Laying out the top 10 ways for the Vikings to improve themselves this off-season, so maybe next year, instead of making it to the brink of the Super Bowl, they can actually, you know, make the Super Bowl…
Eric Bieniemy has been the Vikings running back coach since Brad Childress took over in 2006. In 2007, the Vikings drafted Adrian Peterson, and put him under Bieniemy’s tutlage. In each of Peterson’s three years since becoming Bieniemy’s pupil, his rush yardage has decreased. His fumble total actually went down from 9 in 2008 to 6 in 2009, but then the NFC Championship Game happened and his fumbling problem reached an all-time peak. He has improved slightly in his blocking and pass catching but still has problems in those areas.
It is also suspected, though Brad Childress has refused to confirm it, that Bieniemy was largely responsible for the miscommunication that led to Naufahu Tahi being the 12th man in the huddle.
Outside of the fact that Adrian Peterson seems to like him, I can’t think of one good reason for the Vikings to retain Bieniemy. Maybe Peterson’s issues aren’t his fault, but the fact is, Peterson seems to have regressed in many areas, and when stuff like that happens, coaches take the fall for it. Plus, by firing Bieniemy, Chilly would be offering up a proper sacrifice to Viking Nation for that tremendous 12-men-in-the-huddle cock-up. Perhaps then we would be appeased. Perhaps not.