Ok. So, all over the news right now is the (possible) emergence of the Vikings offense, with the stars of the show being Ponder, Harvin, Rudolph...and Musgrave. In numerous interviews this week, I've seen Musgrave talked about as one of the rising innovators this year on offense. People seem to be crediting him as the engineer of last week's victory of SF. Although, no doubt, our D surpassed expectations as well.
Now, this is entirely speculative, but what do you do heading into a contract year if you're Spielman and if this offense continues to surpass all expectations? Let's say we continue to gel through this year and by the end of the season are a steady force that can surprise and beat teams consistently (because we come in with game plans designed to win)? You potentially have the development of your QBOTF tethered to a guy who could be one of the hottest prospects on the market for a new head coaching job elsewhere.
It would seem unthinkable, but, let's say we go 9-7 or better on account of our offensive surge, is there any chance we give our next head coach contract to Musgrave and not Frazier? Chances are very good that if Musgrave continues to be a talking point on NFL.com and ESPN this year that he will be at the top of the talent pool at the end of the season. We lost Dungy, who was unarguably the best guy on staff because had to keep Denny Green. We lost Tomlin, who has gone on to win a Super Bowl and be a regular contender, because we had Chilly under contract.
Would we let Musgrave go, too? And, where would a Frazier-run team be without him, given that he couldn't bring in a DC to save his life this past offseason?
Now, imagine we sign Musgrave and let Frazier go. Musgrave brings in an OC that he knows can carry out his system. Ponder continues to develop under his tutelage (just as Matt Ryan thrived under him). And,then, we go out and get a rising star DC who can bring us the 4-3 that Spielman has shown he wants. And, we don't have to worry about a defensive HC who's openly admitted that he wouldn't know how to run a 4-3.
This is all contingent on our offense continuing to grow into exciting new frontiers. But, if it does, we wouldn't need to protect our defensive system in the way we might have to protect our offensive system at the end of this year. Under Frazier we have suffered from years of ineptitude on D. So, is it the case: with a winning record; could Frazier's job be in jeopardy?