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Vikings hired ex-Titans DC Jerry Gray as their defensive backs coach.
Gray, 51, has plenty of coordinating experience, though it was a bit of a rocky road the past three seasons in Tennessee. He was also the Bills DC from 2001-2005. With Gray's hiring, ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling thinks it's "safe to say" Minnesota will show some interest in Titans free agent CB Alterraun Verner. Sat, Jan 25, 2014 10:27:00 AM

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Owner Mark Wilf confirmed that the Vikings will begin contract extension talks with coach Leslie Frazier.

Frazier won't have to enter the 2013 season as a lame duck after improving from 3-13 to 10-6 in his second year as head coach. "We feel we made a lot of great strides in 2012," said Wilf. "It was a great season, obviously a disappointing ending. But we feel we have a foundation and a strong core for the future here." It helps that Frazier enjoys a strong relationship with GM Rick Spielman.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 03:10:00 PM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities believes it is "only a matter of time" before Vikings coach Leslie Frazier signs a contract extension.

Frazier is signed through only 2013, but will undoubtedly be re-upped. The Vikings entered 2012 as the consensus fourth-place team in the NFC North, but are now just a win over the Packers away from their first playoff appearance since the 2009 season. Frazier's defense is 11th in points against (20.9), and 16th in yards allowed (346.3). If not for quarterback Christian Ponder's inconsistent play, the Vikings could have perhaps been going for their 11th or 12th win on Sunday.
Tue, Dec 25, 2012 11:11:00 PM

Vikings media relations director Bob Hagan insists there is "no truth" to the New York Post report that the team essentially gave Bill Parcells a blank check to take over football operations.

Previous reports suggest the Vikings did have serious interest in Parcells at one time, but the embers died out when their fervor went unrequited. Parcells' camp then took that former interest to the Post in an attempt at leverage over the Saints, only to end up with egg on the face.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 11:39:00 AM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports the Vikings did approach Bill Parcells, but it "didn't happen recently" and the sides are no longer talking.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press and NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora both confirm ESPN 1500 Twin Cities' account that Parcells will not be joining the Vikings. Owner Zygi Wilf has been a fan of the Big Tuna dating back to the dominant 1980s Giants squads, but the rebuilding Vikings have little appeal to a 71-year-old coach. The Saints are "still in the mix," reports LaCanfora. The original New York Post report screams of a leverage ploy by Parcells to squeeze more money out of New Orleans.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 10:30:00 AM

The New York Post reports Vikings owner Zygi Wilf aims to undercut the Saints by "putting the hard sell" on Bill Parcells to "run the show" in Minnesota.

Wilf was born in New Jersey, attended New York Law School in Manhattan, and apparently carries a torch for the former Giants and Jets head coach. Wilf is reportedly "seeking an upgrade on" coach Leslie Frazier, and GM Rick Spielman is on board with the Big Tuna. Wilf asked Parcells to "name his price" as football czar as well as head coach, though the 71-year-old future Hall of Famer has reservations that the game has "passed [him] by." We have to believe the Vikings' interest in a high-profile coach is (was?) related to the push for a new stadium in Minneapolis. The report stems from Parcells' side, however, which suggests an attempt at leverage with the Saints.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 08:37:00 AM

Ex-Bucs coach Raheem Morris turned down an offer to become the Vikings' defensive coordinator after he had verbally accepted the Redskins' DBs coach offer a day earlier.

Morris initially left Minnesota without an offer for the job, and didn't want to go back on his word with Washington. Morris agreed to join the Redskins the same day Jaguars DC Mel Tucker reportedly turned down the Vikings. Alan Williams was no better than the Vikes' third choice as defensive coordinator.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 04:29:00 PM

Vikings named former Colts DBs coach Alan Williams as defensive coordinator and Brendan Daly defensive line coach.

Mike Singletary is being retained as "special assistant" to the head coach. Williams spent the past decade in Indianapolis' organization, teaching the Tampa-2 scheme to defensive backs such as Bob Sanders, Antoine Bethea, Melvin Bullitt, Jerraud Powers, and Kelvin Hayden. Coach Leslie Frazier also spent two years working with the Colts in the mid-2000s. The Vikings will be staying in a base 4-3 defense with Cover 2 principles in the secondary. Williams received a two-year contract.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 12:47:00 PM

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that the Vikings will offer their defensive coordinator job to Colts DBs coach Alan Williams.

Williams figures to accept, departing from a tenuous situation in terms of job security in Indianapolis. Expect the deal to be finalized by this week's end.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 01:45:00 PM

The Bears have denied DBs coach Jon Hoke permission to interview for the Vikings' defensive coordinator job.

It's the second consecutive year the Bears have prevented an assistant from interviewing elsewhere after Mike Tice wasn't allowed to interview for the Titans' offensive coordinator position last January. Teams are not required to allow under-contract assistants to interview elsewhere for jobs other than head coach. Minnesota's interest in Hoke is surprising since the Bears ranked just 28th against the pass in 2011.
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 09:43:00 AM

The Vikings have requested permission to interview Colts DBs coach Alan Williams for their defensive coordinator job.

Per NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the interview should take place on Tuesday morning. Williams has generated interest around the league before, most recently for the Bears' defensive coordinator post in 2010 that went to in-house candidate Rod Marinelli. Williams is a former Tony Dungy disciple and has all kinds of experience with the Tampa 2-style scheme Leslie Frazier runs.
Mon, Jan 16, 2012 06:43:00 PM

Vikings fired defensive coordinator Fred Pagac.

The Vikings have offered Pagac a linebackers coach title, but he won't be calling defensive plays anymore. Mike Singletary coached the position last year and probably won't be back. Pagac's defense ranked 21st overall, 26th against the pass, and 11th versus the run in 2011. The Vikings also relieved defensive line coach Karl Dunbar of his duties last week.
Sun, Jan 15, 2012 05:47:00 PM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities believes Eagles DC Juan Castillo could wind up in Minnesota if Steve Spagnuolo replaces him on Andy Reid's staff.

Castillo and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier have a close relationship going back to their stint together with Philly from 1999-2002. There was reportedly mutual interest in Castillo joining Frazier's staff last year before he was surprisingly promoted. Mike Singletary's first season with the Vikes "raised serious red flags at nearly every level of the organization," which suggests he won't be promoted. Holdover Fred Pagac is already clearing out his office.
Thu, Jan 12, 2012 10:42:00 PM

Mel Tucker turned down an offer to join the Vikings as defensive coordinator in order to return to the same role in Jacksonville.

The Vikes have now lost Raheem Morris to the Redskins and Tucker to the Jags, with Steve Spagnuolo likely to join the Eagles or Falcons. Coach Leslie Frazier may have to install LBs coach Mike Singletary as defensive boss after undermining current coordinator Fred Pagac.
Thu, Jan 12, 2012 09:13:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the "leader in (the) clubhouse" for the Vikings' defensive coordinator job is Raheem Morris.

Morris-to-Minnesota rumors have been percolating for days now, and it's clear he's Minnesota's top choice to replace Fred Pagac. Before taking over as the Bucs' head coach in 2009, Morris had never coordinated a defense at the NFL level. The Bucs ranked 30th in yards allowed this season, and dead last in points against.
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 08:15:00 AM

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