Don’t Take The Lane Kiffin Cheese

Jan 1, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffen watches from the sideline during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the 2022 Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

This one ain’t happening, folks. Don’t let the madness that is Twitter fool you. If Lane Kiffin does indeed become the next head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, I’ll eat my hat.

I’ll admit I was ignoring this news since it doesn’t have any credibility, at least not to my small football mind. But then Daily Norseman wrote about it. And PFF‘s Brad Spielberger suggested it was a possibility. By no means does this mean I’m convinced; rather, it merely means it’s now a big enough deal for me to spill some digital ink.

Here’s why this won’t happen.

Minnesota’s owners really want to build a model NFL franchise. Their overall goal, as Mark Wilf repeatedly stated during his recent press conference, is to build a team that is perpetually in the playoff. Whenever he spoke of winning, Wilf used the plural: he’s interested in championships, not just one lousy championship. Most fans would content themselves with merely one year of glory, but that’s not how the team’s owners feel. That’s a good thing.

Lane Kiffin, almost certainly, would fail to bring the stability and long-term success the ownership so desperately covets. The much wiser move would be to bring in someone with a proven track record of success in the NFL. That doesn’t simply mean bringing in former head coaches. Perhaps it means Josh McDaniels, a coach who has proven to be a master of adjusting his offense. Maybe it means someone like Brian Flores, a strong leader who is plenty capable of motivating his players. Jim Harbaugh, Jim Caldwell, and several others could also find themselves in this list. There could also be coordinators who would make sense.

At various points in his eight years in Minnesota, Mike Zimmer would preach about the importance of not taking the cheese. Inevitably, it would be a trap. He said that in relation to what the media would say about the team. Whether good or bad, the media often can’t be trusted when it comes to evaluations of the Vikings. Now, I get that I – a football writer – am being a tad ironic here. My hope, though, is that I’m staying true to the spirit of what Zim preached.

Don’t take the cheese on this one, folks.