2013 Minnesota Vikings Pivot Point: Time to Consider a New Direction?

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2013 Minnesota Vikings Pivot Point: Time to Consider a New Direction?

It’s late October 2013, leaves are changing, the weather is changing, and the Vikings sit at 1-5. This gives new meaning to the word Fall. And just a few days ago it was announced that Christian Ponder will likely start against Green Bay. Hopefully this game will go as well as the final regular-season game last year when the Vikings surprised and defeated the Packers, and Ponder had perhaps his best game as a pro.

As optimistic as I would like to be for the remainder of the season the order is tall, and unless a minor miracle occurs, it seems as though the Vikings are looking at a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft.

Many speculate there will be a coaching change at the top, and that the ricochet shrapnel will take the other coaches as well. Also, the idea of drafting a quarterback piques the interest of even the casual Vikings fan.

More often than not, a coach who was considered a defensive mind is replaced by one who is an offensive mind. I actually include four defensive coordinators in here, but yes, the betting man would say an offensive-leaning guy will be the next “ball coach” for the Vikings.

From 1961-1983 the Vikings had two head coaches: Norm Van Brocklin and “bow your heads please,” Bud Grant. We love you Bud!

Now it gets depressing. Since 1984, the Vikings have had seven coaches. My fingers tensed up just typing that.

In 2010, the Vikings decided to go with Leslie Frazier: a player’s coach, former player, Super Bowl winner, member of the vaunted Bears defense and now embattled head coach. I like Leslie Frazier; he is all that I just described, but whether he is a head coach is still up for debate. That conclusion is quickly suffocating the Vikings hierarchy of power.

Honestly, I would be okay if the Vikings held on to Frazier with the contingency that he fire defensive coordinator Alan Williams, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, but then this article would be irrelevant. So the idea is to move forward with possible candidates for head coach should Leslie Frazier get fired.

I offer several candidates with strong resumes. I leave the civil comments up to you. This is just an opinion piece.

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