Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Don't Expect Any Big Coaching Changes In Minnesota

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.

Nov 20, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf attends the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mall of America Field. The Raiders defeated the Vikings 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

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:

  • Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

    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.

  • Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave coaches against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

    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.

  • Jun 19, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) and quarterback coach Craig Johnson watch drills at Vikings Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

    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.

  • Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams coaches against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

    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.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    Coaching changes mid season make little difference these days. The player aren’t executing and that’s pretty much where I draw the line. Players were in position to make plays last night and simply didn’t. It’s easy to sit there and point out glaring mistakes. There were many!..

    Musgrave is getting a ton of grief, but he’s been thrust into accepting whatever Spielman is putting out. He masterminded APs MVP season and somehow got the Vikings into the playoffs? They stayed with Freeman because they were instructed to play him.(Frazier too) AP has a hamstring injury and the o-lne couldn’t get movement all night, and the majority of the season for that matter. The fact there is that Fusco and Johnson are just not good enough to be starters anywhere! The secondary is not good enough to start anywhere! The LBs are dreadful and with the exception of Greenway wouldn’t start anywhere!

    The end of the season will bring sweeping changes in Minnesota. That’s for sure! I really wonder if Spielman is going to be back? I haven’t seen his contract language. Then again who out in the coaching circle is someone that is an absolute star candidate? Yeah, Gruden and Cower aren’t coming back! Why would they? Don’t give em a chance to prove you got lucky if that was the case?

    1 thing for sure. Once you win a Super Bowl they can’t take it away from you!…What would I know about that? I’m a Viking fan!

    • Daniel Laxen

      The only guy with Head Coaching on his resume is Mike Singletary…BLEH!

  • Ramon Lang

    The Vikings haven’t been this bad for a long time. From the GM, coaching staff to both sides of the ball. Will be battling Jaguars for number one pick.