Two Interesting Coaching Facts About The Minnesota Vikings


The Minnesota Vikings have been in the National Football League since 1961. Like most franchises, through the years they have had good seasons and bad. Here is a look at two interesting coaching facts about the Minnesota Vikings

In their entire history, only one time have the Vikings had two different men serve as head coach during one season. This happened in 2001 when Dennis Green, in his 10th season as head coach of the team, did not finish the season and Mike Tice took over and was the head coach for the last game of the year.

The Minnesota Vikings are one of the few teams to ever have a head coach come back and serve in that capacity a second time. Hall of Fame football coach Bud Grant was the architect of the great Vikings teams of the 1970s. He coached the team from 1967 until 1983 when he announced his retirement. He was replaced by Les Steckel who would go 3-13 as the head coach in 1984 before being fired. Following that, Bud Grant would return to be the head coach again, this time just staying that one season before retiring for the second time.

2 comments

  1. PeeWee says:

    With all of the banter surrounding Farve leaving the Packers, what is the percentage of NFL players to spend their entire career on just one teams roster??

  2. Mark says:

    Very timely remarks PeeWee.

    Just to be clear though, even if Brett had never been traded from Green Bay to the Jets or signed with the Vikings, he still wouldn’t have spent his whole career with one team. He spent his first year in the NFL as a backup for the Atlanta Falcons. Look for a blog post soon exploring this topic though.

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