BBAO: Replacing incumbents (maybe)

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Miami Dolphins were nationally lambasted for interviewing at least one candidate for their head-coaching position while incumbent Tony Sparano remained on staff. So even on a lesser scale, it's interesting that no one seems upset as the Minnesota Vikings interview possible replacements for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy, both of whom remain employed by the team.

Over the weekend, coach Leslie Frazier indicated he would not stand in the way of either Bevell or Murphy leaving for another job. But if either man has been fired, the team hasn't announced it and it hasn't been confirmed elsewhere. Nevertheless, Frazier has interviewed Josh McDaniels for Bevell's job and Mike Priefer for Murphy's role.

Frazier has managed to keep a lid on most of what is going on behind the scenes, so for all we know he has already dismissed the incumbent coordinators. Or he is giving them time to find another job without the public stigma of being fired. But if neither of those scenarios is accurate, then the Vikings have followed bad form.

Frazier has coached with Bevell and Murphy for three years. He should know by now if he wants them to run his offense and special teams, respectively. Are we to believe that he only wants them only if he can't get anyone better? I hope that's not the case.

Continuing around the NFC North: