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Vikings Coaching Search Down To A Final Three

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It’s down to three for the job of being the next head coach of the Vikings according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Todd Bowles, the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, are two of the three, Rapoport was told. The third candidate is unknown.

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5 Responses to “Vikings Coaching Search Down To A Final Three”

  1. purplereign57 says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you viking fans, but I would personally like to see a defensive coordinator move into the head coaching job. It’s just that I am a one track mind when it comes to all of the ingredients necessary to build a top notch contending football team. That one main track is defense. The way I see it, if you’ve got a top tier defense that holds good offenses to field goals more often than touchdowns, and does so at least half of the time by stiffening at the goal line on third, and even fourth down, these are a couple of the main factors that build morale and confidence, the kind of chemistry and positive energy that puts offenses on their heels, and keeps them from scoring. This means that with even a less than stellar offense, ( although that is DEFINITELY NOT what I want to see in Minnesota ), you can score a few field goals, maybe a touchdown or two, (mind you, with a defense like I’ve described here, you know that SOME of those TD’s will be scored by THEM ), you can easily win more games than you lose. I only hope that whoever gets the job brings in with him some great and eager football minds for new offensive and defensive coordinators that carry playsheets that are bigger than Musgrave’s index card size offensive scenarios. His playsheet is so small, ( which explains the total lack of creativity )that it BARELY covers his mouth when he’s trying to keep the opposing sideline from reading his lips. In a nutshell, both Musgrave AND Williams need to go. I’m pretty sure that there is enough coaching talent out there, that it won’t be hard to replace them with people that want to win at least as much, if not more than Williams and Musgrave do. I’m NOT trying to take anything away from these two coaches’ will to win, just that I think people can be brought in that want to win more, and can back that up and produce results. I’m POSITIVE that I’m not alone in hoping that a new winning attitude is instilled, from Zygi, all the way down…to the new coaching staff, to the new and returning players, all the way down to the equipment manager and the team physician!!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  2. Fisher says:

    Although I would be satisfied with either of these two based on the their tenure with their latest teams (as a DC fits the bill best with the needs of the VIkes considered first and the requisite situation in the game considered second), but I can’t help but hope…



    …that the third and unnamed candidate is BILL COWHER
    BILL m*#%*#f*$#&*g COWHER and that the Wilfs are in negotiations with him as we speak.

    Bill Cowher, please coach the Vikings. Zygi Wilf, please PLEASE pay the man whatever it takes. Bill Cowher, outdoor football, dynasty.

    Please, oh please, be Bill Cowher. Please be Bill Cowher. The Seahawks’ DC Dan Quinn is the only substitute other than the two names on the list (and most importantly BILL COWHER) that wouldn’t disappoint me.

    But, seriously, Bill Cowher. Bill Cowher is the name I want to read. Oh please, oh please, oh please!


  3. purplereign57 says:

    @Fisher:I’m not quite 100% certain, Fisher, but something tells me you MIGHT prefer Bill Cowher for the next Viking head coach. It’s just a feeling I have. HOWEVER, there is also a STRONG FEELING I have that is telling me that, ( just like Jon Gruden ), there is NOTHING…NOTHING that is getting Cowher out of that CBS studio. I’m sorry to say, and very disappointed that that might very well turn out to be the case, although, LIKE YOU, I’d be ecstatic if Cowher would come to Minnesota. He, AND Jon Gruden, are both legendary WINNERS, but I have always simply been in awe of Gruden. His sheer enthusiasm, expertise, well known ability to motivate and get THE VERY BEST out of his players, and sincere love for the game, ( ALL qualities that are VERY APPARENT AND SHINE THROUGH )have made me give the utmost respect for him. He has always been one of my most favorite coaches, and when I heard the news a few weeks back that he had told the media his name WAS NOT in the running for a head coaching job, my heart literally sank. Gruden coaching the vikings would’ve been a dream come true for me. ON THE OTHER HAND, I, like you, am definitely 100% on board when it comes to the possibility of the unnamed third candidate for the head coaching job possibly being Cowher. Indeed, these two men basically share the same important qualities and abilities, and I would be JUST AS ECSTATIC if Cowher took the job. Realistically though, I don’t think that Bill Cowher is the third, “unnamed” candidate. IF THAT HAPPENS TO BE THE CASE, I’m hoping and praying with everything I have, that the man the Vikings finally bring in is a former defensive coordinator, and there is ONE MAIN REASON WHY. ALL of the great coaches of the past have basically agreed and said that DEFENSE WINS BALL GAMES, (see ’72 Dolphins, AKA, the killer bees, and the ’85 Bears ), two of the greatest defenses of all time, and both Super Bowl Champions. So, there is my reasoning behind wanting a DC to be the Vikings’ next head coach, while I’m also hoping that he has the wherewithal to bring in new offensive / defensive coordinators that are about 1000 times more creative than either Williams OR Musgrave. SKOL VIKINGS!!

  4. Fisher says:

    What I’ve been reading elsewhere points to the third man being either ‘Hawks DC Quinn or Niners OC Roman, but neither can be named yet as they’re both still competing in the playoffs.

    I fully agree with you that a solid DC is the best fit. I like Bowles or Quinn best based on recent track record, but Zimmer is a solid candidate as well. Though I understand the reasoning, I completely don’t agree with the VIkings pursuing Greg Roman.

  5. purplereign57 says:

    I’ve done some reading up on Greg Roman, and it seems that wherever he has been, ( by the way, that’s been 7 or 8 teams, since he came to the NFL from Stanford ) he has hung around for basically ONE season with whatever team he happened t be with. That tells me that either he is searching for IDEAL CONDITIONS in which to work, or the management and /or other members of the coaching staff had some kind of problem(s) with him.
    The preceding factors send up red flags, and make me agree with you, Fisher, that Roman doesn’t belong in Minnesota, and should be taken off of the list of candidates. But who am I to judge? I’m no expert, and the 49’ers do have a pretty good offense,(mainly because of Kaepernick’s running ability, some pretty good receivers, and Kaepernick’s ability to hit them consistently with very well thrown passes. Their defense ain’t too bad, either, but I can think of several other teams that have better ones…AND better running games as well. I’m sticking with my original decision, and hoping that we end up with a former defensive coordinator from either Cincinnati, Seattle, or Arizona. Zimmer, Quinn, or Bowles. OR SURPRISE OF SURPRISES, BILL FREAKIN” COWHER.

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