Friday, January 06, 2012

What the #&*Z!! Exploding Head News

In the wake of the worst season in team history, the Minnesota Vikings' first major off-season move was to promote to general manager one of the architects of that disaster. That decision came despite the availability of such experienced NFL veterans as Bill Polian and Jeff Fisher, among dozens of other equally competent talent evaluators.

The decision to pass on Polian seemed logical in that Polian had had a particularly poor run in the draft in recent years and the Colts' fortunes appeared to be predicated entirely on the health and fitness of star quarterback Peyton Manning. The Vikings not only passed on Polian, however, they did not even bother to interview him before making the decision to promote Spielman. That decision already appears not to be paying dividends.

Today, in his first major pronouncement as team general manager, Spielman announced that the Vikings will be reworking their defensive coaching staff and noted that the team had already scheduled an interview with former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris to fill a position currently held by Fred Pagac. The move, of course, is yet another example of the utter cluelessness of this organization.

In 2011, the Vikings were the victims of mistakes in all phases of the game. Chief among the issues, however, was the team's porous defense. Were it possible to inflame the dire defensive predicament, Morris would be just the candidate to do so as he presided over the only defense that in 2011 surrendered more points than did the Vikings' defense.

Notwithstanding the fact that the team has yet to remove Pagac from the role of defensive coordinator or the fact that Morris guided the absolute worst defense in the NFL in 2011, there is the matter that only the Vikings seem to consider Morris in anywhere near as high of a regard. At the same time that Vikings are preparing to interview Morris for the defensive coordinator position, a Washington organization that routinely overvalues the ability of its personnel was interviewing Morris for the position of defensive backs coach. That should be a red flag for Minnesota. Probably, however, it will not be.

The suspicion is that Vikings' head coach Leslie Frazier, apparently intent on continuing his string of suspect decision-making, favors Morris because Morris is wedded to the Tampa 2 coverage scheme that the Vikings so unflinchingly have failed to execute under Frazier. That suggests more of the same awful defense in 2012 and, unfortunately, a strong possibility that the Vikings are considering using their first round pick on a cornerback, rather than on an offensive lineman.

In Minnesota, the more things stay the same, the worse they get.

Up Next: Why Cornerback and Wide-Receiver Generally Are Wrong-Headed Picks Atop the Draft Board.


Cyd said...

Agree with you. Morris may turn out to be an OK pick, however, why not interview other candidates such as Del Rio and Spagnuolo. I know the latter is predestined to land in Philly, but why not make a serious pitch for the guy? As much as I like the Vikings, it was better for me to simply be oblivious to the dysfunctionality of the organization. Let's hope things don't turn out as bad as they may by this potential hire because I have read he is a good defensive/DB coach though I believe it is Frazier's stubbornness towards the Tampa 2 that is driving this interview. I have a feeling that next year will be another lost year due to this incompetence and the true house cleaning starts in 2013 because I really am tired or waiting. But again, hope springs eternal.

vikes geek said...



The greater issue for me is the Vikings' continuing insistence on bringing in people who we then must be told, owing to their suspect resumes, to "give a chance," only to see those people fail as most reasonably informed people thought they would. This team needs some guidance not along perfectionist terms but on merely making the routine decisions.


joseph burrell said...

hahaha I totally feel that emotion you expressed with the title of this post, and you and me are not the only ones, my friend who is a pay per head specialist and a huge Vikings fan feels it too