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.
Looks like Pagac next out Vikings' door
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:49 pm