Wilf to Wait and See With Tice

Few if any coaches feel comfortable without a long-term contract, but new owner Zygi Wilf is going to keep Mike Tice on pins and needles.

Mike Tice was hired by Red McCombs. Many believe his primary selling point after Dennis Green skipped on the team was the belief that Tice could "control" Randy Moss.

With Moss gone, that part of his job description seems a bit of a moot point. A pair of late-season collapses in the regular season have also denied the Vikings a pair of division championships that seemed destined to be theirs in mid-October each of the last two years.

So it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise that new owner Zygi Wilf has made no effort to extend Tice's contract, which, along with the rest of the assistant coaches, expires after this season.

Decked out in a Vikings pin and purple and gold tie, Wilf addressed both the print and broadcast media Thursday and said that he will personally evaluate Tice's performance. While the Vikings are likely to justify his love after spending millions to bolster both sides of the ball, Wilf isn't going to hand Tice a free lunch -- he's going to have to earn it.

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