Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFVikings name Turner OC
The Vikings have hired Norv Turner as their new OC. He'll run the offense under defensive-minded HC Mike Zimmer. Turner has had mixed results as a HC but is highly-regarded as a play-caller. He helped Browns WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron to breakout seasons this past year. Turner favors a run-first attack and a vertical passing game. He also likes to get his TEs involved in the aerial attack. His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and TE Kyle Rudolph. Of course, Minnesota still needs to find an answer at TE.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFVikings hire Zimmer as HC
The Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer as their new HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Long regarded as a promising HC candidate, Zimmer has spent the past 14 years coordinating defenses -- 7 in Dallas, 1 in Atlanta and the past 6 in Cincinnati. The Bengals finished in the top half of the league in total defense in all 6 of Zimmer's seasons, including 4 top-7 finishes. We'll see who he brings in to run the offense.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFVikings fire Frazier
The Vikings have fired HC Leslie Frazier. Minnesota went 10-6 and reached the playoffs last year, but Frazier was 11-26 in his other 3 seasons. He botched the QB situation this year, switching between Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman. The Vikings will have a new HC -- and very likely a new QB -- when the 2014 season kicks off.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFVikings evaluating QB situation
The Vikings "will take the next 12 weeks" to evaluate their QB situation heading into 2014, according to insider Albert Breer. Minnesota seems ready to throw in the towel on Christian Ponder. Matt Cassel isn't a long-term solution. Josh Freeman will get his audition soon. If that doesn't go well, the Vikings will be in the market for a QB this offseason. The 2014 draft class is loaded at the position.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFJared Allen already back
Vikings DE Jared Allen proved his Tuesday ankle issue wasn't serious by returning to practice Wednesday morning. Allen rolled his left ankle late in Tuesday's workout but appears to be fine. Meanwhile, 2 other defenders -- rookie CB Xavier Rhodes and LB Desmond Bishop -- are returning more slowly from hamstring injuries. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that both will do some light work Wednesday afternoon but that each is unlikely to play in Friday night's preseason opener.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFwithout 2 CBs for Week 7
The Vikings will be without both CB Antoine Winfield and CB Chris Cook for Sunday's game against the Packers. Winfield is still out with a neck injury, while Cook won't play after being arrested for domestic assault early Saturday morning. CB Asher Allen is expected to move into the starting lineup alongside Cedric Griffin, while undrafted free-agent Marcus Sherels will step into the #3 CB spot. QB Aaron Rodgers should have a field day against this undermanned secondary.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFname Leslie Frazier head coach
The Vikings have removed the "interim" tag from Leslie Frazier's title, naming him the organization's head coach. Frazier went 3-2 to close out the 2010 season after taking over for Brad Childress. The move is good news for RB Adrian Peterson. Frazier is a defensive-minded coach who loves to pound the ball on offense.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFgame will be played outdoors
With the Metrodome still out of commission, Monday night's game between the Vikings and Bears will be played outdoors at the University of Minnesota's new TCF Bank Stadium. The facility was winterized a few weeks ago, and there's concern that the field will still be frozen by kickoff. Add in a forecast calling for wind chills at 18 below zero, and this obviously isn't a good situation for the passing games.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFgame moved to Detroit
This week’s Vikings-Giants game has been moved to Detroit’s Ford Field. Kickoff is set for 7:20 pm ET on Monday. It’s good news for the G-Men, as they won’t need to deal with the raucous Metrodome crowd.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFroof collapses at Metrodome
The Metrodome roof collapsed this morning due to snow build-up. The NFL is discussing contingency plans right now in case the facility is not available for tomorrow night's game between the Vikings and Giants. Stay tuned...
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFgame moved to Monday night
This week’s game between the Vikings and Giants has been moved to Monday night because of a severe snow storm in the Minneapolis area. The Giants haven’t even arrived yet because the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is shut down. The postponement gives guys like Brett Favre, Percy Harvin, Steve Smith, and Hakeem Nicks another day to get ready. But it also puts fantasy owners in a tough spot because their official statuses won’t be known until Monday. Smith and Nicks are likely to play, Harvin is doubtful, and Favre is a true game-time decision. But if you have other options, we’d recommend benching all four guys.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFfire Brad Childress
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings have fired HC Brad Childress. The team has been in utter disarray all season, and a 28-point loss at home to the Packers was the final nail in Childress' coffin. DC Leslie Frazier has been named the interim HC. We've seen a head coaching change in Dallas ignite a team, so it's possible that the same thing happens in Minnesota.
Minnesota VikingsMIN -DEFOwners approve new postseason OT rule
NFL owners have approved a new rule that will modify overtime rules for the postseason. The team that gets the ball first in OT will now need to score a TD to end the game. If they kick a FG, the other team will get the ball with a chance to win the game with a TD or kick a FG and extend the game. If the score is still tied after each team has received the ball, the game will become sudden-death. Again, this new rule only applies to postseason games. The owners are expected to take another vote in May with the possibility of extending this rule to regular season games. If that vote passes, it will have a moderate impact on fantasy football as OT periods will likely last longer, allowing players to rack up additional points.
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