Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Minnesota Vikings Head Coach

The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress, with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier taking over as interim head coach. Childress had a record of 39-35 in his fifth season with the Vikings. The coaching tree has come up with three potential replacements:

Any time a coach takes over on an interim basis, he is usually looked at as a lame duck coach. Leslie Frazier has been a candidate for multiple head coaching vacancies over the past few years, so if he is to right the ship in the last eight games, he may make a case to keep the job.

  • Vikings defensive coordinator since 2007.
  • Nine years of head coaching experience at Trinity College (1988-95)

Brian Billick

Brian Billick hasn't coached since his last year as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 2007. He led the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in 2000, and compiled a record of 80-64. Billick was hired from the Vikings, where he was the offensive coordinator one of the most high power offenses in NFL history.

  • Vikings offensive coordinator from 1992-98
  • Ravens head coach from 1999-2007

Jason Garrett is currently the interim head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He was a hot commodity in 2008, but turned down the Ravens and Falcons to stay in Dallas for a chance to eventually replace Wade Phillips. That time has come, and he is basically getting his on-the-job interview. If he leads the Cowboys to a solid finish, he may be retained. If he finishes strong and is still let go, the Vikings might want to take a look.

  • Played QB for the Miami Dolphins in 2004, which was current VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman's first and only year as general manager with the Dolphins.

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