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Vikings still taking their time with coaching search

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Two weeks after the Vikings parted ways with coach Leslie Frazier, the team continues to look for the next man to run a franchise that soon will be 40 years removed from its last Super Bowl appearance.

Per a league source, the Vikings still have no timetable for filling the job.  The team is taking a methodical approach, considering multiple qualified candidates.

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s name has gained momentum in recent days, especially in light of the decision to give him a second interview.  But the Vikings also could be intent on taking a closer look at Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.  Because Minnesota interviewed both of them during the wild-card bye week, the Vikings can interview either or both for a second time next week, if the Seahawks qualify for the Super Bowl.

And don’t forget about the Broncos coordinators.  Minnesota may decide to wait for a chance to talk to Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase and/or defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.  Neither were interviewed during the Broncos’ bye week; the Vikings would have to wait until Denver’s season ends before talking to them.

Meanwhile, Vikings fans will wait for an answer on the question of who the team will hire — and whether he’ll be closer to Bud Grant or Les Steckel on the Minnesota coaching continuum.

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42 Responses to “Vikings still taking their time with coaching search”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 13, 2014 9:28 PM

    They have no QB, or they will draft a new QB. They need somebody special who can help with the Offense and any all of the QBs. Those guys are really important and need all the help they can get.

  2. magnusantonius says: Jan 13, 2014 9:33 PM

    The title should’ve Been “Vikings can’t find anyone to come and clean up this mess!” From a Detroit fan. Ha!

  3. shelovesfootball says: Jan 13, 2014 9:35 PM

    Didn’t they get rid of Bevell just bit ago? Out with Chilly? What an organization.

  4. thadamntruth says: Jan 13, 2014 9:36 PM

    Mike Zimmer is not a politician. He is straight to the point. His interview with the Vikings will be something similar to “Red’s” last parole board on Shawshank Redemption.

  5. elliottcovert says: Jan 13, 2014 9:37 PM

    Del Rio was generally pretty mediocre in Jacksonville and Gase, unlike Mike McCoy, hasn’t proven that he can put multiple different styles of quarterback in a position to succeed. I’m also leery of Quinn, since the Seahawks have a lot of talent and also engage in a whole lot of defensive holding.

    Bevell would be an interesting option, but Zimmer intrigues me. His defense was excellent despite the loss of their best player, and his motivational strategy of cursing and yelling at his players seems highly effective.

  6. natijim235 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:39 PM

    as a bengal fan hope bengals can retain zims for atleast another year

  7. gb4mn0 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:39 PM

    Minnysoda vikqueens personified =Barney Fife.

  8. acmepackers says: Jan 13, 2014 9:41 PM

    This Packer fan is withholding further comment until a new coach is named. Please let it be Denny Green again. Please please please.

  9. tjacks7 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:45 PM

    I love the thought of Zimmer as HC, but the rumor is that he’s willing to entertain keeping Musgrave as OC. The thought of that makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  10. pillowporkers says: Jan 13, 2014 9:49 PM

    If Zimmer leaves MN, I am going to flip out. Don’t screw this up Spielman!

    Plus, I’m sick of everyone saying “we need an offensive minded HC for our QB”. Please stop saying that. Carroll is defensive minded and drafted a good QB and so is BB.

    If anything, I’d like to see us get a defensive guy for the sole reason that we will have a young QB. The Vikings can win games with the weopons we’ll have around our new QB, running the ball with Adrian early and often, and easy play designs to get Cordarrelle the ball. Throw in a top 10 defense and we can win this putrid division easily. It may be a weird concept to some but you can still hire an Offensive Coordinator to run your offense, and you can still actually have a good offense with a defensive minded coach (Bill Belichick, John Fox, to name two that are still alive solely cuz of their offense, even though they come from the DC line).

    When you go get an offensive coordinator that likes to throw the ball, and you go draft a QB, sometimes that works. However, you can also end up with a situation like Ryan Tannehill and Philbin. I don’t think it’s good for any young QB to sit there and get beat on game after game for the early part of his career solely cuz your coach doesn’t understand what a run play is (David Carr another great example).

  11. contra74isloosbuthole says: Jan 13, 2014 9:55 PM

    Who would want that job? No talent outside of AD. On top of that the Packers own that division for as long as Rodgers plays. It would get old trying to be a wild card year in and year out.

  12. gb4mn0 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:06 PM

    The vikqueens are a total embarrassment. For all you lavender Larry toads to be posting speculative comments on what this coach will do and that one won’t is just plain silly. This team has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. If this team was a horse, any compassionate person would shot it and put it out of its misery.

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jan 13, 2014 10:08 PM

    Vikings taking their time is code for, “Let all the good candidates take the other attractive jobs and we will sort thru what is left at the bottom of the barrel”

    At the end of the day, there are only 32 of these jobs in the whole world so someone reeking of desperation will step forward and take this on.

  14. ttommytom says: Jan 13, 2014 10:22 PM

    I hope Zimmer stays put.

    When Tom Coughlin retires, Zimmer can step right into his shoes.

  15. shaggytoodle says: Jan 13, 2014 10:26 PM

    Smooot

  16. 92nick182govikings says: Jan 13, 2014 10:27 PM

    Magnussantonios someone needs to clean up the mess in Detroit that has been forever!

  17. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 13, 2014 10:30 PM

    I’m going with Les Steckel.

  18. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 13, 2014 10:31 PM

    What do Bud Grant and Les Steckel have in common?

  19. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 13, 2014 10:32 PM

    Contra! Let Contra coach! He knows everything there is to know about … well… sheep!

  20. shaggytoodle says: Jan 13, 2014 10:35 PM

    Phil Jackson isn’t coaching anywhere.

  21. Norseman says: Jan 13, 2014 10:36 PM

    I don’t think the Vikings need to rush to name a new head coach.

    No one else is interested in Zimmer, who seems to be the leading candidate at the moment. In the meantime, Greg Roman, Jim Tomsula, Dan Quinn, Darrell Bevell (not my favorite) are all still working and deserve to be in the mix as well.

    I’m not high on either Gase or Del Rio. Everybody knows Manning runs the offense in Denver, and Del Rio seems mediocre.

  22. mountaindont says: Jan 13, 2014 10:37 PM

    Keeping in line with the Vikings long history of being the most inept franchise in all of sports they are taking their time to make sure they make the worst possible choice.

  23. f1restarter says: Jan 13, 2014 10:46 PM

    The Vikings aren’t “taking their time”. That would imply they have some control over the situation. Fact is, they just can’t find anyone willing to spend the next two years playing second banana to the Green Bay Packers before getting fired.

  24. jmsieli says: Jan 13, 2014 10:46 PM

    Again the wait with no plan in sight, sounds way to familiar, after 6 games into the year, the front office should have started their homework on head coaches, I don’t know what was worse the defense or the consistent poor play of Ponder and seeing the head coach refusing to make the change, even the players couldn’t explain it, Speilman should of hit the ground running after the season ended and already had a plan, hire a good defensive head coach, get rid of that Tampa 2 cancer and zero in on a quarterback, just maybe then you might be thought as a real GM that had a PLAN!!!

  25. mypercyhurts2 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:00 PM

    Shoulda grabbed Lovie while you had the chance.

  26. jaylaw01 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:08 PM

    What, the Vikings haven’t BEEN to the Super Bowl in 40 years? Heck I thought the media only kept track of when the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs!!!

  27. tebow420 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:26 PM

    Bring in Rob Ryan, even better would be Denny Green.

  28. pappavike says: Jan 13, 2014 11:30 PM

    I just love how everybody thinks the Vikes job isn’t alluring, Just on the grounds that the owners are willing to spend the money should be reason enough!! To attract any coaching prospects. As far as who should be the Vikes head coach I would prefer an offensive minded coach, A young innovative coach not an old retread!! Zimmer seams to be the front runner! He’s getting a big push from from some of his past co workers! But give the Vikes credit there leaving no stone unturned!! GO VIKES

  29. duece5 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:32 PM

    And we as Vikings fans continue to smile that McCarthy and TT continue to “next man up” their team……..hmmmmm……..the lack of defense, the lack of any backup QB, and they are wasting Rodgers away…….glad to see that status quo…..MM looked as lost without his wooby, Rodgers, this year.

    Very amused!!!!

  30. dem5957 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:03 AM

    If the Vikings continue to futz around, Zimmer will just go back to Cincinnati and wait one more year for Lewis to get canned!

  31. jaylaw01 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:05 AM

    What, the Vikings haven’t BEEN to the Super Bowl in 40 years? Heck I thought the media only kept track of when the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs..

  32. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 14, 2014 12:20 AM

    Ranking the Vikings’ head coaches:

    1. Bud Grant
    2. Jerry Burns
    3. Leslie Frazier
    4. Mike Tice
    5. Norm Van Brocklin
    6. Denny Green
    7. Brad Childress
    8. Les Steckel

    Whoever they hire, it won’t be hard to crack the top 3.

  33. brent4liberty says: Jan 14, 2014 12:45 AM

    My preferred candidate for the Vikings coaching position Ken Whisenhunt is now the Titans coach and I’m not 100% sold on Zimmer especially if he keeps Musgrave.

    I’d be intrigued by Greg Roman, but with the likes of Bill Parcells endorsing Zimmer, I wouldn’t be totally pissed off if he gets the job..

  34. GenXJay says: Jan 14, 2014 4:27 AM

    If trying to make the wildcard is considered a huge accomplishment, then cheesebay has exemplified it to the “T” this year.
    From SB, to playoffs, to wildcard; gbtrolls, your so called “team” is descending to a long hibernation of irrelevance.
    With that said, I still support ShAaron Rodger’s life choices.

  35. ejmat2 says: Jan 14, 2014 7:09 AM

    elliottcovert says:
    Jan 13, 2014 9:37 PM
    Del Rio was generally pretty mediocre in Jacksonville and Gase, unlike Mike McCoy, hasn’t proven that he can put multiple different styles of quarterback in a position to succeed. I’m also leery of Quinn, since the Seahawks have a lot of talent and also engage in a whole lot of defensive holding.

    Bevell would be an interesting option, but Zimmer intrigues me. His defense was excellent despite the loss of their best player, and his motivational strategy of cursing and yelling at his players seems highly effective.
    ————————————–
    I like Zimmer as well. To me Quinn is intriguing too. Although there is a lot of talent it’s a very young team and it took coaching to develop them the right way to make it into the machine it is now. I would take Quinn in a heart beat as well as Zimmer. I would leave Gase, Del Rio and Bevell alone.

  36. ejmat2 says: Jan 14, 2014 7:10 AM

    acmepackers says:
    Jan 13, 2014 9:41 PM
    This Packer fan is withholding further comment until a new coach is named. Please let it be Denny Green again. Please please please.
    ————————————
    As a Viking fan I have to admit that’s pretty funny. lol

  37. ejmat2 says: Jan 14, 2014 7:11 AM

    I heard if the Vikings hire Zimmer he may be interested in bringing Linehan back to the Vikes as OC. No complaints there!

  38. coltonviking1 says: Jan 14, 2014 7:16 AM

    The only coach I would like to see is Fran Tarkington!!!! Yes Fran this guy knows how to speak. Give me Fran and draft Johney football!!!!!!! All that will equal the mn Vikings 1st Super Bowl !!!

  39. wdnemesis says: Jan 14, 2014 10:32 AM

    All the smack talk is making me sick. Hopefully they know what there doing and turn into a well rounded team both on offense and defense.

  40. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:14 PM

    And the torch of perpetual incompetence passes to……………………….

  41. minnesnowda says: Jan 14, 2014 11:47 PM

    If we can’t trade back, no sense wasting the 8 pick on a gamble at QB draft Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins if Clowney is gone. If you can trade back they should try and get HaHa Clinton Dix and put him next to Harrison Smith and maybe trade back into the first to get someone like Louis Nix. Would love to see a top tier QB but I would hate to see another Ponder for 3-4 years…

  42. pappavike says: Jan 15, 2014 2:02 AM

    I have to say that Zimms is starting to grow on me!! Would like to see some fresh young coordinator hired as OC, And as crazy as it sounds bring Brett Farve in to be Qb coach? Nobody knows how the draft will shake out? But one things for certain and that is the Vikes will take a Qb in the draft! If history has shown us anything it’s that a franchise Qb can be had in later rounds!! In fact the best ones usually are!! Cassel will be named the starter so the rookie can watch and learn!! Go Vikes!!!

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