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    Havn't seen this one on here yet:


    Vikings conduct flurry of interviews for coach
    Judd Zulgad and Mark Craig, Star Tribune
    Last update: January 04, 2006 – 11:55 PM

    The Vikings' search for a head coach reached a frenetic pace Wednesday.

    Team executives completed interviews with Kansas City Chiefs assistant head coach-offensive coordinator Al Saunders and Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, jumped on a plane to Indianapolis and were scheduled to meet with Colts assistant head coach/quarterbacks Jim Caldwell.

    Per NFL rules, the Vikings had to visit Caldwell in Indianapolis to limit distractions to the Colts' playoff preparation. The Colts, who have a bye this week, practice this morning. Any further contact with Caldwell can't come until after the Colts' season is finished.

    Caldwell is the fourth candidate to interview for the vacancy created when the Vikings fired Mike Tice on Sunday.

    Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress, the first to interview, impressed the Vikings on Tuesday and still is considered the front-runner.

    According to all accounts, things also went well with Saunders and Cottrell. Cottrell, who has now interviewed for eight NFL head coaching positions in his career, said he was impressed by the Vikings' new brain trust.

    "It went pretty well," Cottrell said. "I'm very pleased. It was a high-quality interview, some real quality time with the management team. They asked a lot of questions, and I showed them my plan. I think it was a good interview."

    Kevin Warren, vice president of operations and legal counsel, who has taken a leading role in the interview process, did not return calls Wednesday.

    The rest of the search committee includes owner Zygi Wilf, team President Mark Wilf and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski. The entire committee is believed to have spent time at Colts headquarters Wednesday.

    Caldwell is the most surprising name to surface in the Vikings' search. While Childress and Saunders have received multiple interview requests, Caldwell isn't believed to be on the list of the seven other teams searching for head coaches.

    Caldwell, who turns 51 on Jan. 16, is a native of Beloit, Wis., and was a four-year starter at defensive back for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He joined the Iowa staff in 1977 and was a college assistant until 1993 when he became head coach at Wake Forest. Caldwell was in that job until 2000. He jumped to the NFL in 2001 when he joined Tony Dungy's staff with Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then moved to the Colts with Dungy in 2002.

    Caldwell served as Indianapolis' coach when Dungy left the team for a period on Dec. 22 following the death of his 18-year-old son, James.

    Cottrell and Caldwell are minority candidates, meaning the Vikings have satisfied the "Rooney Rule," which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate.

    "I've done this before, and this interview was right near the top," Cottrell said. "They were very thorough, and the process was well thought-out. They know what direction they want to take the team."

    While the Vikings continued the four-to-six hour interview sessions Wednesday, Childress was in Green Bay talking to the Packers about their head coach opening. Houston and New Orleans also are interested in Childress, who has the offensive coordinator title with the Eagles despite that coach Andy Reid calls the plays.

    Saunders, who is scheduled to interview in Houston today, was in charge of the NFL's top-ranked offense for the second consecutive season in Kansas City.

    The Chiefs averaged 387 yards, and their 25.2 points per game ranked sixth in the league this season. Saunders, 58, is in his 36th season as a coach and has had two stints with Kansas City. He also was head coach of the San Diego Chargers from the midpoint of the 1986 season to 1988.

    The Detroit Lions have told the Chiefs they are going to seek permission to talk to Saunders but haven't done so yet. Saunders spent five hours interviewing for the Chiefs' opening Monday.

    If the Vikings lose their top candidates to other teams or opt to expand their search, one name known to be on their short list is Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.


    http://www.startribune.com/510/story/163694.html


    As I previously stated, Childress should have never been allowed to leave Minny without a huge contract offered to him .... I have this sinking gut feeling this isn't going well .... Urrgggg.

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    Yeah my sinking gut feeling started Sunday night.
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    Yeah my sinking gut feeling started Sunday night.

    Same here. Tice should have got another year. Plus would have given us "maybe" better options next year if need for a H.C.. I'm just really pissed that Wilf and the Brain Trust (term used loosely) only had a Plan "A" when they said themselves they had two weeks to get it together when they knew they were letting Tice go. Plan "A" being get Heckert and Childress would follow. I don't know what to think, but they need to sign Childress fast before the Pack snaps him up.

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    I haven't read that much about the current coaches available to us, but i heard some talk about Fischer from the Titans being a good guy for us if he's let go from Tennesee, any thoughts about him, be it good or bad?

    This is just for my information.
    for my two cents if fishcer is let go he would blow all of the other candidates i have heard out of the water, superbowl experience, headcoaching experience and his team losing was a result of father time not failure.
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    "SmootCriminal" wrote:
    "MrGopher16" wrote:
    I haven't read that much about the current coaches available to us, but i heard some talk about Fischer from the Titans being a good guy for us if he's let go from Tennesee, any thoughts about him, be it good or bad?

    This is just for my information.
    for my two cents if fishcer is let go he would blow all of the other candidates i have heard out of the water, superbowl experience, headcoaching experience and his team losing was a result of father time not failure.
    i can agree to that. we would still need someone to do the def and off as well. but fishcer as head coach doesnt sound that bad to me.
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    for my two cents if fishcer is let go he would blow all of the other candidates i have heard out of the water, superbowl experience, headcoaching experience and his team losing was a result of father time not failure.
    But allowing "father time" to catch up with the team & not drafting smart to prevent it is not good.

    How much of that is the coaches fault?

    I know Tice & companys long term plan was to build a talented team that would be on or near the top for a long time & still maintain cap room.

    That is why the Vikings have a talented collection of players with a lot of cap room. That's one thing you can credit Tice, Rob & Studwell for.

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    Then there is the rumors from Viking Scout......

    http://vikings.scout.com/2/485634.html

    Rumors, Rumors, Rumors
    By Viking Update Staff

    Date: Jan 5, 2006

    With eight coaches out, apparently another on the way and the Jets
    looking to get compensation in return for their coach, the NFL has gone
    from being a 32-team free for all to little more than a group of
    gossiping fishwives. Fortunately, VU is listening -- and passing along
    the whispers for you to decide their validity.

    At some point in every offseason, NFL reporters become the journalistic
    equivalent of fishwives – passing along rumor as fact and willing to
    discard their sage commentary in the same way as “faulty intelligence�
    has made WMD an acronym too many of us know to claims in daily
    newspapers that the number of surviving coal miners were exaggerated.

    Such is the life in the NFL’s frigid version of its own hot stove
    league. Looking for player information? Punter Chris Kluwe is going to
    have surgery on right ACL. That’s news. Want conjecture? Enjoy.

    * A name that has surfaced as a candidate for the Vikings head coaching
    job is Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell. However, a VU source with
    the Colts has speculated that the Vikings interest – take it for what
    it’s worth – may be more due to the fact that Caldwell is African
    American than his viable chance of winning the job.
    * The Chiefs have played their way into the coaching carousel
    controversy. When VU first heard that the K.C. offensive coordinator Al
    Saunders was going to be interviewed for the Vikings head coaching job,
    it was viewed as merely a way to enhance his status with the Chiefs –
    where he was viewed as a hand-picked successor. But the wild speculation
    in Kansas City goes well beyond that. A radio report had it that
    Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was invited to the season finale with the
    Bengals. Other reports have the team interested in Broncos offensive
    coordinator Gary Kubiak and former Browns coach Butch Davis. The latest
    rumor mill faction has the Chiefs looking at Jets coach Herman Edwards.
    As it stands now, to get Edwards, the Chiefs would have to compensate
    the Jets. But, it should be noted that K.C. parted with a second- and
    third-round pick to obtain Dick Vermeil.
    * Detroit has also asked permission to speak to Saunders, which could be
    the coaching version of what the Lions did to the Vikings to secure Dre
    Bly. Once again, the fishwives have stepped up with the ultimate
    coaching switcharoo – that the Lions make a move to get Bill Parcells.
    If Matt Millen can’t win with him, it’s time to step off to the tune of
    the Millen Man March.
    * Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis is yet another name that has
    surfaced as a potential head coaching candidate for the Vikes.
    * If the Packers want Brett Favre to return, Brad Childress would be an
    ideal candidate. He comes from the same West Coast Offense that spawned
    Mike Sherman. But, VU Packer peeps are saying that, if the Packers are
    willing to move on without Favre, they may make Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
    an offer he won’t refuse.
    * Jim Fassel is another name that is omnipresent in Vikings discussion
    because of his familiarity with the Wilf family. Despite doing a purge
    of assistants, Brian Billick of the Ravens said that, barring his hiring
    as a head coach somewhere else, Fassel will be back as his offensive
    coordinator.
    * Gary Zauner wasn´t on the unemployment line for long. After being
    fired by Billick, he was signed by the Cardinals and Dennis Green. To
    win a bet, place a wager the Cards won´t run a fake punt or field goal.
    In the years Zauner was with the Vikings, the team never ran a gadget
    play from a fake punt, field goal or on-side kick. Just saying.
    * Vikings tight end Jermaine Wiggins has endorsed the Vikings to hire
    Scott Linehan as their new head coach. Linehan was the OC when Daunte
    Culpepper enjoyed his greatest success. Many thought that Linehan, in
    his first season with Miami, wouldn’t look to jump ship after one
    season. But VU has been told that he is going to interview with the
    Texans – making him appear available.
    * While Mike Tice has said his current priority is making sure his son
    graduates from Edina (Minn.) High School with his class, VU has been
    told that the Cowboys and Ravens both have an interest in adding Tice to
    their coaching staffs.
    * On the Fassel front, Ravens running backs coach Matt Simon was let out
    of his contract. Why? He believed he wouldn’t have a shot at the
    offensive coordinator job – which has led Baltimore media types to
    believe Fassel will stay put and wait out the Billick regime.
    Considering that the Ravens are in the same division as the Bengals,
    viewed as the next big thing in the AFC, and the Steelers – a team still
    on the top of its game – perhaps it was a wise move.
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    Hire Coach Tiddle!!!!

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    I think we should get a defensive minded coach that likes to play physical.

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    "singersp" wrote:
    "SmootCriminal" wrote:
    for my two cents if fishcer is let go he would blow all of the other candidates i have heard out of the water, superbowl experience, headcoaching experience and his team losing was a result of father time not failure.
    But allowing "father time" to catch up with the team & not drafting smart to prevent it is not good.

    How much of that is the coaches fault?

    I know Tice & companys long term plan was to build a talented team that would be on or near the top for a long time & still maintain cap room.

    That is why the Vikings have a talented collection of players with a lot of cap room. That's one thing you can credit Tice, Rob & Studwell for.
    Not Fisher's fault...the Titans were taking their shot at the Super Bowl and shot their wad...and missed!!!

    Fisher is the MAN!!!
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