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So who is the next coach?

Posted by: under Vikings, Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier, Vikings players, Adrian Peterson, Brad Childress, Chad Greenway, Kevin Williams, Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice Updated: November 22, 2010 - 2:30 PM

By firing Brad Childress on Monday, the Vikings ownership will get a chance to see how interim coach Leslie Frazier handles himself in that role.

It can be argued that this is an audition for Frazier, who has six games to show Zygi Wilf how he would run the team if he removed the interim label after the season. That might go beyond wins and losses, but more how the players respond to Frazier's direction.

But it also seems likely that the Wilfs have their eye on other candidates and there are certainly a few big-name coaches available. Would Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden be interested? All three of those coaches would make a splash and energize the fan base.

There's no doubt the roster will look different next season -- including a new quarterback -- but this team will still have a strong foundation with Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Sidney Rice and Chad Greenway. That nucleus should be attractive when trying to hire a new coach.

Or will the Wilfs look at the hot coordinators around the league? Lets hear it. Who would be your first choice?

 

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