In a move that comes as a complete shock to this blogger, the Minnesota Vikings fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in the early hours of Sunday morning. Bevell was responsible for "coordinating" (if you can call it that) an offense that finished 21st in the NFL in terms of yardage and 26th in terms of scoring. . .and that second number would have been even worse had the Vikings not scored numerous defensive and special teams touchdowns this season.
On one hand, I'm not surprised to see Bevell get the axe, but on the other hand. . .man, he only got one season. Really seems sort of unfair. . .I figure he'd have gotten the boot along with the rest of Childress' staff if the team bombed again this year.
However, the only thing more shocking that Bevell's firing is his replacement. The new Vikings' offensive coordinator will be none other than. . .us?
Yes, "us." As in you. . .or me. . .or the guys you watch the games with on Sunday afternoons.
The Vikings have announced that they'll be taking the unprecedented step of allowing a fan of the team to call the plays on offense every week. Here's how the process will work.
Fans will sign up each week through an entry form that will be posted at Vikings.com as the season approaches. Then, starting with the Sunday prior to the Vikings' season opener (which is 3 September, if you want to mark your calendars for this. . .I know I certainly am), head coach Brad Childress will select one name out of all the entrants. That person will then be informed of their selection and whisked away to Minneapolis aboard Zygi Wilf's private jet.
(Don't worry. . .the drawings won't take place until after the games have been completed. You won't have to worry about missing any Vikings' action this season.)
Upon their arrival in Minneapolis, they'll be given some formal training in the world of NFL coaching, as well as the most advanced tools that they'll need to construct a game plan for that week's opponent. . .not the least of which will be an advance copy of Madden NFL 2008 for the PlayStation 3 or the XBox 360. (Sweet!)
After all the hard work is done, the lucky winner will be in the booth on Sunday afternoon, calling the plays for the Vikings and (hopefully) leading them to victory. It doesn't get any better than that, folks!
To top it all off, the lucky winner will also be compensated with a salary comparable to one week of an NFL offensive coordinator's salary. I'm not sure exactly how much Darrell Bevell was set to make this year, but I'm sure it's not small change by any means.
Now, I don't know about you guys, but damn. . .I'm excited about this! We've all sat there at some point and said that we could call plays better than the guys on the Vikings' sidelines, and now we finally get our chance. Yours truly is going to be stuffing the ballot box for this one, I can assure you.
A link with more rules about the contest, including a FAQ, will follow. . .in the words of Ryan Seacrest. . .after the break.
I'm sure none of you were buying the above story. . .but I had to have a little fun today anyhow. (-:
No, Darrell Bevell has NOT been fired. . .not to my knowledge, anyway.
Have a good Sunday, folks. . .hopefully our pick in the Mock Draft will be upcoming very shortly.