Saturday, January 1, 2011
On wind, Frazier, Favre and Iglesias
By Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Greetings from Titletown after a windswept drive across the prairie. Temperatures are in the single digits here, but it's the wind -- gusting at up to 29 miles per hour -- that is absolutely brutal. If Sunday afternoon's wind is anything close to this, we'll be assured of some altered strategy and a few chapped lips at Lambeau Field.
Now, let's get to a few news stories that popped up while your blogger took a few hours away from the computer Saturday:
1. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has reported the Minnesota Vikings have entered serious discussions with interim head coach Leslie Frazier, presumably with the purpose of making him their permanent head coach. Zulgad followed up with a blog post Saturday evening that read in part: "It's become pretty clear that Frazier is the first choice of owner Zygi Wilf to take over the Vikings after going 3-2 (with one game left) as the interim coach since Brad Childress was fired in late November. But like with any coaching situation, that doesn't mean it's an automatic this is going to get done. In fact, this is one situation where until pen is actually put to paper assuming anything can be dangerous."
If this all comes to fruition, I realize I am going to have some explaining to do. We'll deal with that when the time comes. For now, however, I'll say this: If Frazier is the Vikings' top choice, it makes all the sense in the world to get the legwork done this weekend so Frazier can hit the ground running as the permanent coach on Monday morning.
Would it make sense for the Vikings to interview a wider swath of candidates? Perhaps. But I've learned my lesson. For now, I'll withhold comment until we have something close to announcement to comment upon.
2. ESPN's Ed Werder is reporting that quarterback Brett Favre passed one phase of his post-concussion impact test but that Frazier doesn't think Favre will be ready for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. After all, Favre hasn't practiced since Dec. 3. He's logged about 1 1/2 quarters of playing time over two games over that 29-day span.
But I think we've all learned our lesson on that one, too.
3. Finally, the Vikings signed receiver Juaquin Iglesias from the Bears' practice squad at about the same time they added receiver Bernard Berrian (quadriceps) to their injury report. Iglesias is now part of the Vikings' 53-man roster and thus is eligible to pay Sunday against the Lions.
With no practice time in the Vikings' offense, I'm not sure if Iglesias will be active Sunday. But again, stranger things have happened.