The Vikings have hired Indianapolis defensive backs coach Alan Williams as their new defensive coordinator. Williams coached in Indianapolis with Leslie Frazier for 2 seasons before Frazier left to be the Defensive Coordinator with the Vikings
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that Viking defensive end Jared Allen is the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The NFL season ending awards were announced Tuesday. Allen set a franchise record in 2011 with 22 sacks and was just 1/2 sack away from Michael Strahan’s single season record for sacks
The Vikings demoted Fred Pagac from defensive coordinator to linebackers coach. Pagac had been the linebackers coach when Brad Childress was head coach and spent the last year-plus as defensive coordinator with Leslie Frazier as head coach
The Vikings have the 3rd pick in the April draft but free agency will be the first opportunity to improve their team. Team needs include tackle, guard, receiver, safety, cornerback and defensive tackle
Viking linebacker Chad Greenway was named as a replacement for injured linebacker Lance Briggs of the Bears to play for the NFC in the Pro Bowl January 29 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Greenway led the Vikings in tackles with 174 in 2011
The Vikings announced Tuesday that Rick Spielman has been promoted from Vice President of Player Personnel to General Manager. Spielman has had input on personnel decisions but will now be responsible for all personnel decisions
Viking quarterback Christian Ponder passed his concussion tests Wednesday and practiced in full and is expected to start at quarterback for the Vikings Sunday against Chicago. Ponder suffered a concussion and was removed from the game Saturday at Washington
The NFL announced the NFC and AFC Pro Bowl teams Tuesday and defensive end Jared Allen is the lone Minnesota Viking to make the NFC team. Allen leads the NFL in sacks with 18.5 and is just 3 sacks away from setting a new Viking franchise record for sacks in a season.
Viking running back Adrian Peterson suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in the 3rd quarter when he took a hit directly to his knee. Peterson knew immediately it was a severe injury but managed to leave the field with help from the training staff
The Vikings rallied in the 2nd half to beat the Redskins in Washington 33-26 Saturday afternoon. Minnesota and Washington were tied at 10 at halftime and early in the 3rd quarter Adrian Peterson left the game with a knee injury and on the next play quarterback Christian Ponder suffered a concussion and didn’t return
Viking running back Adrian Peterson claimed the New Orleans Saints were intentionally trying to re-injure his left ankle in Sunday’s game. Peterson had missed the previous 3 games with a high ankle sprain in his left ankle
The Vikings lost 42-20 to New Orleans Sunday afternoon to fall to 2-12 on the season. The Saints piled up 573 yards of total offense compared to 207 yards for the Vikings. Drew Brees threw for 412 yards and 5 touchdowns for New Orleans.
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