The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Mike Tice after Sunday's victory over Chicago.
Owner Zygi Wilf announced he would not renew Tice's contract in a statement less than an hour after the Vikings' 34-10 win over the Bears in the regular season finale. Tice, who finished his fourth full season with a 32-32 overall record, had already addressed the media before the move was made public. The announcement came via press release after most players had left the Metrodome.
Originally posted by Packman V2Tice probably had his office packed in the backseat of his ride anyways
Tice called himself a lame duck coach a few weeks ago, so he knew this was coming well in advance. Which is a shame. I sorta liked him as a big doofus who could sorta manage to coach a good football team if he could just pull everything together.
Originally posted by MayhemI'd wager that Dom Capers is next on the chopping block.
Come to think of it, probably 1/4 of NFL teams will have new coaches next season.
Assuming that the interim coaches failed their 'interview' as it were, we currently have openings in Detroit, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Kansas City.
I've heard that Haslett wants out of New Orleans, so we can probably add them to the list. (although good luck to who ever wants to coach there). I agree that Capers is toast in Houston also.
I have a feeling Sherman will survive in Green Bay. Farve has said that if Sherman goes, so too does he go, and I can't see him going yet. However, if Farve does decide to hang it up, or if management decides its is time to move on and go with Aaron Rodgers, then all bets are off.
Plus, there are the rumours that Herm Edwards is bound for Kansas City, which opens up the Jets, and the rumours (though denied) that Parcells was contemplating retirement as well.
Add in Detroit, and there's 5 right off the bat. The other two names that ESPN are keying on are Turner, and Sherman.
Mike Mularkey went from 9-7 to 5-11, and there are "changes need to be made" quotes coming from the team owner, so he could be in trouble. Outside of him and Haslett, anyone else coming up would really surprise me.
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Originally posted by MayhemLooks like the organization may be ready to move ahead with Favre A.D.
I think that's a shame about Sherman getting fired. He didn't seem like that bad of a coach, and this season makes sense given that the team was decimated by injuries.
I should have remembered Norv Turner. Mularky's only had two years with the organization since they canned Gregg Williams. Shouldn't he be given a little more time? (Even if the record is sliding backwards?)
Brian Billick is safe in Baltimore, right? Or should we add his name to the likely-to-be-canned list?
That was pretty damn classless the way the Wilf's canned Tice. A local sports radio announceer was there Sundya afternoon and said when Tice came out of the locker room Sunday after the game, he described it as "Jack Ruby being escorted out of the courthouse". THAT must have felt good to Mike. I liked Tice and thought that they should have gave him another chance, BUT, if they were going to keep him, that he should have got another three year deal so he wouldn't have to go year to year wondering what was going to happen next. There was no way Zygi was going to do that, so I understand that canning, but damn, let the guy enjoy his final victory ferchrissakes.
I believe the fourth positive test clause only applies if he unretires during this season. Like you, I wish I had a link on that one, but I'm pretty sure that's what I read. If he unretires after the season, he just has the four games.