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January 3, 2014

In lieu of Les, Vikings have some familiar options

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Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is another hot assistant, though you normally don’t consider the Bengals to be a top defense. Maybe away from Marvin Lewis, Zimmer would be a good choice.

Other coordinators will pop up as candidates, as the Vikings are clearly waiting until next week to interview some of those from playoff teams. Choosing a coordinator is always risky, making it tough to predict how they react when they get more control. Choosing a college coach, without professional experience, often is a disaster.

It’s amazing how much energy is burned discussing the job status of professional coaches. Last fall, a lot of folks wanted Ron Gardenhire fired as the manager of the Twins, and as soon as that didn’t happen, the topic became Frazier.

Now that Frazier is done here, Wild coach Mike Yeo will get the scrutiny. Fans are too fickle when it comes to coaches.

It would have been nice if Frazier were still in charge when the Vikings return to Mankato for summer training camp, given that he’s the most honest coach the team has had since Jerry Burns. But that isn’t happening.

Frazier was the perfect coach for the Vikings in 2012, and now he’s looking for a job. In 2014, he would have again been a good coach.

As we saw when Childress went control-freak on the 2006 camp, the right coach can make those three weeks go a lot smoother.

Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at ccourrier@mankatofreepress.com or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

 

 

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