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|Following their loss against the Bears, the Vikings take a seat in the examination room.|
It's not yet clear what the Vikings will do with defensive coordinator Fred Pagac, whose demise has been rumored, but Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen unexpectedly has come to Pagac's defense the past two days. Allen credited Pagac for some blitz packages that helped free him up for a 3 1/2-sack day against the Bears, and on Monday he told reporters that he wants Pagac to return and will "fight" for that to happen. Allen could have some personal reasons for that support, especially if Pagac's continued employment would preserve the 4-3 scheme that Allen thrives in, but it also suggests there could be more to blame with the Vikings' defensive problems than simply the coordinator.