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Coaching Ties Not as Strong in 2007

Artis Hicks

Last year, the Vikings acquired several players via trades and free agency that worked under Vikings coaches when player and coach were with another team. So far this year, their pipeline to the recent past hasn't been as strong.

In the NFL world of musical-chairs coaching assignments, it's become commonplace for a new head coach—or even coordinators—to join a team and start plucking players from his old team. The Vikings were part of that process several times last year. Although head coach Brad Childress said when he was hired by the Vikings that he had an understanding with his former boss, Andy Reid in Philadelphia...

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