Let’s face facts: It was always a long-shot that the Vikings would actually hire Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator. Everyone suspected Spags was heading back to Philadelphia and it now appears that will come to pass. But give the Vikings credit for at least taking a look at the former Giants defensive coordinator and Rams head coach. They did their due diligence on this one. That would not be news by itself, except that the Vikings sometimes aren’t as thorough as they could be in looking into potential candidates for coaching and front office jobs. Brad Childress? Leslie Frazier? Rick Spielman? All hired/promoted before the team went through a full process, at least in some people’s eyes.
With Spagnuolo off the board, who now is the fan favorite to take over for Fred Pagac? Is it Raheem Morris? I’m sensing lukewarm interest in Morris at best. How about former Jacksonville DC and interim head coach Mel Tucker, who is scheduled to interview for the job this week? Again, I’m not feeling a lot of positive vibes around him. And then there’s Mike Singletary, current Vikings linebackers coach. To say there’s a lack of enthusiasm for Singletary would be an understatement. Fans seem flat-out hostile toward the idea of Singletary getting the bump.
Whatever happens, we can be reasonably assured the Vikings will go into 2012 with a 4-3 defense. We don’t know how closely the new defense will adhere to the zone principles we’ve all come to know and loathe.