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Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions are Getting New Coaches

Leslie Frazier

This is what’s called Black Monday in the NFL. The season is over and therefore a bunch of coaches get fired. Two of those to get their walking papers today are Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.

Neither is a surprise.

Although the Vikings played some decent football down the stretch, they finished the season at 5-10-1. Overall, Frazier was 21-32-1. He took the team to the playoffs once — in 2012 — but they lost that game to the Green Bay Packers.

In fact, that was Frazier’s only winning season. In 2012, the Vikings finished 10-6 and finished second in the North. That fluky season was buoyed by Adrian Peterson’s 2,000 yards rushing. Every other season under Frazier, the Vikings finished right where they belong — last.

Frazier was largely doomed by having to roll with a shitty quarterback named Christian Ponder. That, and a declining defense.

Frankly, we don’t care who’s coaching the Vikings because they’re not going to be good for a while.

Detroit is a different story.

They’ve got plenty of talent. They just had an idiot running the show.

The Lions were arguably the most talented team in the North this season. They were in first place in the division for much of the season, but lost six of their last seven to finish 7-9.

Schwartz actually inherited that 0-16 Lions team. He slowly brought them back to respectability, making the playoffs at 10-6 in 2011. That was the lone highlight, though.

Overall, Schwartz was 29-51 and his teams were largely known for being undisciplined and lacking chemistry.

The Lions’ opening will be one of the most attractive this offseason — plenty of weapons on offense and stout up front on defense.

One name you’re going to hear is former Bears coach Lovie Smith. Another is Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

With the right coach, the Lions might just be a threat to the Packers next season.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. E. Wolf December 30, 2013

    I think Frazier got a raw deal. The guy overperformed given the talent he had to work with.
    The Vikings have to actually try and justify seat licenses that go with that Arty Modell style shakedown Stadium deal. This is a desperate attempt to sell a raw deal to a fairweather fanbase.

    I was worried the Lions might fire Schwartzy. Had they had a decent coach, 8-7-1 would not get the job done this year.

    1. Phatgzus December 30, 2013

      There’s some good young talent as well- Kalil, Patterson, Smith-bummer for him, hopefully they rehire Brad Childress.

  2. Iltarion December 30, 2013

    The Lions remind me of the Cowboys. Their talent is way overrated. When your entire offense disappears because you lose a WR, then your talent sucks.

    I agree though, because of an improved defense, the Lions are a threat if they get a decent coach.

    It also doesn’t help that both the Vikings and Lions are looking at top 10 draft picks, AGAIN. Of course, if the Packers ever had a top 10 draft pick, he’d just get injured anyway.

  3. FITZCORE1252 December 30, 2013

    Dammit! The longer those guys were around… The better for us.

    Let’s just hope their ineptitude continues and they don’t hire competent replacements.

  4. GBslacker December 30, 2013

    I saw this comment on PFT…

    “Greg Schiano: Next Bucs coach is taking over a good situation”

    MichaelEdits says:
    Dec 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    He should’ve responded by diving at Glazer’s knees.

    …which I thought was pretty fucking funny.

    Only thing funnier would be if he was introduced as the new Viking coach — the reaction from Josh Freeman would be priceless!!

  5. Deepsky December 30, 2013

    OK, here’s something crazy. Fire Capers and hire Frazier?

    1. Phatgzus December 30, 2013

      Crazy indeed the something is.

    2. Moolla December 31, 2013

      Is there such a thing as non-compete clauses in NFL coaches’ contracts?

  6. Gort December 30, 2013

    I was disappointed to hear Schwartz got the ax. He was the best thing we had in Detroit. Lost control of everything, especially Stafford. He could probably be a pretty good QB, if his coach would help him to unfuck himself and tell him that he is going to go to learn the position from an offseason QB guru.

    1. Phatgzus December 30, 2013

      I was ambivalent, dislike the guy (3rd least favorite behind Jim Harbaaaah and Bucky Beaver) but not as much as I dislike the Leos.

      As for butterball, he’s good, not great, and certainly not elite-a notch above Cutler. If he didn’t have Megatron (that day is steadily approaching) he’d lose a lot of yards and TDs.

  7. vj December 31, 2013

    I would hire Frazier to replace Dom if they don’t opt to promote from within.

  8. therealChuckywasCecil December 31, 2013

    This is too bad. I was hoping for them both to stay put.

    1. David B January 2, 2014

      Losing one was bad.. losing both is a tragedy.

  9. SEAHAWKSOWNYOU December 31, 2013

    SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK!!!!!!!!! BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWK!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys ready for a beatdown??