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Looks like Pagac next out Vikings' door

Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:49 pm
Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is out in Minnesota, and defensive coordinator Fred Pagac can't be far behind.

The team hasn't announced the firing of Pagac, but all signs point in that direction. In fact, a league source I trust said that the Vikings have four candidates lined up to interview for the coordinator's job -- Raheem Morris, formerly head coach of Tampa Bay; Steve Spagnuolo, former head coach of St. Louis; Mel Tucker, interim head coach and defensive coordinator at Jacksonville; and Mike Singletary, the linebackers coach and assistant head coach with the Vikings.

His take? Spagnuolo could be the frontrunner. Of course, he could be the frontrunner in a lot of places, too, including Philadelphia, where the Eagles almost certainly shake up their defensive staff.

Under Pagac, the Vikings' defense plummeted to 21st overall, 26th against the pass and 31st in points allowed. The run defense ranked 11th, which doesn't sound bad except Minnesota hadn't finished out of the top five since 2005.

Things got so dreadful that Frazier took over the play-calling for a stretch last month from Pagac, whose approach didn't appear in synch with his head coach's. Apparently, it wasn't in synch with players, either. According to one report, defensive backs sometimes refused to execute the plays he was calling.

In any case, it appears he's out -- which, considering this year's results, would be no surprise.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:07 am

Looks like Pagac next out Vikings' door

Hey, we should bring back Mike Tomlin, he was pretty good.  Maybe Tony Dungy,  Or Brian Billick.  Quite a few SuperBowl winning coaches plucked right out from under the owner's nose, and meanwhile, we get bottom feeders.

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:48 pm

Looks like Pagac next out Vikings' door

Funny i was thinking the same thing. Singletary should be released. Hopefully Spag excepts the job think he would fit in real well. How does the secondary coach keep his job and the d-line coach gets fired. The best part of the defense. Can anybody make sense of that? 

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:44 pm

Looks like Pagac next out Vikings' do or

It better not be Mike Singletary!!!  PS. how in the world are defensive backs refusing to run the plays called..?  They would no longer be dressing for games if I was the coach.  Know your role soldier

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