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Post by Guest on Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:58 pm

Frazier says owners, Spielman had input on Vikings' QB decisions


Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said several times this season, in choosing a starting quarterback, that Christian Ponder gave his team the “best chance to win.”
Frazier acknowledged after a 14-13 victory against Detroit in the season finale Sunday that every quarterback change was a “collective decision” among himself, General Manager Rick Spielman and ownership.

“In this position, when you’re talking about the quarterback position, you don’t make these decisions alone,” Frazier said. “The quarterback position, this is a franchise position. It’s a collective decision. At the end of the day, I’m the head coach, but when it comes to the quarterback, it’s not like inserting an offensive guard or a wide receiver or tight end. That’s a completely different matter, so believe me there were discussions in each one of those situations.”

The Vikings’ quarterback carousel this season prompted questions about who actually had final say on the matter. Ponder started nine games; Matt Cassel started six, including the final four; and Josh Freeman had one disastrous start against the Giants.
Cassel outperformed Ponder, but the team didn’t make him the full-time starter until December.

When we made those decisions early in the season regarding our quarterback, you’re making decisions based on — in my mind — the short term and the long term,” Frazier said. “When we decided to stay with Christian, there was a reason why we did that at that time. Now in retrospect, you can look back and say, ‘Well, maybe you should have done this.’ But we’ve talked about why we did what we did and if it worked out there would be no second-guessing.”

Frazier reiterated that he discussed every quarterback change with his bosses.

“You don’t want to make decisions regarding the quarterback without ownership and the general manager being involved in some degree,” he said. “You can make suggestions, but they need to sign off on it. This is the franchise. So yeah, we discussed each one of those moves.”


Duh??....thanks for the confirmation coach.

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Post by j82053 on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:58 am

Now that Fraizer has been fired. I think the Vikings brain trust would be freaking crazy if they didn't keep special teams coach Mike Priefer.

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Post by Gbjerke on Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:08 pm

Any ideas as to who may be on the short list?  I've heard the coach of Penn State may be a candidate for several NFL teams but can't say I am a fan of a college coach jumping to the NFL.  Thoughts?

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Post by j82053 on Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:36 pm

Gbjerke wrote:Any ideas as to who may be on the short list?  I've heard the coach of Penn State may be a candidate for several NFL teams but can't say I am a fan of a college coach jumping to the NFL.  Thoughts?
He's was an asst. in New England under Hoodie.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:55 pm

Mike Sherman is an excellent choice.  Look at all that success he had all those years in Green Bay...and you'll never have to worry about his press conferences being interrupted by someone's cell phone going off.  This is just the type of man you need to lead the purple into the next phase of it's destiny!

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Post by j82053 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:36 pm

Come on HD the Pack really should bring Sherman back. He would be such an assest for you guys.  Laughing

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:06 pm

Potential finalists emerge in Vikings coaching search


The Vikings’ scheduled interview with Jay Gruden was canceled Thursday after the Washington Redskins hired the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator to be their new head coach.
However, the Vikings’ coaching search continues to take shape as two candidates — Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles — are rumored to be favorites as the process nears the end of its second week.
ESPN reported that Zimmer is considered a favorite and a league source said Bowles likely will be in the final group that General Manager Rick Spielman presents to owners Zygi and Mark Wilf.

Spielman indicated last week during his news conference after Leslie Frazier’s firing that he hoped to narrow his wide list of candidates to two or three finalists. Spielman has interviewed five known candidates: Seattle coordinators Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn; Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton; Bowles; and Zimmer.

Spielman did not set an exact timetable for hiring a coach, except to say he’d liked to have a decision made by the Senior Bowl. Senior Bowl workouts in Mobile, Ala., begin Jan. 20.
“Once we narrow it down to the potential two or three, our ownership will be involved along with myself through the interview process,” Spielman said. “We will work collectively to get the decision the right way.”

It’s unknown if the Vikings will choose between the candidates they’ve already interviewed or if they’ll wait until next week to conduct another round of interviews.
The team reportedly has either requested permission to interview or expressed interest in San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Denver Broncos coordinators Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase.
Zimmer’s name has created a buzz among Vikings fans this week. The veteran coordinator has interviewed for several head coach jobs in recent years and offers a track record of building successful defenses. He interviewed with the Vikings on Wednesday and met with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.

The Vikings interviewed Bowles in Phoenix on Monday and the meeting went well, according to John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which helps promote minority hiring in the NFL.
Wooten talked to Spielman after his interview with Bowles and discussed the team’s process.
“Rick felt good about the interview,” Wooten said. “As a matter of fact, his word was, ‘He literally blew us away.’ It was a positive on both sides. Everybody felt real good about it.”

Spielman reiterated to Wooten that he wants to whittle his list to three finalists to bring to the Wilfs.
“He’s doing it the right way,” Wooten said.” He’s going to be thorough, and he should be.”

Not one mention of MIKE SHERMAN,,,,,thank you mama!!


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Post by Gbjerke on Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:30 pm

Wonder what DeKnee Green is doing these days....LOL!

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