Jan 15, 2014

Brian Robison Gives Thoughts on Zimmer Hire to Daily Leisure Vikings

The search for a new Vikings head coach has come to an end. Mike Zimmer has been named the new head coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Zimmer has an abundant amount of experience as defensive coordinator for various teams but this will be his first ever head coaching gig.

It will be very interesting to see what Zimmer will put on the table next season. Since he's never been a head coach before, we really don't know what to expect. For all we know, the Vikings could win the Super Bowl next year, and be the best team in the NFL.

Today, Brian Robison was generous enough to give me his thoughts on the hiring of Mike Zimmer, and he had nothing but good things to say.

"I think it's a great hire. Coach with lots of passion and excitement who wants his players to be at his best week in and week out. Hopefully this will move us in the direction of being the best team in the NFL."
The fact that even the players think we could be on our way to being #1 in the NFL gives me a lot of hope. I've heard great things about Mike Zimmer, and I really want to continue to hear good things and to be able to write good things about him.

It's really exciting to have a new face in the Vikings organization. It makes me believe better times are in store for the Minnesota Vikings.

Jan 2, 2014

Mike Priefer Defends Himself

Mike Priefer has issued a statement defending himself against Chris Kluwe's allegations he wrote about today in a Deadspin piece linked here.

Here's what he said.
"I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe.
I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member.
The primary reason I entered coaching was to affect people in a positive way. As a coach, I have always created an accepting environment for my players, including Chris, and have looked to support them both on and off the field.
The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family. While my career focus is to be a great professional football coach, my number one priority has always been to be a protective husband and father to my wife and children.
I will continue to work hard for the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf family and all of our loyal fans."
Really Mike Priefer? This sounds a lot like I'm not racist, I have black friends. As Purple Jesus Diaries said on Twitter, that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin.

Which side of the story do you believe? Chris Kluwe's or Mike Priefer's?

Chris Kluwe Gives Statement to Daily Leisure Vikings

This afternoon, Chris Kluwe released a piece on Deadspin.com, where he calls Leslie Frazier, and Rick Spielman cowards, and Mike Priefer a Bigot. The article is linked here.

I've done two interviews with Chris Kluwe linked here and here. Both are worth checking out. Chris Kluwe was kind enough to send DailyLeisureVikings.com a statement via text. Here's what he had to say:

"I greatly enjoyed my time with the Vikings, and I'll always thank the organization for giving me a chance. This isn't about me and the Vikings, it's about me and three specific individuals, and while I hate that it puts the team in a bad light, it's also the right thing to do. Never be afraid to speak out and try to change things - if you don't, who will?"

The three individuals being Frazier, Spielman, and Priefer.

The Vikings released their own statement today as well.

"The Minnesota Vikings were made aware of Chris Kluwe’s allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.
As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel. We do not tolerate discrimination at any level. The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality. Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.
Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy. Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.
We will have further comment at the appropriate time."
This situation is still in the very early stages and I anticipate more information to continue rolling out. Everybody, get ready for the biggest he said, she said scandals of the year.

Jan 1, 2014

Frazier: "Hopefully its a better situation for the next person that steps in this roll."

On Monday after Leslie Frazier made his final departure from Winter park he was asked to comment on the situation but declined to Fox 9. After he had pulled out of the lot, he made a U-turn and came back to speak with reporter, Jim Rich.

According to Fox 9, Leslie Frazier got out of his Jeep and said, "Might be the last time I get a chance to say something to the fans."

I'm sharing this because it was one of the only times Frazier actually spoke about his firing. Listen to what he said here:

Dec 30, 2013

Leslie Frazier Has Become a Victim of Black Monday

On Monday morning, news spread like wildfire that the Vikings had fired Leslie Frazier. This wasn't a surprise at all. Rumors of his release have been in the air for weeks.

The Vikings finished the season off strong but it wasn't enough to save Frazier. The Vikings ended the season with an ugly 5-10-1 record.

“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a press release. “He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult, but what we determined is best for the organization.”

What Zygi Wilf means by this is, Leslie Frazier was really, really bad at coaching. Rick Spielman was a little more straight-forward in his statement.

“Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected," said Spielman. "We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward.”

A lot of question are left unanswered for now. The Vikings are about to make a decision that will decide their fate for the next few seasons or even longer. Who will be the next head coach of the Minnesota Vikings?

Dec 28, 2013

Adrian Peterson Out for Sunday's Season Finale

Despite Adrian Peterson's want to play this Sunday for the season finale and last game in the Metrodome, the Vikings have decided to bench him. According to Adam Schefter, Adrian Peterson has now been downgraded from doubtful to out.
This is probably the smartest move to make. Better safe than sorry.

Dec 23, 2013

The Leslie Frazier Hoopla

I was originally going to write an article on how Adrian Peterson wants Leslie Frazier to stay with the Vikings, but I soon realized there was so much more to the story than that. How can you see a whole puzzle with only one piece?

The Vikings are undoubtedly looking around at new coaches. How serious they are, I don't know. Leslie Frazier could very well only have one game left in his career with the Vikings. I still don't know how I feel about that.

Leslie Frazier said neither he nor his agent have discussed his job with Rick Speilman or Zygi Wilf. That could be a mistake, because the Vikings might already be deciding his fate.

"I think for our players, it's important that they focus on the task. That's what I'm asking them to do, and I need to do the same thing," Frazier said when asked about rumors of him being replaced. "It's very, very important if you want to have a chance to win these games down the stretch that I stay focused on what's involved with leading our team and I want them to follow. It's important I handle it the right way."

Dec 21, 2013

Greg Jennings Wants Matt Cassel to Return Next Season

Matt Cassel has the choice to become a free agent this off season. But one of the Vikings best players wants him to stay.

“I would love to see Matt back,” Greg Jennings said. “He’s a great guy. He’s a great leader. He has a great feel for the locker room. I think guys rally behind him.”

It's easy to see why Jennings might feel this way. In last week's 48-30 win over the Eagles, Jennings had a career-high 11 receptions, 163 yards and a touchdown for 57 yards from Cassel. Jennings could end up having a record breaking season next year if Cassel stayed and continue to have the same on-field relationship with him they have been having.

“We talk a lot – whether he’s playing or not,” Jennings said. “I talk to him more than any other quarterback in the building. That’s just the kind of relationship we had coming in. Experienced guys, so he understands defenses, knows what they’re trying to do and trying to take away. I think that helps, but as far as having more success with Matt, it’s just about taking advantage of the opportunities that you’re given.”

Matt Cassel has huge potential with the Vikings, and I definitely feel the Vikings should keep him around, and listen to Jennings. The Vikings are most likely going to pick up a quarterback in the 2014 draft, and having Cassel as a mentor to the young player would be a really smart move.

These next two games are going to be essential to see what the Vikings will eventually do with Cassel. He really needs to continue to show he is here to stay.