December 21, 1988 |
Although Vikings coach Jerry Burns insists that there is no quarterback controversy on his team as it heads into the NFL playoffs, quarterback Wade Wilson leaves one with the impression that things are a tad chilly in Minneapolis. Burns benched the struggling Wilson in favor of Tommy Kramer during the second half of the Vikings' 28-27 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night, but Burns said he was sticking with Wilson for next Monday's wild-card playoff against the Rams. "Wade's the No. 1 guy for us and will start the next game," Burns said.
January 7, 1986 |
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Bud Grant once again has decided to step down as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. This time, assistant coach Jerry Burns will succeed him, general manager Mike Lynn announced yesterday. Grant led the Vikings to a 7-9 record this season, his first since replacing Les Steckel, who had taken over when Grant retired after 17 years of coaching the Vikings. Steckel was fired last year after the team posted a 3-13 record, its worst ever, in Steckel's one season as head coach.
December 21, 1991 |
Of the four coaches stalking the sidelines at NFL games today, one soon will be retired and another is likely to be fired. So much for the respective and forgotten achievements of Jerry Burns at Minnesota and Lindy Infante at Green Bay. A man who came within an incomplete pass of taking his team to the Super Bowl in the 1987 season, when the Vikings lost the NFC championship game at Washington, 17-10, Burns never came up with an offense that...
December 24, 1987 |
Minnesota Vikings coach Jerry Burns finally made the decision he has been avoiding all season: Wade Wilson is his quarterback as the Vikings try to nail down a wild-card playoff berth Saturday against the visiting Washington Redskins (Channel 10, 4 p.m.). "We're in the playoffs right now," Burns told reporters. He meant that the finale against the Redskins is as important as a playoff game. "Wade is our starter, because of the way he played and because we're trying to create a settled situation.
October 7, 1991 |
Joe Montana, whose attempt to come back from an elbow ailment failed to survive even a week of throwing, is almost certain to require surgery that would put him out for the season, sources close to the 49ers told the San Francisco Chronicle last night. Because of his age, 35, and the normal risks associated with an operation, it is possible Montana would be unable to make a comeback in 1992, and surgery could finish his career. The career of former Pittsburgh Steelers great Terry Bradshaw ended at 35 in 1983 following surgery for a similar problem.
January 4, 1988 |
Only last month, Anthony Carter suggested that the remainder of his NFL career might be better spent with a team other than the Minnesota Vikings. Not enough passes were being thrown in his direction, he complained. "I was unhappy," said Carter, who caught 38 passes for 922 yards in the regular season. "Every wide receiver wants to catch seven or eight passes a game. For a long time it seemed like I was seeing only two or three a game. I didn't feel like they were using me enough.
October 16, 1989 |
Herschel Walker was supposed to see only limited playing time in his first game as a Minnesota Viking. He had, after all, only practiced two days with his new team since arriving from Dallas in one of the biggest trades in NFL history. But the first time he touched the ball, 4 yards deep in his end zone on a kickoff, he returned it 51 yards. The play was called back because of a penalty, but the message was clear. Walker, who received a standing ovation when he entered the game, wound up carrying 18 times for 148 yards as host Minnesota defeated Green Bay, 26-14.
November 28, 1990 |
Just for a second, turn your attention away from the Eagles. Go on. It won't hurt. There. Look. See the Vikings, the Packers, the Saints, the Colts and the Steelers. All playing well. All after poor starts. Sure, the Eagles' turnaround has been the most dramatic in the NFL over the last few weeks. But, it hasn't been the only one. Those five other teams have all shrugged off sluggish starts and found a new gear. In most cases, they've jumped from the bottom of their divisions to within striking distance of playoff berths.
December 3, 1992 |
The tone was set at the very first practice in the first spring minicamp. The Minnesota Vikings had finished their stretching exercises and moved to another field for team drills. Most of the players jogged lazily. Others walked in small groups, talking and laughing. Dennis Green, the first-year head coach, blew his whistle. He ordered the entire team back to the first field to start over. Green reminded the players, "We're here to work. " The Vikings were stunned. This was an abrupt change from the country-club atmosphere of recent seasons under ex-coach Jerry Burns.
November 16, 1989 |
The statistics say one thing about these Minnesota Vikings, but the goose pimples say something else. Are these real Vikings or what? If you check the record, you would say yes. This Minnesota front four already has broken the club record for sacks in a season with 50 and that's after just 10 games. Tackle Keith Millard and Henry Thomas and ends Chris Doleman and Al Noga have outplundered the Purple People Eaters of 20 years ago: Carl Eller, Alan Page, Gary Larsen and Jim Marshall.