Will Vikings Drama Deter Coaching Candidates?


Jun 11, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer gets ready for the Minnesota Vikings Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, the Vikings terminated head coach Leslie Frazier.  Now, they have to search for a new head coach this offseason.

It should be an appealing position to apply for.  You have a former NFL MVP at running back, you have one of the most explosive wide recievers in the league, the best kick returner and more.  Candidates should be licking their chops at taking over this team.

But the Vikings always seem to find a way to shoot themselves in the foot, and they’ve done it yet again.

This time, it comes in the form of off the field drama.  As you may have already read, today brought some bad news to the organization.  Questions as to the character of the coordinators and coaching staff have come into question along with some repeat bad decisions by some of the core players on the team.

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier watches his team prepare to play the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Although a new head coach could come in and possibly rework the entire staff, that would be a big overhaul for this organization.  It also was apparent that head coach Leslie Frazier did more to keep the players and coaches in check than was first thought.

Now, it seems as though taking on that kind of project could be a bit more than an inexperienced head coach would want to take on.  And many of the experienced coaches are already hired or getting interviews with other organizations with less dysfunction from within.

This is poor timing for all this to be surfacing.  Hopefully it doesn’t keep the Vikings from reeling in an excellent new head coach.