind since Shula retired.

    But, hey, why not?! Go get him Saints and Vikings. It should work out really well.

  92. gmen1987 says: Apr 4, 2012 2:35 PM

    Parcells was an average coach with Dallas, a disaster in Miami. What makes the Vikings think he will be any better in Minnesota?

  93. vikesfansteve says: Apr 4, 2012 2:42 PM

    Dungy is in town to visit the Gophers. Wilf should get him instead of Parcells. Parcells is a great motivator but he is 71 years old.

  94. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 4, 2012 3:57 PM

    Two friends who cheated to win super bowls.

  95. mountaindont says: Apr 4, 2012 8:09 PM

    jimbo75025 said

    **Not a Vikes fan, but 2010 is a little too recent to get your facts wrong. Favre’s interception came on 3rd down-he was trying to make a play in typical Favre fashion after the bonehead 12 men on the field penalty. Nothing else to really say as most Minn fans I talked to know they would have never made it that far with Tjack and they look back on that season fondly as overall it was a fun ride.

    The interception did not send the Saints to the Super Bowl-a field goal in OT did which came after a questionable pass interference call**

    You are correct! The Favre INT did come on 3rd down. My error.
    I said the Favre INT “most likely” cost them a trip to the Superbowl

  96. chubrock50 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    please don’t give mountaintard any praise people. This guy has had this exact same post saved on his computer and continues to repost the same thing for like the past two years. He didn’t take anytime to think this up just for this article as he has posted the same exact thing many times on this site. Get some new material you moron.

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