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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Browns coach Pat Shurmur could land in Minnesota as Vikings offensive coordinator following his firing from the Browns.
In other words, Vikings current OC Bill Musgrave is not safe. Shurmur would bring to Minnesota a West Coast offense, changing schemes entering Christian Ponder's third season. This may be just informed speculation on La Canfora's part, but it's interesting nonetheless. Shurmur ran a balanced offense in Cleveland, leaning on the running game whenever game flow allowed for it. Sun, Dec 30, 2012 12:26:00 PM

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Vikings promoted director of player personnel George Paton to assistant general manager.

Paton was reportedly one of two finalists for the Rams' vacant general manager position, with Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead being the other. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the job was Paton's "to lose." It's possible Paton's decision to stay in Minnesota was due to the fact that new Rams coach Jeff Fisher is expected to have final say on all personnel moves.
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 02:15:00 PM

Vikings promoted VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman to general manager.

The move is mostly a formality, as Spielman has been the Vikings' primary decision maker since Brad Childress was fired as head coach. Said owner Zygi Wilf, "This establishes the organizational structure that will lead to the long-term success of the Vikings." Spielman had been Minnesota's VP of Player Personnel since 2006. He is the older brother of ex-Lions LB Chris Spielman.
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 10:47:00 AM

AEG president Tim Leiweke indicated that Los Angeles billionaire Philip Anschultz is prepared to purchase majority interest in an NFL team.

Leiweke has spoken with officials from the Vikings, Chargers, Jaguars, Rams, and Raiders. "We're not packing any (moving) vans right now," Leiweke cautioned. But AEG is willing to pay for an NFL franchise to get out of its current lease for a move to Los Angeles. "Just as an example, if it's San Diego, they would have to pay $24 million under their agreement to get out of the lease," Leiweke said. "We would pay that." PFT's Mike Florio suggests the Vikings as the top candidate to move because the Metrodome lease is up after the 2011 season.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011 11:50:00 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer clarifies that AEG CEO Tim Leiweke was in Minneapolis this week for reasons other than courting the Vikings for a potential move to Los Angeles.

Leiweke's AEG group manages the Target Center, where the NBA's Timberwolves play ball. Leiweke was primarily in town to take care of business with the arena, but he opted to meet with Vikes owner Zygi Wilf because they have an existing relationship. The two men discussed a potential entertainment district around the new proposed stadium for the Vikings. At this point, there doesn't appear to be any serious consideration of a move to L.A.
Thu, May 26, 2011 08:55:00 PM

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf reportedly met Tuesday with LA Live!'s Tim Leiweke and the AEG team that is considering an NFL stadium in Los Angeles.

Due to an unresolved $5 billion budget deficit, the final $300 million in state contribution for an Arden Hills Vikings stadium has been held up in the Minnesota state legislature. Wilf's franchise is essentially a free agent after the 2011 season, and it looks like he's at least willing to listen to the AEG team in case a deal can't be reached on a new stadium in Minnesota.
Thu, May 26, 2011 07:58:00 PM

Although he plans to run a West Coast style attack in 2011, new Vikings OC Bill Musgrave "wants to simplify complications associated with the West Coast system."

"I believe in minimal verbiage and we'll make it very streamlined," he said. "We'll make the formations easy to learn ... because I believe in players playing fast. We don't want them out there thinking what word was used for this or that." One of the running complaints about Brad Childress' offense was that it was unnecessarily complicated. With the Vikes hoping to "draft a quarterback in the early rounds and let him learn on the job," simplification will be a must.
Fri, Jan 21, 2011 12:55:00 PM

The Vikings have hired former Titans running backs coach Craig Johnson as their quarterbacks coach.

Though he's been the running backs coach the last two seasons, Johnson was the quarterbacks coach before that and has more experience in that role. His hiring is significant because he had a hand in the development of Vince Young, which has led to speculation that Young might join him in Minnesota.
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 11:49:00 AM

Vikings hired former Falcons QBs coach Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

He picked Minnesota over Cleveland, despite Colt McCoy's presence with the Browns. Unless he was simply going after more money, Musgrave must not have been high on McCoy's long-term prospects. A longtime quarterbacks coach, Musgrave was last a coordinator on Jacksonville's staff in 2003 and 2004, coaching the Jags to a No. 12 ranking in his first season but No. 21 in his second. Musgrave's offenses have long been run-first, which theoretically bodes well for Adrian Peterson. He'll obviously need a major QB upgrade.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 05:31:00 PM

Falcons QBs coach Bill Musgrave will reportedly interview for the Vikings' offensive coordinator job Tuesday after interviewing for the same position in Cleveland Monday night.

Musgrave could also meet with the Rams after their Josh McDaniels talks broke down. He was the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville from 2003-04 before helping to develop Matt Ryan in Atlanta.
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 01:17:00 PM

In addition to Josh McDaniels, the Rams will reportedly interview Brad Childress for their offensive coordinator job early next week.

According to Tony Softli of 101 ESPN St. Louis, the Childress interview is expected to take place "Monday or Tuesday" -- assuming the Rams don't lock up McDaniels during his Saturday interview. Indications are that McDaniels is St. Louis' preferred choice. Childress would be a safe fall-back plan.
Sat, Jan 15, 2011 12:59:00 AM

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier all but confirmed Sunday night that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will not be back in 2011.

Special teams coordinator Brian Murphy is also on the outs. Frazier wants a more dynamic offensive play-caller, targeting Josh McDaniels. Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress has been rumored as an coordinator candidate in St. Louis if the Rams lose OC Pat Shurmur to the head coaching job in Cleveland. Bevell could follow Childress as quarterbacks coach.
Mon, Jan 10, 2011 01:45:00 PM

The Vikings will reportedly meet with former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on Friday to interview for the offensive coordinator position.

Coach Leslie Frazier's hesitation to commit to the West Coast offense has left Darrell Bevell's future with the club in doubt. While McDaniels' personnel moves and head coaching acumen merit criticism, his work with Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, and Tim Tebow is enticing to other clubs. The Vikes could be counting on him to help develop Joe Webb or a quarterback selected early in the 2011 draft. An alternative would be to send a draft pick to the Broncos, reuniting McDaniels and Orton.
Thu, Jan 6, 2011 07:14:00 PM

The Vikings and interim head coach Leslie Frazier reportedly met for five hours on Friday to discuss Frazier's future with the franchise.

If the Vikes retain Frazier and shed his "interim" label, they won't have to interview any other candidates in order to abide by the Rooney Rule, which mandates that NFL teams interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching positions. The Vikings need to act fast, because if they look elsewhere for their next head coach, they could lose Frazier shortly after the regular season concludes because of this very rule. Frazier sports a 3-2 record as Minnesota's head coach, and the team has played hard for him in the latter stages of their lost season.
Sat, Jan 1, 2011 08:06:00 PM

Sources tell Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the Vikings are in serious discussions with interim head coach Leslie Frazier about making him the team's permanent coach.

It's looking like only a matter of time before the deal gets done, as Zulgad is reporting that Frazier could become the team's full-time head coach as soon as Sunday afternoon. He would reportedly be signed to a three year contract.
Sat, Jan 1, 2011 11:56:00 AM

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