Minnesota Vikings All-Time Starting Defensive Team

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Minnesota Vikings All-Time Starting Defensive Team

The Minnesota Vikings announced the addition of Mike Singletary to coaching staff.

The Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears joins the staff to coach the linebackers and serve as assistant head coach to Leslie Frazier.

Singletary brings instant recognition to the coaching staff as a fearsome and intense linebacker from his playing days in Chicago. He replaces Fred Pagac (who?) who has been promoted from linebacker coach to defensive coordinator.

Here's hoping the reunion of Frazier and Singletary will be able to elevate the defense to a level like that of the 1985 Bears—or like those directed under Vikings' defensive coordinators Buddy Ryan in the 70's or Tony Dungy in the 90's.

I looked back over the history of the Minnesota Vikings and put together the all-time starting defensive team.

There were some very obvious choices that even casual Vikings fans can agree with, but after the few obvious choices it got a little tougher. The lack of good statistics from the early years made it difficult.

Longevity with the Vikings was a major factor, so those players whose tenure approached a decade were given much consideration.

Here's the Minnesota Vikings All-Time Starting Defensive Team—let the debate begin.

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