Riki Ellison, the father of former Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison and a former NFL player himself, had some interesting things to say about Minnesota after Rhett signed with the Giants.

He tweeted — then deleted — about the organization's "toxic" leadership. He must have found Twitter too limiting because he then wrote a long, rambling post on Facebook, and within several wistful platitudes you again find some negative themes. Wrote Riki Ellison, referring to last season.

"That bye week was tipping point, the Head Coach and GM didn't understand what they had and broke it." He added that it led to the departure of Norv Turner, a "red flag indicator" from which there is still damage, he wrote. He continued: "Added to this was mentality of physical practices that continued to hurt players on the offensive line and burn out the desire of the defense to play hard when it counted most."

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