A come-from-behind win over the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn't exactly a vote of confidence, but at least it was a win. Losing to the Indianapolis Colts stifles whatever enthusiasm Vikings fans might have had based on an undefeated record.
Leslie Frazier has been the head coach for 24 games so the team should have started showing some improvement at this point. They haven't.
If Minnesota doesn't enjoy an unforeseen turnaround soon, one of the following four fellows may be taking over for him in 2013.
If there is a possible opening anywhere in the NFL, then speculation will undoubtedly lead towards the famed ESPN Monday Night Football announcer. Rightfully so, considering his track record.
He won a Super Bowl as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his best attribute is his way with quarterbacks. He revitalized Rich Gannon's career during a respectable run with the Oakland Raiders. Christian Ponder would benefit from Gruden's tutelage immensely and the rest of the locker room would certainly respect his ring.
He is a Dick LeBeau disciple, having learned at the feet of the most well-respected defensive mind of all time. His 10-year playing career and 17 years in the coaching ranks will be more than enough to keep the players' attention. He's a sleeper pick for a a head coaching opening in the near future.
His name has been coming up for years as possible candidate, but he has yet to nail down a job. Since his resume includes a Super Bowl championship, the Vikings would be smart to bring him in for an evaluation.
What franchise wouldn't love to have Cowher calling the shots? The legendary Pittsburgh Steelers head coach has been out of the league a few years, so they might be able to convince him that now is the appropriate time to jump back in the game.
Landing Cowher would be a major accomplishment for a franchise in search of its first championship. Although, they still need to pretend to give Frazier a fair shake for the rest of the season while making clandestine phone calls.