Vikings Going After Parcells Shows They Didn't Learn Their Lesson with Favre

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterApril 4, 2012

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02:  Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells watches practice on during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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That's my reaction to the New York Post report that has the Minnesota Vikings putting the "the hard sell" on former Giants, Jets, Patriots and Cowboys coach Bill Parcells

From the Post:

Even as the Saints beg Bill Parcells to come to New Orleans, The Post has learned Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is putting the hard sell on the former Giants and Jets coach to head to Minnesota and “run the show.’’

The Saints are seeking a replacement for the 2012 season for suspended head coach Sean Payton, while Wilf, who has strong New Jersey ties, is simply seeking an upgrade over coach Leslie Frazier and GM Rick Spielman and believes Parcells is the guy.

The Vikings went 3-13 last season under Frazier, who took over for fired Brad Childress during the 2010 season.

So, after allowing Childress free reign to follow through on his obsessive quest to land Brett Favre as the Vikings quarterback, Zygi Wilf watched as that experiment failed after two years in spectacular fashion, leaving his franchise in complete disarray and sifting through the rubble of what remained.

And now, Wilf thinks it's a good idea to toss aside Leslie Frazier after giving him one year on the job—not to mention undercutting Spielman, who has had complete authority over personnel for the grand total of two months—and hand control over to 71-year-old Parcells, who has not coached since 2006 and whose team-building work in Miami yielded mixed results at best. 

Most likely, Parcells will turn Wilf down, and the Vikings owner will have to turn back to a coach and GM the fanbase knows he has no confidence in.

If he doesn't, why should the fans? 

It's as though the main lesson of the Favre fiasco—don't chase after a quick fix—has gone in one ear and out the other. 

On second thought, it's totally believable.

It's the Minnesota Vikings.  

UPDATE: Multiple reports, including this one citing NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, indicate Parcells won't be taking the job. Most likely the story in the Post was put there by Parcells as a way to drive his price up with the Saints.

Nevertheless it appears, according to Tom Pelissero, that the offer was indeed made, though perhaps not recently. The fact that Wilf is still lurching from quick-fix attempt to quick-fix attempt seems relevant, as is the fact that he does not seem to have learned from the Favre episode. 


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