Fred Pagac has traveled a bumpy road in his first -- and possibly last -- season as Minnesota's defensive coordinator.
To start, the 2-11 Vikings are surrendering an outrageous 28 points per game, a factor in coach Leslie Frazier's decision to take command of play-calling duties during a loss to the Raiders in Week 11 and against the Falcons the following Sunday.
In addition, there have been whispers of a small mutiny, with ESPN Twin Cities citing two sources to report that a collection of defensive backs have, at times, dismissed Pagac's play-calling for their own coverages. Sources told the radio station that players shared their concerns about the play-calling from the outset.
There is current support within the franchise to flip from the Tampa 2, played out of a 4-3 front, to the 3-4, several NFL sources told the station. That could accompany Mike Singletary, the linebackers/assistant head coach, taking the reins as defensive coordinator next season, but not everyone's sold on his ability in that role.
Frazier this week refused to acknowledge any changes: "(I) really haven't thought much about that. It's so hard to win in our league. That has really taken up all my time and energy."