The Vikings suffered a humiliating loss on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. The offense failed to score a single point against a Giants team that was near the bottom of every statistical category defensively. To make matters worse, Minnesota gave the 0-6 Giants their first win of the season.
The Vikings are now 1-5. This is a far cry from where most people saw this team after their success in reaching the playoffs last year. But don’t expect anything too drastic to happen in terms of the coaching staff.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf had a definitive answer answer when he was asked about a coaching change:
“I’m sticking with my team. This is my team, and I’m sticking with it,” Wilf said.
Sounds as though the team is going to ride this out for the season. Here is a list of the current coaches that are potentially on the hot seat:
Leslie Frazier (head coach) – He is in the final year of his deal, so after this year the team may decide not to bring him back if they decide that it is best for the team. That decision will be made by the Wilf family and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. Frazier does have a good relationship with the players, but many people feel he is too emotionless and soft on the team.
Bill Musgrave (offensive coordinator) – Musgrave has already received a ton of criticism for his play calling and utilization of players on the current roster. Many fans have been calling for his termination for a long, long time because of his predictable calls and poor decision making. Musgrave could be let go at any time, but it would most likely happen at the end of the year.
Craig Johnson (quarterbacks coach) – It’s no secret that the quarterback situation in Minnesota has been a complete mess for years now. The team hasn’t been able to draft and develop a quarterback since the days of Daunte Culpepper. Johnson is in his third year with the Vikings and was given the task of helping to develop Christian Ponder.
Alan Williams (defensive coordinator) – Although Williams is relatively new to the Vikings since being hired as the defensive coordinator back in 2012, Williams will also be on the hot seat. The Vikings defense played fairly well against the New York Giants on Monday night, but have been terrible the rest of the year. The fundamentals of the defense have been questionable at best.
It looks as though the Vikings are happy to sit pat with the coaching staff the way they are for at least the duration of the season. Until then, these coaches will be under a microscope by both fans and analysts.