(SportsNetwork.com) - Dysfunction starts at the top of any organization.
There is no shortage of people to blame for the disaster that is the 2013 Minnesota Vikings season.
Left to his own devices, general manager Rick Spielman would probably pick Cooper to play quarterback at the Manning family reunion, while head coach Leslie Frazier is about as cutting edge as a Betamax player. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's play-calling is more repetitive than a stutter, and defensive chief Alan Williams is nothing more than a lightly regarded rubber stamp for Frazier's antiquated view of defensive football.
Simply put, every single key member of the Vikings' football hierarchy is in over his head, meaning the actual author of this real life Titanic is owner Zygi Wilf.
Wilf deserves plenty of credit for keeping the Vikings in Minnesota by getting a stadium deal done in what may have been the most unfriendly market in America for getting something like that accomplished.
Minneapolis and the Gopher State as a whole are liberal bastions much more concerned with throwing every ounce of money they have at the world's social concerns, not subsidizing billionaires and their boondoggles.
So, while Wilf is all aces at navigating political winds much tougher than a Bering Sea storm and some might even call him a business genius, as a football mind, novice is too kind a word.
Wilf has yet to make one good hire on the football side since buying the team in 2005. There was the Fran Foley debacle and the bidding war against himself for the insufferably arrogant Brad Childress before starting over with the current regime of know-nothings, who hit a new low on Monday night by getting trounced by the previously winless New York Giants.
How bad has it gotten for the Vikings?
Earlier in the day, a few colleagues gathered in my office and none of us could even envision a way this Minnesota group could beat a Giants team who had been giving the football away at an historic pace.
And sure enough an 0-6 club which allowed at least 27 points in each of its games, averaged a paltry 2.0 yards a rush with a guy who was volunteering as a high school football coach the prior week (Peyton Hillis) and managed all of 4.9 yards per pass play looked like the 1985 Bears compared to the Vikings en route to an easy 23-7 win.
"This is the worst sporting event ever broadcasted," former Vikings All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson said on Twitter during the game
Nearly everyone likes Frazier as a person, so most of the blame was slanted toward Spielman at least by the "insiders" on hand in East Rutherford. Whispers say Josh Freeman was unjustifiably forced on Frazier, who would have preferred to stick with Christian Ponder at quarterback.
As if sticking with a signal caller who has the ceiling of a children's playhouse is a prudent move.
"If I had to do it over again, I don't think I'd do it any differently under the circumstances," Frazier said, toeing the company line for now. "I knew exactly why we made the decision. I felt very confident going into the ballgame with the decision. It didn't work out for us this time."
Jon Gruden, a great analyst when not shilling for his friends in the coaching fraternity, was quick to jump on the sword for Frazier by pointing out again and again how scaled down the Vikings offense was with Freeman because the ex- Tampa Bay starter was unable to audible or make adjustments.