Former Vikings Around The League

Besides the Vikings-Bucs game, two other NFL matchups this weekend will have a very Vikings feel to them.

The Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos don't play each other in the regular season, so why might the Broncos be pulling film of the Vikings?

When the Broncos play the Miami Dolphins Sunday, they will need to be versed in Scott Linehan's offense. The Broncos could scout the offenses fielded by Miami's new offensive coordinator from his past two seasons in Minnesota, but former Vikings QB and current Dolphins starter Gus Frerotte said Miami's unit would have a different look than the one fielded by the Vikings.

"We are going to be our own entity," said Frerotte, who played under Linehan in 2003 and 2004. "We are not going to be Minnesota. We are not going to be what they were last year, so they are going to have to watch the preseason and see what we did in the preseason and go off of that."


When the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens do battle this weekend, it will have a very Vikings flavor. Colts coach Tony Dungy was the defensive coordinator of the Vikings from 1992-95. Ravens coach Brian Billick was the offensive coordinator with the Vikings from 1993-98, including Minnesota's NFC Championship game appearance in 1998 before leaving for the Baltimore job.

Dungy has a 3-0 career coaching record against the Ravens. His 2001 Tampa Bay team registered a 22-10 win in Tampa. Indianapolis won 22-20 in 2002 and 20-10 last year, with both games at the RCA Dome.

Also on that Vikings' coaching staff were Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore, Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck and Baltimore special teams coordinator Gary Zauner.


The Browns made a bold trade when they swapped backup guard/center Melvin Fowler to Minnesota for Nat Dorsey, a backup tackle in just his second season. Fowler proved reliable, if not spectacular, his first three seasons in Cleveland. He started 14 of 30 games. Jeff Faine, the starting center, finished each of his first two seasons on injured reserve. Fowler replaced him both times.

"I think that the backup center-guard is not as valuable as the backup tackle spot," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. "So if you can get a backup tackle that you like and that has some upside, I think you can go ahead and make that move."


The Vikings have reportedly shown an interest in free-agent defensive back Calvin Carlyle, late of the Ravens, while the Raiders have reportedly shown an interest in offensive lineman William Obeng, who was released by the Vikings.

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