December 27, 2005

End of the Purple

The Vikings' 2005 season, one of the strangest in history, ended for all intents and purposes on Sunday, when the Vikes lost to the Ravens, falling to 0-2 since the Smootgate indictments were announced. They nominally finish off the campaign against the Bears next week.

Talk, of course, will now turn to Mike Tice's future with the team, and he and all of his assistants are on contracts that expire at the end of the season. Either they'll all get raises (cheapskate former owner Red McCombs infamously low-balled his coaches in the salary department), or they'll all be shown the door. I vote for the latter option.

Yes, Tice did a good job revving up the team after the scandal-plagued 2-5 start and did steer them to a six-game winning streak. But they're not making the playoffs, and it's hard to imagine Zygi Wilf concluding that Tice is worthy of an extension, especially with Daunte Culpepper said to be unhappy. And really- there's no way Tice is ever taking them to a Super Bowl. I guess we'll all find out the answer next Monday.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 27, 2005 02:24 AM

It won't just be tice shown the door either. I expect a completely different team next year.

Posted by: Jeff S at December 27, 2005 10:51 AM

If Zygi does not pull the trigger on Tice, he is not the man he appears to be and we will go another life-time without a superbowl.

Posted by: J. Lichty at December 29, 2005 02:29 PM
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