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08-05-2006, 03:53 AM
The Minnesota Vikings and the St. Louis Rams Will Have Some Growing Pains In 2006

Posted: Thursday, August 3, 2006 12:00 AM

Minnesota Vikings:

New owner Ziggy Wilf sent Mike Tice packing following a 9-7 season marked by numerous off-the-field incidents that hung over the team throughout the year. Wilf wanted a fresh start, hiring former Eagles assistant Brad Childress as his new head coach. Childress joined the Eagles as quarterbacks coach under Andy Reid in 1999, getting promoted to offensive coordinator in 2002.

Childress was mentored by the low-key Andy Reid, in sharp contrast to the mercurial Tice. He did not call the plays in Philadelphia, a rarity among NFL offensive coordinators, leaving that duty to Reid. And his hiring appears to have much to do with the “Midwest values” that he talked about in his first press conference. The sudden dismissal of personnel executive Fran Foley following the draft was the latest mini-drama to engulf the Vikings.

New offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell will have the benefit of one of the stronger offensive lines in the league, thanks to the free agent addition of Steve Hutchinson from Seattle, along with the return from injury from center Matt Birk.

That offensive line had better be good, because with no proven backup for the oldest starting quarterback in the league Brad Johnson, the Vikings are in trouble if Johnson goes down for any reason. Defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin has the benefit of a strong pass rush, but No. 1 draft choice Chad Greenway out of Iowa will have to be a linebacking stud as a rookie for the Vikings to significantly improve their 21st-ranked defense from 2005.

St Louis Rams:

The Rams were a mess in 2005. Former head coach Mike Martz left the team for health reasons, and his interim replacement, Joe Vitt, was unable to right the ship. The Rams slumped to 6-10 after making the playoffs five times in their previous six seasons, and both Martz and Vitt were shown the door.

Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan got the head coaching job, the Rams' first hire from outside the organization since Dick Vermeil was lured out of retirement in 1997. Linehan has never been a head coach at any level. He has been in the NFL for four years, the first three as offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings where he helped produce the top-ranked offense in 2003.

Last season, the Dolphins improved from 29th in total offense to 14th and went from 31st in rushing to 12th.

Linehan has a bright offensive mind, but the Rams biggest problems are on defense. St Louis finished 30th in the league in total defense last year and 31st in points allowed. A rebuilt secondary and linebacking corps are likely to struggle early, giving new defensive coordinator (and former Saints head coach) Jim Haslett headaches galore as he looks to make over a defense that lost former No. 1 picks Damione Lewis, Ryan Pickett and Adam Archuleta to free agency.

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08-05-2006, 04:01 AM
You will always have some growing pains with a new coach, but I don't think we'll do bad at all.

08-05-2006, 04:08 AM
Can't anyone come up with something original?

08-05-2006, 04:09 AM

08-05-2006, 04:35 AM
"COJOMAY" wrote:

Can't anyone come up with something original?

LMAO! That's what I was thinking.

This is another one of those "No-Brainer" articles.

08-05-2006, 05:04 AM
It is all speculation