Despite several interview opportunities for Leslie Frazier and Kevin Rogers, none of the Vikings' assistant coaches received promotions elsewhere this year. That means Brad Childress' coaching staff will stay intact if he wants to keep everyone around.
For the last couple of seasons, it has seemed like almost a foregone conclusion that the Vikings would lose assistant coaches to other organizations. With defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as a finalist for a handful of head-coaching positions and quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers a frontrunner for the hard-to-fill offensive coordinator spot in Chicago, it seemed as though the Vikings would be in the hunt for a new coach at some point during the offseason.
But with the Bears' decision Monday to hire former head coach Mike Martz as their new offensive coordinator, the Vikings once again will have their full complement of assistant coaches ready to return for a defense of their division title in 2010.
The Bears made the announcement of the Martz hiring on Monday, which came as something as a surprise. Given his complicated playbook, the young Bears offense at the skill positions and the 11th-hour nature of his name surfacing as a candidate, the Vikings may have had doubly good fortune. They not only keep Rogers, but may see an initial setback in the Bears offense. Historically, it has taken time for Martz's offenses to click on all cylinders and the same will likely be true with the Bears, especially given the relative inexperience at running back and wide receiver.
For Rogers, the signing of Martz left him on the outside looking in at as many as three potential offensive coordinator jobs. His name had been linked to college openings at both Syracuse
, but both of those positions were filled within the last week.
With Rogers still in the fold, head coach Brad Childress appears to have his entire coaching staff returning for the 2010 season.
A special master that administers disputes between the NFL and the players association ruled in favor of the NFLPA Monday about the owners' plan to eliminate the Supplemental Revenue Sharing (SRS) program during the uncapped 2010 season. The SRS pool provides considerable money – $210 million last year and a projected $220 million this year – to the organizations at the bottom of the revenue scale. Last year, nine teams divided up the $210 million. The Vikings have received about $15 to $20 million a year from the pool, since the Metrodome generates the least amount of revenue of any stadium in the league.
The New York Times is reporting that the NFL and players association will hold a negotiating session this week.
The Pro Bowl under the national spotlight looked like little more than a touch football game in many instances, but it was learned after the game that the league wanted to reduce the chances of players getting hurt in the Wildcat formation. In a radio interview Monday, Cleveland's Joshua Cribbs said that AFC coach Norv Turner installed a package that would have him taking direct snaps from the Wildcat formation, but that the league nixed the idea, citing that defenses weren't able to blitz, so offenses shouldn't have the chance to run out of the Wildcat.
Darren Sharper isn't too happy with Peyton Manning and let his feelings be known about it. During an interview with both Super Bowl quarterbacks at halftime of the Pro Bowl, when discussing the Saints defense, Manning referred to Sharper as "Jamie Sharper" – Darren's brother and a linebacker who has been out of the league almost five years. In an interview Monday, Sharper referred to Peyton as "Eli" – his brother and New York Giants QB.