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Honestly I don't know at this point, but I'd be surprised if it's a midseason switch. The only reason you'd do that is to send a message, and I'm not sure that's what you need at this point. An offseason firing wouldn't really surprise me at all though.
I almost wrote about this yesterday. I don't either, and none of the reporters I talk to do.
The point I would have written on though, is similar to my Thomas Vanek take, though: it appears likely but let's not write it in concrete just yet. Frazier will announce his starter tomorrow, and in all likelihood it'll be Freeman.
How about all of the above. The execution by the players has been poor to terrible but I'm not sure the Tampa-2 scheme is the best one for this defense. Dubay and I discussed that and the corners and MLB don't seem to be best suited for the Tampa-2. So that also brings up personnel and I'm not sure Spielman has given Frazier the best personnel to work with at this point. In other words, there are numerous issues. I've told people, going 10-6 last season and making the playoffs might have hurt this team more than anything because they were never that good.
Yeah this is another situation that I would let play out before rushing to a decision. No harm in keeping him around right now, probably. And the Vikings likely don't want to cut bait and get nothing in return. Let's see how it unfolds the rest of the year.
Considering he has only one year left on his contract after this one he's going to be a lame duck coach unless things turn around in quick fashion. What bothered me is the team quit on him and itself on Sunday and I did not see that coming. I think 8-8 would save him but what are the odds of that happening now. I like Leslie a lot and he's a good man but no one will be surprised if a change is made.
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Yeah I'm shocked we're still seeing Josh Robinson on a weekly basis. He's consistently awful and Sunday's gaffe was inexcusable. He should be benched and Marcus Sherels/Xavier Rhodes should get more snaps.
No, I don't think Williams will be shown the door and I know Spielman likes Musgrave. If Frazier keeps his job, I'm not going to be shocked if at least one of the coordinators stays. How did Alan Williams all of a sudden get dumb, too? He was impressive in his first year last season. That's why I put some of this on Spieman and the personnel decisions.
In Jorge's defense though, he's got plenty of good Vikings questions in the queue, we just haven't gotten there yet.
A clue: I was not alive in the 70s.
Spielman wants Freeman to succeed ASAP. I believe that Freeman will be Spielman's mulligan for Ponder if he can step into the job. Spielman liked Freeman a lot in 2009 but Tampa Bay took him and the Vikings did just fine by getting Percy Harvin. But Spielman wants Freeman to succeed and he wants him to stay. Plus, look at all the needs this team has and understand that first-round pick could be used elsewhere next May.
I don't know if there's anything to the angle that he needs to impress Wilf with the playcalling. I think they'll go with whatever Freeman can handle (if Freeman's the guy). They're primary objective is to win and not get embarrassed Monday night. Otherwise, it could get ugly.
This is a great point and it does fall directly on coaching. You have an entire week to look at your team as a whole and plan for an opponent. To get dominated coming out of the bye week is a coaching issue. But how do you explain Josh Robinson not being benched in the bye week? There are changes that could have and should have been made and weren't.
The sense I got: both. But it mattered little at that point because they had no shot. I was surprised they didn't use Ponder there, which pretty much seals his fate I think.
The salary cap would make that incredibly tough to impossible to do. The Sabres will move both Vanek and Miller during the season but I doubt anyone will be coming to Minnesota. Vanek will be a rental for a team and then probably sign with the Wild. Heatley will coming off the books for the Wild and don't forget with this CBA structure the cap will go back up next season, too. Wild should be plenty active next summer.
One thing to consider is Dany Heatley's impending departure, which seems likely. That will free up cap space, which helps fuel the Vanek-to-Minnesota stuff. Goalie should be a big priority and it was laughable when Heater whiffed on that 2-on-1 last night instead of passing. Come on, dude.
Unless you're going to sign him, this makes sense. But remember this. Running backs have very little value compared to what you think you'll get and Gerhart is a free agent. Therefore I don't think the return for Gerhart will be what fans want or expect. That being said, he's going to walk so take what you can get, right?
If you're drafting a potential franchise QB, you've got to go with the better player. Scheme (especially when it's this bad) shouldn't matter.