The firings are happening quickly this year as the Browns and Redskins have reportedly already cut ties with their head coaches. Expect the Minnesota Vikings to do the same with Leslie Frazier in the near future.
A very disappointing season came to an end this afternoon with a 14-13 win over the Detroit Lions. This was the last game that will ever be played in the Metrodome; to that I say thanks for the memories. Hopefully for the fans, this will also mark the last game coached by Frazier; for that I am crossing my fingers.
Coaching in the NFL is difficult, but Frazier and his staff were bush league at best. Minnesota has one of the most electrifying offenses in all of football and it would be nice to have an offensive minded coaching staff to come in and use that to their advantage.
Today, Cordarrelle Patterson was brilliant. When he snagged that high pass from Matt Cassel in the fourth quarter it was like watching Randy Moss. The new number 84 needs a lot of catches and a new offensive scheme would certainly help. The credit card sized play book that offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave uses is not dynamic enough to suit the offensive weapons the team has.
I expect improvements to be made via free agency on the defensive side of the ball. A few new faces in the secondary would be what the doctor ordered for the Vikings as interceptions and stops through the air were rare this season. This year’s Vikings defense was horrendous, especially in the secondary. If a new staff comes in, so do some new veterans in the secondary.
There are many options for the Vikings at head coach. I have mentioned these names in previous articles, but I really think that the Vikings have a talented enough team to win a lot of games under a good coach next season. The level of talent will also make it easier for a big name coach to say yes to the open head coaching position.
I don’t foresee a Jon Gruden, Lovie Smith, Brian Billick or Mike Shanahan saying no to Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph and Greg Jennings leading an offense, especially if the Vikings land a star rookie quarterback in the draft.
The Vikings also have a stellar defensive line filled with young talent. It’d be hard for the a good coach to not win here. They just need to present a little less predictability and a lot more creativity with the game plan. That’s the thing Frazier’s staff could not do. It was all too predictable.
What do you think? Will Frazier be gone by the end of the week? Will he be gone at all? Who would you like to see coaching the team next season?
If the Vikings want to be winners they need to get rid of the pretenders, starting with the coaching staff.
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