Minnesota Vikings: All-time head coach power rankings
8. Leslie Frazier
Regular Season Record: 21-32-1 (.396) | Playoff Record: 0-1
While it would be easy and make sense to rank the coaches by winning percentage (which the rest just happens to follow), I decided to place Frazier behind Van Brocklin. Frazier’s three year stint here could be summed up as mediocre at best. The soft-spoken coach had high expectations to bring his highly regarded defensive mindset to a team that felt like it was part of a circus by the end of Childress era.
Known as a player’s coach, it was evident that his style was not the right fit for a team in need of a true leader. Frazier would move on to be Defensive Coordinator again under Lovie Smith where Lovie wound up taking over those duties as well. Frazier is now the Secondary coach for the Ravens.
7. Norm Van Brocklin
Regular Season Record: 29-51-4 (.363)
Van Brocklin gets some extra credit here for being the first coach in Vikings history. Expansion teams in general have a tough time attaining early success, but it was his relationship with Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton that fans of old will remember.
Van Brocklin was not a fan of Tarkenton’s razzle dazzle scrambling. The two were known to get into many heated debates and in 1967, the Vikings traded “The Mad Scrambler” to the New York Giants.
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