Experience or someone who is up and coming; this is a legitimate question the front office has to decide on when selecting the next head coach.
Rumors are floating around as to who will be the next head coach for the Minnesota Vikings, but all anyone should care about is who should be the best fit. The answer is someone with experience.
Sources say that the Vikings are looking heavily at Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase as the possible replacement to Leslie Frazier. Gase lead a Denver Broncos offense that was packed with punch, scoring at will at times, but that offense did have one special weapon: Peyton Manning.
Do the Vikings really want to gamble with a guy like Gase, who had great success at Denver, but can attribute much of that success to future Hall of Fame quarterback Manning? Remember Brad Childress and when the Vikings replaced Mike Tice with him, the guy that supposedly was an offensive mastermind? I do, but that move backfired as Childress’ system failed in Minnesota.
Childress’ system worked in Philadelphia because he was coaching under Andy Reid, a guy who knows how to run an effective offense, and the system there worked. Minnesota will likely have to rebuild and do they really want to trust a guy like Case to work with the young talent on their offense, develop a new quarterback to fit his system? Manning had a high influence in Denver’s offense, and one has to question if Gase really did that great of a job there.
There are too many question marks with a guy like Case in my opinion.
A guy like Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell would be a more suitable fit for the Vikings at head coach because he worked under Childress as the team’s offensive coordinator previously. He had Brett Favre to lead the charge, but after moving to Seattle, he revamped that offense and helped make Russel Wilson a superstar. Someone like Bevell could be a solid replacement to Frazier because he will have an opportunity to develop a quarterback in the same way he developed Wilson. This could be a win-win for the Vikings because Bevell was previously part of the organization, the players in both Minnesota and Seattle love the guy, and he has a system that seems to work great in Seattle.
Seattle is a defense heavy team, so the biggest question about Bevell would be his overall offense and if he could turn the Vikings into an offensive powerhouse or not. The Vikings don’t have a defense to brag home about, but there are players on the offense that a guy like Bevell could turn into superstars, hence the offense would carry enough of the weight to win games.
The Vikings would have a lot of upside with the guy as head coach because he can develop players, but the Vikings are a lot different than Seattle, and depending on which route they take in the draft would likely determine Bevell’s success as head coach with the Vikings.
This is why I propose like I have all season long the Vikings go big and sign a coach that has been a winner in the past. Someone with a Superbowl ring or tons of NFL experience that is out of work right now. Guys like Brian Billick, Jon Gruden or even Mike Zimmer with the Bengals, a guy who has been around for 20 seasons, coaching at many spots with the Cowboys, Falcons and Bengals.
The Vikings have gambled with coaches before and it hasn’t worked out. If they want to win, an experienced coach would be the right route to take.
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