There’s no need for an introduction anymore. By now, you know what we’re doing here. We are taking every single NFL franchise and ranking every head coach that they’ve hired during the Super Bowl era.

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Let’s Rank All Of The Minnesota Vikings Head Coaches

 

 

8. Les Steckel

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Years Coached: 1984

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 3-13

 

I’ve said it once and I’m sure I’ll say it numerous more times before this series is over. It’s never easy to replace a coaching legend. It’s never easy being the guy who has to step in after a legend announces his retirement. Expectations are already through the roof for the team thanks to the previous regime, so that makes it extremely tough for any coach to come in and put his mark on a program that’s already had lots of success. Look at Les Steckel for example. Steckel took the Vikings job after legendary head coach Bud Grant announced his retirement. Minnesota had a lot of success under Grant, so Steckel’s team was expected to be competitive. They weren’t. Minnesota had their worst season ever at that time under Steckel and he was fired after one 3-13 season……only to replaced by Bud Grant.


 

7. Leslie Frazier

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Years Coached: 2010-2013

Total Games Coached: 54

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 21-32-1

 

Never promote from with-in when it comes to the NFL people. I’ve mentioned this numerous times during my head coach rankings series and that’s because it rings true every time. When a head coach gets fired, it’s usually a good idea to get his entire staff out of there and bring in a new face to fix everything. If you just promote a guy, you run the risk of never actually improving the team and just putting a temporary band-aid on the situation. That was the “Leslie Frazier/Minnesota Vikings” situation. Head coach Brad Childress was fired after a 3-7 start in 2010 and the team named Frazier the interim coach. Frazier finished the season with a 3-3 record and that was good enough for the Vikings to give him the job permanently (some people just have no expectations). And that’s where it all went bad. Minnesota went 3-13 in Frazier’s first season (tying the record for the franchise’s worst ever season) but were able to rebound with a winning year the next season that culminated in a playoff appearance. Minnesota ended up getting bounced by Green Bay in their first playoff game under Frazier and after Frazier’s team regressed to a 5-10-1 record the following year, Minnesota hit the reset button once again.


 

6. Mike Tice

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Years Coached: 2001-2005

Total Games Coached: 65

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 32-33

 

Mike Tice was a former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings who decided to retire and joined the team’s coaching staff immediately. After serving for a few years as a position coach as well as an interim head coach for a while, Tice was given the head coaching job permanently in 2001. Yep. Here it comes guys. “Never promote from with-in”. Tice spent four seasons in Minnesota and had very mediocre results. Tice’s teams never won the division, never won a playoff game, and never finished better than 9-7. After four seasons of that, the Vikings owners had seen enough and fired his ass.


 

5. Brad Childress

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Years Coached: 2006-2010

Total Games Coached: 74

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 39-35

 

Brad Childress is a smart offensive mind. He comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree (one of the best coaching trees in the NFL) and has had various levels of success in the NFL. After having a lot of success as the Eagles OC under Reid, Childress was finally given his opportunity as a head coach when the Vikings came calling in 2006. Things didn’t start out great for Childress’ teams either. In his first two seasons in Minnesota, the Vikings were an average team that narrowly missed out on the playoffs. In his third year, Minnesota took a huge step and won the division title and made the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. The following year saw even more success as the Vikings rattled off a 12-4 record, won the division again, and this time locked up the #2 seed in the playoffs. That team made it all the way to the NFC Championship before getting beat by the New Orleans Saints in overtime. Unfortunately for Vikings fans, this was the peak of the Childress era as the team’s play fell off after this and Childress started to wear out his welcome. The team traded for veteran WR Randy Moss to bring him back to his long-time team and Childress went ahead and waived Moss just weeks later without ever playing him, which pretty much caused the Vikings fans to riot and demand Childress’ head.


 

4. Mike Zimmer

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Years Coached: 2014-present

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 47-32-1

 

Is Mike Zimmer a good head coach? Yes. Is Mike Zimmer a great head coach?  I’m not exactly sure and I don’t think anyone is clear on the subject either. What we do know is, he’s been the head coach of the Vikings for five seasons now. He has a winning record with the team, two division titles under his belt, two playoff appearances, and brought Minnesota to their first NFC Championship game in eight years. That’s a pretty solid resume. However, a head coach can start to wear out their welcome eventually if they can’t seem to get their team over the hump and that’s where the Vikings & Zimmer currently are. Minnesota has been a good team under Zimmer, but they’ve yet to take that next step. If they can take that next step, Zimmer could go down as the best head coach in Vikings history.


 

3. Jerry Burns

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Years Coached: 1986-1991

Total Games Coached: 95

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 52-43

 

Jerry Burns was the longtime offensive coordinator for the Vikings when he got the head coaching gig after Bud Grant announced his second retirement in 1985. I know I usually praise that you should never hire within in the NFL because it rarely works, but here’s one of the cases where it rarely worked. Burns was the OC of the Vikings for 18 years (!!!) before finally getting his chance to show what he could do as head coach. In his first four seasons as head coach of the Vikings, Minnesota had a winning record every year and made the playoffs three out of the four seasons (as well as making it to the NFC Championship game in 1987). His final two seasons were a bit of a disappointment before Burns announced his retirement from coaching in 1991 and you can’t deny him his spot among the top 3 in Vikings coaching history…..


 

2. Dennis Green

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Years Coached: 1992-2001

Total Games Coached: 159

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 97-62

 

Dennis Green was the former head coach at the University of Northwestern as well as Stanford when the Vikings hired him to replace Jerry Burns in 1992. No one knew what to expect from Green considering he hadn’t coached in the NFL in four years, but since he came from the Bill Walsh coaching tree, certain expectations arise. Those expectations were quickly met when Green and the Vikings went 11-5, won the division and Green was named the “Coach of the Year” in just his first year with the team. Pretty, pretty, pretty, good if I may say so myself. In ten seasons as the Vikings head coach, Dennis Green only missed the playoffs once (the team went 8-8 in 1995), only had one losing season (his last season when the team went 5-10 before Green was relieved of his duties as Vikings head coach), and they made it to the NFC Championship twice. Unfortunately the thing that ultimately kills Green’s legacy was his record in the playoffs. Minnesota was a consistent playoff team during Green’s reign as head coach, they just didn’t see a lot of success in the post-season (Green’s record in the post-season is 4-8). Had they seen more success in the post-season, Green would be #1 on this list. He just came up short to this guy though……


 

1. Bud Grant

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Years Coached: 1967-1983 (first-stint), 1985 (second-stint)

Total Games Coached: 259

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 158-96-5

 

The G.O.A.T. when it comes to head coaches of the Minnesota Vikings. Bud Grant is easily the longest tenured coach in Vikings history. His 18 years spent as head coach were easily the franchise’s most successful years and it’s not even close. 11 division titles. 12 winning seasons. 12 playoff appearances. 5 NFC Championship appearances. 4 Super Bowl appearances. Do you really want me to keep going? Bud Grant’s tenure in Minnesota was outstanding and hasn’t even come close to being duplicated since. He’s the G.O.A.T. of Minnesota Vikings head coaches. Hold your head up high good sir…..