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Jan 20

Leslie Frazier: A Press Conference Recap


Leslie Frazier addressed the media today from Winter Park at 10:30 AM CT. His opening statement was dedicated to announcing the new coaching staff that has been added this week.

Jeff Davidson: Offensive Line Coach

Bill Musgrave is the new Offensive Coordinator. To find out more on Bill, you can click here for my analysis. Frazier indicated that the OC position was critical given his background on defense; he needs someone who understands the offense inside and out. Frazier also pointed to Musgrave’s time at the University of Virginia, developing Matt Schaub and his time in Atlanta working with Matt Ryan as being pivotal, given the Vikings’ situation at Quarterback.

Jeff Davidson is joining the Vikings as the Offensive Line Coach. Davidson has spent time as a coach with the Saints, Patriots and Browns but was most recently the Offensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. Frazier pointed to the fact that Davidson was instrumental in coaching an offensive line that produced two 1,000+ yard runningbacks in one season for the Panthers as being key for him since the Vikings have Adrian Peterson and would like to feature Toby Gerhart more.

Craig Johnson: Quarterbacks Coach

Craig Johnson has been named the Quarterbacks coach for the Vikings. He was most recently with the Tennessee Titans. Earlier today, ProFootballTalk posted this story about how hiring Johnson may open the door for Vince Young to join the Vikings as the first team Quarterback. Um… let’s hope that’s just speculation. I, for one, do not think Vince Young would be a good add to the Vikings’ offense.

As I mentioned yesterday, Mike Priefer is indeed the new Special Teams Coordinator.

Head Coach Leslie Frazier has one more coaching spot to fill: Runningbacks Coach. It’s been reported that he’s speaking to at least 2 different candidates. It will be interesting to see where he goes with this coaching spot, given that he’s stated that he wants to be a run-first team. Whomever Frazier selects will need to be an integral part of developing the game plan, making adjustments and ensuring that both Peterson and Gerhart function at the top of their abilities.

I’ll continue to follow the runningbacks coach situation in the days to come and will update you as soon as there is some information to impart.

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Jan 20

Leslie Frazier Addresses Coaching Changes


Leslie Frazier, Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings

Leslie Frazier will be addressing the media live today at 10:30 AM CST. He will be covering the recent coaching changes impacting the Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach positions. He may also address the Runningbacks Coach position since he’s been interviewing for that position this week as well.

You can catch the press conference in a live streaming format on Vikings.com or check out KFAN 1130 AM – they frequently carry the press conferences as well. Vikings.com will post the press conference in its entirety within a couple of a hours after it takes place as an archival video as well.

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Jan 19

We Are On The Edge of a Dynasty


I have to first tell you that the title of this post came from a comment left by Titus on the Vikings.com blog. When I was reading the comments, I came across his and I laughed loudly. Because let’s face it, aside from Mike Singletary, the Vikings haven’t added anyone too spectacular to the coaching staff today.

Let’s break it down together.

Bill Musgrave - OC Genius or Uh Oh?

Long-time Minnesota Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell was replaced today by Bill Musgrave. Don’t worry about Bevell… he’s on his way to work with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. Who the heck is Bill Musgrave?

He released this statement after accepting the offer: “The organization is first class all the way and Leslie Frazier is first class all the way. The players on the offensive side of the ball are very attractive to be associated with. I’m looking forward to utilizing their strengths to get fantastic results. The offensive weapons on this squad are impressive. We as a staff will look forward to utilizing each and every one of them to attack defenses. I first met Leslie about 10 years ago when he was in Philadelphia and we’ve stayed in touch over the years. I look forward to working with him here and moving forward.”

Gee… that’s an awesome statement! But before you get all excited about a new powerhouse offense, let’s consider some history. Musgrave’s first stint as OC was after being promoted from Quarterbacks Coach to OC by the Carolina Panthers in 2000. He lasted exactly 4 games before resigning. Musgrave spent the next 2 years at the University of Virginia, where he was very involved in developing Matt Schaub.

In 2003, Musgrave returned to the NFL as the OC for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After 2 seasons, he was “released”, which is apparently a kind way to say “fired”. His next NFL job was as the Quarterbacks Coach for the Washington Redskins, where he lasted for one season before heading to the Atlanta Falcons in the same role. In 2009, Musgrave was promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks Coach.

And now he’s the Offensive Coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, having not been an OC since 2005. Oh yes, folks, we are on the edge of a dynasty! Honestly, I am going to give the guy a chance. Maybe he’s learned a thing or two in the last few years and will surprise us all. Maybe he will make Darrell Bevell look like a play-calling genius. We’ll find out in August.

Fred Pagac: Mastermind of the Blitzing Vikings vs the Eagles or a One Hit Wonder?

The Vikings also named Fred Pagac to the Defensive Coordinator role today. He had this to say about his new position within the Vikings’ organization: “I’m very excited for the opportunity and I think we can get on the right track quickly. I’m excited about our players and staff and think that keeping continuity is very important. It helps everyone involved, the players and coaches both. The players know us, what our expectations are and we have a staff that works well together.”

Pagac has been a defensive coach with the Vikings since 2006. When Leslie Frazier was elevated to Interim Head Coach after the Wilfs divested themselves of Chilly, Pagac was named interim Defensive Coordinator. The defense seemed to come alive after Chilly left the building. I don’t know if that’s attributable to Chilly’s actual departure or if they were responding to Pagac’s coaching. I do know the defense was impressive against the Eagles and whomever put that plan together should be running the defense every week. Let’s hope that’s Fred.

Other coaches announced today were Mike Singletary as the Linebackers Coach/Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Singletary released this statement: “The organization is first class all the way and Leslie Frazier is first class all the way. The players on the offensive side of the ball are very attractive to be associated with. I’m looking forward to utilizing their strengths to get fantastic results. The offensive weapons on this squad are impressive. We as a staff will look forward to utilizing each and every one of them to attack defenses. I first met Leslie about 10 years ago when he was in Philadelphia and we’ve stayed in touch over the years. I look forward to working with him here and moving forward.”

Mike Priefer: Special Teams Coordinator

The Vikings also filled the Special Teams Coordinator position with Mike Priefer, who said this about joining the Vikings: “I’m honored to come to the Minnesota Vikings organization and to work with Coach Frazier. I’m excited to work with the rest of the coaching staff, players and the entire organization. It is a great opportunity for me and I know my family is excited about getting up there and I’m ready to help us win a championship.”

So, Vikings Nation, those are our newest coaches. Will they bring us a championship or will they complete the desiccation of our beloved Purple People Eaters that was started by Childress? I guess we’ll wait and see.

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