In their 55 seasons of existence, the Minnesota Vikings have only bestowed the title of Head Coach on nine different men. All things considered, that's not a bad ratio. . .consider that the Cleveland Browns just hired their ninth new head coach since 1999. The Vikings' two most recent head coaches (prior to Mike Zimmer) are still out there, and they each just moved into new jobs.
Leslie Frazier, who was the head coach from 2011 to 2013, had been on the coaching staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since being relieved of his duties in Minnesota. However, with the Buccaneers firing Lovie Smith after the 2015 season concluded, he was free to move on to a different team. He has done that, latching on as the defensive backs coach of the Baltimore Ravens. He was the defensive backs coach for several teams before becoming the Vikings' defensive coordinator in 2007, a job that eventually led to him becoming the head coach. Our friends over at Baltimore Beatdown seem to be excited about the hire.
Brad Childress, the man that was in the big chair in Minnesota before Frazier, has also moved into a new job. After the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chiefs' offensive coordinator Doug Pederson to be their new head coach, the Chiefs promoted Childress from "spread game analyst". . .whatever that means. . .to their offensive coordinator position. This puts Childress in the position that ultimately led to him becoming the head coach of the Vikings, that being as an offensive coordinator under head coach Andy Reid. Childress was Reid's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia from 2003 to 2005, a stretch that saw them go to a Super Bowl. No word on whether or not the "kick-ass offense" will be making a comeback at Arrowhead Stadium in the near future.
Congratulations to Childress and Frazier for continuing along in their NFL careers. Thankfully, it doesn't appear that we're going to have to worry about the Vikings' current head coach taking a job elsewhere for a very long time.