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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
BBAO: Who will run the Vikings' offense?

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

As Leslie Frazier moves through his first full week as the Minnesota Vikings' permanent head coach, one question hangs over more than any other: What will he do about the offense?

Will Frazier change schemes or retain the West Coast system?

Will he want Darrell Bevell to return as the Vikings' offensive coordinator?

Who will he hire to replace running backs coach Eric Bieniemy? Will he wait to solidify the coordinator first?

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune examines those questions. Frazier's career-long work as a defensive coach, and his hesitancy to discuss many details about his offensive philosophy, have left these questions a mystery. Frazier has said he wants to focus on running the ball but also said he wants to mold the playbook based on existing personnel.

The biggest clue will come when Frazier names an offensive coordinator, whose background should offer a glimpse into the Vikings' long-term intentions.

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